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Blackstar Heroes by Laemeur Blackstar Heroes by Laemeur
It's Saturday, 1984. Cartoons are over, cereal is eaten, bed is made, room is clean, and you've just been handed your weekly allowance of five dollars. Mom agrees to take you to the store so you can spend it. Saving money's for suckers.

You race down the toy aisles, and pore over the little plastic muscle-men. There it is! The new Laser-Light BLACKSTAR action figure you saw on TV. There's no laser, of course; you just thumb a wheel in the figure's back and sparks shoot into its abdomen, which lights up a translucent plastic jewel in the chest. Lasers! You pull out the five-dollar bill from your pocket and eye the price tag: $4.99. There's no sales tax in Oregon. Life is sweet.

Back home, you tear open your prize. Behind the figure in the blister pack is a cheaply-printed fold-out poster with the Blackstar heroes; John, Klone, Mara, and the Trobbits. You throw the poster on your bed, grab your new figure, shoot a few lasers, and commence vanquishing the forces of evil. Skeletor and Cobra Commander have formed a shaky alliance -- it's up to John Blackstar and his Starsword to turn the tide.


Super-huge printable version on the download link. Cheers, Saturday morning warriors.
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furtiveartist Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I've been a sucker for Filmation cartoons for as long as I can remember, but the Blackstar cartoon went the extra mile for me: I was a nascent D&D player when it hit the small screen, and it took my D&D dreams on a magic carpet ride.
smossop Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this piece. Well done.
jaycebrasil Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
beautiful memories
calzephyr Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous :) Glad to see someone else loves Blackstar just as much.  
Swedefan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Acording to Wikipedia, this show is dated to 1981, not 1984 (I think action figures were sold when the show aired).
Laemeur Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
No, the figures didn't come until a few years after the show was cancelled, actually.  Unlike He-Man and The Masters of The Universe, which was commissioned by Mattell to serve as a promotional vehicle for their toys, Blackstar was undertaken by Filmation with no merchandising tie-in at all.
Swedefan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Was that because of stircter children's commercial laws earlier?
electronicron Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I love the art, and I love your story!
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Awesome one
weremole Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really like the colors used here.
skravania Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
You can add Galtar and The Golden Lance to this 80's Saturday mornings Super Heroes group !
Beautiful art !
DwayneF Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Great piece. I especially like your vision of John Blackstar.
Gaston25 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
This is awesome! What a great blast from the past
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
So cool! Love that rhino dude!
radja01 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The text is so melancolic and the picture is very impressive! :) Thanks to sharing your child's memory! :)
Bonzulac Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Filmation - the most bland, generic, charmless animation studio outside of Canada. Completely lacking originality, they rip off several sources at once, watering all those stolen elements down until whatever life or skill the source material may have had is completely gone. Television animation was dead before Filmation. Filmation is where the necrophilia began.

That said - great drawing! If only the cartoon were half as good.
Marvsamune Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice memories!!!!
alecris33 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Really good, I wanna see a fight between blackstar vs Thundarr the barbarian vs Herculoids... amaizing.
WM4ART Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That is amazing!! Thanks for giving an unsung cartoon some spotlight :)
voiq Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
WOW! Cool stuff! Thanks. Just searching over the internet and found "my new wallpaper"! :)
I was wondering any chance where I could find the starsword sound? Thanks!
your-fathers-belt Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
oh man! amazing.
fernandocarvalho Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
One day you could try to do a tutorial on how you achieve this vintage style, I did some works like this, but yours is fantastic.
SithHound01 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great piece. You did an amazing job!
spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Got the boxset in the post this week, so been rewatching this old gem... great piece, totally does it justice and then some :D
lordgrimm01 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
I think YouTube has some episodes
SSProjects Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Precious Memories, How They Linger...
Mosspoint Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I've never heard of this but, you're awesome sweet
FantasmaVerde Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
SolomonMars Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
doaivu Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
the description just made my day, thank you for reminding me :)
admarius Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
NuisanceBearEull Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Your comments are pure gold! I totally had that day ... but I was a girl, so therefore had She-Ra.
TOKITOS Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is one of the best cartoons i ever see... great job!!!
Lobo7922 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Love it :D
sean-izaakse Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Holyyyyy crap!! I totally forgot bout this show - I LOVED this!! Oh man this brings back some great memories!! Thanks man!
KR-Whalen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist

I also found it a bit interesting that Blackstar character was originally conceived as an African American, but was considered to be a bit too risque at the time by the network. The artists compromised by giving him darker skin and black hair.

I may try and draw a version of him as it was originally intended.
knighted-feline Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
It makes me miss my toy of him. I haven't seen it since the eighties.
vocaltaffy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Hahahaha! I love it! For my Blackstar it was Skeletor, Faker, and the H.I.S.S.

I'm working on a He-Man vs. Blackstar animation [link] Care to check it out?
baboussa Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
bravo, great work, this is extremely pleased to see the beautiful illustrations in a mixture of Burne Hogarth, paul pope, kevin nowlan ........fantastic
Laemeur Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you very kindly!
Clockworknic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Blackstar !!! F+CK ya dude ! You even tell a good tale ;)
wenzmaster Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work!
jasonhohoho Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional
you paint quite a picture--both with your art and your words. well done!
Baftoony Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
oh! hahaha! I love it!
natebaertsch Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Love your stuff man, and this is just pure brilliance!
Gugaaa Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Very good!
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   General Artist
oh man, this is a total shout out to the classics. love it!
Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hey! I read your Teen Titans in Wednesday Comics! Thanks for stopping by :)
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010   General Artist
Heya! After seeing your work, I wish you drew it! HAHAHA
My pleasure.
kidchuckle Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
HOly crap thats a big wave of memories that just came back!
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