Radio host Casey Kasem, known to generations as the voice of pop music countdown shows for close to four decades, passed away early Sunday morning at a hospital outside Seattle, according to a Facebook post by his daughter Kerri.
Kasem provided voices for a number of well-loved cartoon characters. His most celebrated role was Shaggy in various Scooby-Doo cartoons, starting with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You in 1969. He was also the voice of Robin in Hanna-Barbera's cartoons based on DC superherpes, and the voice of Mark in Battle of the Planets, the U.S. adaptation of the anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
Feeling tired, True Believer? Worn out by superhero controversies? Convinced that vital issues are out there in the genre sphere, deserving of discussion, but suspicious that the typical online back and forth amounts to so many weedy paddles 'round the sunken perimeter of a draining pond? Were you nonplussed when Harley Quinn rode that wrecking ball naked into Batwoman's wedding the other week? I have difficulty even keeping things straight anymore, and it's not because the underlying topics are frivolous or unimportant; I just think there are richer, weirder superhero terrains to explore.
So take my hand, tiger! Let us turn our eyes east, for just one post, to the wide world of anime! You remember Battle of the Planets, right? WELL YOU'D BETTER FORGET IT, because there's a new Tatsunoko superhero cartoon in town -- twelve episodes in total, streaming for free with English subtitles -- and it's a hell of a thing: Gatchaman Crowds.
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