Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Mighty Mightor!
The Mighty Mightor, Hanna-Barbera's caveman superhero debuted soon after the success of Space Ghost, and is very much in the SG's image in many ways, but with some distinct differences too.
We have an entertaining blend of Billy Batson/Captain Marvel and the Flintstones. Thanks to Warner Archives, I at long last have these vivid memorable cartoon adventures.
Here we have a prehistoric teenager named Tor who is able to transform into a completely other being, an adult with vast strength and an array of superpowers. His pet dinosaur Tog can do the something similar, becoming a dragon of sorts.
Like so many of the Hanna-Barbera heroes, Mightor was designed by Alex Toth. Here's a gander at some of his work.
I've read recently that Hanna-Barbera developed Mightor when they couldn't properly put a Thor cartoon on the air, similar to what they did with the Fantastic Four. That seems a bit too on-the-nose for me, as sure there is a similarity visually between the heroes but not much else that I can detect save what both heroes copy from the classic Captain Marvel dynamic.
The Mighty Mightor appeared in several of the Gold Key comics, getting on the cover three times.