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History of Bravestarr
History of Bravestarr:
Again, I must
that I'm not typically into TV cartoons, especially those as recent as
the 1980s to today, but I feel this is another one worth
mentioning. It's another Filmation series, and the main character
is basically a revamping of their earlier Blackstar character.
This is a western set in
outer space. Space cowboys! The lawman of the show is
Marshall Bravestarr, who happens to be of Native-American
lineage. This is another really great Native-American fictional
character that I think Native-Americans could and should be proud
of. I don't make a big deal about things like that, but he is a
very positive character.
Like "Blackstar" and "He-Man and the Masters of the
Universe" the character concepts are much the same. Bravestarr is
a super-stud with incredible strength and fighting ability...always
cool. He has a sexy woman sidekick named Judge J.B. (a cowgirl
with red hair, yet). A kind of sexy, but unearthly bad girl named
Vipra (she's drawn sexy, but her face is like a snake). The main
bad guy Tex Hex is kind of demonic, although made to look something
like a bad cowboy bandit. Plus, Tex has a legion of goony, goofy
henchmen who Bravestarr and his buddies can defeat easily. All
this and yes, Bravestarr has a heroic talking pet...a horse by the name
of Thirty-Thirty. He's a wise-cracking, gruff horse who can walk
on all fours or on his hind legs. He can also fire a
weapon. Huh? You have to see it to really understand
it. And see it you should, because the stories are pretty
positive and it is all fun, harmless fantasy!
This show aired from 1987-1989. "He-Man" was a
successful show, so the production company thought they'd give this a
shot. Although "Bravestarr" is considered pretty good and
sometimes even better than "He-Man" by a lot of 1980s cartoon buffs,
the show only lasted a few years and the toy series never became fully
realized due to poor marketing strategy. At any rate, this is a
fun superhero show you should enjoy!