Drawn in similar fashion to "Voltron: Defender of the Universe,"
this very short-lived animated series followed an American military
space division as they thwarted the domination plans of an alien
threat led by pink skinned Emperor Dark [Neil Munro] and his Shadow
Force. Starcom was broken down into various units, namely the Astro
Marines (ground forces), Star Wing (pilots), and Starbase Command
Astro Marines consisted of Col. Paul "Crowbar" Corbin
[Robert Cait] - the fearless leader wielding a railgun, Capt. Vic
"Dakota" Hayes - driver of the Laser R.A.T. assault vehicle,
Capt. Rick Ruffing - M-16 Rail Gunner driver and anti-armor specialist,
Staff Sgt. Champ O'Ryan - recovery leader and H.A.R.V.-7 driver,
Sgt. Bill Travers - anti-armor gunner, squad leaders Sgt. Hector
Morales and Sgt. Victor Rivera, Pfc. John "Cowboy" Jefferson
- combat trooper, and Pfc. Al "Cannon" Evans - bazooka/gunner.
Command included leader Col. John "Slim" Griffin [Philip
Akin], Capt. Pete Yablonsky, Maj. Tony Barona, Starbase station
chief Sgt. Maj. Bull Gruff, fuel tech Pfc. Shawn Reed, and weapons
specialist Pfc. Rusty Caldwell.
Star Wing pilots were Col. James "Dash" Derringer [Rob
Cowan], bomber pilot Capt. Rip Malone, Lt. Bob T. Rogers - navigator,
astro-fighter pilot Lt. Tom "Bandit" Waldron, Starhawk
pilot Lt. Jeff "Bronx" Carrier, weapons chief Sgt. Red
Baker, Sgt. Ed Kramer - gunner, and Sgt. Bob Anders Battlecrane
Shadow Force enemy was large in number, consisting of aliens, humans
and robots. Led by Emperor Dark and travelling in the massive Shadow
Base ship, they included invasion leader General Von Dar [Marvin
Goldhar], Capt. Mace - Shadow Vampire pilot, Maj. Klag [Dan Hennessey]
- Shadow Bat pilot, Maj. Romak [Louis DiBianco] - Shadow Invader
driver, Lt. Magg - Shadow Parasite pilot, gunners Sgt. Von Rodd
and Sgt. Hack, weapon specialist Sgt. Ramor, attack leader Sgt.
Borek, trooper and anti-armor Cpl. Slash, and gunner Cpl. Storn.
Robot forces, eerily similar to a cross between Boba Fett of Star
Wars and the Cylons of Battlestar Galactica, included leader General
Torvek [Robert Cait], Shadow Raider driver Capt. Battlecron-9, and
gunner Cpl. Agon-6.
was sponsored by the Young Astronauts Council, and used as a marketing
venue for raising interest in NASA.