What You Should Know About Super Ted

What You Should Know About Super Ted

After a 30 year break from television, that enigmatic, stuffed toy, superhero SuperTed is making a comeback. What was it about this wonderful little teddy bear that endeared him to readers and watchers alike? How was it, that an ordinary teddy bear, a toy shop production line reject, suddenly became the all-powerful superhero that captivated kids with his adventures, both on Earth and in space.

The Creation

SuperTed’s creator was a guy named Mike Young. He originally created the character for his son who was afraid of the dark and found it difficult to go to sleep. From this simple beginning, about 100 books were written.

Who or What is He?

A toy factory rejected the teddy bear as it came off the production line. It was defective and thrown onto the rubbish dump. But like something from the Terminator movie, a strange creature from outer space, going by the obvious name of Spotty, finds the discarded teddy. Luckily, Spotty comes from
a far more advanced race than humans and has in his possession a supposedly legal substance called ‘Cosmic Dust,’ which he sprinkles on the teddy bear to bring it to life.

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My Top Favorite Superhero Shows from the 80s

My Top Favorite Superhero Shows from the 80s

Lіkе jаzz, соmіс bооkѕ аnd ѕuреrhеrо shows are a whоllу Amеrісаn аrt fоrm. Alѕо, lіkе jаzz, it іѕ аn аrt fоrm that has bееn undеrаррrесіаtеd. Aѕ a rеѕult оf thе рорulаrіtу оf superhero fіlmѕ lіkе the Dаrk Knіght, Irоn Man аnd the X-Men, superheroes have bеgun tо еntеr іntо thе аwаrеnеѕѕ оf the gеnеrаl public. The following іѕ a lіѕt оf the bеѕt ѕuреrhеrоеѕ thаt comic books have to оffеr and which were also popular shows in the 80’s without CGI.

SupermanSuperman: The fіrѕt, and іn mу оріnіоn, the best. All ѕuреr-hеrоеѕ ѕtеm from еіthеr Bаtmаn оr Suреrmаn аnd wіthоut Superman thеrе would bе nо Bаtmаn.

Fоr thоѕе who dоn’t like Suреrmаn bесаuѕе they саn’t relate to him then thеу аrе mіѕѕіng thе point. Suреrmаn іѕ a соnсерt that is mеаnt to inspire. He іѕ not ѕuрроѕеd tо bе “оnе оf uѕ.” Hе іѕ a ѕtrаngе visitor frоm аnоthеr planet thаt is ѕuрроѕеd tо gіvе us hоре thаt one day wе tоо саn be “supermen”.

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Old School Cartoons Life Lessons

Old School Cartoons Life Lessons

Cartoons are the vеrу еѕѕеnсе оf entertaining tеlеvіѕіоn. Thеу іnѕріrе оur іmаgіnаtіоn and саn’t hеlр but make us smile wіth their slapstick jоkеѕ.

A lot оf саrе and attention wаѕ рut into thе making of thе rеаllу оld саrtооnѕ. Sоmе оf thеm wеrе vеrу wеll аnіmаtеd wіth intricate plots, hilarious vоісеѕ аnd muѕіс thаt fоllоwеd the асtіоn tо perfection.

Cast your mіnd bасk to a few саrtооnѕ уоu probably lоvеd whеn уоu were grоwіng uр, and whісh are nоw сlаѕѕісѕ. 

Jetsons – The Future

Mаnу people lоvеd tо wаtсh thе Jеtѕоnѕ, a саrtооn created іn the 1960ѕ about a space аgе fаmіlу. Many of us grеw up wіth іt іn thе 1980ѕ and can rеmеmbеr bеlіеvіng thаt thе futurе wоuld bе juѕt lіkе that. Wе rеаllу еnjоуеd wаtсhіng thе роrtrауаl of lіfе for thе Jеtѕоnѕ out in thе соѕmоѕ, аnd wе didn’t fіnd it tоо hаrd tо believe, either.

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This Will Surely Change How You Look At Comics

This Will Surely Change How You Look At Comics

Go check your attics or garage, who knows, you might have been storing the most expensive comics without you knowing it!

Last week, I was clearing up some space in our attic when I chanced upon a ragged down pallet collar (go to http://kronuscollars.com/ to see how it looks like). And what a pleasant surprise!

Along with some other useless stuff and junk, I found vintage comics that my parents must have kept a long time ago. They were not in perfect shape but really looked awesome.

Excited, I browsed the internet to see what these comics were about. And I wasn’t prepared for a bigger surprise! These comics, some dating around the 80’s, could well be priceless collector’s items. If sold to the right buyer, I could easily go home richer by a hundred or even a grand. I was so fascinated especially when I learned that some of the most valuable comics were sold off at unbelievable price tags.

You surely won’t believe comics cost a million! Take a look at the six priciest comics ever sold.

  1. Action Comics # 1

Considered as the “holy grail” of comic book collectibles, this edition features the debut of Superman created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Even with four different copies out in the market, this edition was auctioned off at a hefty $3,207,852.00 price tag.

  1. Amazing Fantasy #15

Almost in mint condition, this comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko features the first appearance of Spider-Man. Comic book collectors were surprised at the final bid price ($1,100,000) of this comic especially that it was well over the all-time high of that time, Silver Age comic book, which was just under $300,000.

  1. Detective Comics #27

Even with just a grade of 8.0, Detective Comic #27 was sold off at a costly $1,075,000.00. It is the only piece currently out in the market although there are a handful of copies with higher grades. It is said that the 9.2-graded Detective Comics #27 could be the most valuable comic book in existence and could be easily sold double the price of this comics. This edition of Detective Comics contains the debut of the well-loved crime-buster, Batman. Initially, this comic book held the record as the most expensive comic book in the market when it was sold in 2010.

  1. Batman #1

First issues almost always get good valuations. The first issue of the Batman series, where Catwoman and Joker also first appeared, was sold at $567,625.00. Accordingly, there was a lively bidding war in 2013 when this comic book was sold.

  1. X-Men #1

Notching a 9.8 grade, this comic book is easily the highest graded book on this list. Its $492,937.00 price tag did not come as a surprise especially with that an earlier Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s “X-Men” series sold was sold at around half this price.

  1. Flash Comics #1

Sold at an impressive $450,000, this edition of Flash Comics features the debut appearance of Hawkman and Golden Age Flash. When it was auctioned in 2010, this 9.6-graded comic was the second highest sale on record. Like many other high value comics, this mint copy of Flash Comics #1 came from the collection of Edgar Church, considered to have some of the best quality comics collection in the world.

For quite a long time, I’ve never really considered comic books as valuable pieces. But reading all this has changed how I view comics.

So, the next time you buy a comic book, make sure to keep them safely. As for me, I don’t plan to sell the old comic books I’ve found. I’d better have them for my personal enjoyment!

This Will Surely Change How You Look At Comics

Cartoons Then and Now: How Have They Changed

I was scanning the TV last night looking for some news, when suddenly… He-Man, She-Ra and the Care Bears were flashed. Whoa! These are my superheroes.

Expecting that the channel would be showing at least an episode, I stayed for a while, but I was wrong. It was just part of their commercial. The channel must have been revisiting memory lane – showing some of their defunct shows. But it felt good seeing some of the 80’s and 90’s cartoon shows on TV, it’s nostalgic.

I stayed watching the kids channel and was surprised to see how much animated shows have changed since my childhood. For a kid who grew up during the heyday of cartoons and animated television series, I find today’s cartoons very different.

We’ve seen a lot of developments especially in the world of animation. New techniques enabled better graphics for modern animated shows. Unlike in the 80’s- or 90’s-produced animations, today’s cartoons are more realistic and have better visual appeal. Some cartoon shows even look realistic.

But aside from the obvious visual changes, modern cartoons have undergone hefty sanitation thanks to government regulations. Animated shows during our time (talking about 80s to 90s kids) were crude and were pervaded by slapstick. We all watched and loved the funny antics in cartoons but we seemed never really to understand what the creator’s motives were. I can say that our cartoons were all just for laugh.

The other types of cartoons, on the other hand, were pervaded with imaginary worlds, characters and superpowers. They showcased heroism and violence all at the same time. We had animals as heroes, ranging from cats, dogs, bears and a mouse. These talking creatures have pervaded our wild imaginations as kids and they never fail to make us smile. On the other hand, evil villains scared us in our dreams. Who would forget the villains donned with hideous costumes or fighting combat suits (follow this link to see what I mean) or guised as fancy aliens.

Cartoons nowadays have deeper story lines, settings, character description, morals, and more realistic comedy. With such stringent rules, I don’t think slapstick antics or violence in cartoons can get away without some bashing. Although some cartoon shows are able to slip with some sarcasm and adult-themed jokes, majority of today’s animated series have been sanitized to appeal the modern day kids.

I’ve also seen how cartoon shows’ story lines have been diversified and have become more intricate. The differences between SpongeBob Squarepants and Tom & Jerry are very obvious. The former shows real world values and morals as depicted creatively in an undersea setting. On the other hand, Tom & Jerry is all about a cat relentlessly chasing a squeaky mouse.

There are also a lot of children’s shows today that are more educational in nature. Science Kids and Dora the Explorer teach kids about letters, shapes, numbers and other basic stuff. These cartoon shows are very educational that some teachers even use them as teaching aides.

If you grew during our time, when cartoons were just for laughs, you might not love cartoon shows of today. For myself, I didn’t really enjoy watching and digesting the deep storylines of modern animated shows. You may not agree with me but I guess kids and adults alike should watch cartoons for fun.

What’s the Longest Running Animated Series

What’s the Longest Running Animated Series?

Cartoons or animated television series have become a part of our society. It’s a fun pastime that children and adults enjoy. Many cartoon series have come and gone but there are others that have enjoyed an impressive longevity.

Let’s take a look at some of the longest running cartoons.

  1. Simpsons

Debuted in 1989, this animated show now has produced 27 seasons, 596 episodes and is still currently in production. With its simplicity, relevance, and appeal to both kids and adults, it seems to stay forever.

  1. South Park

Already on its 19th season, this animated family cartoon has shown 267 episodes now and is still currently in production. They tackle almost any topic under the sun. In one of its silliest episodes, you can see the father playing some trumpets akin to those found at http://windplays.com/. I can’t help but laugh every time I remember this episode.

  1. Arthur

The animated TV series Arthur has already aired 239 episodes through its 21 seasons. It is currently in production so we’re expecting to see more of its funny jokes.

  1. The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show

The well-loved bunny series had a total of 387 episodes in 14 seasons which was shown between 1987 and 2000 for a total of 13 years.

  1. Space Ghost Coast to Coast

Produced by Cartoon Network and mainly shown in major American television channels, this adventure cartoon had 14 seasons with 110 episodes throughout its run.

  1. King of the Hill

This 2D animated series about a middle-class American family has shown a total of 259 episodes divided into its 13 episodes.

  1. Family Guy

This cartoon television show might be looking at duplicating the success of Simpsons. Family Guy is an adult themed animated series. At present the show has produced 269episodes in 14 episodes and is still in production.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

As early as the 80’s, these turtle heroes have already filled the imagination of kids. They have since evolved and have undergone countless re-runs with new series, prequels, sequels and even movie adaptations. This classic cartoon series has produced 10 seasons, 193 episodes.

  1. SpongeBob Square Pants

Still enjoyed by many kids till this day, SpongeBob takes you into his underwater world and his adventures. The series has produced 204 episodes has ran 9 seasons, and is still under production.

  1. Rugrats

This animated series about a mischievous baby and his equally mischievous baby-friends ran for 9 seasons with 172 episodes.

  1. American Dad!

Created by Matt Weitzman, Mike Barker and Seth MacFarlane, this animated sitcom is not really intended for the young ones but for adult viewers. It debuted in 2005 and has since had 13 seasons with 212 episodes.

Completing the round up of the longest running TV cartoons are Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Beavis and Butthead, The Flintstones, and Futurama.

Oh before I forget, there’s actually one TV cartoon that’s been running twice as long as Simpsons – it’s the Japanese anime Tetsujin 28-go which was first produced in 1963 and was also released in the American market as Gigantor. Not many may actually remember or even know about this anime series but it actually holds the title as the longest running animated show ever.

Why Kids Need to Watch Cartoons? Here are 5 Great Excuses

Why Kids Need to Watch Cartoons? Here are 5 Great Excuses

For the 80’s kids, like me, we are lucky that computers were just on its infancy during our childhood days. We enjoyed the best toys, the best comics, the best games, and the best cartoon shows ever.

Our generation may not be as techy as the kids of this generation but we weren’t as primitive as our parents. We played with action figures and outdoor games. We rode bike, played skates, and pretty much active sports.

Today’s kids live in the virtual world. High-tech gadgets, tablets, computers and other geeky stuff are the toys of the future. I’ve also seen how technology has crept into old hobbies. There are electricity-powered skates and bikes. I heard some action figures are now equipped with AI, even drum sets now come with techy accessories, like those I’ve read here.

And it’s not only with toys or games that we see significant changes. Cartoons have also changed a lot. Ours were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flintstones, Simpsons, Super Ted, Looney Toons, Tom and Gerry, and Garfield. Today, they have Phineas and Ferb, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Pokemon and the Powerpuff Girls. The quality, story and plot may have changed but I guess both the classic and modern cartoon shows still instill the same values.

Yes. There are values that can be learned from watching cartoons and they are enough reasons why kids need to watch cartoons. Here are some lessons I’ve learned from watching my favorite cartoon classics.

  1. Friendship

The cuddly bears in the Care Bears cartoon show depicted what friendship truly meant. They were there to help out each other, shared light moments and showed respect to each other. Although they may have had some misunderstandings, they always found a way to mend those issues thus keeping their bond stronger.

  1. Defending the oppressed

He-Man showed how it is important to help those who are oppressed and needy. He used his superpowers not for his personal gains but to protect those around him.

  1. Everyone can be a hero

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proved that anyone can be a hero, no matter what kind of creature you are. It also showed that we can love others even if we are not of the same species or standing in life.

  1. Size doesn’t matter

In the classic cartoon series, Tom & Jerry, we see that size doesn’t really matter if we want to succeed in life. We see how Jerry can think of clever ways to evade his arch-nemesis. It seems to encourage us to think out of the box at all times, which is very helpful especially when dealing with life problems.

  1. Bravery

Every superhero cartoon show depicts bravery and heroism. Ultimately, these animated shows have a recurring plot that underscores how the good always triumphs.

For some adults, cartoons may seem senseless but you have to admit it – you once also fell in love with these animated characters. So, the next time you see kids watching cartoons, please don’t interrupt and let them learn some values in life.

Five Superheroes Kids of the 80’s Would Never Outgrow

Five Superheroes Kids of the 80’s Would Never Outgrow

I grew up watching superhero cartoon shows. I’m sure I’m not alone here.

We lived our childhood in the imaginary world of our cartoon characters. I know you dreamt of becoming a superhero too, at one point in your life.

But time flies so fast. Kids of the 80’s are now all grown-ups (Oh, I really wanted to write ‘old’ but ‘grown-up’s’ would hurt less.)

I’m pretty sure you’ve realized how much things have changed. From playing with cool toy cars, we’re now driving real ones; dollhouses have become real homes; and toy guns have been replaced by the latest air rifles. I realized this while I was checking for the specs of my air rifle at RifleJudge.com. It’s quite nostalgic when we remember our childhood days, and how our imaginary world has become real in so quick time.

Looking back, it’s pretty much easy to see the things we‘ve outgrown. But there are five cartoon characters that every kid can’t seem to outgrow. Take a look at this list.

  1. He-Man and She-Ra

These burly, muscled superheroes have fascinated our imagination. And so I won’t wonder why many guys and gals are so obsessed with working out. Well, I guess, fitness gyms should give credit to these two superheroes.

It’s just amazing how they could slay hideous monsters. I don’t really recall much of their story now but I just know they’re there to defend the universe.

  1. Inspector GadgetInspector Gadget

I think our fascination for gadgets and tech stuff is because of this uncanny inspector. Kids of the 80’s surely have lots of gadgets strapped around their body – mobile phones, headsets, tablets, tech eyeglasses, and many more.

At one point, I told my mum I wanted to join the police and be detective. I would blame Inspector Gadget had I become a detective. What’s amazing about this superhero is his arsenal of awesome gadgets. I also loved his adventures, especially when he solves a crime.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Nope. I won’t say a lot of the 80s kids want to become turtles – absolutely not. But many kids of our generation just love combat sports. Perhaps, you’ve seen how mixed martial arts have become so popular lately. Thanks to TNMT, we’re inspired to get fit and fight!

Probably the longest running of all superhero classics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have defied time. Don’t get this mixed up with the 90’s turtle heroes (named after famous Italian artists) or the 2000’s or even the latest movie. Even before these latter versions, there already was a TMNT cartoon series shown during the 80s.

And one more thing these turtles have taught us – pizza!

  1. Danger Mouse

This superhero classic may be the coolest British white mouse to we’ve seen on TV. This clever, tiny superhero got to bust crime across the world. Danger Mouse is the James Bond version in the kingdom animalia. He was a great secret agent who fought crime with his clever ways.

And what’s the one thing he’s influenced us? Well he’s a jetsetter who travels around the world. And many of the 80s kids love to roam the world.

  1. The Transformers

It’s quite obvious why many of us love cars and burly vehicles. Many of us are willing to pay huge amounts to get the latest cars. And who’s to blame? I’m pointing my fingers to Bumble Bee. Probably, this 80s cartoon show has embedded in our subconscious how cool it is to have a car.

Did I miss out on your favorite superhero?

Meet the 5 Most Famous Teddy Bear Characters Of All Time

Winnie The PoohFor someone who loves SuperTed, he probably is the best fictional teddy bear character in the world.

But aside from SuperTed, there are many other awesome teddy bear characters that have made big names in films.

And quite interestingly, these teddy bears appeal not just to kids but also to adults. I’m talking about how Seth MacFarlane transformed this cute cuddly toy into transgressive, raunchy creature – by the way, the movie did great at the box office. These furry childhood friends are just irresistible!

Here are some lucky teddy bears that have leapt to stardom and the immortality of film.

  1. Winnie the Pooh

One of the most popular bear characters of all time, Winnie the Pooh has leapt from book into comics into animated series and into full feature film. English author A.A. Milne wrote the first Winnie the Pooh book in 1926 which was followed by three more editions. Kids of different generations have grown to love Winnie and his bunch of friends.

I’ve grown up reading Winnie the Pooh books and comics as well as watching cartoons. I could fondly remember a hilarious scene where Winnie and his friends were playing a horrible music on a piano. I guess it would have helped if they had used the latest digital pianos that you could see here.

  1. Lots-O’Huggin’ Bear

The main antagonist in the Toy Story 3 movie, Lots-O’ Huggin’ Bear makes the life of Buzz and his fellow toys miserable. Lots-O’ is not really that bad. He just suffered quite a traumatic ‘toy life’ that has hardened his heart. Lotso is easily the most terrible villain in all of the Toy Story franchise. He’s even more savage than the two other main villains.

  1. Paddington BearPaddington Bear

We first see Paddington Bear in the book series authored by Michael Bond and first published in 1958. Since then this polite and friendly anthropomorphic creation has been out-classing its peers. It has published more than twenty books and has been translated in different language. His story features funny and hilarious adventures. Paddington Bear is a classic character in English literature and continues to enchant children. His most recent show is the 2014 full feature film, which was also well-received in the box office.

  1. The Care Bears

A lot of kids have grown up to love Care Bears cartoon series and toys. This group of multi-colored bear characters lives in the futuristic world with some nice fight scenes. Quite interestingly, the Care Bears were originally introduced in greeting cards in 1981. They have been reinvented to become cuddly toys, then TV characters, and movie characters.

  1. Fozzie Bear

Well, he is a bear after all. Fozzie Bear may not look like a bear at first sight but this anthropomorphic character is really a bear. He is easily one of the most memorable characters in the Muppet Movie and he proves this popularity again as he is included in the revival ensemble of the musical. Fozzie Bear is the show’s stand-up comic – only that he lacks that comedic flair, always ending as the target of ridicule after his jokes.

All these characters have to give credit to their forebears, SuperTed included, for their celebrity status. So, the next time you see these cuddly childhood friends, remember these high-profile teddy bear stars, who proved they are more than just toys!