Space Ghost and Dino Boy
- This article is for the 1966 Hanna-Barbara cartoon, for the Adult Swim talk show, see Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
One of the many cartoon shows created by Hanna-Barbara during the late 1960s, Space Ghost and Dino Boy was a two part animated action/adventure series split into two parts. Half of the episode was dedicated to Space Ghost and the other to Dino Boy. Occasionally, however, an episode of the series would focus entirely on the Space Ghost plot and leave Dino Boy out. This was particularly prevalent during the second season where the Council of Doom storyline was used to introduce the various other CBS cartoons debuting. There were only 18 episodes of Dino Boy in contrast to the 42 episodes of Space Ghost.
Space Ghost was once a scientist in a distant galaxy, but one day he was recruited by the Intergalactic Police and was reborn as Space Ghost. Space Ghost's duties were something like a Green Lantern from DC Comics in that he resided on a planet (in this case, the ghost planet) and kept watch over a small sector of space. Aided by two twins named Jan and Jace, as well as their monkey Blip, Space Ghost protects the innocent from the forces of evil by way of the Phantom Cruiser.
Conversely, while Space Ghost dealt with monsters from beyond the stars, Dino Boy was about the distant past. The series starred a child who was forced to parachute from a plane that was going down and landed in a mysterious prehistoric valley. He is attacked by a sabretooth tiger, but is saved by Ugh the Caveman. The two went on to protect the Lost Valley from the various prehistoric threats around it.
Both series were created by Alex Toth, a cartoonist also responsible for Super Friends and Jonny Quest. The series was ultimately ended after two seasons on September 7, 1968. Space Ghost episodes would be replayed in early 1977 on NBC under the title Space Ghost and Frankenstein Jr. New episodes of Space Ghost would be seen in 1981 on NBC's Space Stars.
|Gary Owens||Space Ghost||1||2|
|Dino Boy in the Lost Valley|
|Johnny Carson||Todd (Dino Boy)||1|
|Season One||September 10, 1966||January 7, 1967||18|
|Season Two||September 9, 1967||September 16, 1967||2|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|The Complete Series||July 17, 2007||2|
|Episode Collections - Various Series|
|1960s Volume 1||May 26, 2009||2|