The original MASK animated
series premiered in the United States in 1985 to coincide wth
the release of the new toy line. The initial wave of episodes
only featured the "core" MASK agents (Matt, Bruce,
Alex, Gloria, etc.) with the additional members such as Julio
Lopez coming around more towards the end of the first season's
run. The first season lasted for 65 episodes.
In the original series,
most episodes would feature VENOM in some plot to take over
the world so Matt Trakker would have to call in his MASK team
to stop them. These episodes almost always featured the whole
"Computer, please give me the MASK agents best suited for
this mission" routine.
The original episodes
also featured the antics of Matt Trakker's young son, Scott,
and his robot friend T-Bob.
The scenes and vehicles
from the opening credits of MASK are all from the first season
of episodes. Contrary to rumor, there was not an "origin
story" episode produced.
One thing that made the
first season of episodes fun was that there were two vehicles
throughout the run that ended up being destroyed -- Hondo MacLean's
Firecracker truck and Gloria Baker's Shark vehicle (the latter
of which was never made into a toy). Gloria went on to co-pilot
Thunderhawk with Matt or Gator with Dusty usually; and Hondo
got the new vehicle "Night Stalker" (known as the
toy "Hurricane") as well as a new "Blaster II"
mask. Interesting to note is that even though a swarm of Roteks
*ate* Thunder Hawk and several other vehicles, the vehicles
returned as early as the very next episodes.
MASK Agents best suited
Matt Trakker: 65 episodes
Bruce Sato: 40 episodes
Alex Sector: 35 episodes
Gloria Baker: 30 episodes
Brad Turner: 22 episodes
Hondo MacLean: 19 episodes
Buddie Hawks: 17 episodes
Julio Lopez: 8 episodes
Calhoun Burns: 6 episodes
Jacques LaFleur: 5 episodes
Ace Riker: 2 episodes
Scott Trakker & T-Bob: 65 episodes
Miles Mayhem: 65 episodes * Sly Rax: 61 episodes
Cliff Dagger: 53 episodes * Vanessa Warfield: 45 episodes
Nash Gorey: 7 episodes * Floyd Malloy: 6 episodes * Bruno Sheppard:
about the MASK Racing Series