The second season wasn't produced and licensed by another company and there is no explicit declaration that it is set in an alternative universe. Where did you get this idea from, Vanquest?
2- The origin/backstory is different: Mayhem was a co-partner of Matt Trakker and they created M.A.S.K. together. Then, Mayhem created V.E.N.O.M. to compete with M.A.S.K. An origin slightly similar to the comic book which accompained the early toys, not the original cartoon series where MASK and VENOM are totally unrelated.
3- MASK is a race team, not a secret, anti-terrorism organization supported by PNA (Duane Kennedy).
4- VENOM is a race team, not a terrorist squad with OBVIOUS criminal past and "social status".
5- MASK agents have no secret identities nor civilian jobs.
6- No mention of the "past" Season 1 adventures, no continuity-related cohesion with them anyway (read the points above).
7- New masks with silly powers, not designed to fight terrorist actions. Shroud, Eclipse, Totem.
8- Mayhem's... twin brother.
9- Brad Turner, Dusty Hayes, Clutch --- their lives and MASK functions are different.
10- 10 episodes, not even a full 65-episodes season. Screams alternate spin-off.
11- More importantly: in the Racing Series the VENOM helmets are as much powerful as the MASK ones, if not more (see Powerhouse/Samson and what it does). In the original series, the MASK helmets were much more powerful because charged via Trakker's ancient crystal, which generates an incredible and unlimited amount of (mysterious) energy.
No way. Alternate universe. Don't get me wrong, I love the Racing Series anyway.
Hey at least you can see my amazing clean up job on the M.A.S.K. logo!
Why that is enlarged and the artwork isn't, I have no idea.
The logo looks fantastic, can't wait to see it front and center on store shelves,
It looks like Shout may be including a bonus or two (like they did with Transformers and GI Joe). While Shout's description for the set doesn't mention anything, the enlarged logo says "M.A.S.K. Iron-On" in the bottom left corner.
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Essh!! That's not exactly high res!
I like the cover a lot, although Miles is covering up the M.A.S.K. logo a little more than I'd like.
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Similar thing with Sunbow GI Joe and DIC GI Joe, in syndication you had the show run as one along with the Operation Dragonfire mini-series that connected the two. Only now with home video were the two split apart.
The issue of rights holder is completely a 2000's issue.
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The story is that I was sitting in my office at DIC one day and the president, Andy Heyward, comes in and says, "I need an 'Olesker Job'." (Which was Andy's parlance for 'fast and great.' I alwyas kind of liked that. ) He told me "Pick a writer, then you and him go home for two weeks and come back with thirteen half-hour scripts for M.A.S.K." That's exactly what I did. Ray and I set up a hotline, working around the clock and calling each other at three and four in the morning. I confess some of the weaponry was a bit bizarre, but we had a lot of fun creatinng it and we were intentionally trying to push the envelope and be a little tongue-in-cheek.
I had M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M going all over the world on races -- Baja, Palm Springs, etc.
Your Cookie Jar reference may be because I wrote and story edited that season of the series when I was at DIC, and DIC was later acquired by Cookie Jar so their library was folded into Cookie Jar.
It's a follow-up series, just one written with some changes.
More importantly, VENOM couldn't compete on international races, because it's a terrorist faction "WANTED" by all the governments in the world. And why MASK - instead of saving the world with its weaponry and powers - should be running in trivial competitions anyway?
It's a different universe. Nothing wrong with it. Wouldn't be cool if the two VENOMs and the two MASKs would band together in two factions on an interdimensional crossover story? I can see the SPECTRUM Trakker working along with the SHROUD Trakker. What a blast!
Brian Ward confirmed the rights of the Racing Series belong to COOKIE JAR. It's official.
Among the other things, that's what Brian says about the distinction between the two "seasons":
"The "second season," as it's so often thought of, is an entirely different show, from concept to execution to licensor. It's a racing series, as opposed to the G.I. Joe-esque crime/terrorist-fighting unit of the preceding "season." While not a comedy, I don't think it's PAINFULLY inaccurate to say that the second season of M.A.S.K. is to its first season as Laff-A-Lympics is to any of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Same characters. Entirely different premise and set of stakes."
(I'd spend more time discusing Van's excellent points and what my thinking was in that regard, but we're already off thread here and I don't want to roam further.)
Maybe my working on those kinds of revisionist series had something to do with my past marital history often ending with my embracing new experiences and boldly (and costly) going where no man has gone before.
Happily, on May 25 I'll be celebrating my fifteenth anniversary with Kim -- and, amazingly, she's neither in a wheelchair nor walking with a cane...yet.
Anyway, maybe now I'll be able to hook up with a stable little series devoid of any controversy. Yeah. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
Sorry to have gotten off this thread, which was dedicated to well-deserved praise for Eamon's towering talent in general and specifically regarding his M.A.S.K. cover, but the reference to the final M.A.S.K. season being an alternative world got my juices going...in a positive way.
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2- LOL. That sounds like a confirmation.
I'll post a proper image as soon as I can and you can see Trakker more properly!
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