The Many, Many Intros Of Scooby-Doo: Mysteries 5, Intros 3

After the success of Filmation’s adaptation of Archie Andrews and the Riverdale crowd, CBS Executive producer Fred Silverman wanted more stories that would make the parent groups happy. Originally envisioned as a group of musicians called Mysteries Five, the show underwent numerous changes (I’m not going over it all, use this fanwiki article) until became the show we know and love today…Scooby-Doo Where Are You! Since then numerous shows and incarnations have come forth and for the month of October I want to look at the many, MANY intros of this franchise. As in previous versions of this subseries of the My Favorite/Not-So-Favorite Intros series I will not be looking at theatrical movies, TV movies, or other media. It’s just the TV series, because their intro has to grab your attention as you spin through channels, or at least had to as we take in media differently these days thanks to channel guides and streaming options.

So put yourself in the mind of a kid on Saturday morning. You’ve had your cereal and now it’s time to watch cartoons. Suddenly on your screen comes a show about a talking dog and his four human friends. And this is the intro you see.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Spider-Man: The Manga #29

It’s bad enough that Yu looks more like Peter, but to just use the last issue’s cover over and zoom in? That’s lazy…and terrible art.

Spider-Man: The Manga #29

Marvel Comics (March, 1999)

WRITER/ARTIST: Ryochi Ikegami

TRANSLATION: Mutsumi Masuda

COVER ART: Joe Madureira & Tom McWeeny

COVER COLORIST: Jeromy Cox

EDITOR: Dan Nakrosis

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BW’s Daily Video> The History Of Malibu Comics

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Considering Marvel’s history with pettiness towards Jim Shooter I won’t be surprised if they never let the former competition they raided for their coloring process ever return to prominence or even return the characters to their creators.

Chapter By Chapter> TekWar chapter 11

Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at a time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

In our last chapter we finally got information we needed and not as much showing off. Of course it required a character I don’t expect to see again but I could be surprised. Luckily Sid is fine, and given how few friends Jake has at the moment that’s a good thing.

This week we’re going to meet Walter Bascom, the head of the Cosmo Detective Agency that was so nice to free Jake from the Freezer and give him a second chance. In the TV movie adaptation, Bascom was played by Shatner himself, and he also took on the role for the MS-DOS FPS video game I don’t recommend you play. Here’s a sample of Shatner as Bascom in a set of cutscenes from the game, to give you an idea of how he played him.

And he should know the character better than anyone, so let’s meet him for ourselves. Bascom, not Shatner. He’s too busy losing at The Masked Singer.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Robotech: Clone Special

“I can’t wait until they fix my bed.”

Robotech: Clone Special Edition

Academy Comics (June, 1995)

“Youth Inertia”

WRITER: Rosearik Rikki

ARTIST: James Scharmen

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BW’s Daily Video> Why The Fifth Element’s Villain Is Too Stupid To Win

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The sad part is that a member of Pentatonix stole his hair style.

Pentatonix, April 7th 2015

Jake & Leon #541> Will You Never Learn

Considering the current DC writing staff I’m not even close to celebrating

I’m not even sure it’s happening. I’ve seen a few YouTube videos happy at Bendis leaving DC Comics but when I try to search for an actual news source, even my usual ones, all I see is that some of his titles are ending and he moved his Jinxworld universe over to Dark Horse, not an official leaving announcement. If he’s going, he’s not taking the other writers who had altered or ruined fan-loved DC characters so unless I see a writer who will fix the previous mistakes and make the DC Universe what it’s supposed to be I’m not breaking out the party hats. I’ve been burned too often.

Over at The Clutter Reports this week I did something besides work on a back-up drive. I cleaned up my humidifier.

This week is the beginning of October, and that means a special edition of the Many, Many Intros series topic I’ve been holding onto for the spooky season can begin. Randomly during October, and depending on what I else I have to discuss (I still want to get that thing I missed out on last week in soon) it’s The Many, Many Intros Of Scooby-Doo. We’ll look at the various Scooby-Doo TV show intros (not counting made-for-TV, direct-to-video, or theatrical films) to see how good they are at showing off that particular incarnation of the Scooby Universe and talk a bit about the shows themselves. It should be fun.

Additionally, the last Star Trek comic I have to review in “Yesterday’s” Comic comes this week and I still need to figure out its replacement, and the next Chapter By Chapter review of Tekwar takes place as well. Have a good week, everyone!