Bullets and Bracelets was a TV series based on the Amalgam Comics series of the same name. It ran on the NBABC Network between 1979 and 1984. The series chronicled the adventures of Diana Prince, an exiled Amazon Warrior, and Trevor Castle, a bloodthirsty vigilante obsessed with vengeance. It starred Lynda Carter and Dolph Lundgren in the lead roles. The first series was set in World War II and followed the two main characters’ efforts to hunt down and kill Nazi spies and saboteurs. At the beginning of season two the pair are shown being magically transported through time and from then on they brought their brand of swift and bloody justice to the modern day crooks of New York City. Despite being a huge ratings success the show was eventually cancelled due to growing concerns over its violent content.
In 1979 Pattel Brothers released a new toy marketed as ‘Romsworth The Space Butler’. Pattel Brothers gambled that this radically new different type of space adventurer would capture the hearts of young children who had grown tired of playing with action figures based on more traditional action heroes such as explorers, superheroes and soldiers.
The gamble didn’t pay off. The Romsworth toy sold abysmally and Pattel Brothers almost went bust.
But the story of Romsworth does not end there. To build interest in the toy, Patell Brothers licensed the character to Amalgam Comics which created a comic book featuring Romsworth. The comic expanded on the premise that Romsworth was an alien, cyborg butler and gave him an origin, personality, set of supporting characters and villains, as well as interaction within the Amalgam Universe. Romsworth’s series ran for 75 issues and even after its cancellation the character remained popular with fans and eventually found a home within the Dark Claw franchise. In Sleuth Comics #572 (1987) continuity was retconned and it was established that Romsworth had come to Earth just in time to save Logan “Dark Claw” Wayne from the Weapon X project.
ROMSWORTH THE BUTLER has served Dark Claw faithfully ever since!
Alfred Pennyworth is drawn by Eric Shanower and is from Who’s Who in the DC Universe #3 (1990). Rom is drawn by Steve Leialoha and P. Craig Russell and is from Rom:Space Knight #65 (1985).
Judge Dan Dredd is the strongest Judge in Cactus City One! His mighty strength is surpassed only by his dedication to the Law. Dan delivers instant justice to anyone who breaks the Law, and anyone who gets in between him and his Cow Pies!
HE IS DESPERATE DREDD!
Rob Liefeld’s Maus
I made myself feel a little sad with this one. :(
The two men are from Kirkman and Liefeld’s The Infinte (2011) and are drawn by Rob Liefeld. The two mice and the Hitler Cat are of course from Art Spiegelman’s superb Maus.
Seriously, everyone should read Maus!
Doctor Adam Strange was a brilliant surgeon who was involved in a car accident that severely damaged the nerves in his hands, ending his surgical career. Desperate for a way to cure himself Adam turned to magic. After attempting the forbidden Zeta Spell Adam found himself transported to the magical dimension of Rann where he became a student of the Ancient Sorcerer Sardath. Adam soon fell in love with Sardath’s beautiful daughter, Cleanna, but also made an enemy of Sardath’s other student, Kanjar Mordo. Bitter and jealous of his rival, Mordo cursed Adam and made his body reject the mystical energies of the Zeta Spell! Adam found he could return to Rann but could only remain for short periods before the Zeta Spell wore off again.
And so DOCTOR ADAM STRANGE finds himself a man of two worlds! An ordinary mortal on our Earth he may be, but when the mystical dimensions align correctly he returns to Rann where he is a champion, a SORCERER SUPREME!
Adam Strange is from Who’s Who in the DC Universe #6 (1990) and is by Andy Kubert. Doctor Strange’s cape is from a pin up by Steve Ditko and from Doctor Strangefate #1 (1996). The mystical dimension in the background is by Steve Ditko and is from Strange Tales #138 (1965)
When circus aerialist Richard Parker witnessed the murder of his parents he felt he would never be able to bring the killer, crimelord Osborn Zucco, to justice. That is until he was bitten by a radioactive spider! Richard’s natural acrobatic abilities were enhanced a hundredfold and he gained the uncanny ability to cling to walls and sense when danger is near. Now Richard seeks to avenge his parent’s death, opposing injustice wherever he finds it as The Amazing Spiderwing!
I preferred the name Spiderwing to Nightweb, so there :P. Many thanks to fellow blogger Jason Todd for his suggestion of a Spider-Man/Nightwing mash-up.
The original Nightwing image is by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and originally featured in Who’s Who in The DC Universe #14 (1990).
When Tenzil Kastle of the planet Bismoll journeys with his family from the 30th Century to present day Earth, his Time Machine lands right in the middle of a Gang War! With his family killed in the crossfire and his Time Machine destroyed, Tenzil finds himself stranded and alone. Using all the deadly skills he picked up fighting Skrulls for the United Planets and his natural ability to eat matter in all forms, Tenzil wages a one man war on the criminal scum that ruined his life. He is the Masticator!
Okay, so the Masticator’s a very silly name but he’s a mash-up of the Punisher and Matter-Eater Lad, what were you expecting, poetry?
The original image of the Punisher is from the cover of Punisher: War Journal #1 (1988) by Carl Potts.
When billionaire media mogul Clark Stark is wounded by criminals in a botched kidnapping, he is forced to don a mysterious suit of armour from an alien world in order to save his life. Now he fights such villains as Lex Laser, Meltallo and Titaniac in a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way. Clark Stark is the Invincible Man of Iron.
The Iron Man image is from the cover of Iron Man #47 by Gil Kane and Vince Colletta. The rest is cobbled together from Superman #233 (1971) by Neal Adams and an image by Jon Bogdanove from Adventures of Superman #500 (1993).