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Monday, January 12, 2009

AquaSketch by Frank McLaughlin - 2008

This was another sketch I got at the 2008 New York Comic Con, this time by legendary comics artist Frank McLaughlin.

Growing up, the credit "Dillin & McLaughlin" was as significant to me like "Lennon & McCartney" is to other people. So I was kinda nervous going up to Frank, but of course he was very friendly and very nice to me. He initially didn't even want to charge me for his head shot, but I was having none of that.

Later, I even got to do an interview with Frank for my JLA Satellite blog, which was enormously enjoyable and like spending an afternoon talking with your favorite uncle, if your uncle just happened to spend almost a decade inking The World's Greatest Superheroes.

Black Manta made a second appearance in Cartoon Network's delightful new Brave and the Bold show last Friday, in the intro segment for the episode "Enter The Outsiders!"

I love the format of the show, having a mini-team-up kick off each episode, before a different guest-star shows up for the main part of the show. In this episode, Black Manta is piloting a nasty-looking ship which he uses to wreak havoc in Gotham City.

But he didn't think to make it B'Wana Beast-proof, which ends up being his downfall. I wonder if Aquaman can ever take his arch-foe as seriously once he finds out he was taken out by B'Wana Beast.

By the way--the main episode featured Batman teaming up with Wildcat, who was voiced by R. Lee Ermey (
Full Metal Jacket, Toy Story). Whoever thought to voice cast Ermey as Wildcat deserves a big fat raise.

(Oh, and note to Mattel: please make a toy out of Manta's spidery-type landcraft. Thank you.)


Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm going out on a limb here to finally expose my ignorance: what the $#$# does BWana Beast do, anyway? Is he like a mixture of Vixen and Animal Man, or what???

rob! said...

According to my hand-dandy Who's Who, he can telepathically talk to animals and somewhat control their actions, assume other animals' abilities, as well as combine animals to form different ones, like he did on the show.

He's kind of a cross between Aquaman, Animal Man, and Vixen, which are some pretty good powers, when you think about it. I think its just his name and costume that does him in. :)

Adama said...

I love the fact that Black Manta has the resources and technical know-how to build a giant Manta shaped Mecha, which he then uses to STEAL AN ARMORED CAR. So very Silver Age.

Anonymous said...

Geez, guys - that was just the curtain raiser!

No love for the teamup with Bruce's OWN hero, ala many classic comics, ol' Ted Night?

Great week,
-Craig W.

Vincent Paul Bartilucci said...

I just don't get why the producers didn't go with Freedom Beast, the African successor to B'Wana Beast that Grant Morrison created in the pages of Animal Man. Isn't multiculturalism the watch-word on these shows?

Although, I must admit, B'Wana Beast is a lot more fun to say.

Anonymous said...

Someone give B'wana Beast his own cartoon.

Anonymous said...

B'wana Beast deserves his own show, after 40 years of obscurity.