More from sketchbook #24.
But then there were the Japanese cartoons: Star Blazers, Grandizer, Gaiking, Spaceketeers, Starvengers, Danguard Ace, and, pictured above, Battle of the Planets. Most of the English translations were pedestrian and sanitized for North American consumption, but we loved what we got. BotP was my favourite and was my first exposure to what I would much later learn was referred to as animé. Many early elementary school recesses consisted of us kids recreating the adventures of G-Force in the schoolyard. Oh, yes.
Above (left to right) is Princess, Mark, and the amazingly-designed Phoenix. It wasn't until the mid-to-late 90s that I learned that the show was originally called Gatchaman in Japan and had a much more serious (and better!) storyline.