Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vinnie-Gar the Barbarian

I recently purchased the entire series of Thundarr the Barbarian. It was cartoon that ran from 1980-81, then was shown again from 1981-82 (when I saw it). It lasted all of two giant seasons. Twenty one episodes!
The cartoon features, naturally, a barbarian named Thundarr who is accompanied by sidekicks Princess Ariel the sorceress and Ookla the Mok. Ookla (my absolute fave) is a big wookie-like cat who screams a lot and breaks things. The show is set some two thousand years in the future, where science and sorcery intermix like bad food at a party.
You can imagine how insane a nine year old me must have gone over a show like that. Insane enough for a late thirty-something to buy it years later!
As fun as the show has been, there are a couple of gripes I have.

One: The animation is sub par. Veteran comic dudes Alex Toth and Jack Kirby worked on production designs for the show, which is kind of a big deal. But the animation, though not as bad/funny as the Star Trek cartoon, is pretty down there.

Two: No blood. I am now a jaded, corrupt, bloodthirsty adult (who is actually pretty squeamish). I want blood. I want decapitations. I want dismemberment. I want to see the Rat-king being drawn and quartered. I want to see the evil wizard Morag blow a hole through a puny human. I know it's a cartoon for kids...but still!

So I drew this. Not really Thundarr, but another mindless barbarian doing what he does best. Killing something he does not like or understand.

Give me MORE!!!!


1 comment:

  1. I too have the DVD. I watched this show every chance I could get as a boy. Cute drawing!