Saturday Monster Cartoons: Defenders of the Earth

August 6, 2011

Defenders of the Earth was produced in 1986, featuring characters from three comic strips distributed by King, Syndicate—Flash Gordon, the Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician—battling the Flash Gordon villain Ming the Merciless in the year 2015. Supporting characters include their children Rick Gordon, Jedda Walker (daughter of the Phantom), Kshin (adopted son of Mandrake), Mandrake’s assistant Lothar, and Lothar’s son L.J. The show lasted for 65 episodes; there was also a short-lived comic book series published by Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics). The closing credits credit Rob Walsh and Tony Pastor for the main title music and Stan Lee (legendary creator of many original marvel characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Doom, and many more) for the lyrics.

An awesome cartoon with great heroes with a killer opening song, this cartoon was watched throughout the years as the episodes were repeated over a lot of networks on before school breakfast shows as well as Saturday mornings. I recently found the DVDs at my local rental place and watched them again as an adult and it still is a good watch, which is rare because when you watch your old childhood television programs you can sometimes think in your head “this is dumb, why I did I like this as a kid?”

words by Kevin Monster

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