Monday, February 9, 2015

Superman and The Greatest American Hero



I was a fan of The Greatest American Hero and I liked the idea of a guy with no instructions on how to use his power granting uniform.  Even though Ralph Hinkley gradually got better at the use of his abilities, he was never a completely polished superhero. It would have been cool to see him eventually master his powers and really get to cut loose, maybe in a follow up TV movie.

12 comments:

AirDave said...

The Greatest American Hero was an awesome television series! Shame that it only lasted a few seasons. Up until recently, I would have thought a cameo or a guest appearance by Bill Cosby would have been cool.

I really enjoyed reading William Katt's adaptation of the pilot. Shame that it didn't continue beyond the first three issues. Three seasons, three issues, Ralph Hinkley isn't very lucky with threes...

It would be cool to see The Greatest American Hero make a comeback.

Jeph said...

Love this cover!

Crazy Ivan said...

There WAS a tv movie in which Ralph had become proficient enough to be a recognized success... at which point the aliens declared he was no longer fit to wear the suit, as he had started to become a celebrity.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0592601/

Trıbal Indıbo said...

Ralph Hınkley dıd NOT look thıs good ın hıs suıt! He looked lıke a weaklıng, but I guess thıs ımage wıll do. If EVER there was a concept that could use a reboot, ıts THIS ONE. I would lıke to see Steve Carell take on thıs role. What other people could you guys suggest?

Anonymous said...

Recently there was talk of them doing a movie version of GAH with names like Owen Wilson being mentioned.

Bob Greenwade said...

Crazy Ivan got it -- the follow-up TV-movie was actually pretty cool, with the suit going to a young female elementary school teacher -- The Greatest American Heroine -- Holly Hathaway, played by Mary Ellen Stuart. At least it was added to the show's syndication rotation; I don't know if it's on the DVD set.

According to the show's Wikipedia entry, Nathan Fillion expressed some interest in 2009 in playing the title role. Owen Wilson would be a not-bad choice too, especially if it's an all-out reboot (rather than a continuation with a third suit-wearer). Cirroc Lofton or Grant Imahara might not be bad choices either.

Jeph said...

Yup, Greatest American Heroine is in the boxed set. Along with the GAH cape, which I might've worn once or twice for fun. ;-)

Anonymous said...

@ Tribal Indibo: Anybody BUT Steve Carrell, dude! That guy sucks. In fact, Dave Letterman is undeniably jumping the shark having that un-funny loser on his show, tonight!!

As for a TV-reunion movie? I would suggest having Ralph's son, from Season 1, being an LAPD detective. And, thereby, inheriting the role of advisor to the adoptive daughter of suit The Greatest American Heroine (who, in turn, inherits the suit).

C.C. said...

Good Job! These two heroes seem like a natural match-up.
The artwork is beautiful and flawless. Jerry Ordway looks great paired up with this Jaime Molina Torres.
How about a future team-up with TGAH and Captain Marvel Jr. on Earth-S? They could fight Dr. Sivana(who would dread another "Big Red Cheese" with many Captain Marvel abilities) & Jr.'s enemy Captain Nazi("The Greatest German Nazi Hero").

Anonymous said...

To the other Anonymous: you might want to proofread your replies a little better. You needlessly typed the word "suit," twice.

Ike Iszany said...

Where is the GAH art from? Katt had that short lived GAH comic book that I don't think was ever even finished and this doesn't look like art from it.

Ross said...

From Deviant Art

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