Starcom: The U.S. Space Force is an animated syndicated series of the 1980s that spawned a successful motorized toy line franchise in Europe and Asia for Mattel, despite its failures to succeed in its U.S. domestic market. The plot was based on the adventures of an American astronaut brigade as they fought off attempted invasions by Shadow Force, a nasty collection of aliens and robots led by the nefarious Emperor Dark.

The show was developed with the help of the Young Astronauts’ Council with the original intention of sparking young viewers’ interest in the U.S. NASA Space Program. However, Starcom did not get much of a chance to make kids want to join the space program as it was cancelled off the air after one brief season. It was revived for a short run in the early 1990s, but no new episodes were aired. It was produced by DiC Enterprises and distributed by Access Syndication.

Together, the members of Starcom fought Dark’s legions of robotic minions, flying into battle in a fleet of advanced spacecraft.



Shadow ForceEdit


Episode Aired Title
1 20 Sep 87 Nantucket Sleighride
2 27 Sep 87 Trojan Crowbar
3 4 Oct 87 The Long Fall
4 11 Oct 87 Caverns of Mars
5 18 Oct 87 Fire and Ice
6 25 Oct 87 Galactic Heartbeat
7 1 Nov 87 The Boys Who Cried Dark
8 8 Nov 87 Dark Harvest
9 15 Nov 87 A Few Bugs in the System
10 22 Nov 87 Turnabout
11 29 Nov 87 Hot Enough for You?
12 6 Dec 87 Flash Moskowitz, Space Cadet
13 13 Dec 87 The Last Star Ranger


  • Executive Producer: Andy Heyward
  • Produced by: Richard Raynis
  • Directed by: Marek Buchwald
  • Animation Director: Kazumi Fukushima
  • Creative Supervisor: Robby London

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