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Spider-Woman, salute to Marvel’s past

Spider-Woman, salute to Marvel's past

In just one week, on June 14th, Marvel Knights Animation and Shout! Factory will team to release the latest comic book to DVD title in their lineup, Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.. In honor of this event, we here at ToonBarn wanted to remind everyone that, even though this will be an awesome animated journey through the life of Spider-Woman, that our girl Jessica Drew actually has a long history of cartooning! In fact, over 30 years ago, Marvel Comics Animation teamed with DePatie-Freleng Enterprises to produce the Spider-Woman animated series on ABC. The series had a brief run (only about 4 months) but was is one of those iconic memories that we’re happy to share. Check out a clip and see if you can spot some of the differences between this Spider-Woman and the modern day take!

Columbia Pictures looks to revive He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Columbia Pictures looks to revive He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Just a few days after learning He-Man has a video game revival on the way, we’re now told we could see a cinematic adventure following the Masters of the Universe. Though we’re still working with early announcements and rumors, Columbia Pictures has said they tasked Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to write a Masters of the Universe reboot based on a Justin Marks script. Recreating the 1980s Filmation cartoon and Mattel toyline wont be an easy process, as a failed Warner Brothers pitch and a unpopular Cartoon Network toon can attest. He-Man’s success in theaters is also up for grabs, as Dolph Lundgren’s 1987 attempt as the Most Powerful Man in the Universe fell short, even before Frank Langella’s Skeletor showed up. Let’s hope for better things this time!

Hey, Hey, Hey! Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids hits iTunes

Hey, Hey, Hey!  Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids hits iTunes

The first episode of Bill Cosby’s long running animated series, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, originally hit CBS Saturday mornings in 1972, nearly 40 years ago. Heck, even the movie with SNL’s Kenan Thompson is now 6 years old. It seems like the Classic Media and Filmation franchise was just due for an update. “Perfect timing,” says iTunes, who launches all 36 episodes of season one to the digital platforms. Users have the choice of grabbing individual episodes for $1.99, or the entire season for $29.99. Each episode also features live-action segments from Bill Cosby, who hosted every skit. Never seen the original? Take a look and let us know what you think:

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