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Space Ghost
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Space Ghost, one of Toth's most famous designs.
Publication information
Publisher Hanna-Barbera Productions
DC Comics
First appearance Space Ghost (1966)
Created by Alex Toth
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
In-story information
Alter ego Space Ghost (in Space Ghost and Dino Boy)
Tad Ghostal (in Space Ghost Coast To Coast)
Thaddeus Bach (in the DC Comic Book)
Team affiliations Galactic Heroes
Abilities

Space Ghost is a fictional character created by Hanna-Barbera Productions and designed by Alex Toth for CBS. He started out as a superhero who, with his helpers Jan, Jace and Blip, fought supervillains in outer space. In more recent years, he has been retooled as a fictional talk show host on Adult Swim and revamped in a DC Comics mini-series.

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Original shows

The series debuted in 1966 where it shared time with an unrelated segment called Dino Boy in the Lost Valley. Space Ghost was voiced by Gary Owens along with Tim Matheson as the voice of Jace and Ginny Tyler voicing Jan. Don Messick also added his voice talent to Blip. (Previously, Matheson was the voice of "Jonny" in Jonny Quest, another Hanna Barbara adventure cartoon.) Space Ghost and his helpers fought supervillains with the recurring of them being Moltar, Zorak (voiced by Don Messick), Spider Woman (voiced by Ginny Tyler and also named the Black Widow in some episodes), Metallus (voiced by Ted Cassidy), Brak (voiced by Keye Luke), and Creature King (voiced by Vic Perrin).

The original series was comprised of 42 Space Ghost and 18 Dino Boy episodes ending in 1968. 22 new Space Ghost segments appeared on Space Stars in 1981. The episodes introduced a new assortment of villains including an evil version of Space Ghost called Space Spectre who came from an alternate universe. His space ship, the Phantom Cruiser, was also given a sleeker and more modernized look. Similar to the original series, Space Ghost often came to the aid of The Herculoids and vice versa. They also frequently crossed paths with the Teen Force, and it appeared that Jan and Teen Force member Kid Comet were dating as well. Gary Owens reprised his role as Space Ghost, but Tim Matheson was replaced by Steve J. Spears as the voice of Jace and Ginny Tyler was replaced by Alexandra Stewart as the voice of Jan.

The comeback shows

Space Ghost, at his desk with a blue index card, on Coast to Coast

The character Space Ghost hosts a talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which began broadcasting in 1994 on Cartoon Network. One-time villains Zorak (a giant Praying Mantis or Locust, depending on the particular episode) and Moltar (a lava creature inside a metal suit) were Space Ghost's sidekicks (with guest appearances from many other old Space Ghost villains, most notably Brak). The show, as well as the short-lived Cartoon Planet, was a spoof of late-night shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman. Celebrities interviewed by Space Ghost included Beck, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Magicians Penn and Teller, Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira, Joel Hodgson, Carrot Top, Jim Carrey, Jon Benjamin, Conan O'Brien, Charlton Heston, Thurston Moore, Thom Yorke, Bjork, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Mark Hamill. In this series he's played by George Lowe.

The show relied heavily on absurd, surreal, or even dadaist humour. SGC2C continued to 2004 as the oldest program on Cartoon Network's late-night comedy/action programming block, Adult Swim. The characters of Jan, Jace, and Blip, Space Ghost's old sidekicks, appeared twice on the show, and saying they were a waste of his time and that he shouldn't have bothered with them. After approximately eight seasons, the show went into hiatus, and the writers Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro used characters they developed in an unaired episode ("Baffler Meal") to create another popular "would-be spin-off" Aqua Teen Hunger Force. After that show proved successful, Baffler Meal was animated and aired in 2003, the same year on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Space Ghost was on the ground with his head ripped off by Dr. Weird with Seth Green on the monitor, in the episode The Dressing, and Steve wondering what they're going to do with his body.

The episode "Pavement" features the indie band Pavement, with them replacing Zorak as the shows house musician, although they are introduced by Space Ghost as The Beatles. Pavement later released the songs played on the extended edition of the album "Brighten the Corners".

Coast to Coast in turn had its own spin-off starring Brak and Zorak, called The Brak Show. As with Coast to Coast, Space Ghost is again voiced by George Lowe, who additionally voiced the character of Dad.

Currently, new episodes of SGC2C appear on the "Animation" channel of the GameTap service, as of May 30, 2006. Guests seem to be either gaming celebrities or non-mainstream musicians. However on May 31, 2008, the show ended, since the TV section of GameTap shut down, it was rumored that four more seasons would have been made and the series would end on late May early June 2012.

Coast to Coast revealed that his birthday is June 19, 1966 in the episode Surprise, in which Space Ghost gets a package in the whole episode, and Zorak and Moltar run the show, but the origin of his birthday would be on the day in September the first Space Ghost series came out.

Action figures

Space Ghost's Coast to Coast version was released as an action figure by Toycom, complete with a desk and chair, a series of cue cards, and a mug. Also included were several different sets of hands, allowing the figure to be used either as the talk show host or the super hero or both. The shoulders and neck were ball-jointed, with a light plastic yellow cape. A transparent variant "invisible" figure was also released.

Actors

Three actors played Space Ghost in the three "main" Space Ghost series:

Gary Owens (1966-1982) in Space Ghost and Space Stars

George Lowe (1994-Present) in Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet, The Brak Show, Squidbillies, Perfect Hair Forever, Robot Chicken,
The Aqua Teen Movie and The Aqua Teen Movie 2: Death Fighter.

Andy Merrill (1995-1999) in Space Ghost Coast to Coast as Live Action Space Ghost and Cartoon Planet as Dancin' Space Ghost

Episodes

Classic (1966) Show

1. The Heat Thing

2. Zorak

3. The Web

4. The Lizard Slavers

5. The Sandman

6. Creature King

7. The Evil Collector

8. The Robot Master

9. The Drone

10. Hi-Jackers

11. Homing Device

12. The Iceman

13. The Energy Monster

14. The Lure

15. The Schemer

16. The Cyclopeds

17. Lokar, King Of The Locusts

18. Space Sargasso

19. Brago

20. Revenge of The Spider Woman

21. The Space Birds

22. Attack Of The Saucer Crab

23. Nightmare Planet

24. The Time Machine

25. Space Armada

26. The Challenge

27. The Jungle Planet

28. Ruler Of The Rock Robots

29. The Space Ark

30. Glasstor

31. The Space Piranhas

32. The Sorcerer

33. The Ovens Of Moltor

34. Transor-The Matter Mover

35. The Looters

36. The Gargoyloids

37. Council Of Doom 1: The Meeting

38. Council Of Doom 2: Clutches Of The Creature King

39. Council Of Doom 3: The Deadly Trap

40. Council Of Doom 4: The Molton Monsters Of Moltar

41. Council Of Doom 5: Two Faces Of Doom

42. Council Of Doom 6: The Final Encounter

1981 Revival

  • Attack Of The Space Sharks
  • The Haunted Space Station
  • The Sorceress
  • Planet Of The Space Monkeys
  • The Anti-Matter Man
  • The Space Dragons
  • The Starfly
  • The Big Freeze
  • The Toymaker
  • Microworld
  • Space Spectre
  • Web Of The Wizard
  • Time Chase
  • The Deadly Comet
  • The Shadow People
  • Time Of The Giants
  • City In Space
  • Nomads
  • Eclipse Woman
  • Devilship
  • The Time Master
  • Space Cube Of Doom

(Pazsaz Entertainment Network)

Space Ghost Coast to Coast

List of Space Ghost Coast to Coast episodes

Other media

  • Lowe voiced Space Ghost in four episodes of The Brak Show also doing Dad's voice.
  • Space Ghost (voiced by George Lowe) appeared on Loveline on December 18, 1998, completing the show in character, and thus being the only other fictional guest besides Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to guest on the show.

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