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).