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Sally Forth: Comic Con Checklist #2

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on June 26, 2018

1. Ted’s t-shirt features the Phoenix chest emblem from 70s animated series Battle of the Planets. Upon review, that is clearly one pain-in-the-ass logo for Jim Keefe to have to draw repeatedly and saner minds would have instead opted for the characters’ “G” belt buckle logo. But then that might have looked like a reference to the 80s reboot G-Force: Guardians of Space, and any series in which Mark is renamed “Ace Goodheart” is an outright crime.

2. Battle of the Planets was the Americanized version of the more violent Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. (Which would also be the name of my firstborn. My second child would be named Laff-A-Lympics, a distinction that I’m certain would cause no problem between the two kids.) Science Ninja Team Gatchaman was an environmental/conservation-centerered series that took place entirely on Earth. But when the cartoon was repurposed for Battle of the Planets all locales were reconfigured for other planets to capitalize on the recent release of Star Wars, hence why every extraterrestrial outpost looked like Toledo.

3. After the Starlee and the Moonbeams episode “The Backpack Mentality” aired, sales of Cabbage Patch Dolls were quickly eclipsed by sales of Changeling Backpacks, despite both parents’ and stores’ misgivings of supporting a toy that screamed 24/7, even louder when the power was failing so as to remind children to buy 14 more D batteries.

4. The moment Sally and Ted head out that door their neighbor Tom Racine will pinch the top bridge of his nose between his thumb and forefinger, squeeze his eyes shut, and mumble some obscenity, all the while thinking this is why he should hire a landscaping company so he wouldn’t have to be outside mowing his own lawn and bear witness to the Forths.

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  1. Marsupial said, on June 26, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I’m trying to imagine someone reading Sally Forth in their local newspaper, not realizing that they could come here for a fully annotated experience. (Maybe you could get on op-ed in some papers with the explanation…)

  2. B. said, on June 27, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Battle of the Planets was one of my favorite shows as a kid. As soon as I saw that shirt on Ted I was excited.

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