Yes, that’s Rick Springfield. And R. Lee Ermey. Later in this episode, Springfield fights David Carradine. Seriously. Source: Variety.
Cliff Chiang has posted some of his artwork that he put together as a DC Comics/anime mashup about a decade ago. He does anime versions of Batman and Robin, Harley Quinn and The Joker, Superman, and the Justice League. Cliff sez:
And I know it’s pastiche, and I know it’s thinly veiled versions of G-Force, Gigantor, and so on (Chiang mentions as much and says it would need to be reworked before it could get published for real). But I can’t help but dig this stuff. How can you not want a series called Science Ninja Hero Batman? Those four words on their own are cool enough, but slap them together? Bring it!
There’s a long standing tradition of Batman being translated into other languages. Part of that tradition is doing so without, shall we say, prior approval of Time-Warner-DC, as we’ve discussed before.
Ethan Persoff has posted a great find: a bootleg Vietnamese Batman comic. If you look at the cover there, it’s obvious that’s taken from a pic of Adam West as Batman. And some of the interior art seems to have been traced from classic Batman stories. I love how there’s a couple of cases where Batman is looking right of panel and it’s the same drawing…and then when he’s looking left of panel, they’ve just reversed the same pose. Sort of like what a lot of artists do today to save time and effort, huh? For pages and pages and pages.
Here’s an interview bit with Burt Ward as Robin, where we can see the beginnings of the creepy evil influence of the New New DC, in which everything has to be dark and seedy. As we’ve previously observed, it was the lack of Hostess sponsorship that screwed up everything.
Update: Sadly, the vid’s been taken down. Somebody let me know if it comes back–it’s classic.
And as a bonus, after the break is a great selling reel, promoting Batman as well as the Green Hornet. If NeedCoffeeTV was a reality, I would definitely sign us up for both shows.
I’m so glad I-Mockery‘s Tales From the Longbox is here to show me that I’m not alone in thinking that Frank Miller and Jim Lee’s new All-Star Batman and Robin is complete and utter crap. I don’t think I could live in a world where I was the only one.
Check out their full vivisection of DC’s latest waste of paper here.