Wilkins was the creator and horror host of a popular television show named Creature Features that ran on KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1971 to 1984, and which began with Del Tenney's infamous The Horror of Party Beach (1964). The show is also famous for featuring the television première of George A. Romero's 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead.
Creature Features showed both horror and sci-fi, from classics to cheesy schlock, all under the banner of "Watch Horror Films... Keep America Strong." Bespectacled and suited Wilkins famously presented from a bright yellow painted rocking chair, and would smoke his trademark cigar, while delivering his dry humoured patter in a kindly older brother smooth soothing manner. A style that went down well with fans, and made Bob a household name.
"Don't stay up late, it's not worth it," Bob Wilkins warned as he leaned back in his yellow rocking chair, smoke wafting from his big cigar. As he introduced one bad b-movie after another. As the popularity of the show, saw it expanded into a double feature, Bob also attracted some top name guests from the world of sci-fi and horror. Ray Harryhausen, Christopher Lee, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, John Landis, William Marshall, and Forest J Ackerman, among others. Bob did it all, wrote, produced, presented, booked the aforementioned guests and even answered the fan mail personally.
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In 1977, Wilkins launched an afternoon children's program on KTVU. Called Captain Cosmic it featured and mainly focused on imported Japanese sc-fi serials, like Ultraman and Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot, as well as showing British TV show Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, by Thuderbirds creator Gerry Anderson. Wearing a helmet that his his face, Wilkins was uncredited. His sidekick was a robot named 2T2, parodying R2D2 from Star Wars.