Jason and Wyatt, from the M.A.S.K. Movie Blog, have extended another invitation to appear on their podcast, MASKast. This time, to review the original four issue comic series released in the United States by DC Comics. It sounds like a great idea and it is a great motivation to get issues two, three and four up on boulder-hill.net for people to read! We will be recording soon and then the episode will be available after Jason and Wyatt have a chance to edit and add all the great sound effects and music.
If you have not made it over to the Comics section before you will also find the original mini comics that were included with M.A.S.K. toys as well as some stories from the British publication, Eagle. Below are the covers to the three issues that have been recently added. As you can see from the covers the books have some pretty fantastic artwork. Hopefully you will have a chance to read the issues before the next episode of MASKast is released so you can really follow along and enjoy the show!
On September 16th, 1985, children were treated to the very first airing of Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, M.A.S.K. The show has been described as a fusion of G.I. Joe and Transformers – but with its own unique appeal. Today is September 16th, 2013, which means M.A.S.K. is now twenty-eight years old. In that time, fans have been privileged to 75 animated episodes, a myriad of toys, an extensive comic book publication and a variety of other merchandise. To celebrate the birth of M.A.S.K., boulder-hill.net has put together an extensive look at different aspects of M.A.S.K., both past and present. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
Today we will be adding a couple new pieces to the site. The first, is one that followers of the MASKast Podcast will be familiar with (MASKast uses it as the lead-in to each episode). Our addition is a cover version of the M.A.S.K. theme song, performed by the (now defunct) band Video Micro. The song is now in our Media library, but it can also be found on Video Micro’s MySpace page. The band has also recorded a cover of the theme to Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors – for those who do not know, Jayce and M.A.S.K. actually shared quite a few sound effects!
Our second piece takes us to the United Kingdom and back in time to the 1980s, December, 1988, to be specific. The holiday issue of Eagle featured a six page M.A.S.K. story and a fantastic cover showing Miles Mayhem dressed up as Santa Claus! Readers will notice some marked differences between this comic and the cartoon. Particularly, VENOM being aware of Scott Trakker and his connection to M.A.S.K. Also, the normally cowardly T-Bob shows more courage in this one instance than in all the episodes of the cartoon combined. To check out the full story, click on over to the Comics section and enjoy.
For those who REALLY have their M.A.S.K. trivia down, the title of today’s article should tell you what it’s all about. When Opportunity KNOX! is the title of the first issue of the M.A.S.K. comic series from DC Comics. And that is exactly what we are adding to boulder-hill.net today! The entire story can now be found over in the Comics section of the site. That is TWENTY-TWO pages of M.A.S.K. and VENOM going at it, plus a special Boulder-Hill blueprint page! We will hopefully be adding the entire original, four issue, run of M.A.S.K. to boulder-hill.net very soon (for those who don’t know, there was another nine issue series that followed that). Further, the comics section will also be getting a redesign to help make things a little more organized.
Scott from M.A.S.K. Comics also listened in on MASKast 28 and had some great info to share in regards to M.A.S.K. comics, particularly the ones published over in the UK, here is an excerpt from Scott:
“…In the UK the comics were published by IPC/Fleetway – technically the same company but the name Fleetway was used after part of the company was sold off.
The Eagle was another comic by the same publishers and quite often other comics would be merged with it probalby due to a decrease in sales – whether this was due to flagging sales of the Eagle or the other comics I’m not sure. It was a dark day when M.A.S.K. merged with the Eagle and I know that I kind of lost interest at that point – even though I used to buy both comics prior to this.
The back story in the mini-comics was a great insight into the M.A.S.K. universe. Strangely, on the cartoon DVD package it states that “When investigating the mysterious death of his brother, MATT TRAKKER uncovers an international organisation known as VENOM” – however there is no mention of this in any of the cartoons.
As you so rightly point out, in the comic Matt and Miles worked together but in the cartoon Miles doesn’t know who the M.A.S.K. team members are – until the racing series. (With one episode exception but he forgets who they are after the Crystal Skull is destroyed).
In the UK Comics, the back story has Joe Trakker as being Matt’s brother – who is subsequently killed with the rest of the original M.A.S.K. team in an ambush by Mayhem. Therefore, in the UK comics each team know their opponents…”
Thanks for the great insights Scott. For those who have not made it over yet, Scott has his own website M.A.S.K. Comics full of great images and info.
Jason and Wyatt of the infamous M.A.S.K. movie script were great enough to bring me on their show again. This time to discuss the three mini comics that were included along with M.A.S.K. toys. This link will take you over to their website. For those who want to read along or just refresh their memory on the M.A.S.K. mini comics, you can jump to the Comics page on boulder-hill.net.
We will also be adding some more comic content to the site in the near future, so check back soon!