|First appearance||X the Eliminator (Birdman)|
Art Show (Space Ghost Coast to Coast)
|Voiced by||Keith Andes|
Birdman (Ray Randall) is an ordinary human imbued with superpowers by the sun god Ra. His wings allow him to fly. He was voiced by Keith Andes. Birdman appeared on two episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast as a substitute host, voiced by Scott Finnell. He later got his own spinoff show called Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
Ray Randall was an archeologist who one day stumbled across the tomb of the sun god Ra. Upon opening it, he was contacted by the deity himself and told since he found his tomb, he was chosen to shine the light of justice onto the world. Ray received bird wings and a variety of light-based powers, and he emerged onto the crime-fighting scene as the hero Birdman. Also around this time, he was accepted into Inter-Nation Security as a secret agent, where he met his mentor Falcon 7.
Sometime later, Birdman changed his real name to Harvey Birdman and tried to become a talk show host. A set for Birdman was being built next to Space Ghost's set. (Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Fire Drill)
He appeared on Space Ghost's monitor one night, complaining that the Cartoon Network laid him off and "clipped his wings." He unsuccessfully tried to get money from Tad. (Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Art Show).
Shortly afterwards, a look at the "pilot episode" for what eventually became Space Ghost's show was presented. Birdman was the host; unfortunately, he was very inept at it and ended up being fired, to be replaced by Space Ghost. Lokar says Birdman is now a propane salesman in Indiana and if Avenger sends you, he'll give you a propane tank for free. (Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Pilot).
Birdman later returned to the show when Space Ghost was in prison for abusing his staff. He interviewed Captain and Tenille, and also engaged in a conversation with his ex-wife, Gravity Girl, who was now dating Falcon 7. Space Ghost escaped from prison, found Birdman, much to the hero's confusion, and called him a six-piece Chicken McNobody. They started fighting, but they eventually made up and became friends. (Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Sequel).
He has made two appearances in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast comics.
Birdman appeared in Future Quest.
- While Space Ghost only shouted his name in the intro and outro of his cartoon, Birdman shouted his name in actual episodes. It seems to have been the same soundbite for every episode, and Keith Andes actually said his name normally as a placeholder (See the episode X The Eliminator, where they forget to replace it... twice).
- In early interviews with Mike Lazzo, Birdman was intended to be Space Ghost's talk show rival. The only reference to it was in "Fire Drill," in where Space Ghost is interrupted by loud industrial sounds. As he observes, "They're building that Birdman set next door."
- Scott Finnell, the voice of Birdman in SGC2C was a bartender who had no other acting credits besides it. Finnell was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2012.
- There were plans for an unrelated prototype SGC2C spin-off featuring Birdman that never got off the ground. An unproduced episode, where Birdman would have interviewed Andy Richter, may have been planned as a backdoor pilot.