After 65 episodes of
MASK pursuing VENOM around the world, what is there to do for
The concept of MASK changed
a bit when the MASK racing series began airing in 1986. Sadly,
many of these episodes were relegated to an abysmal 6:30am timeslot.
In the racing episodes, MASK and VENOM raced at various locations
across the world usually to win some kind of prizes.
Trakker and T-Bob, who were very prevalent in the first series,
were barely seen at all in this series beyond a lesson or two
at the end of the show. Matt Trakker and Miles Mayhem as their
respective teams' leaders didn't even appear every time.
The new series also introduced
new characters from Boris Bushkin ("Me Grimlock!")
to the maniacally-laughing Lester Sludge. Vanessa Warfield's
Manta returned with a few improvements, and many of the original
series' characters returned with new looks (such as Buddie "Clutch"
Hawks and Brad Turner). The new series introduced Miles Mayhem's
brother Maxie to the mythos, and also in this new series VENOM
knew the secret identities of MASK -- so the "I'll get
you MASK!" calls for revenge changed to "I'll get
Plot wasn't as important
or as good in many of the racing episodes, although some interesting
new ideas came up (Brad Turner and Vanessa?). Some characters
only appeared for very brief appearances, such as Dusty Hayes
in the Billboard Blast or Sly Rax in his
Pit Stop Catapult.
MASK Agents best suited
of appearances does not include end of episode lessons)
Nevada Rushmore: 5 episodes
Ali Bombay: 5 episodes
Matt Trakker: 5 episodes
Buddie "Clutch" Hawks: 3 episodes
Boris Bushkin: 3 episodes
Calhoun Burns: 3 episodes
Ace Riker: 3 episodes
Brad Turner: 3 episodes
Dusty Hayes: 3 episodes
Alex Sector: 2 episodes
Jacques LaFleur: 1 episode
Gloria Baker: 1 episode
Miles Mayhem: 8 episodes * Bruno Sheppard: 7 episodes
Lester Sludge: 6 episodes * Maximus "Maxie" Mayhem:
Vanessa Warfield: 5 episodes * Sly Rax: 3 episodes
Floyd Malloy: 5 episodes * Nash Gorey: 1 episode
#1 "Demolition Duel
to the Death"
First appearances: Buddie Hawks' "Wildcat"
vehicle, updated Manta, Boris Bushkin, and Lester Sludge
#2 "Where Eagles
First appearances: Goliath,
Nevada Rushmore, The Collector, Maxie Mayhem
#3 "Homeward Bound"
#4 "Battle of the
MASK and VENOM race in Australia to win a vaulable secret formula.
Why VENOM was even qualified to run in this race we'll never
know. Matt and Miles end up finishing the race on fair terms
-- without masks or weapons -- when both of their vehicles are
#5 "Race Against
First appearances: Brad's
new vehicle & mask, Billboard Blast, Pit Stop Catapult
#6 "Challenge of
#7 "For One Shining
#8 "High Noon"
#9 "The Battle for
The Mexican president's son races in Goliath in a race across
the Baja desert. MASK and VENOM also participate in this race.
Part of the fun of this episode is seeing how Boris can completely
disregard his teammate Clutch, but then later work together
so they all can get in and finish the race in time. Everyone
seems to have this naive caring of their fellow man -- unfortunately
including the president's son, who responds to a distress call
The final episode of the MASK series features Brad Turner and
Vanessa Warfield in a race honoring Nevada Rushmore's tribe.
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