Thundarr the Barbarian, c. 1980
“Bumper” used in multiple episodes
2-cel master setup
Acrylic on acetate and gouache on paper
Collection of Trent Claus
Thundarr the Barbarian was created by Steve Gerber with significant input from Alex Toth, Jack Kirby, and Mark Evanier among others. It ran from 1980-1981 and featured main characters Thundarr, Ookla the Mok, and Princess Ariel. This 2-cel setup features all three main characters: Ariel on her steed, Ookla on his equort, and Thundarr brandishing the Sunsword. It was likely used as a “bumper” card shown before or after commercial breaks.