Saturday, February 3, 2018
TV's Mightiest Old Cartoon Series!
The Mighty Hercules is a wonderful cartoon blast from the past. Several years ago I got a dvd with twenty of the one hundred sixty cartoon adventures. These are a hoot and I wish I had more of them. They are short but brisk yarns which feature Hercules, with the help of a magic ring which allows him to keep his great strength on Earth, jumps down from Olympus into the kingdom of Caladon to help out the prince or some other citizen who has come under attack by monsters or more likely the arch fiend Daedelus, an evil wizard or the Sea Witch who also goes by the name Wilhemine.
Herc is assisted by a centuar named Newton (who repeats everything he says twice) and his lovely girlfriend Helena. Other characters pop in and out of the little misadventures, but given the length of these five minute cartoons there's precious little time to develop and it's amazing how much story is delivered in so short a time. The animation is strictly limited but the designs are so handsome that with some clever direction and smart re-use of standard shots these stand up pretty well. The cartoon ran in the early 60's and there was apparently quite a bit of marketing tied to it. Below I've gathered from the bowels of the internets some of the games, books, and other paraphernalia including two comic books from Gold Key. Enjoy!