A long time ago my old comic reviews looked at issues #7 & #8 of Antarctic Press’s Gigantor comic. While the previous issues were new stories these two were an adaptation of “The Struggle At The South Pole”, the first episode according to the dub order. Based on the manga, and adapted from the anime, Tetsujin 28-go, (or Iron Man #28, no connection to that Stark guy), the series follows the giant robot, his controller Jimmy Sparks, his creator Bob Brilliant, and their world government agent contact Inspector Blooper. Those are the English names by the way. In the far off year of 2000 Gigantor fights evil armies and giant robots. First the Eugenics Wars and now this. I really haven’t been paying as much attention to the news lately. What’s next, an alien spacefortress crashing on an unpopulated island?

The show gained popularity in the US under the Gigantor name and still maintains a level of popularity among giant robot and specifically the super robot arm for creating the anime genre and for bringing it to the West. Tonight I bring you one of the two versions who have hit the US. There are four in all but the last two have never been given the Gigantor makeover. In this episode the international police beg a 12-year-old kid to use his big robot to fight water cannons in the South Pole. See, you can make anything sound silly.

As of this writing there are 26 episodes available at the YouTube channel of the official rights holder if you want to see more. And sniff around for other classic shows they have to offer. But I told you this story to tell you next week’s.

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About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

5 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    Thank you, Tronix! Now I have something decent to watch this Sunday night!

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  2. Sean says:

    This was my first time watching Gigantor. It was ok, but I find that I prefer the Japanese animation from the 1970s and 1980s. Were the Gigantor comic books from Antarctic Press in color or black and white? A 1960s Japanese animation cartoon and comic I like is Astroboy. I used to greatly enjoy reading the Astroboy comic books by Now.

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    • The original stories were in color. The adaptations were in black and white.

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      • Sean says:

        Ok, so like the 1960s cartoon. I imagine that the 1980s Gigantor cartoons must have been in color. What’s interesting is that both Astro Boy and Gigantor were set in the year 2000. But as you know, our year 2000 ended up being nothing like what was portrayed in those toons. On another note, I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Stan Lee has passed away, So you’re probably going to create a special tribute article this week in Stan Lee’s honor.

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