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The Herculoids was an action cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1967 for CBS.

Overview

The Herculoids featured the warrior king Zandor; his wife, Tara, and their son, Dorno. These three appeared to be the only human inhabitants of their primitive planet. When trouble arose, Zandor summoned a small army of exotic beasts: Igoo, an ape with tough, rocklike skin; Zok, a dragon that shot laser beams from its eyes and tail; Tundro, a triceratops that shot flaming rocks from its horn, and Gloop and Gleep, a pair of gelatinous shapeshifters.

The Herculoids later appeared in all new adventures on NBC's Space Stars, often crossing over with Space Ghost, Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts.

Voice cast

Episodes

  1. The Beaked People
  2. The Raider Apes
  3. The Pod Creatures
  4. Sarko the Arkman
  5. The Mole Men
  6. The Pirates
  7. The Spider Man
  8. Mekkor
  9. Destroyer Ants
  10. The Lost Dorgyte
  11. Defeat of Ogron
  12. The Android People
  13. Temple of Trax
  14. Swamp Monster
  15. Laser Lancers
  16. The Raiders
  17. Tiny World of Terror
  18. Prisoners of the Bubblemen
  19. The Time Creatures
  20. The Gladiators of Kyanite
  21. Mekkano, the Machine Master
  22. Invasion of the Electrode Men
  23. Mission of the Amazons
  24. Queen Skorra
  25. Attack of the Faceless People
  26. The Zorbots
  27. Return of Sta-Lak
  28. Revenge of the Pirates
  29. Ruler of the Reptons
  30. The Island of the Gravites
  31. Malak and the Metal Apes
  32. The Return of Torrak
  33. Attack from Space
  34. The Antidote
  35. The Mutoids
  36. The Crystallites

Comic books

The Herculoids appeared in several comic books:

  • In the late 1960s, they appeared in issues #1, #2 and #4 through #7 of Hanna-Barbera TV Super Heroes.
  • In 1978, they appeared in Marvel Comics' TV Stars comic book.
  • From 1997 to 1999, they appeared in four issues of DC Comics' Cartoon Network Presents.

Continuity with Space Stars

The Space Stars series included the Herculoids in its canon to show that Zandor and his family and friends were well known throughout the galaxy, and good friends of Space Ghost and the Teen Force.

But exactly what had originally made Zandor, Tara and Dorno as anti-technological and as primitivistic as they were shown to be was never explained in any of the episodes.

Home media releases

On June 14, 2011, Warner Archive released The Herculoids: The Complete Original Animated Series on DVD in region 1 as part of its Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.

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