This week we get to pay tribute to two elements of our childhood. Both were part of a wave of Japanese animation that came to North America in the 70’s and 80’s. The first was Battle of the Planets. The character of 7-ZARK-88 is based upon 7-ZARK-7 who was actually added to the show when it was brought over. (He’s also based on one of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back, hey, we’ve been doing mash-ups from before they were a thing.) The shape of 7-ZARK-88’s ship, first seen here, is inspired by their underwater base.
The second is a Macross Missile Massacre. Named for Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the show was part of three shows mashed together in North America under the Robotech umbrella. The MMM is the crazy barrage of missile that corkscrew across space and explode in a plethora of big badda booms. Jeff sent me a rough of this page early and I was just thrilled to see him doing an MMM. Now we just need to fit in a giant fighting robot or two.
Next time, Bonne Fete’s ship opens up a big tube in the front and a massive beam weapon fires out!
Over at DFS Retro meanwhile, Alex and Walter negotiate their way off the planet Plazar.
See you in two weeks!