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Tales of the Undead 

Ryan believes that a half-man, half-monster comic-book hero has come to life and is responsible for the murder of a shopkeeper.


Lyndon Chubbuck


Frank Mancuso Jr. (creator), Paul Monette (story) | 4 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
John D. LeMay ... Ryan Dallion (as John D. Le May)
Louise Robey Louise Robey ... Micki Foster (as Robey)
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Jack Marshak (credit only)
Ray Walston ... Jay Star
David Hewlett ... Cal
Bob Aarrons Bob Aarrons ... Charlie
Michele George Michele George ... Mrs. Forbes (as Michelle George)
Jenn Griffin ... Linda (as Jennifer Griffin)
David Clement ... Carmine
Anthony Bekenn ... Mr. Briggs


Ryan believes that a half-man, half-monster comic-book hero has come to life and is responsible for the murder of a shopkeeper.

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Release Date:

25 January 1988 (Canada) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cursed comic is meant to date from 1947, but bears no resemblance to comic books of that period, particularly the glossy, (badly) painted cover. The dealer also claims Pearless Comics released it in a limited edition, a concept which didn't exist until decades later. Finally, it's doubtful the comic's artist would have kept any of his original work; most creators then were on a "work for hire" contract and the publishers routinely retained the artwork. See more »


Jay Star: [Dying] Tell me, boy, how does it feel to be a hero?
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References Godzilla (1954) See more »

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My favorite Martian
29 March 2009 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Ryan believes that a popular comic-book character, Feris the Invincible, has come to life and is killing people. He then seeks out the character's creator, Jay Star (the late great and my personal favorite martian, Ray Walston) But both Ryan and Micki are not aware that Star knows quite a bit more than he's letting on.

Bouncing back with a vengeance after the abysmal "Root of All Evil" episode of the series, this is a great episode of the show that would not only captivate regular watchers of the show, but comic fans as well due to the strong parallel between Superman and his creators & Feris and his. This episode also uses comic-book panels to good economical and stylistic effect (unlike say the re-released version of "The Warrors" where it was a detriment to the viewing experience, but I digress) All in all a rather strong episode of the series that stands well against the test of time. Even though Ryan should have name-dropped Amazing Fantasy #15 rather than Spider-man #1 (relative small nitpick from a Marvel fan-boy)

My Grade: A

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