Freakin' sweet!

By Phil Plait | January 26, 2009 4:30 pm

If you have ever wondered what the phrase "Made of awesome" means, here is the definition.

70s scifi icons

I recognize almost every single thing in that picture. And what’s the first thing you notice? The Eagle, still my favorite science fiction space transport of all time. And three things from U.F.O!

This rocks my universe.

Weirdly, the only three things I don’t get are the California blonde in the shorts and t-shirt in front of TARDIS next to Leela (Jaime Sommers? That would make the German Shepherd the bionic dog), the blonde superhero between the Dalek and Captain America, and the blue and red spaceship in the upper left. Anyone?

And is that Richard Benjamin as Quark? Yes, I do believe it is.

Tip o’ the sonic screwdriver to io9.

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Comments (131)

  1. Philip

    Red & blue spaceship is from “Battle of the Planets”.

  2. Davidlpf

    Cool picture although nothing from Star Wars and that started in the 70’s.

  3. Brando

    More like 70s AND 80s. I feel old now – none of the 3d guys sitting next to me recognized the Phoenix from Battle of the Planets nor the ships from UFO.

  4. Andrew

    That is, indeed, the bionic woman and her dog, per the artist.

  5. Karl

    The blonde next to the Dalek is Cathy Lee Crosby as Wonder Woman, from the 70s TV movie version.

  6. David – that is the first thing I noticed. No star wars. But it DOES same “television” – whatever that means.

  7. wait – but is the guy in black from Logan’s Run? That was a movie. Oh well, it is still a cool picture.

  8. Stu

    Yes. the blue and red ship is def. the Pheonix from battle of the planets.

  9. Michelle

    ummmm who’s the guy in boxers?

  10. Johnny

    With one ot two exceptions, I’ve seen all of these, and nearly all from the first episode to the last. I’m such a nerd!

  11. Peter Backus

    I think the guy in boxers is the Man from Atlantis.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_from_Atlantis

  12. astro_logic

    The blue and red space ship in the top left is The Phoenix from the anime G-Force(America)/Science Ninja Team Gatchaman(Japan), or the manga, as Brando said Battle for the Planets… and now I feel like a nerd… =D I used to love that show, but I watched it when they re-aired it on cartoon network(I’m only 22 =P)

  13. I’m pretty sure that the “blonde superhero” is the post-Lynda Carter version of Wonder Woman from The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman.

  14. jrpowell

    Guy in boxers – Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing on Dallas) as The Man from Atlantis.

    Gotta give a shout out to the Spindrift (commercial sub-orbital spacecraft from Land of the Giants) being held by Twiki (gag) from Buck Rogers.

  15. Chris A.

    Ah, Quark. A show that died well before its time.

  16. Paul Judd

    I sadly don’t recognize most of them off the bat – you can’t blame me though since I was born 10 years after this stuff debuted. Give a guy a break! Very nice image and very well done. Impressive and hats off to the artist…

  17. Peter F

    Michelle, the guy in boxers is “The Man From Atlantis” – Patrick Duffy.

    Davidlpf, Star Wars wasn’t on Television in the 70s (unless you count the SW Holiday Special).

    Phil, as Brando above says, the blue and red spaceship was from “Battle of the Planets”, the US adaptation/repackaging of the Gatchaman series. The Superheroine is the Cathy Lee Crosby version of Wonder Woman, from a 1974 would-be series pilot movie on ABC.

  18. astro_logic

    Woops, Battle of the Planets is actually a re-release of the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, NOT a manga. I had never head of Battle of the Planets until a few minutes ago, maybe I should research more before I post in the future. Anyway to set the record straight Battle of the Planets is a re-release of 85 of the original 105 episodes of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.

  19. Eric TF Bat

    The guy in the yellow boxers is the Man From Atlantis, Mark… something. Ah! Mark Harris, that was it. I had a couple of the books as a kid, and then caught one or two episodes. Good fun stuff, with just a whiff of the underlying mythos that became common once X-Files and Babylon 5 took over the hearts and minds.

    This is not a seventies-only collection, though; not with the Greatest American Hero there – he started in 1981. And I’m disappointed that there’s no sign of the Liberator, the greatest starship in all of history. Isn’t it time they did a remake of Blake’s Seven, with Avon as a woman and Gan as a secret Federation sleeper agent?

  20. So where’s the Liberator from Blake’s Seven? Cheesy show, but an awesome starship…

  21. cyberg00se

    And to think that one of the actors who played a character in that picture is now working on a different version of the same TV show, with a different character. The part he plays now is complex, and oh so much more interesting than in his first shot at that show. And that show is now the best thing going on TV, in an age full of Best Things on TV.

  22. rhett, Logan’s Run was a TV series as well.

  23. Wait, no Salvage one? (Remember Andy Griffith goes to the moon to salvage all the stuff left there)?

  24. Pat Durrell

    I am in full agreement on the Eagle transporter… still great after all these years!

  25. Jason

    Disappointed that Ark II isn’t in there. Or Salvage One. And yeah, Greatest American Hero is in the wrong decade.

  26. My guess is the blonde in the yellow shirt/blue shorts is the Bionic Woman.

  27. Oops! I’m slow on the draw, apparently!

  28. Flak

    I’m really a little stunned at how many of these characters/ships I recognize. I figured I’d know a few but just looking at the picture jogged my memories quite a bit. Not bad considering I was all of eight when that decade ended. I love the new Battlestar Galactica but I do miss those old-style Cylon Raiders! And does he have Wilma Dearing from Buck Rogers as a blonde on there? She was a brunette! But I’m nitpicking… great picture!

  29. One Eyed Jack

    Mork? Seriously? They put Mork in there?

  30. That is pretty awesome. I love the inclusion of the god-awful TV movie versions of Spider-Man and Captain America. I do wish he’d included the Third Doctor as well as the Fourth, just to cover the whole decade (and because Pertwee is my personal favorite).

    Who’s the guy between Jaime Sommers and Lucifer, peeling off his hand?

  31. The blue and red space ship in the upper left is the Pheonix from Battle of the Planets, also known as Gotcha Man.

    As a kid I loved the show, but hated the animation, which began my long standing feud with fans of Animé.

    I managed to identify most, but not all of the characters and vehicles, including two enemy robots from Doctor Who. I loved the inclusion of Ralph Hinkly fr4on The Greatest American Hero.

    I am definitely a nerd.

  32. Nice indeed — but missing a couple of staples: Blake’s 7 (as one commenter already noted) and Space Battleship Yamato / Star Blazers. The former tends to be remembered poorly, but in fact was very well written and extremely influential (Babylon 5 and Farscape each owe a lot to it); the latter essentially defined space opera anime, and its Americanised version was unusual in being relatively true to the original. I remember it along with Battle of the Planets; each was quite popular in the late 70s.

    As for nitpicking… the TARDIS is way too small!

  33. I guess I’m not a dork, then (phew!), since I most definitely am “of a certain age”: I only recognize about half that stuff. Or even less.

    Can anyone make a list? The not all that few drawings that seem kinda familiar, but which I can’t place are bugging me.

  34. Trika

    Flak, Wilma Deering was both blonde and brunette during different seasons of ‘Buck Rogers’, and DustC, that’s David McCallum as ‘The Invisible Man’.

    Oi, I remember all these shows…

  35. JoeSmithCA

    Well, since we’re all at it. The pic is missing the short lived series “Quark” as well. :)

  36. Hmmm, they’ve got Battle of the Planets in there, but no Starblazers (Space Battleship Yamato). Then again, it is kind of from the 80s for people in the West, and if they included all the sci-fi heroes from anime the picture would have to be at least twice as large. Still extremely, exceedingly awesome.

  37. RC Collins

    Probably no Starlost in there…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlost

    If I’m wrong, this guy is REALLY a geek.

  38. JoeSmithCA, Quark is there. Look next to The Man From Atlantis and in between Starbuck and Apollo from Battlestar Galactica.

  39. Logan’s run was a TV series. Don’t fail to miss it if you can.
    Quark, unfortunately, aired before VCR’s were common, which is why we can’t find any old episodes on Youtube. Pity. Andy the robot (“mank you!”), Ficus (with a gauge in his ear), Betty and her clone…
    But wait, what is this?
    http://www.amazon.com/Quark-Complete-Richard-Benjamin/dp/B001DHE9GA
    Sweet!

  40. Scott

    Hmmm. Don’t see anything from the animated Star Trek series.

  41. RL

    Quark…those twins…

  42. Davidlpf

    I guess I was schooled on what was a movie or TV show about the time I was born.

  43. John Keller

    It needs Land of the Lost

  44. SteveT

    Jason – I’m amazed anyone else remembered the Ark II series! The jetpack was the highlight of that show.

    Trika – Thanks for noting David McCallum. Weirdly enough, I thought it was David but all I could think of was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    And where is a Sleestak from Land of the Lost? That show certainly belongs in this grouping. I’m sure I’m not the only one here who had a crush on Holly.

  45. SteveT

    John – It would seem that our brains are in sync!

  46. John Keller

    I believe the brunette is not Wilma Dearing, but Maya from Space 1999.

  47. Michelle

    Man from Atlantis? Okay…

    You know, I took a second look at it before I read your replies and went “Oh, that’s Rocky. But aren’t his shorts red?”

  48. “where is a Sleestak from Land of the Lost?”

    There’s a lot of Saturday morning fare that could be here. Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, for example, or Bigfoot & Wildboy. Also the Shazam/Isis Action Hour.

  49. Helioprogenus

    I don’t know what they fed these superheroines but they’re all extremely top heavy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s generally nothing wrong with these female archetypes…well except for the failed realistic expectations once the pubescent years pass. Then again, it’s not much different than the enhanced expectations that the modern day version of these women represent. It does make me wonder how it effects their aerodynamic flight, or their fighting angles. I’m sure there’s some major physics involved regarding their higher-than-normal center of gravity, but alas, we’re getting too deeply involved in minutae.

    Still, there are some real-world natural versions of these women and that does give me the warm fuzzies inside.

  50. Elmar_M

    Ahh the invisble man is also there, I think… Left of the Tardis…
    I loved that show as a kid… Sigh so many years…
    Oh and the eagle is also my favorite.

  51. «bønez_brigade»

    “[W]hat’s the first thing [I] notice? ”
    Duh. Colonel Wilma Deering, of course.

    Also, me(reallyreally)likes the Ferrigno-headed Hulk, the original Cylon (with odd prop), and Face as Starbuck.

  52. «bønez_brigade»

    Oh, and something that displeases me about that picture is that Dr. Theopolis is obscured by some inferior object. Arrrg!

  53. I can’t believe nobody noticed K9 at the Doctor’s feet just in front of the Dalek. Not only was he an awesome robot dog but actually went on to join Elizabeth Sladen on her own Sarah Jane spinoff.

  54. Naomi

    First thing I noticed was the TARDIS. WHAT A LACK OF SURPRISE XD

    I haven’t seen most of these :( Curse you, being born in 1986!

  55. Systematization, folks, systematization. What kind of dorks are you if you don’t systematize? ;)

    OK, let’s see…

    CHARACTERS, from left to right:

    The standing madonna with the big boobies: Wonder Woman
    The guy in yellow shorts: The Man From Atlantis
    The blonde guy sitting on a ship: Starbuck, from Battlestar: Galactica
    The military guy in blue uniform: no idea
    The guy in brown coat: Apollo (?), from Batlestar:Galactica
    The white robot in the background: a cylon
    The fella in red sportswear: no idea
    The weirdo in a pedestal: the cylon emperor
    The whitish guy in the background: looks annoyingly familiar, but I can’t recall who that is
    The guy in black uniform: no idea
    The alieness with the christmas-tree brain: another annoyingly familiar character
    The blonde guy with khaki coat: no idea
    The babe in blue shorts: no idea
    The guy on the Tardis: I guess that might perhaps be some spider man or something ;)
    The babe with the long legs: no idea
    The dog: ditto
    The white robot with red head: no idea
    The hobo-like character: Dr. Who? I never saw the old Dr. Who, so I’m not sure
    The ugly cyllindrical robot: a dhalek
    The dog-like robot: K-9
    The ape knight: some character from The Planet of the Apes, looks like
    The blonde girl with red and blue uniform: no idea
    The guy in red, white and blue uniform behind her: Captain America
    The nice-looking chap with a bag: no idea
    The fellow in white in a heroic pose above: no idea
    The green fella: Hulk
    The small robot: Twiggy (?), from Buck Rogers (digidigidi! hello, Buck!)
    The blonde in white: hm… maybe the doctor, from Space: 1999
    The flying guy in red: no idea
    The hottie in gray: Looks an awful lot like Maya, from Space: 1999
    The silly-looking guy with the white triangle in his chest: no idea
    The fellow with the orange space suit: Captain Koenig, from Space: 1999

    SHIPS:

    Landed:

    In the left: A fighter from Battlestar: Galactica
    In the center: The Tardis
    In the right: no idea

    Flying (from left to right):

    The satellite-like thing: no idea
    The winged ship that looks like a catamaran: annoyingly familiar
    The blue and red ship: no idea
    The big one of the left: the wonderful Eagle from Space: 1999
    The disc in the middle: annoyingly familiar. A cylon battleship?
    The bus-like ship: annoyingly familiar
    The white ship with skis: no idea
    The disc with lights(?) all around: no idea
    The plane-like ship with red stripes: another fighter from Battlestar: Galactica
    The yellowish plane-like ship: no idea
    The big grey one on the right: Galactica
    The oval ship: a cylon fighter

    Now, it’s up to you to fill the blanks… ;)

  56. I’m old enough to have “Space 1999″ and “UFO” hopelessly blurred together in my mind.

  57. That picture is indeed 10 shades of awesome. I will agree with the one nitpick that the TARDIS is way too small. It’s probably about two-thirds the size it should be.

  58. Was “Time Tunnel” a ’70s show? Some part of my brain connected the guy in the blue uniform with that show.

  59. HP

    Where in the hell is “Silent Running”?

    I want my “Silent Running”!”

    (Okay, I know it was a theatrical release, not a TV movie; but I saw it on TV, and everyone in my age cohort saw it on TV, and it belongs here.)

  60. I peeked in wikipedia. Just the Buck Rogers page to confirm the robot’s name, and:

    The fellow in white in a heroic pose above: no ideaThat would be Buck Rogers himself
    The small robot: Twiggy (?)Twiki, from Buck Rogers (digidigidi! hello, Buck!)
    The blonde in white: hm… maybe the doctor, from Space: 1999That would be Wilma Deering.

    It’s funny how I still remember the robots after all these years but completely forgot the humans in this show. IN my defense, I never liked it, and watched only quite sporadically.

  61. Mike

    Missing:

    Gemini Man
    The Tomorrow People

  62. Jorge, nice list! Here’s some missing I figured out:

    -Man in red sport wear, front near left; Steve “6 Million Dollar Man” Austin
    -Man with red jumpsuit and big white triangle: Mork, from Mork and Mindy
    -Man flying, in red: Ralph Hinkley AKA The Greatest American Hero
    -Man in white, on his ship in the back, most likely Buck Rogers
    -The blond in front of Hulk, I’m pretty sure is Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers
    -The blond in front of the Police Box looks like the original Jamie Sommers AKA Bionic Woman
    -The dog between Sommers and Who, gotta be The Littlest Hobo

    People, any other fills?

  63. Utakata

    Philip Says: Red & blue spaceship is from “Battle of the Planets”.

    I was going to give someone $5 who guessed the slight anime reference…but I guess it was beaten to it by the first post. -_-

    …though this does beg the question: if they where to included anime in the one for the 2000’s, it would likely consume 90% of the content. And only otaku’s such as myself would get it.

  64. I agree the Uber-RV from Ark II should be there, but don’t forget that other 70’s CBS travel trailer: The Winnebago from SHAZAM! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KfFx_UZ5ZU

    And don’t forget “the most advanced model, the Alpha II” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZakqB8rzW_0&feature=related

  65. Jono

    Jorge: wow you completely fail on UFO…time to hand in your geek card! ;)

    The satellite-like thing: no idea
    –S.I.D. (Space Intruder Detector) from UFO

    The white ship with skis: no idea
    –Interceptor from UFO

    The disc with lights(?) all around: no idea
    –UFO from UFO

  66. Jorge, nice to see some of your Wikipedia searches matches my IMDb ones! :-)

    I feel old, all of a sudden. I recognized the characters, but have a bad memory of names, so IMDb is really good for that. Also, in the 70’s, I watched the French dubbed versions, as I didn’t speak English yet. Still, memories…

  67. Kevin

    I collected the whole set….

    CHARACTERS, from left to right:

    The standing madonna with the big boobies: Wonder Woman
    The guy in yellow shorts: The Man From Atlantis
    The blonde guy sitting on a ship: Starbuck, from Battlestar: Galactica
    The military guy in blue uniform: Quark, from “Quark”
    The guy in brown coat: Apollo (?), from Batlestar:Galactica
    The white robot in the background: a cylon
    The fella in red sportswear: Steve Austin, “The Six Million Dollar Man”
    The weirdo in a pedestal: the Cylon Imperious Leader
    The whitish guy in the background: looks annoyingly familiar, but I can’t recall who that is
    The guy in black uniform: Logan 5, “Logans’ Run”
    The alien with the christmas-tree brain: Lucifer, “Battlestar Galactica”
    The blonde guy with khaki coat: Daniel Westin, “The Invisible Man”
    The babe in blue shorts: Jaime Sommers, “The Bionic Woman”
    The guy on the Tardis: Sipderman
    The babe with the long legs: Leela
    The dog: The Bionic Woman’s Bionic Dog
    The white robot with red head: no idea
    The hobo-like character: Dr. Who? I never saw the old Dr. Who, so I’m not sure
    The ugly cyllindrical robot: a dalek
    The dog-like robot: K-9
    The ape knight: some character from The Planet of the Apes, looks like
    The blonde girl with red and blue uniform: Cathy Lee Crosby’s version of “Wonder Woman”
    The guy in red, white and blue uniform behind her: Captain America
    The nice-looking chap with a bag: Bruce Banner, “The Incredible Hulk”
    The fellow in white in a heroic pose above: Buck Rogers
    The green fella: Hulk
    The small robot: Twiki, from Buck Rogers
    The blonde in white: Wilma Deering, “Buck Rogers”
    The flying guy in red: Ralph Hinkley, “The Greatest American Hero”
    The hottie in gray: Maya, “Space: 1999″
    The silly-looking guy with the white triangle in his chest: Mork
    The fellow with the orange space suit: Commander Koenig, from Space: 1999

  68. Kevin

    SHIPS:

    Landed:

    In the left: Viper fighter from Battlestar: Galactica
    In the center: The Tardis
    In the right: Starfighter, Buck Rogers

    Flying (from left to right):

    The satellite-like thing: SID (Space Intruder Detector), “Space: 1999″
    The winged ship that looks like a catamaran: Starfighter, Buck Rogers
    The blue and red ship: The Phoenix, “Battle of the Planets”
    The big one of the left: the wonderful Eagle from Space: 1999
    The disc in the middle: Cylon Basestar
    The bus-like ship: Shuttle, “Battlestar Galactica”
    The white ship with skis: Interceptor, “UFO”
    The disc with lights(?) all around: UFO, “UFO”
    The plane-like ship with red stripes: Viper from Battlestar: Galactica
    The yellowish plane-like ship: Starfighter, Buck Rogers
    The big grey one on the right: Battlestar Galactica
    The oval ship: Cylon Raider

  69. PG

    The whitish guy in the background: A robot from the Doctor Who episode “The Robots of Death”
    The white robot with red head: The robot from the Doctor Who episode “Robot”

    Awesome!

  70. PG

    I suppose it’s mostly American Sci-Fi, but it’s missing Blake’s 7.

  71. PG

    In fact, i can be more specific:

    The whitish guy in the background: The robot “SV7″ from the Doctor Who episode “The Robots of Death”

  72. Spock

    Wonder Woman, The Man from Atlantis (yellow trunks), Apollo & Starbuck from ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (brown jackets), not sure who the guy in the blue jumpsuit is, Ceylon (w/ sword raised), Six Million Dollar Man (red warm-up suit), that’s a Sandman from ‘Logan’s Run’, not sure who the robot-type characters are at the base of the tower but the guy on top is Baltar from ‘Battlestar Galactica’, not sure who the guy making the funny ‘gang sign’ with his hands is, woman in yellow t-shirt is ‘The Bionic Woman’, of course that’s Spider-Man on top of the Tardis (police phone booth) which belongs to Doctor Who (he’s the guy with the multi-colored scarf around his neck), the German Shepherd is ‘The Bionic Dog’, not sure who the woman holding the knife is, not sure about the robot behind behind Dr. Who but that’s a Dalek just to the right of him (a villainous robot from the ‘Dr. Who’ TV series), that’s a gorilla from ‘The Planet of the Apes’, the girl in the star-spangled suit is the original TV
    ‘Wonder Woman’ (portrayed by Denise Crosby), that’s a really bad ‘Captain America’ behind her (wearing the Evil Knievel-type outfit), the guy with the shoulder bag is Dr. Robert Bruce Banner who becomes the Incredible Hulk (green guy), the little silver robot is from ‘Buck Rogers’ and he’s holding the spaceship from ‘Land of the Giants’ (I think!), the chick in the white suit is also from ‘Buck Rogers’, the woman in the tan suit and the guy in the orange spacesuit are both from ‘Space: 1999′ and that’s Robin Williams as Mork behind them from ‘Mork & Mindy’, the guy in the red suit who’s flying is ‘The Greatest American Hero’, the guy standing behind The Hulk in the white suit is ‘Buck Rogers’. Spaceships are from ‘Buck Rogers’, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Space: 1999′.

    I’m sure I missed some other things, though.

  73. JB of Brisbane

    @Kevin, and I’m sure Phil P will agree –

    SID – Space Intruder Detector – is from UFO, not Space: 1999.

  74. kurt_eh

    @ Jorge Says:
    CHARACTERS, from left to right:

    The standing madonna with the big boobies: Wonder Woman

    What? No cracked vase, with the big daisies?

  75. OtherRob

    Aw, man, I wanted to be the first to point out the “Robots of Death” robot….

    I got about 3/4’s of ‘em. :)

  76. Brian

    I think avoiding Saturday morning shows in general was a wise policy. Otherwise the picture would have to be four times as large.

    @Grumpy: “Also the Shazam/Isis Action Hour.
    Wow. I honestly thought that I might go my entire life without ever hearing anyone else mention The Shazam/Isis Action Hour. I had something of a little-boy-crush on Isis.

  77. I believe Logan’s run is going to be re-made at some point.

    @Kevin:
    The white Interceptor from UFO was an awesome ship! Dinky Toys put out a garish metallic green version of it, which I had when I was a kid. Now, collectors will pay a pretty penny for it. Sadly, I had to leave all my toys in a box when I left Britain when I was 8 years old. Oh well, all my Matchbox cars and Dinky Toys went to a good cause, an Orphanage for boys.

  78. JB of Brisbane:
    You are correct, S.I.D. is from ‘U.F.O.’

  79. ABR.

    Spock: for the second Wonder Woman, I think you meant to say Cathy Lee Crosby also of That’s Incredible fame and not Denise Crosby, who played Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  80. Kimpatsu

    The Greatest American hero is in the wrong decade; he aired from 1981 to 1983.
    The man peeling off his hand is David MacCallum as the Invisible Man.
    But where are the Tomorrow People?!

  81. Pembertom

    “The alieness with the christmas-tree brain: another annoyingly familiar character”
    is Lucifer from Battlestar Galactica; IIRC, he’s an “LX-Series Cylon”, and he was Baltar’s advisor for some time.
    And the guy on the pedestal is not Baltar, but the Cylon Leader. Baltar has never been a beauty, but he can be distingiushed from the Cylon Leader as he does not have glowing eyes.
    Also, the second Colonial Warrior (brown coat) is definitely Apollo, given that he’s even portrayed lefthanded (just maybe his smile is a little overdone).

    Can anyone explain that German Shepherd to me? I’ve seen the Bionic Man and Woman as a kid, but I do not recall a Bionic Dog…….

  82. IAmMarauder

    Well, apart from being a cool picture I did learn something new :)

    Whilst I loved the fact that it had the Phoenix from “Battle of The Planets”, I was surprised that it was missing the Yamato from “Star Blazers”. I was equally surprised that Astro Boy was also missing. Turns out that Astro Boy was actually introduced to the US in the 80’s, so it should have been left out. However “Star Blazers” was released in the US in the 70’s, so it is sorely missed :(

    Of course there isn’t much space left for it. Plus you would need a few of the crew (at least the captain, Derek Wildstar, Nova and the doctor, plus a few fighters as well). I guess we can’t have it all :P

    As for recognising all the people and ships – I was born in the late 70’s, but thankfully we got most shows years after they were shown in the US. So I did get to see most of these. The Phoenix was the first I noticed, followed by the Vipers (I loved drawing them as a kid), and then the Greatest American Hero (even if it was an 80’s show). I got about half of them correct, surprising that I really didn’t watch a lot of TV as a kid.

  83. Hey you guys, thanks for all the awesome comments and fun back and forth over who’s who and what’s what in my loving homage to all those great/cheesey old television sci-fi and super hero shows a lot of us grew up watching as kids! I hope you’ll all take advantage of the “download” feature that is available to the left of the piece, if you move your mouse cursor over in that direction the option to open the pic in its larger screen format becomes available, I just want everybody thats interested to see all the detail in the thing, the image most of you have probably gone to and checked out is the smaller of the two that I posted. Theres also a link to the bigger image in the comment box directly below the art work, it will take you to a nice BIG version, suitable for checking out all the anal-retentive detail I attempted to throw into this sucker. You can find that one here-

    http://dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art/NOW-IN-COLOR-Sci-Fi-Heroes-110336253

    For the record, the blond in the blue shorts is my stylized interpretation of Jamie Summers, The Bionic Woman, you nailed everybody else! A lot of people here have commented on Blakes 7, well, I never saw the show, I understand it was Canadian, but I had been seriously thinking about putting the ship from the show in my piece, reference was kinda hard to find on it though, one of the only reasons it didn’t make it in. As far as Ralph Hinkley, The Greatest American Hero being in a piece devoted to the 70’s, like someone else had said, he just seemed to fit in nicely with this crowd of characters to me, maybe even better than ones from the 80’s. Short of V, there weren’t anywhere near the amount of memorable sci-fi/superhero shows in the 80’s that there were in the 1970’s. Just my opinion!
    By the way, for all you Isis, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and Shazam fans, heres a link to my Saturday Morning Live Action Television shows of the 70’s-
    http://dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art/Sat-Morning-Action-Adv-TV-83825680

    and heres one for my Classic Action Figures of the 70’s-
    http://dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art/ACTION-FIGURES-CLASSIC-70-S-55272976

    The next piece on deck will be Cops and Detectives from 70’s movies and television, that ones gonna be fun! Take care you guys! Best, Dusty Abell!

  84. alfaniner

    Phil, you would love my house…

    I was young enough to really love all that stuff and yet old enough to be able to buy the things I really liked. Before they became “collectibles”.

    P.S. Many years later, I still love all that stuff!

  85. captain swoop

    Dinky put out all the Gerry Anderson vehicles. I had a load of them. UFO Interceptor with firing missile, 2 Eagles, Thunderbird 2, SPV from Captain Scarlet and the Joe 90 flying car.

  86. Oh my! I want a large version for the wall of my office and a tattoo of it across my back :)

  87. Spooky

    Grumpy – I’m with you mate … those Saturday morning shows rocked!

    Electra Woman & Dyna Girl = *growl*

    And I also feel sad about the lack of Blake’s 7 and other notable Brit series (Tomorrow People! OMG I’m old!)

  88. anevilmeme

    It’s hard not to feel like an uber-geek when I realized that as a teenager I bought and built models of almost all of those spaceships.

  89. Nigel Depledge

    Astro_logic said:

    The blue and red space ship in the top left is The Phoenix from the anime G-Force(America)/Science Ninja Team Gatchaman(Japan), or the manga, as Brando said Battle for the Planets… and now I feel like a nerd… =D I used to love that show, but I watched it when they re-aired it on cartoon network(I’m only 22 =P)

    Battle of the Planets is the name it was given when it aired in the UK in the early 80s – but we got the American rehash of the original anime, not a British rehash of the anime.

  90. Nigel Depledge

    Rhett said:

    wait – but is the guy in black from Logan’s Run? That was a movie. Oh well, it is still a cool picture.

    Logan’s Run was also a TV series. But, unlike the movie, it didn’t contain Jenny Agutter.

  91. Nigel Depledge

    Dust C said:

    Who’s the guy between Jaime Sommers and Lucifer, peeling off his hand?

    The Invisible Man, I reckon.

  92. Nigel Depledge

    Well, after reading all the comments, it looks like I was pre-empted on everything. D’oh!

    Blake’s 7 is indeed missing, but was first aired in 1980, so may not count for that reason. Although, of course, several others that are included are from the 80s, as has been pointed out. Similarly, the TV series of The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy ought to be there if they’re counting early 80s stuff too.

    But there is no excuse for not including Tripods, which was squarely in the middle of the 70s, although I did not watch it until many years later (and even then I only saw a smattering of episodes – it had dated rather sadly).

    While talking of Daleks and Blake’s 7, Terry Nation’s other major sci-fi show, The Survivors, was shot and aired in the 70s, so that should be included too. But it never really had any iconic characters or vehicles, and certainly never any Dinky toys.

  93. Sion

    Anyone know for sure what tweeky is holding – the orange thing, I mean

  94. Marci

    as far as the Greatest American Hero, are yo aware that William Katt has released The Greatest American hero comic book?
    catastrophiccomics.com
    also released for iphone/itouch *Sparks*. A super hero nior thriller! It’s flash animation and it’s totally cool!

  95. An old “Quark” fan has mentioned most of the crew, neglecting Jean/Gene who alternated between a male and a female personality (male actor), and their absent Chief, the Head.

  96. Frank

    I must say, none of this really matters. Teenagers are still getting their hands chopped off in African civil wars. China is raping the planet. Civil rights are still unequal in America.

    Are quarter-century old children’s comics really the best you can do? Can you even respond without falling back on denial, smug irony, or hate speech?

  97. Cheyenne

    The only one I recognized was the hugely siliconed Wonder Woman. I am so glad I had actual real friends to play outside with as a kid! I kid, I kid, :) seriously though – Mr. Cartoon man who drew said Wonder Woman with the, um, super endowments for a kid’s cartoon – you really should have gotten a nice girlfriend instead. Cause that is teh definition of creepy!

  98. Starviking

    Sorry Nigel, Blake’s 7 ran from 1978 to 1981.

    That said, maybe it’s too adult for the pic – or just didn’t make it in the American market…

  99. Popular Mechanics picks for the best Sci-Fi movies at Sundance this year. Click my name to check out the goodness.

  100. Nigel Depledge

    Starviking said:

    Sorry Nigel, Blake’s 7 ran from 1978 to 1981.

    That said, maybe it’s too adult for the pic – or just didn’t make it in the American market…

    I stand corrected.

    I wondered why my memories of the first couple of series were so vague until I saw them again on DVD – I was only . . . erm . . .very, very young.

  101. Joe Meils

    No Space Academy? No Ark II? No Marshall, Will, and Holly? No Jason of Star command? No Blake’s 7? No Tomorrow People? No Pheonix? No Star Maidens? No Starlost (well, okay, the less said about the Starlost, the better) No Immortal with David Jansen? No Invaders?!

  102. It’s a shame the artist didn’t give John Pertwee a nod as the Dr (1970 – 1974) along with Tom Baker. I know Tom is the Dr that vaulted the show onto the international scene but without John there might not have been a Tom Baker Dr Who.

  103. @Jono

    Noooooooo, not my beloved geek card! ;)

    Seriously, though: UFO never ran in Portugal, as far as I know, so I never saw the show. Ditto for most of the other stuff I didn’t recognize. BTW: where’s “Quantum Leap”?

    @Sylvain Racicot

    I have an advantage in that: in Portugal only rarely are the shows dubbed, when they aren’t aimed at kids less than 6 or 7 years old; they usually employ subtitles, so we watch the shows while listening to all the original names and voices. And it’s quite useful to learn foreign languages, too.

    @kurt_eh

    Behave. Otherwise I may throw Gruber at you. Or Flick. Or Smallhousen. :D

  104. Hah- I forgot that Cylons had swords.

  105. Frank: There is more to life than constant fighting. It’s OK to smile and enjoy things sometimes too.

    And please feel free to read my commenting policy. You just violated it.

  106. Sarcastro

    What! Neither the Bachus III nor any of the multiple Kens from Star Wolf?

  107. Sarcastro

    Yea Phil, why waste your time with this when you could save the world with just a bit of sanctimonious concern trolling?

  108. Bill

    UFO!

    I’d almost completely forgotten about that show, and I LOVED it as a kid! I wanted to be an Interceptor pilot so badly it hurt!

    Having said that, though, isn’t there just the tiniest bit of silliness in a ship designed to fly a potentially long distance to it’s target, fire ONE missile, then, hit or miss, fly back home ’cause you only get one shot?

    I mean, from a strategic standpoint, this is just dumb. If your fleet is outnumbered against an enemy fleet, you lose. By definition. Even if your pilots have a 100% hit rate, you leave enemies alive and you’re outta ammo.

  109. Gary Ansorge

    One small question: How come there are never any UGLY people in these renditions???

    I feel SO left out,,,snark,,,

    I really, really loves me iMAc. After I downloaded the image I was able to expand the pic large enough to see every detail,,,way cool!

    Gary 7

  110. CompaniaHill

    Final list:

    CHARACTERS, from left to right:

    The standing madonna: Wonder Woman (Linda Carter)
    The guy in yellow shorts: Mark Harris (Patrick Duffy), The Man From Atlantis
    The blonde guy sitting on a ship: Starbuck (Dirk Benedict), Battlestar Galactica
    The military guy in blue uniform: Quark (Richard Benjamin)
    The guy in brown coat: Apollo (Richard Hach), Batlestar Galactica
    The chrome robot with the sword: Cylon warrior, Battlestar Galactica
    The fella in red sportswear: Steve Austin (Lee Majors), The Six Million Dollar Man
    The weirdo on a pedestal: Cylon Immperious Leader, Battlestar Galactica
    The whitish guy in the background: SV7 robot (“Robots of Death” episode), Dr. Who
    The guy in black uniform: Logan 5 (gregory Harrison), Logan’s Run
    The robot with the christmas-tree brain: Cylon Lucifer (Jonathan Harris), Battlestar Galactica
    The blonde guy with khaki coat: Daniel Westin (David McCallum), The Invisible Man
    The babe in blue shorts: Jamie Sommers (Lindsay Wagner), The Bionic Woman
    The guy on the Police Box: Spiderman
    The babe with the long legs: Leela (Louise Jameson), Dr. Who
    The dog: Max, The Bionic Dog
    The white robot with red head: Robot (“Robot” episode), Dr. Who
    The hobo-like character: The Doctor (Tom Baker), Dr. Who
    The ugly cylindrical robot: Dalek, Dr. Who
    The dog-like robot: K-9, Dr. Who
    The gorrila on horseback: General Urko (Mark Lenard), Planet of the Apes
    The blonde girl with red and blue uniform: Wonder Woman (Cathy Lee Crosby)
    The guy in red, white and blue uniform behind her: Steve Rogers (Reb Brown), Captain America
    The nice-looking chap with a duffel bag: David Banner (Bruce Bixby), The Incredible Hulk
    The fellow in white in a heroic pose above: Buck Rogers (Gil Gerard)
    The green fella: Hulk (Lou Ferrigno)
    The small robot: Twiki (Felix Silla), Buck Rogers
    The blonde in white: Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), Buck Rogers
    The flying guy in red: Ralph Hinkley (William Katt), The Greatest American Hero
    The hottie in gray: Maya (Catherine Schell), Space: 1999
    The silly-looking guy with the white triangle in his chest: Mork (Robin Williams), Mork & Mindy
    The fellow with the orange space suit: Captain John Koenig (Martin Landau), Space: 1999

    SHIPS, landed:

    In the left: Viper, Battlestar Galactica
    In the center: Tardis, Dr. Who
    In the right: Thunder Fighter, Buck Rogers
    Small orange ship: Spindrift, Land of the Giants

    SHIPS, flying (from left to right):

    The satellite-like thing: SID, UFO
    The white ship with twin pointed noses: Thunder Fighter, Buck Rogers
    The blue and red ship: Phoenix, Battle of the Planets
    The big one of the left: Eagle, Space: 1999
    The disc in the middle: Cylon Basestar, Battlestar Galactica
    The bus-like ship: Shuttle, Battlestar Galactica
    The white ship with skis: Interceptor, UFO
    The disc with small discs all around: Alien ship, UFO
    The plane-like ship with red stripes: Viper, Battlestar Galactica
    The white ship with twin pointed noses: Thunder Fighter, Buck Rogers
    The big grey one in the background: Galactica, Battlestar Galactica
    The oval grey ship: Cylon fighter, Battlestar Galactica

  111. Kevin

    @ Everyone… I apologize from the bottom of my space boots that I incorrectly said that S.I.D. was from Space:1999. I know it’s from UFO. I just had a synapse misfire as I typed. :)

    @ Bill… You know you can get the entire series of UFO (and Space:1999) on DVD.

  112. I wouldn’t advise anyone to get on DVD these old TV shows we used to love as kids. It may become very depressing.

  113. Dave in England

    The lack of “Blake’s Seven” is the yawning chasm in a picture dominated by “Battlestar Galactica”. Doesn’t anyone else remember the “Gemini Man” (Ben Murphy, first aired in 1976)?

  114. Joe Meils Says:
    No Immortal with David Jansen?

    Um, Christopher George was in the short lived series.

    J/P=?

  115. Old Muley

    No “Ark II”? After that show came out I asked my parents for a jet backpack for Christmas. I can remember taking measurements of my elementary school locker just to make sure it would fit in there when I made my “commutes” to school. Sadly, I never got that jet backpack…

  116. Kimpatsu

    @Davein England:
    Yes, I remember Ben Murphy as the Gemini Man, the guy with the invisifying wristwatch. IIRC, after the David MacCallum vehicle “The Invisible Man” flopped Stateside, the producers had another crack at an invisible superhero, and created the Gemini Man. That too, however, only lasted one season. Apparently, invisible heroes are more popular on the European side of the Pond.

  117. *Sigh* I actually do remember almost all of the people.

    Since you all commented so thoroughly on the foreground characters and ships, let me just say that is an awesome backdrop image, too.

    JBS

  118. CR

    Nothing much to add here that hasn’t already been covered. What a fun trip, but boy, am I feeling my age, since I recognized everything in the picture. (I surprised myself with the relization that I watched most of that stuff when it was first run!)

    CR, certified Eagle Nut!

  119. OK, Dusty Abell got Saturday morning covered.

    http://dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art/Sat-Morning-Action-Adv-TV-83825680

    But there’s a whole other can o’ worms here:

    “Short of V, there weren’t anywhere near the amount of memorable sci-fi/superhero shows in the 80’s that there were in the 1970’s. Just my opinion!”

    Off the top of my head…
    The Powers of Matthew Star
    Automan
    Manimal
    Knight Rider / Airwolf / Street Hawk
    Captain Power & the Soldiers of the Future
    Starman (TV series)
    Quantum Leap
    Alien Nation
    War of the Worlds
    …and of course, V

  120. StevoR

    THX BA great image. 8)

    I grew up with & was instantly captivated by Battle of the Planets followed by “New Adventures of Flash Gordon’ (animated) then my
    all-time childhood cartoon fave ‘StarBlazers’ .. plus ‘AstroBoy’ , Ulysses 3000 (?) ‘Voltron’
    & more …

    Ah fond memories! :-)

  121. This is a great pic, wish it included Frank ‘n Furter, though.

  122. StevoR

    @ Grumpy :

    ‘Masters of the Universe’ – wasn’t that 1980’s? Same for its female version ‘She-Rah’ & ‘Simba the white lion’ all 80’s in my hazy memory?

  123. Treybell

    These were all TV shows from that time frame. Yes, some of them were movies first (e.g. Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes).

    The woman with the knife in front of the TARDIS was Leela. That was the Doctor’s companion at that time.

    The guy in the brown jacket is David McCallum as the Invisible Man. He also played in the 60s show, “The Man fron U.N.C.L.E”.

    It also seems that they were all live-action shows, which has me wondering about that Blue/Red ship on the left being from “Battle of the Planets”. Any other possibilities ?

    There was a really, really bad Captain America movie where he was dressed as pictured. His red/clear shield mounted as a windshield on the front of his motor cycle

  124. Bob

    Don’t feel bad about mistaking Space 1999 with UFO… they were after all created by the same producer, the Andersons. Some even believe they share a continuity, with the small moonbase of UFO becoming the big one of 1999.

  125. CompaniaHill

    My wife and I have been working our way through both UFO and Space: 1999 on DVD, and they both hold up better than we had expected.

    I recall watching David McCallum’s Invisible Man as a kid, and enjoying each episode immensely. I completely bought his life, his family, and his research situation. I was heartbroken when he self-destructed the beam generator in the pilot episode, knowing that he was dooming himself to permanent invisibility. It all felt completely real, believable, and an original take on a classic idea.

    I also recall watching Ben Murphy’s Gemini Man as a kid, and feeling robbed. Somehow as a kid I could immediately accept Daniel Westin’s mask transformations (in spite of the sometimes poor visual effects) but Sam Casey’s stabilizer watch just felt like a cheap gimmick. I was deeply shocked at how many episodes ware thinly-rewritten reworkings of previously-aired Bionic Woman episodes. I kept waiting for Oscar Goldman to show up. It was my first lesson in Hollywood script recycling, and it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth after all these decades.

    Sigh, it’s a shame that David McCallum’s Invisible Man episodes aren’t available on DVD. Now I want to rewatch *them* to see how well they hold up!

  126. Bob

    Yes there was a horribly dressed CPT America. He had a different outfit for every scene. I’ve got to wonder where he kept them all.

    http://captain-america.us/movie.htm

    I just noticed there’s a tiny little pilot flying the intercepter.

    The Saturday morning picture (http://dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art/Sat-Morning-Action-Adv-TV-83825680) is great. Are Dyna-woman and Isis a little chilly?

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