NAMES: Alec & Shanna
Alec & Shanna
First Appearance: The Computer Trap (1984)
Last Appearance: Safeguarding the Environment (1991)
Every known device in the Radio Shack
supply catalog, including the destined-to-sit-broken-in-the-back-of-a-closet
and something called "acoustic couplers," which appear to
be a large battery-powered electronic device that's immensely popular
among the ladies of the series. Hmmm...
Nausea inducing self-affirmation and good will.
Pals with Superman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman. (Not really a super power in itself,
but certainly sufficient to cripple the crime-fighting capabilities of all three superheroes quicker than any crappy scheme Lex Luthor ever devised)
Horrible color-clashing wardrobe even Aquaman would consider a bit too gay.
The world's most incompetent band of
kidnappers, drug smugglers, drug smugglers with boats, drug smugglers
with submarines, crazy foreign mustachioed drug smugglers, and garbage
men who don't recycle.
Also, any 5th grader who bothered to read their "educational"
comics instead of using the pages to plug up the toilets in the boys
bathroom during recess.
what set the whiz kids apart from other teenage heroes were the
incredible spastic quality of their arch-villains. We're not talking
criminal masterminds here. Oh no. We're not even talking 'smoking
a lot of weed in junior college before dropping out to pursue a career
in evil part time' level wickedness. We're talking 'needs
to put on the safety
mittens before they're allowed to brush their own teeth' kind of bad
guys. The sort of hardened criminals who's plans for world domination
involves kidnapping elderly museum curators and holding them for ransom,
phoning in false bomb reports to the police, or cleverly shipping
illegal narcotics in boxes marked "daisy wheel printers"
rather than just "don't look-- drugs."
course, even the best-laid plans tends to fall apart when your evil
minions insist upon committing all their crimes in broad daylight
wearing the most flamboyant outfits possible (it must be a union thing),
and surrender the second they come face to face with a lone police
officer wielding a gun, (in this sense they puts even France to shame.)
face it. In the pantheon of supervillains, you have your Dr. Doom.
You have The Joker and Green Goblin. You even have the mole people,
imperial storm troopers, and Leapfrog. The bad guys from Whiz Kids
register only slightly below "elderly couple who drive 35mph
on the freeway," "lady who refuses to turn off cell phone
during movie," and that 'Steve' guy who does all the Dell commercials.
TRS-80 WHIZ KIDS
you ever think school could be this interesting?"
At least now we know who's been writing President Bush's speeches
for the last nine months.
Henchmen. Competitive wages. Full medical and dental. No experience
required. Must be willing to wet self and
drop weapons at first
sign of danger. Lack
of peripheral vision or basic motor skills not a problem. No swearing.
Send applications c/o Max Fuzzi (terrorist for hire) Note: Must
supply own jaunty turtleneck and
mexican wrestling mask.