The hero of my all-time favorite cartoon, SCIENCE NINJA TEAM GATCHAMAN, known (in bowdlerized form) as BATTLE OF THE PLANETS or G-FORCE in the US. Gatchaman is seen here in his unmasked civilian guise, Ken. The stand is a replica of Ken’s handy weapon, called a “Sonic Boomerang” in English (in Japan he’d shout “Bird GO!” in English when he threw it). The producers of the 2000s TEEN TITANS cartoon used this same birdlike boomerang design as Robin’s weapon.
Ken as he appeared on the cartoon.
Comic book painter Alex Ross is a fan of the series, and did some nice covers for the DVD sets as well.
The big Gs in action.
They’ve made a live-action GATCHAMAN movie. I have no idea whether or not it’s going to be any good, but the trailer is suitably flashy:
I was hoping to present some new work today, but it’s not quite ready. So I hope in the meanwhile you’ll enjoy this one from the vault.
“In the techno-hectic world of tomorrow, a victim shall rise to become a champion. Robin Node: Taking power from the rich and returning it to the poor…”
Robin Node, the Robin Hood of Tomorrow, was created by Daniel Lundie, who also designed this piece for me. Daniel’s expressive cartooning leaps off the page and screen and it always fun to translate into 3-D. We also collaborated on the Shaun of the Dead sculpture.
Some time after I did this piece, the Disney movie TANGLED came out and featured a character named Flynn Rider who I thought looked a lot like Daniel’s design for Robin here. Both roguish dudes who live in the woods, so I’m not surprised there was a parallel evolution.