For those of you not familiar with the term, a remix is editing or recreating a song to sound different from its original version. I'm not a huge fan of remix songs, but I do appreciate the time and effort that are put into making them. I mostly view them as tributes to the original track by the producer.

I've encountered several remixes of the M.A.S.K. theme over the last several years. We even use one of the remixes listed below on MASKast for background music. So I thought I'd compile my favorite tracks and showcase some talented M.A.S.K. fans.

This first track by DJ Tee is the "hip hop" version we use in the opening and closing of MASKast. I stumbled onto this track a couple years ago now and was the first remix I really enjoyed.

Boulder-Hill.Net features a couple remix tracks on its media page. One of them is "M.A.S.K. 2006" by Monkey Hands which features audio clips from the cartoon. The new beat mixed with the M.A.S.K. theme opening makes for a fun track.

"V.E.N.O.M." by zerosignal is a track I literally just discovered when I was researching for this story. It's a very interesting track that is almost split in half with remixes of the M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. themes.


The next track I discovered just this year and even shared it on our Facebook page. French artist Square Tune Magician has produced a techno remix of the M.A.S.K. theme along with mesmerizing visuals for a complete club experience.

And speaking of techno, another track you can find on Boulder-Hill.Net is the "M.A.S.K. Theme Remix" by DJ Force. This track has more of a synthesized sound with an up-tempo techno beat. I'm a fan of '80s new wave and retrowave so I really dig this remix.

"Roteks" by J:Kenzo is not a remix per se, but I decided to include it. "Masked" within the haunting beat are clips from the "Roteks" episode of the animated series. You can hear the sound effects of the bugs along with soundbytes of Alex Sector and P.N.A. director Duane Kennedy.

Also previously posted on our Facebook page is this track by Tedman simply titled "M.A.S.K. 8 bit." It sounds like it could've been featured on one of Spectrum ZX video games released in the '80s.


The final remix is by another French producer who calls himself Phenix '80. This instrumental track could easily become the theme for a rebooted M.A.S.K. animated series. It has a very classic '80s keyboard and guitar sound but it also sounds fresh and new at the same time.

Leave a comment below with your favorite remix and be looking for a story in the near future on the best M.A.S.K. theme cover songs. (That is, a list of the best recreations of the original theme with lyrics.)
After a very long layoff, MASKast triumphantly returns to review the US series 1 comic books! Jason and Wyatt welcome back Erik from Boulder-Hill.Net to discuss our favorites from the 4-issue set. The podcast features an overview of each story, a roundtable discussion of our personal likes/dislikes, and comparisons to the animated series.

Stream the podcast below or download the mp3 directly to listen.



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It's time to channel your inner '80s child! Check out these scans of coloring book pages that I recently found on the web. I don't remember having a M.A.S.K. coloring book as a kid, so I was pretty happy to find these. According to the website, the creator scanned these and other pages from licensed books for a project.

5 pages are available including the familiar cover photo above taken from the Boulder Hill playset box art. Also available are two agent profiles, Brad Turner with the Hocus Pocus/Condor and Gloria Baker with Aura/Gator (what, no Shark?)
Next is a scene featuring Miles Mayhem with the Viper mask overlooking a hillside. The setting and the large cannon reminds me of the Video V.E.N.O.M. episode
The final page features a trio of M.A.S.K. vehicles including Thunderhawk, Rhino, and Condor.
Click on any of the images above to retrieve a larger image size for printing or visit the M.A.S.K. page on Keith's Coloring Book website.

Fan Fiction is a story written by fans inside the realm of an original work, generally not authorized by the original author and rarely published. However, it doesn't mean that these unauthorized works don't go unnoticed as some statistics show that Fan Fiction makes up 1/3 of the works currently available on the internet. Although some franchises like Star Wars publish official "expanded universe" stories, most diehard fans will still tell you that they enjoying reading works about their favorite characters from their peers.

As a M.A.S.K. writer myself, I recently took a trip over to FanFiction.Net and made a surprising discovery. Expecting just a few M.A.S.K. fanfic stories, my search pinged almost 70 stories! Some works have been published just this year while others date all the way back to 2001. I've also noticed that there are a couple authors that have published several entries.

While Fanfiction has essentially no limits, you can find a wide range of stories from episode quality to downright bizarre. But no matter what you are looking for, it's great to see fans taking the time to write new tales in the M.A.S.K. universe. Click the link below to read all of stories in the M.A.S.K. archive. I'm looking forward to reading them myself and possibly even publishing the movie script excerpts we've previously released on this site. 


Our ultimate goal and reason we started this website back in 2011 was to see M.A.S.K. again as a live-action movie. Although our aspirations began for this sole purpose, we recognize that any incarnation or reboot of the franchise in the present day would be very exciting. Seeing a new animated series, comics, toys, or a movie would achieve any fan's dream of bringing back M.A.S.K.!

For over a year, Wyatt and I have had the pleasure of interacting with fan and blogger Scott Crawford from the M.A.S.K. Comics blog. Scott has communicated several great ideas to us and his latest effort is a bold move that we support. He created a petition via Change.Org back in February to urge Hasbro to bring back M.A.S.K. as a live-action movie. Even though Scott has his own screenplay, We have both signed it to show our unified support for this effort. We've said for a long time that whether it's our script or someone else's that get made, we belive M.A.S.K. would be very successful in the present day.

So, as we launch our new fansite Agents of M.A.S.K., we implore all agents to take a few minutes to sign the Bring Back M.A.S.K. petition. Let's show Hasbro how much we still love the franchise! So far, there have been 160 people sign and would love that number to be in the thousands. Keep the momentum going by signing today and sharing with your friends!


Who knows, we could see something like this in the near future!
Image credit: Grant Shorter Art
After over three years of promoting ourselves as "M.A.S.K. the Movie", we felt is was time for a fresh start. Up to this point, we've had some general interest in our live-action movie script which was obviously our main motivation. But after being in the M.A.S.K. community for several years, we've decided to refocus our effort.

We will still be promoting our script, but we also recognize other M.A.S.K. movie efforts like those of the MASK Comics blog and the Bring Back M.A.S.K. petition. We've also become great friends with Matt-Trakker.com and Boulder-Hill.Net, two of the longest running M.A.S.K. fansites on the web. So, instead of focusing mainly on bringing M.A.S.K. to the big screen, we want our script to be an equal part in the new "Agents of M.A.S.K." brand.
You can read our new mission on the Objective Page. In summary, we want to promote M.A.S.K. in multiple ways and at the same time, work toward bringing the community of fans together. We plan to keep posting new material to the Agents of M.A.S.K. site and social media, offer a new email newsletter, and continue to produce new episodes of MASKast. Through these venues, we hope to not only promote our personal agenda, but also report and showcase M.A.S.K. information from around the web.

So the question remains, "why 'Agents of M.A.S.K.' as the new name?" Well, we brainstormed for awhile and then checked to see what domains were available. It wasn't intended to copy Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the popularity of the show certainly aided in our decision to go with the name. We wanted something that represented who we are foremost...fans of the M.A.S.K. franchise. We also felt that any fan who has followed us over the past few years should also have the right to call themselves a fan or "agent." That is why we've created a badge for our fellow agents to display on their blogs/websites who join us in achieving our objective. The badge itself is inspired by the Boulder Hill roundtable in which agents gathered around to determine a plan and that also portrays our objective.

We invite you to explore our new website and tell us what you think in the comments below. It is a work in progress so expect improvements over the course of the next few months. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to interacting with our fellow M.A.S.K. fans in the future!
Wyatt and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We appreciate all of you for following the blog and the MASKast podcast in 2013. Sorry, we haven't had been able to devote more of our time this year. We both have had some major life events going on and our schedules are the main issue with not being able to pursue more podcasts.

We hope to bring you some gifts in 2014 by means of podcasts and interaction on the blog and social media. We are looking forward to finally recording a comics podcast in January with our pal Erik from the Boulder-Hill.net website. For now, we invite you to visit the comics page on his site to read up and also discover a recently posted Eagle Magazine comic with a Christmas-themed cover (shown above.)

In the meantime, here's to hoping Santa brought you all the M.A.S.K. toys you asked for and that everyone has a joyful holiday season!


Our quest to review the 4-issue set of M.A.S.K. comic books is coming to a conclusion! Issue #4 was published March 1986 and was titled "The Family Jewels." We invite you to dust off your copies or visit the comics section at Boulder-Hill.Net to read and comment with our upcoming podcast review. 

You can participate by voting for your favorite issue(s) in the right hand column of this blog and also by leaving comments on the blog or poll. Here's a quick review of issue #4...

Vol 1 Issue 4 
'The Ray of Doom'

The creative team on the fourth and final issue in the series was nearly identical to the DC crew for issues #3. They include inker Joe Delbeato and penciler Mike Chen with colors by Shelley Eiber and letters by John Costanza, who took over for D.C. Weiss. The script was written by Michael Fleisher and the editor was Andrew Helfer. It was released in March 1986 for the cover price of US 75 cents. The story itself was 22 pages.

The cover to the final issue gives us a 7-agent montage against an explosive background with the emphatic word "Endgame!" underneath. The climax begins with Nash Gorey forcing Alex Sector and Buddy Hawkes to load the secret P.N.A. satellite into Outlaw and then locking them up in the Boulder Hill jail.

We are then taken to the Louvre museum in Paris where a robbery has taken place...

On their way back to the USA, Matt Trakker receives a direct order from Duane Kennedy at P.N.A. to assist the situation. Matt feels something is not quite right with Duane's tone and uncovers a clue. We cut then to the Kennedy Space Center where V.E.N.O.M. agents use their masks to subdue three NASA astronauts preparing for launch. Back at Boulder Hill, Buddy devises a plan to escape the Boulder Hill jail. Then back at the Louvre with M.A.S.K. on scene, Matt reveals that the paintings weren't actually missing at all with the help of Spectrum and Dusty's Backlash mask. Buddy's plan to escape the jail cell works and radios Matt about Nash Gorey...

Sly Rax, Vanessa Warfield, and Floyd Malloy are revealed as the astronauts inside the space shuttle. After rigging the satellite, the shuttle lands in the desert for a demonstration to show the US President. When he initiates the satellite's weapon, it destroys the space shuttle and causes a panic amongst the people. Mayhem explains to his crew that the "death ray" will make its way across America to destroy all weapon stockpiles in order for V.E.N.O.M. and Contraworld to unleash an attack on the world. But his first priority is a little funding trip to Las Vegas...

Matt finally understands that these international missions were nothing but a distraction from the real plan. Alex and Bruce work on pinpointing the location of the satellite aboard Rhino as Hondo heads evacuating the cities in the death ray's path. V.E.N.O.M. continues to pilfer banks and casinos in Las Vegas as M.A.S.K. arrives on scene...

A battle ensues between M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. as Duane Kennedy looks on. Authorities bust in his office and unmask the impostor while demanding the location of the real Duane Kennedy. M.A.S.K. wins the battle, disabling V.E.N.O.M. and finally, the death ray with a Rhino missile. With the conflict resolved, Matt reflects on the situation a few days later...

Hope you enjoyed the reviews of the first series of M.A.S.K. comic books. Don't forget to vote for your favorite issue in the series in the sidebar poll. Be looking for a new episode of the MASKast podcast in the near future where we will reveal the results, read your comments, and discuss our favorite issues, illustrations, and story points of the series.

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