Saturday Night Showcase: Meatballs & Spaghetti


Meatloaf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For all the trouble YouTube algorithms can cause for creators every now and then the recommended videos come up with something interesting for the viewer. For example, how many of you out there remembered Pandamonium, last week’s Showcase? Well, looking that show up and all the 80s cartoon intro videos I’m addicted to led YouTube to recommend another lost CBS Saturday morning cartoon. So tonight we have Meatballs And Spaghetti, and for once we aren’t talking about what I’m having for supper tonight. I don’t even eat meatballs. And it’s another I didn’t remember coming from Marvel Productions.

But the oddest choice is who is often pointed to as the inspiration for this 80s rock and roll cartoon: Meat Loaf! Yes, because when I think of “kids entertainment” I know I immediately think of a guy whose biggest hits by that point included a song about agreeing to marry a woman just so she’ll sleep with you in the backseat of your car. And some of you out there complain about a Rambo cartoon? Meatballs And Spaghetti is one of those “musicians trying to make it big” shows that all but died out by the end of the 1970s. And it’s a comedy, as these shows usually are. In this case it’s the husband and wife team of Meatballs and Spaghetti. Yes, he’s overweight and she’s a pencil on legs, but if you’ve followed Kevin James’ career you’re already used to that. Joined by clueless bassist Clyde and the drum-playing dog Woofer…no, this isn’t another Scooby-Clone but they do run into trouble a lot.

The episode I was pointed to has the group trying to save a beach pizza joint and protect a magic carpet from some Pakistani stereotypes. And if this isn’t enough for you, the poster left some classic commercials and CBS commercial bumpers. I even switched to a different poster that left the In The News segment. It was CBS’s educational segment done in a news format. Probably the most boring when compared to ABC’s numerous offerings or NBC’s One To Grow On, but they were interesting, like this segment on seeing eye dogs. Either way this might be of interest to you.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Batman: Gotham Adventures #13

“No…it’s Batbaby Beyond!” (Congrats to those who get the reference.)

Batman: Gotham Adventures #13

DC Comics (June, 1999)

“The End”

WRITER: Kelley Puckett

ARTISTS: Rick Burchett & Terry Beatty

COLORIST: Lee Loughridge


LETTERER: Tim Harkins

EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo

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BW’s Best Friday Night Fights part 3

Continuing my look back at BW’s history taking part in the late Friday Night Fights. We’ve gone through five tournaments so far so here’s part one and part two if you’re curious.

Part three contains Minimum Clonage, where we weren’t supposed to use the same character twice…so I didn’t even use the same logo twice. The first six were done with game sprites and the other six with comic panels. I’m kind of proud that I pulled that off. Then there was the Free For All. While I lost interest in themes near the end of FNF at this point I was too used to it and saw an opportunity to do a Bumblebee themed tournament. So that will be the best of Da Bee’s Decepti-bashing action! Two tournaments, a whole lot of action!

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> The Phantom #25 (Moonstone)

“Slow down, they’re recording The Black Stallion for you.”

The Phantom #25

Moonstone (2008)

“Checkmate” finale

WRITER: Mike Bullock

ARTIST: Silvestre Szilagyi

COLORIST: Bob Pedroza

COVER ART: Doug Klauba

LETTERER: Nate Pride

EDITOR: Joe Gentile

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BW’s Morning Article Link: New Popeye Cartoons Officially On YouTube

Bud Sagendorf's cover of Popeye #50 (Oct.-Dec....

Bud Sagendorf’s cover of Popeye #50 (Oct.-Dec. 1959) shows Popeye with his corncob pipe, single good eye and girlfriend Olive Oyl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So there’s an official Popeye YouTube channel. I’ve only just heard of it so I did a quick check. It’s mostly shorts from CBS’s All-New Popeye with the occasional classic short and an artcast feature called “Animinute”. (No sign of Popeye & Son and only a couple of classic shorts. No Sindbad The Sailor unfortunately. Now they’re planning to create brand new Popeye cartoons. Will they be any good, and will they be original or match one of the various theatrical shorts (either Fleischer or…was it UPA?). Personally I’d like to see Genndy Tartakovsky finally get his shot at the character. Maybe they can make that happen?

He-Man Newspaper Comics: When You Need An Extra Something

So we’re about halfway through the Dark Horse collection of the old He-Man newspaper comics. So far I’ve been enjoying them. While there have been some complaints (because nothing’s perfect) overall they are good stories. This month’s installment is going to deal with something even more dangerous and destructive than anything Skeletor could possibly plan. He-Man is about to face one of the biggest threats ever….TMZ!

Yep, a gossip reporter who wants to break stories whether they exist or not like “is Prince Adam marrying the princess he just happens to be going to a performance with because man and woman cannot be just friends don’t be silly” or “He-Man is so broke he has to help Evil-Lyn sell her cosmetics to live on”. Oh yeah, and Evil-Lyn is the Avon lady of doom now. You know, this story sounds weirder when you explain it than when I read it?

“When You Need An Extra Something”

WRITER: Chris Weber | ART/ORIGINAL LETTERER: Gerald Forton | COLORIST: Connie Schurr | EDITOR: Karen Willson

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Transformers: All Hail Megatron #7

That’s not what they mean by “Shattered Glass Universe”.

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #7

IDW Publishing (January, 2009)

WRITER: Shane McCarthy

ARTISTS: Guido Guidi & E.J. Su

COLORIST: Josh Burcham (assist by Benjamin Maier

SELECTED COVER ART: Trevor Hutchison

LETTERERS: Chris Mowry & Robbie Robbins

EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton

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