Hammerman (partially lost ABC animated series; 1991)
Hammerman is a short-lived American-Canadian animated series produced by DIC Entertainment, created by pop rapper MC Hammer. It features the voice of Clark Johnson as a youth center worker named Stanley Burrell (Hammer's real name) who owns a pair of magical dancing shoes (which are alive and can speak). When he wears them, he transforms into the superhero Hammerman. The cartoon was aired from September 7th to December 7th, 1991, on ABC for a total of 13 episodes.
As of February 2020, the theme song, nine full episodes and one clip of the show have resurfaced online. Of these, five are in full English, one is in English with Polish over-dubbing, three are dubbed in Finnish, and the one clip is dubbed in Latin Spanish.
On August 11th, 2017, an anonymous user on 4chan posted a thread claiming to have VHS tape recordings of 12 episodes of Hammerman. To prove he had the episodes, he posted a screenshot of episode 11 and released the titles for all the episodes he had. However, he doesn't want to release them to prevent any legal issues. On November 7th, 2017, YouTuber areyoustilllistening uploaded the 6th episode of the show titled "Nobody's Perfect" to his channel.
On January 13th, 2018 an anonymous user on fireden.net claimed to remember the title of episode 13 as "Not Everything is What is Seems" although this cannot be confirmed as the episode hasn't been found yet.
On November 25th, 2018, YouTuber Peter Lavalle uploaded some clips from an old VHS recording of Hammerman onto his channel (specifically a clip of the show's intro, the first commercial break and a small bit of the episodes title card). It was later found out that Peter Lavalle's recording was actually of a previously unknown Hammerman episode entitled "Dropping Out." On January 9th, 2019, Lost Media Wiki user "YoshiKiller2S" contacted Peter Lavalle and inquired about if he could release the full episode onto YouTube or in case Peter didn't want to risk a possible copyright strike if he could send him a digital copy of the episode. Peter then later responded to him and agreed to upload the entire episode in 4 parts onto YouTube on January 12th.
On February 12th, 2019, user JetAviator00 contacted an anonymous user that claimed to have some Hammerman episodes in the Latin Spanish dub. One of the episodes he listed was a previously unknown episode entitled "Work This" and supplied a 1-minute clip from the episode.
On October 24th, 2019, a YouTuber named "Viihdekonserni" uploaded VHS recordings of the show to his YouTube channel. These recordings contained Finnish dubs of numerous lost Hammerman episodes.
On February 21st, 2020, Lost Media Wiki user "YoshiKiller2S" uploaded a higher-quality rip of the episode "Nobody's Perfect" to YouTube. This rip came from an old VHS recording he found on eBay.
|1||Defeated Graffiti||Found||Release on VHS.|
|2||Rapoleon||Found||Release on VHS.|
|3||Winnie's Winner (1 | 2)||Found||Release on VHS.|
|4||Will and the Jerks||Lost|
|5||If the Shoe Fits||Found||Polish over-dub.|
|7||Dropping Out (1 | 2 | 3 | 4)||Found||Badly damaged video & staticy audio.|
|8||Lights, Camera, Hammer!||Found||Finnish dub subtitled in English.|
|9||Blast From the Past||Found||Finnish dub subtitled in English.|
|10||Who's Who||Found||Finnish dub subtitled in English.|
|11||Work This||Partially Found||Latin Spanish dub.|
|Practice Makes Perfect||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Bite the Bullet||Existence Unconfirmed|
|The Wrong Turn||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Hide N Seek||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Operation: Rescue Hammerman||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Not Everything is What is Seems||Existence Unconfirmed|
- Archived DIC Entertainment show list with Hammerman. Retrieved 16 Dec '20
- An archive of the 4chan thread that reviewed the episode names. Retrieved 11 Aug '17
- A fireden.net thread about the name of episode 13. Retrieved 13 Jan '18