In my Aug. 30 post “Peeking behind the curtain at the Liberty League” I said of the 1982 ABC TV series Tales of the Gold Monkey, “The fact that this show isn’t available on DVD is truly criminal…”.

Hacking around online about an hour ago, while looking to see if a boxed set of Static Shock is finally in the pipeline (it isn’t), I typed “Tales of the Gold Monkey” in the Search box.

Thirty minutes, a bit of burnt rubber, and two clouds of dust later I am now the proud owner of the boxed set of the complete Tales of the Gold Monkey series. Unbeknownst to me (and I’m guessing unbeknownst to pretty much everybody), the DVD set was “stealth released” in early June. I was a huge fan of this show back in the day; I watched it religiously every Wednesday night for the entire span of its (regrettably short) life. I’ll never understand why this show wasn’t a monster hit.

Tales of the Gold Monkey is set in the South Pacific in 1938 where an airman named Jake Cutter, his mechanic/sidekick Corky, his dog Jack, and his Grumman Goose seaplane get into all kinds of wild two-fisted adventures full of hidden temples, lost civilizations, seductive Asian princesses, Nazi spies, poker games, drunken brawls, aerial dogfights, complicated schemes, double-crosses, and a cute American agent named Sarah, with the action centering around a tropical gin mill named The Monkey Bar run by an elegant Frenchman named Bon Chance Louie. How can anyone not love this stuff???

I promised myself long ago that if Tales of the Gold Monkey ever came out on DVD, I’d buy it on the spot regardless of the price tag. Well, they must have heard me because the box set is pretty salty: $50 for twenty hour-long episodes, the two-hour pilot, and a huge passel of special features. But I ponied it up with no regrets — Tales of the Gold Monkey is that danged cool.

Have fun! — Steve

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