Issue 16 showcases animation inspired by video games. Not only did some cartoons of the 1980s receive the video game treatment, but certain cartoons of the eighties were based on video games!
By far, the cartoon that had the most success in its transition to video games was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and an in-depth article in the pages of this issue covers every single one (even the bad ones).
Another article reveals how Filmation had planned to make a He-Man video game. Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace laserdisc productions are also covered, as well as their questionable transition to Saturday morning television.
Both Captain N: The Game Master and Mario himself are also, naturally, showcased.
Other shows covered include Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, Pole Position, She-Ra, The Incredible Hulk, Transformers and ThunderCats.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.