Heroes of the 1980s: Ookla the Mok

Hey, have you ever taken a look at that fur covered, rage packed space bear Chewbacca and wondered, “What could someone do to make this creature sexy?” No, of course you haven’t, because that would be pure insanity.

But, pure insanity must have been what was in the drinking water in California during the 80’s, ‘cuz that ol’ Wookie shoved himself into a mankini, and, like many stars of more “adult” entertainment, Chewie went ahead and gave himself a stage name, Ookla. Then he convinced Luke Skywalker to join him on his strange journey to the underbelly of Saturday mornings. Luke, always game to expand his horizons, changed his name to Thundarr…and for good measure took to calling his Lightsabre a SunSword. Then they convinced Joanna Cameron to join their depraved gang.

If any of the above makes sense, then you have seen one of the coolest cartoons to ever grace the airwaves, Thundarr the Barbarian. You’ve also witnessed why Disney is going to most likely seek legal action against me.

(Art by Sean and Words by Daniel)

Sean Hartter

Hartter wishes he was the love child of R. Crumb and Jack Kirby.

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9 thoughts on “Heroes of the 1980s: Ookla the Mok

  1. One of my favorite trivia nuggets is that Steve Gerber (the creator of Thundarr) named Ookla after he and a friend walked past UCLA and pronounced it phonetically.

  2. I had heard that. What I wish I could find is a Cartoon Network bumper circa 1994 in which Thundarr tells Ookla he does look good in his speedo (or something to that effect).

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Thundarr and his gang really filled the void of coolness after Star Wars made everything seem smaller.

    Now I know why.

    Stupid, sexy Ookla.

  4. Thundarr the Barbarian was always a favorite of mine despite its low quality (which is more obvious when I go back and watch it now).

    Thanks for the UCLA bit of trivia. I never put 2 and 2 together on that one.

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