Space Ghost

Twenty-two Space Ghost segments appeared on the animated TV show Space Stars on NBC in 1981.  Space Stars was a 60-minute Saturday morning animated program block that was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and was broadcast on NBC from September, 1981, until September, 1982.

It featured five animated segments each week for each of the shows listed below:

Space Ghost (2 segments, 6 minutes each)

The Herculoids (1 segment, 10 minutes),

Teen Force (1 segment, 7 minutes),

Astro and the Space Mutts (1 segment, 7 minutes)

and The Space Stars Finale (1 segment, 7 minutes). 

 

The opening title narration was provided by Michael Rye and consisted of the following:

Space Stars! A galaxy of heroes teamed together in an interstellar battle against evil! Blast off on adventures as big as the cosmos itself! Race, poised on the edge of time, with Space Ghost and his young friends! Streak through the universe with Space Ace, Astro and the Space Mutts as they spring into action! And somewhere deep in space, super-danger threatens the Teen Force! Join the famed Herculoids in their new battles to preserve peace on the planet Quasar! Now…get set for 60 laser-blasting minutes of action, adventure, fun…on Space Stars!

The episodes introduced a new assortment of villains including an evil version of Space Ghost named Space Spectre who came from an alternate universe.  Space Ghost often came to the aid of The Herculoids and vice versa. The Phantom Cruiser was given a more modern redesign as well. They also frequently crossed paths with the Teen Force and it appeared that Jan and Teen Force member Kid Comet were dating as well. Gary Owens reprised his role as Space Ghost, while Steve J. Spears played the role of Jace and Alexandra Stoddart played Jan.

On October 8, 2013, Warner Archive released Space Stars: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner’s online store and Amazon.com and can be ordered right here.

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