Saturday, June 16, 2007

Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Again we look at the twilight of Saturday morn when the tube shifted from animation to live action. Or mostly live action.

There were two superhero shows produced by the same company that I really enjoyed. Isis and Shazam! Shazam! came first in 1974 and was based on Captain Marvel. Isis debuted the following year and was an original character because the producers didn't want to pay licensing fees. It starred JoAnna Cameron and was my first TV crush. She, as Isis, was, ahem, bonerific.

A little trivia; the six letters in the word Shazam stood for the six elders who granted Billy their powers: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.

Here's the opening credits of Isis. Enjoy!

Here she is transforming and saving some nutty teenagers...

And here's the opening of Shazam! I didn't notice at the time that Billy looks Hispanic and changes into a very wasp-ish Captain Marvel. A little subtle racism with your corn flakes?