Monday, September 27, 2010

Scooby-Doo vs. the Gargantuas

Tonight, the wife and I watched the recent Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Battle of the Humungonauts" -- and were delighted to find it to be a riff on the 1966 Toho classic War of the Gargantuas. The episode even included a club scene where the singer performed "The Words Get Stuck in My Throat"!

For those who want to compare, here's the song as originally performed in War of the Gargantuas:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Robot-13 in Italy!

Press Release:

Critically-acclaimed mini-series collection slated for October release from Italian publisher BAO

BUTLER, NJ (September, 2010) – One of the most talked-about indie comics of recent years is R-13, aka Robot-13. The story of a skull-headed robot with an irresistible instinct to battle mythological creatures captured the imaginations of comic book fans the world over. The ensuing coverage was widespread, well beyond the expectations of its co-creators, writer Thomas Hall and artist Daniel Bradford of Blacklist Studios.

“It’s really taken on a life of its own,” said Hall. “We have been interviewed by reporters from websites in Germany and Australia, seen our book raved about by Spanish and Portuguese comic reviewers and magazines in Canada and the UK have done pieces on Robot 13.”

Among R-13’s many champions is MTV’s Rick Marshall, an editor of the network’s movie, pop culture and comic book news site, “The Splash Page.” Rick called R-13 the “Best Under-the-Radar Comic Series” to debut in 2009.

This October, readers in Italy will have an opportunity to discover what all the excitement is about with the release of the ROBOT-13 COLOSSO! trade paperback collection from Italian publisher BAO. The collection will mark the first time the “R-13: Colossus” comic book mini-series has been compiled in paperback form.

BAO will debut the collection during Italy's premier pop culture event, the Lucca Comics & Games 2010 convention, held in the medieval city of Lucca, in the Tuscan hills. ROBOT 13: COLOSSO! will premiere alongside BAO's other Fall new releases, including a hardcover edition of Jeff Smith and Charles Vess's “Rose” and Mike Allred's “Red Rocket 7.”

“A relatively unknown property such as “ROBOT 13” represents BAO's attempt to bring more attention to a title that is absolutely deserving of sitting on the same shelves as the works of such a parade of illuminati,” says Michele Foschini, Publishing Manager of BAO Publishing. “Thanks to the positive word of mouth on American fan press, BAO was the first foreign publisher to offer Blacklist an international deal, and is proud of the honor.”
The 6,2" x 9,45" square-bound paperback includes 96 full color pages and retails for eleven euros. It features a white matte laminated cover with an all-new illustration by Daniel Bradford specially created for this edition. The book will be made available to specialty comics and graphic arts stores throughout Europe and in regular chain and independent bookstores, thanks to BAO's integrated distribution system, provided by Alastor and De Agostini, two of Italy’s distribution powerhouses.

“We are very pleased to have a company like BAO handle our first ever paperback collection,” says Robot 13 writer Thomas Hall. “Their past work shows how devoted they are to quality representations of American comics for European audiences.”

BAO’s work has not gone unnoticed. Recently the company was chosen by Planeta DeAgostini to be their exclusive supplier of Italian translations for their entire DC Comics line.

Packed with action, intrigue and poignancy, the “Colossus!” storyline is just the beginning of what Hall and Bradford plan to be an ongoing saga for their robot hero.

“We’ve only partially revealed R-13’s origins and the meaning behind his mission,” teases Hall. “There are more stories to tell about this skull-headed robot warrior. It may sound clichéd but it truly is an epic-in-the-making!”

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spider-Man vs. H.P. Lovecraft: "Revolt in the 5th Dimension"

From the third season of Spider-Man 1967, "Revolt in the 5th Dimension" finds the webslinger up against The Infinita of Dimensia 5: As a key researcher for the Library of Garth crashes on Earth, it's up to Spider-Man to protect the entire library that's been saved on a tiny jewel! Will our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man be able to defeat the X-Ray Intelligence of the Infinata, or will he submit to their devious mind games?

During the series' original run ABC refused to air the episode, said to be the "Most Terrifying Cartoon Ever Made." (The story, characters and backgrounds were all recycled from the Rocket Robin Hood episode "Dimentia Five.")

Related links:
Superman: THE ARCTIC GIANT (1942)
Wolverine vs. Hulk
Godzilla vs. The Cyborg Whale
Short Attention Span Theater: GOZILLA: THE SERIES

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