The Sleazy Grandeur of Live-Action Plastic Man!

Hey kiddo, want a beer?

Hey kiddo, want a beer?

Every once in a while an image from the distant past will come floating into the brain of the ol’ Ouija Board Kid out of the accursed ether of my crypt, and today was just such a day! And of all things to appear, it was a vision of Plastic Man, but not the comic or cartoon iterations dear reader; nay ‘twas something a bit more esoteric. You see when the Plastic Man cartoon show went into syndication, the powers that be saw fit to film bumpers featuring a live-action Plas, and let me tell you something this dude always came off like that sleazy uncle that would buy you a Playboy and let you drink beer…you know, a real cool dude that was a blast to hang around! So why not sit back and feast your eyes on five minutes of the lowest rent superhero hijinks you can imagine!

Daniel XIII

Daniel XIII: equally at home at a seance as he is behind the keyboard. Raised on a steady diet of Son of Satan comics, Kaiju flicks and Count Chocula comes the proprietor of The House of Thirteen Doors. What arcane knowledge lurks behind the preternatural eyes of the Ouija Board Kid?

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6 thoughts on “The Sleazy Grandeur of Live-Action Plastic Man!

  1. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    That is awesome. Great find. I watched Plastic Man on Saturday mornings but don’t recall seeing it in syndication.

    And why hasn’t someone released authentic Plastic Man glasses. As cheesy as the live action segment is you have to admit, those glasses rule.

  2. Thanks for the kind words! While ultra-cheesey, I’ll always love these segments…and I agree, those glasses are awesome, but I’d want that pompadour to go with them as well!

  3. GuitarAnthony says:

    Oh yeah, one of the few cheesy 80’s cartoons I liked. Have the DVD set (tho it says “complete” yet doesn’t include the “Plastic family” episodes) and will break it out every so often. I was surprised when Plastic Man got chosen for a cartoon as his several comic series never really seemed to sell well. Warners still has a few DC Comics properties awaiting DVD release and zero idea why they just don’t get them done..well, outside of possibly not selling well but dammit, one is 60’s Batman from Filmation animation. The lousy 70’s Batman was out years ago!

  4. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Plastic Man was one of my fave comic heroes. I always preferred off-kilter humored comics than the usual action, soap-opera-with-a-cape fare.

    I was off Saturday morning cartoons when this aired, but it would’ve brought me back (secretly) to the fold.

    They did a good job of creating a live-action incarnation for these bits.

    Love seeing this, Daniel!
    And yeah, I hope to get an ‘actual’ complete series of this on DVD, someday.
    I can’t see how they would put it out and not include these live segments.
    Maybe they need the rights to that actor’s performance and their last check…bounced.

    (cough)

  5. The only reason that these may be hard to include on a DVD is that he mentions other Ruby Spears cartoons that were shown in the syndication package that these were bumpers for…but honestly, they need to be seen, as they were truly awesome, and the actor playing Plas really gave it his all!

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