what ever happened to the heroes of yesteryear??

many a days, I feel like I was grown in the wrong year[s]: I was born in 1992, yet many of my favorite movies/cartoons are from the 1980s. With heroes like Transformers, The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, He-Man: Masters Of The Universe, even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I enjoyed them all. [just look at that artwork above, though!] I was the kind of guy who used to come home from [grade] school and sit down for hours on end, just watch these shows and obsess over these superheroes/super-humans who could do things that I couldn’t even dream of doing. I was caught up in a world that made me feel special; like I belonged somewhere. To make these shows even better than they already were[or I should say “are”] is that when the show went to a commercial break – we wouldn’t lose the fun since we’d get awesome ads for action figures [which I wish I could say I still had somewhere] based on these superheroes!

Unfortunately, most of these heroes are unknown [or even -dare I say- obsolete] to the kids of today: saying that they are ‘old school’ is almost an insult, as I feel that my heroes should still be valid [at least in some aspect] today. I mean sure, there’s some interesting super-humans that exist in television for kids now a days; but Ben 10 is not nearly as cool as the kids from Voltron! In this next part, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite heroes from yesteryear, and what makes them so damn special to me:

If you were a male child growing up in the late 80s to early 90s, chances are you watched He-Man: Masters Of The Universe. This show greatly influenced my interest in the world of fantasy. It had demons, ghosts and even talking evil skulls! He-Man was what every guy my age was striving to be. With Cringer The Battle Cat by his side, He-Man was fucking awesome, and that’s the highest compliment I can give him.

With the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film coming out in theaters today, I couldn’t get away without mentioning the classic that began the brothers’ adventures! [well, technically the comic books did, but same difference..] These guys were the inspiration for this post, primarily because they were my childhood. Along with Spider-Man: The Animated Series [from 1990], I watched these guys religiously. I’m almost terrified to see the new film, for fear of ruining my childhood friends: the turtles.

Although it is [somehow] still running under Power Rangers: Megaforce, the original series [Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers] is what I remember most. Seeing these regular teenagers going from school kids to superheroes used to blow my mind with jealousy. I’m pretty sure I even went so far as to write in a school project [at the frail age of 9] that I wanted to be a Power Ranger when I became an adult! The problems with that hope is it’s still something I still secretly wish now!

So while we have newer super-humans helping Earth on our TV screens, I can’t help feeling like the classics from the 80s were more memorable [this is just my opinion, though]. I keep hoping for a new classic that feels like the older ones. [if there is one, let me know!] I guess I’m just a sucker for nostalgia though – maybe I’ll just stick to the heroes I know and love, and leave the newer ones alone..for now.

now that’s a collage of heroes if I ever saw one! [Credit – unknown artist]


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