Saturday Morning Cartoons – 1980 ABC, NBC and CBS Ads
Presenting comic book advertisements for the 1980 Saturday morning cartoons! Here we have ads from ABC, NBC, and CBS.
If I had to declare a winner for me personally in 1980, I guess it would have been ABC. I was a big fan of Super Friends and Thundarr the Barbarian, and a moderate fan of Plastic Man and Happy Days Gang. Conversely, Scooby-Doo had pretty much buried itself with Scrappy-Doo and no longer held any interest for me. I’d say NBC was close on the heels of ABC in 1980 with winners like Godzilla/Dinomutt Hour, Space Ghost and Herculoids. About the only time I’d switch over to watch CBS in 1980 was for Drak Pack and the Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour. Interesting that NBC had Daffy Duck and CBS had the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show. I didn’t realize they split the Looney Toons characters up for these purposes.
I have fond memories as a child watching shows like Looney Toons, Scooby-Doo, Popeye, and Tom & Jerry. Yet I watched them on weekday afternoons rather than Saturday mornings. For me, Saturday morning cartoons were reserved for new and exciting adventures, not cartoons I could watch any day after school. I guess I was a bit of a Saturday morning snob.
If you enjoy these, check out the Saturday morning cartoon ads I’ve run previously from 1983 and 1985. The 1985 post also includes some of my general commentary about Saturday morning cartoons and what the current generation of kids are missing.