Cult Cartoon Essentials: M.A.S.K.

M.A.S.K. was a animated television series produced by the French-American DIC Enterprises Inc and Kenner. The series had its own range of M.A.S.K. action figures and vehicles.  It was animated in Asia by studios; KK C&D Asia, Studio Juno, Studio World, and Ashi Productions. It ran from September 16th 1985 – November 28 1986, totalling 75 episodes.

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The main premise revolved around the fight between an underground task force called M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) against a criminal organization called V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem).


  • Matt Trakker, Hondo MacLean, Dusty Hayes, Bruce Sato, Nash Gorey, Bruno Shepherd, Boris Bushkin, Maximus Mayhem – Doug Stone (Cowboy Bebop, Lensman, Naruto, Metal Gear Solid).
  • Miles Mayhem, Alex Sector, Floyd Malloy, Jacques Lefleur, Nevada Rushmore – Brendan McKane (Star Trek: TNG, Hard Time on Planet Earth, Hunter).
  • Scott Trakker – Brennan Thicke (Dennis The Menace).
  • T-Bob, Brad Turner, Julio Lopez, Calhoun Burns – Graeme McKenna (The Legend of Prince Valiant).
  • Sly Rax, Buddie Hawks, Cliff Dagger, Duane Kennedy, Ace Riker – Mark Halloran
  • M.A.S.K. Computer, Gloria Baker, Vanessa Warfield – Sharon Noble (Dennis, Punky Brewster).
  • Lester Sludge, Ali Bombay – Brian George (Beware The Batman, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Big Bang Theory, The X-Files, Star Trek: DS9).

Season 1

Season 1 saw MASK battle Venom across the globe:

01 “The Deathstone” September 30, 1985 (1985-09-30)
VENOM steals a strange meteorite with healing powers using Switchblade disguised as a UFO.
02 “The Star Chariot” October 1, 1985 (1985-10-01)
VENOM steals a mystical arrowhead rumoured to point the way to an alien spacecraft buried in the desert.
03 “The Book of Power” October 2, 1985 (1985-10-02)
VENOM steals an ancient book which holds the secrets of a mythological city of riches.
04 “Highway to Terror” October 3, 1985 (1985-10-03)
MASK tries to retrieve a stash of military plutonium that VENOM plans to use to power an earthquake machine.
05 “Video VENOM” October 4, 1985 (1985-10-04)
VENOM hypnotizes innocent people through their television sets and threatens to use them to attack a Texas oil refinery if not paid a hefty ransom.
06 “Dinosaur Boy” October 7, 1985 (1985-10-07)
VENOM abducts a strange lizard creature whose antibodies prolong human life.
07 “The Ultimate Weapon” October 8, 1985 (1985-10-08)
VENOM obtains a device that jams the control systems of MASK’s vehicles rendering their opposition immobile.
08 “The Roteks” October 9, 1985 (1985-10-09)
VENOM steals a swarm of metal-eating bugs secretly developed by the military.
09 “The Oz Effect” October 10, 1985 (1985-10-10)
VENOM uses a strange vortex machine to abduct a village of Australian aborigines and forces them as slaves to mine valuable crystal.
10 “Death from the Sky” October 11, 1985 (1985-10-11)
VENOM uses a tractor beam to steer a meteor to Earth which threatens to destroy a major city.
11 “The Magma Mole” October 14, 1985 (1985-10-14)
VENOM uses a mole machine to drill into the Earth which threatens Tokyo with devastating floods and an eruption of Mount Fuji.
12 “Solaria Park” October 15, 1985 (1985-10-15)
VENOM hides a heat ray weapon in an amusement park.
13 “The Creeping Terror” October 16, 1985 (1985-10-16)
VENOM unleashes a horde of giant caterpillars to destroy a South American jungle in hopes of finding a lost Mayan temple.
14 “Assault on Liberty” October 17, 1985 (1985-10-17)
VENOM steals the Statue of Liberty during a magic show and holds it for ransom.
15 “The Sceptre of Rajim” October 18, 1985 (1985-10-18)
VENOM steals a mystical sceptre from an Indian city whose inhabitants hold the MASK team hostage until its return. Matt Trakker must work alone to get it back.
16 “The Golden Goddess” October 21, 1985 (1985-10-21)
VENOM steals golden relics from ancient temples in Singapore, liquefying the gold and smuggling it by pumping it secretly through a pipeline.
17 “Mystery of the Rings” October 22, 1985 (1985-10-22)
VENOM goes to Sunhenge with three mystic rings that will point the way to a wealth of ancient treasure.
18 “Bad Vibrations” October 23, 1985 (1985-10-23)
VENOM threatens to blow up buildings in Hong Kong with a sonic weapon.
19 “Ghost Bomb” October 24, 1985 (1985-10-24)
VENOM plots to destroy the Panama Canal with a captured nuclear submarine.
20 “Cold Fever” October 25, 1985 (1985-10-25)
During a trip to Alaska, Bruce Sato falls ill from a terrible virus and MASK finds that VENOM has the only cure.
21 “Mardi Gras Mystery” October 28, 1985 (1985-10-28)
The MASK team enjoys a New Orleans Mardi Gras but finds VENOM there trying to steal the formula to a super-fuel.
22 “The Secret of Life” October 29, 1985 (1985-10-29)
VENOM steals an Ancient Egyptian tablet from King Tut’s tomb which may contain “the secret of life”.
23 “Vanishing Point” October 30, 1985 (1985-10-30)
VENOM hijacks planes by setting up a fake airport, jamming radars and confusing pilots to land there.
24 “Counter-Clockwise Caper” October 31, 1985 (1985-10-31)
VENOM conducts heists of Las Vegas casinos.
25 “The Plant Show” November 1, 1985 (1985-11-01)
VENOM threatens to cover Los Angeles with a choking kudzu of mutated vines unless California pays a hefty ransom.
26 “Secret of the Andes” November 4, 1985 (1985-11-04)
MASK must protect a revived Incan priest from VENOM, who has been frozen in ice found in the Andes, and may know the secret location of El Dorado.
27 “Panda Power” November 5, 1985 (1985-11-05)
VENOM abducts endangered panda bears from China and MASK must rescue them.
28 “Blackout” November 6, 1985 (1985-11-06)
VENOM has a new vehicle called Blackout, which is capable of draining power supplies.
29 “A Matter of Gravity” November 7, 1985 (1985-11-07)
Firecracker is destroyed in a battle with VENOM, and Hondo gets a new replacement vehicle, Hurricane, in the end. (NOTE: Hurricane was called Nightstalker in this episode).
30 “The Lost Riches of Rio” November 8, 1985 (1985-11-08)
VENOM steals a worthless painting but MASK learns it really contains a secret map to lost treasure.
31 “Deadly Blue Slime” November 11, 1985 (1985-11-11)
MASK goes to Africa to stop a botched experiment which has created a deadly blue slime that consumes everything in its path.
32 “The Currency Conspiracy” November 12, 1985 (1985-11-12)
MASK must stop VENOM from using an organism that eats the ink off printed money rendering the bills worthless.
33 “Caesar’s Sword” November 13, 1985 (1985-11-13)
VENOM agent Sly Rax, poses as the ghost of Julius Caesar to scare off a team of archaeologists who have uncovered Caesar’s Sword of Victory.
34 “Peril in Paris” November 14, 1985 (1985-11-14)
Buddie Hawks disguises himself as VENOM agent Dagger in order to infiltrate VENOM’s secret base in Paris. There he uncovers VENOM’s plan to find a Nazi doomsday machine.
35 “In Dutch” November 15, 1985 (1985-11-15)
A madman hires VENOM to destroy the flood dikes in the Netherlands if their parliament doesn’t allow him a political position.
36 “The Lippizaner Mystery” November 18, 1985 (1985-11-18)
VENOM steals the famous Lipizzaner Stallions where an Arab purchases them for $4 million, but MASK team member Dusty Hayes foils their heist.
37 “The Sacred Rock” November 19, 1985 (1985-11-19)
VENOM frightens a tribe of Australian aborigines who believe their god “Mimi” is angry with them. When T-Bob makes an appearance, the tribe thinks he is their deity.
38 “Curse of Solomon’s Gorge” November 20, 1985 (1985-11-20)
MASK goes to Africa to stop VENOM who has discovered King Solomon’s treasures.
39 “Green Nightmare” November 21, 1985 (1985-11-21)
VENOM agent Vanessa Warfield, sabotages Matt Trakker’s private jet which crashes in the jungles of New Guinea. The rest of the MASK team goes to rescue them.
40 “Eyes of the Skull” November 22, 1985 (1985-11-22)
VENOM leader, Miles Mayhem, uses an ancient “crystal skull” which allows x-ray vision to see through Matt Trakker’s mask and discover his identity. Mayhem then kidnaps Scott Trakker for ransom.
41 “Stop Motion” November 25, 1985 (1985-11-25)
VENOM obtains an EMP bomb, and threatens to loot bank vault across the country by knocking out all electronics for miles around.
42 “The Artemis Enigma” November 26, 1985 (1985-11-26)
VENOM plans to steal a sacred horn from a group of monks that is rumoured to detect gold.
43 “The Chinese Scorpion” November 27, 1985 (1985-11-27)
VENOM agent Bruno Sheppard disguises Stinger as a giant iron scorpion and kidnaps an archaeologist who knows the location of buried treasure inside the Great Wall of China.
44 “Riddle of the Raven Master” November 28, 1985 (1985-11-28)
VENOM agent Vanessa Warfield uses trained ravens to steal London’s crown jewels. As a diversion, Sly Rax plants a bomb in Big Ben. Scott and T-Bob meet the Raven of the Tower of London.
45 “The Spectre of Captain Kidd” November 29, 1985 (1985-11-29)
MASK foils a plot by VENOM to get their hands on the lost booty of the pirate Captain Kidd.
46 “The Secret of the Stones” December 2, 1985 (1985-12-02)
VENOM steals a strange stone than makes objects weightless.
47 “The Lost Fleet” December 3, 1985 (1985-12-03)
MASK tries to stop VENOM who goes to a tropical island in search of a legendary “golden” fleet.
48 “Quest of the Canyon” December 4, 1985 (1985-12-04)
MASK goes to Carlsbad Caverns where VENOM plans to steal the lost treasure of legendary gunman Jesse James.
49 “Follow the Rainbow” December 5, 1985 (1985-12-05)
VENOM goes to Ireland to find the treasure of Brian Boru at the end of the rainbow.
50 “The Everglades Oddity” December 6, 1985 (1985-12-06)
Matt Trakker is bitten by a venomous snake, and while he recovers, Alex Sector must lead the MASK team to stop VENOM’s plan of stealing the NASA Space Shuttle.
51 “Dragonfire” December 9, 1985 (1985-12-09)
VENOM goes to Borneo to seek a lost temple. When they find it, they unleash the temple’s lizard guardians against MASK.
52 “The Royal Cape Caper” December 10, 1985 (1985-12-10)
VENOM steals Kamehameha’s cape and helmet, then mass produce replicas selling them as expensive fakes.
53 “Patchwork Puzzle” December 11, 1985 (1985-12-11)
VENOM steals a Civil War-era quilt that contains a secret message to finding buried treasure at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
54 “Fog on Boulder Hill” December 12, 1985 (1985-12-12)
VENOM kidnaps an old woman who is hiding $20 bill printing plates. VENOM wants the plates so they can make counterfeit money.
55 “Plunder of Glowworm Grotto” December 13, 1985 (1985-12-13)
MASK member Julio Lopez goes to New Zealand to help a local tribe preserve their land. There he discovers a VENOM plot to steal pearls from giant clams that live in the ocean.
56 “Stone Trees” December 16, 1985 (1985-12-16)
MASK member Jacques LaFleur finds a stone tree inscribed with strange symbols. VENOM later steals the tree hoping it will lead them to a golden Indian totem.
57 “Incident in Istanbul” December 17, 1985 (1985-12-17)
VENOM hijacks an armoured car in Istanbul stealing Constantine’s chess set which contains secrets to finding his golden crown.
58 “The Creeping Desert” December 18, 1985 (1985-12-18)
A corrupt landowner hires VENOM to destroy land in Acapulco, Mexico, rendering them worthless patches of desert so he can buy it up real cheap and restore the land later with an advanced hydration machine.
59 “The Scarlet Empress” December 19, 1985 (1985-12-19)
MASK member Calhoun Burns, accidentally shrinks a priceless statue VENOM is trying to steal. A curious bird makes off with the statue.
60 “Venice Menace” December 20, 1985 (1985-12-20)
VENOM has a device that turns the waters around Venice to jelly, allowing Stinger to drive on the surface and dig up Cleopatra’s sunken barge.
61 “Treasure of the Nazca Plain” December 23, 1985 (1985-12-23)
MASK foils a plot by VENOM to steal a prehistoric South American treasure.
62 “Disappearing Act” December 24, 1985 (1985-12-24)
VENOM steals priceless automobiles by shrinking them with a shrink ray.
63 “Gate of Darkness” December 25, 1985 (1985-12-25)
VENOM abducts a cobra whose hood shows the way through a maze that leads to treasure in the Himalayan Mountains.
64 “The Manakara Giant” December 26, 1985 (1985-12-26)
VENOM uses a magnetic weapon to crash ships into rocky beaches. Local natives believe it is caused by an ancient curse until MASK discovers otherwise.
65 “Raiders of the Orient Express” December 27, 1985 (1985-12-27)
VENOM infiltrates the Orient Express train looking for clues to “Mad” King Ludwig’s treasures.


Season 2

Season 2 of the animated series saw a change to the format. For reasons not explained MASK and VENOM were now motor racing teams. It only last ten episodes:

# Title Original airdate
01 “Demolition Duel to the Death” September 6, 1986 (1986-09-06)
During a harrowing demolition derby, VENOM agents discover one of their own, a new VENOM recruit named Boris Bushkin, is really a MASK double agent who foils their plans to eliminate MASK member Buddie Hawks.
02 “Where Eagles Dare” October 1, 1986 (1986-10-01)
Matt Trakker takes on the Mayhem brothers in a race that will win the victor a profitable transportation licence.
03 “Homeward Bound” October 8, 1986 (1986-10-08)
MASK member Ali Bombay returns to his homelands in India but finds that VENOM is using villagers as slaves to mine a valuable meteorite.
04 “The Battle of the Giants” October 12, 1986 (1986-10-12)
Matt Trakker and the Mayhem brothers race to win a trophy that contains a secret formula, but the Mayhem twins, of course, play dirty in order to win the prize.
05 “Race Against Time” October 22, 1986 (1986-10-22)
Brad Turner undertakes a mission to retrieve a rare plant needed to fight a spreading virus, but he soon finds VENOM is after the plant as well.
06 “Challenge of the Masters” October 29, 1986 (1986-10-29)
MASK and VENOM battle in a race to win a trophy containing a microfilm that has secret access codes to any computer in the world.
07 “For One Shining Moment” November 5, 1986 (1986-11-05)
VENOM surprisingly shows kindness by organizing a race for “charity”, luring MASK to participate, however the race is really a VENOM trap to eliminate MASK once and for all.
08 “High Noon” November 12, 1986 (1986-11-12)
MASK and VENOM enter a land, air and sea race to show off their vehicle capabilities. VENOM uses the race as a diversion to steal plans for a top secret jet.
09 “The Battle For Baja” November 19, 1986 (1986-11-19)
MASK enters a Baja race where the Mexican President’s son, Raul Vega, is also a competitor and offered to drive Goliath I by Matt Trakker. VENOM uses the opportunity to kidnap Vega for ransom.
10 “Cliff Hanger” November 26, 1986 (1986-11-26)
VENOM gets their hands on dangerous seeds that can cause a plague and MASK races to stop them.

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