Captain Planet and the Planeteers ended it’s original run 18 years ago next month. However, the series seems to have incredible staying power for a show with heavy handed messages and pressure for kids to be better caretakers of Earth. Because it’s still being talked about, referenced and parodied to this day.
The show came out at a time when kids were really all about TMNT and Pokemon, not thinking about pollution and recycling, so it’s amazing a program like this cought on (or at least lasted for so long). It’s longevity even spawned a followup series. Of course when anything, especially for kids, is on tv longer than a year merchandizing is a given. Captain Planet got his own video game, toys and action figures, all made from recycled materials of course.
Then there was the Captain Planet 12 issue tie-in series published by Marvel. The comics actually followed a separate continuity from the show and from the Marvel Universe, despite this cover being a parody of Fantastic Four #1.
Everyone have a great Earth Day and remember "The power is yours!"
CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS #4 (Jan. 1992)
Cover Art by Ron Frenz & Joe Sinnott