I was a cartoon addict as a kid, and one of my favorite channels was USA. Does anyone else remember Cartoon Express? If I'm remembering right, they had a weekday version, and a weekend version. I watched it every change I got, and it's the reason I'm so in love with cartoons that really were before my time. Give me The Herculoids over Ren & Stimpy, any day. I still have a lot of fond memories over the days I spent on my grandmother's living room floor, switching the dial to USA, and getting lost in cartoon worlds.
On of the shows I loved featured Space Ghost and his teenage sidekicks, Jan & Jace. And you can't forget that damn monkey, Blip. I'm so not a fan of inhuman sidekicks, and Blip is a large part of the reason why. He was so frickin annoying. I could handle Jan & Jace, especially since they seemed to keep the stoic Space Ghost from becoming to full himself.
And he was a little full of himself. I'm not talking about that horrible talk show parody they stuck him in, I couldn't handle it. I can never watch one of my favorite childhood characters, turned into a joke. I much prefered him when he was racing across space, protecting planets form destruction, and beating his regular cast of bad guys.
I even liked his bad guys. They were different, and while they seem kind of hokey to me now, they were really cool when I was a kid. Moltar, Zorak, Black Widow, Metallus, and Brak, how I love you guys. I used to pretend I was along for the ride, when Space Ghost would kick your asses. The adventures were something I could get lost in, and let me imagine a world where right always wins, and the bad guys always lose. That false sense of rightness is why I love cartoons, and why I love superheroes so much. Even if the good guys suffer a defeat, you always know that they will some how land on top.