I know what you’re thinking. You’re looking at my drawing and going, “Hey! He goofed up! He colored that drawing of Batman yellow!” Nope! It’s because it’s not Batman.
Sometime back, in cruising around the internet and following various links, I stumbled across an article on a pop culture site called Topless Robot, talking about a number of Korean cartoon characters who might hit the viewer with a sense of, mmm, déjà vu, shall we say. One that somehow stuck with me was the Golden Batman (or simply the Golden Bat, as he was sometimes referred to).
Differences between Batman and the Golden Batman don’t start and end with their costumes. They gave Golden Batman the power of flight (which sort of makes sense for a character named after a creature who flies), as well as super-strength (shades of the old Batman story “Batman– The Superman of Planet X”!). And that’s not all! Golden Batman can fire laser beams from his fingers. What do you think of that, Caped Crusader?
You can actually find the Golden Batman cartoon on YouTube in five parts, if you’re curious enough to see it. Dubbed into Spanish though, oddly enough. Seemingly not available in English, for some reason.
It won’t come as any surprise to longtime visitors of my site to hear this, but most of my friends know that when you say the words “Captain Marvel” to me, my default setting is to think of the original Fawcett character. However, this ain’t him!
This Captain Marvel is an android. His comic debuted in 1966, published by M.F. Enterprises, 13 years after Fawcett published their last adventure of the original Captain Marvel.
So what does this Captain Marvel do? He seems to have a lot of the usual superhero powers: strength, flight, etc. But his real calling card is that when he says his magic word (“Split!”), he can detach parts of his body at will and have them fly around and do his bidding. A unique power, to be sure, but more than a little odd. To rejoin, he speaks his other magic word, “Xam!”
In looking for a fresh take on this Captain, I thought it was such an oddball concept that it might have been better-suited to Saturday Morning cartoons. So I started to re-imagine it as the kind of semi-comedic superhero adventure cartoon that back then would’ve fit in well alongside Hanna-Barbera shows like Frankenstein Jr., The Impossibles, or Atom Ant. Since those shows appeared as Gold Key comics, that seemed a good place for my re-imagined Captain Marvel too.