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Remembering Robin Williams, comic book fan


Reading and watching some of the countless tributes to Robin Williams, who passed away far too soon on Monday, I was reminded that, in addition to being a father, a husband, a comedian, an actor and a philanthropist, he was also a comics fan.

“I used to get excited emails from comics stores all over America when Robin Williams would drop in to buy Transmetropolitan issues,” Warren Ellis recalled Monday on Twitter.

A semi-regular customer at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, Williams discussed his love of comics in a video interview we spotlighted in 2010 on ROBOT 6. In the clip, he fondly relates his latest reads: Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s DMZ, and Taiyō Matsumoto’s Tekkonkinkreet. Watch the brief interview below.



He would also drop in at Meltdown Comics in LA and, at least once, performed an impromptu show (with new material) in their theatre.

It doesn’t surprise me a bit that he liked comics. The man seemed to find a little bit in everything to like.

Robin Williams also was known to visit the SF Giant Robot store when it was open… we heard from the manager of the shopw that he came by and purchased Lisa Hanawalt’s original art for her “Lady Pugaga” painting:

One of my favorite actors. Probably the only one that could make me laugh out loud (difficult achievement) and shed tears. It would have been interesting to see him play one of the many goofy villains comics have to offer. Iirc, he was rumored to be in the run to play the Riddler or the Joker during the Burton-Schumacher era. I’m not sure he would have been a good fit but he would have made the character funny at least.

He was also considered for the role of The Joker in The Dark Knight. As great as Ledger was, it would have been wonderful to see Williams work with Nolan again after Insomnia.

Man, if they had made a new Tick movie, he would have been perfect for Chairface Chippendale.

I haven’t really seen it mentioned in the flood of coverage following the news of his all-too-soon death, but Williams starred in one of the first of the modern age”comic book movies,” Robert Altman’s film “Popeye” way way back in 1980. Williams was brilliant as the existentialist spinach-ling sailor, and proved he could carry a tune as well.

I would have loved to have seen him in a comicbookmovie, even it was just a cameo.

“Popeye the Movie” is my favorite Robin Williams movie, followed by “What Dreams May Come”. He will truly be missed…

He was one of the smartest person, I am so sad for him. He had no help. I feel so bad.

Beyond comics, I also read that Robin Williams liked to play Warhammer 40k with Billy Crystal.

Doesn’t surprise me that he liked comics. The man named his daughter after a video game princess!

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