We got E3, Black Panther, the new DuckTales opening, and reflections on Adam West and Batman ’66, so a lot is happening.
RIP Adam West
Batman ‘66 introduced me to superheroes. Adam West was how I learned about Batman. When I was four, Freeform–back then, the Family Channel–aired Batman ‘66 all the time, and I was hooked. I did not get the adult humor, and I was just thrilled at how cartoonish it was, something akin to the other shows–DuckTales, Ninja Turtles–I was watching at the time. So much of the camp was necessary to make these epic, super-powerful heroes appealing rather than grim, humorless cliche shells.
Plus, there is something so joyful that Pat Robertson, a bigoted awful human being, was broadcasted on his Family Channel one of the most homoerotic superhero shows possible–because Pat Robertson is that dumb.
If it was not for Adam West, I wouldn’t be so invested in comics. I wrote before about how much I loved the Adam West series, and West’s last role will be in a sequel to the animated Batman ‘66 film, with all of his lines recorded. (But given the long process of animation, and the frequent need to re-record lines for ADR, I imagine someone will be substituting for West, likely Jeff Bennett, who substituted for West as Proto in the Brave and the Bold video game–which means, like Steve Blum and others, Bennett will have played both Batman and the Joker.)
I’ll be presenting on two panels, on both melancholia and happiness in anime–which is about as tonally dissonant as Gintama. There will be tears.
Anime and Manga
I would say Italy has shit tastes–but it was that film or Pirates of the Caribbean, so pick your poison.
Check out “The Heist” by SuperBrankman for geometric bank robbery Game Boy goodness.
In the new DuckTales opening title sequence, I spot Gyro and his Helper, Glomgold, Beagle Boys, some thin parrot I don’t recognize, kung-fu Mrs. Beakley, and no GizmoDuck or Magica. But hey, the mummy alludes to the same moment in the original series’ opening titles, and the way that mummy is defeated is similar to the Capcom video game. The addition of the Number One Dime as part of the musical score and the comic book panel format are great, but the singing’s audio needs to be boosted.
Guys, don’t make Mario a dinosaur: it’ll just remind people of that awful live-action film.
Wait a minute–Super Mario 64 already did the hat possession! …Granted, it’s a game mod that came out _after_ the Odyssey trailer, but I’m going to ignore those facts and stick to my original lie-filled remark!
Stephen King has been honored. Enjoy your impeachment, you dumb sack of manure.