|Art owned by Izzy Medrano.|
Before Mask was a bad Cher movie or a Dark Horse comic-based movie starring Jim Carrey, it was something significantly cooler. It was the coolest 80s cartoon available. Well, okay, it was actually M.A.S.K.—the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand because kids don’t need to know how to spell.
The greatest hero on the show was the lead, Matt Trakker. Let’s be honest, at least half of his coolness was the fact that he regularly drove a Delorean. And while that Delorean didn’t travel through time, it did fly. The Thunderhawk was the car that literally every child ever wanted to own. And Matt Trakker got to drive it.
|Trakker & the Thunderhawk by Robert Atkins.|
In order to combat V.E.N.O.M., Trakker and his team all wore masks that granted special powers (as did the villains, naturally.) Trakker got Spectrum, a mask that depending on the medium, could do various things. In the cartoon, it basically had the abilities of every mask. In the toyline though, it simply possessed the ability to see on every single spectrum or wavelength.
Trakker was at his finest though in the short-lived DC Comics series. A solid run mostly drawn by Curt Swan, recently removed from his position as main Superman artist, the series mirrored Marvel’s successful G.I. Joe series. It gave the heroes real motivations, back stories and depth while still keeping the fun of the cartoon. It was wear I really fell in love with Matt Trakker and his doomed love of the super-powered Jokasta. Great stuff from a DC on the rise.
|Image from YoJoe.com.|
And one ripe for a comeback. If Jem can do it, why not M.A.S.K.? Rumors are a third G.I. Joe film might lead to a M.A.S.K. spinoff with a Matt Trakker cameo. May I suggest Bradley Cooper, folks?