After Star Wars took the country by storm in the late '70s, the demand for sci-fi was back, with little supply.
Capitalizing quickly, the (non sci-fi) Japanese Anime Gatchaman was rescripted, dubbed, and repackaged as the sci-fi show Battle of the Planets, which I loved as a kid.
I decided to draw a nice image of the group, in color. To gear up, I was sketching the team a bit around xmastime.
If you're not familiar, the science ninja team's uniforms (visors in particular) are bird-themed (eagle, condor, swan, falcon, owl). So I added two guys I draw often suited up as teammates (dodo and chicken).
UPDATE: It probably was too indirect, so I clarify that the teammates I added were Matt (dodo) and myself (chicken).