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Just a week after unveiling prints inspired by the episodes “Vendetta” and “Almost Got ‘Im,” Mondo is offering two more striking tributes to Batman: The Animated Series from Phantom City Creative.
The first is an ode to the 1992 episode “Nothing to Fear,” which of course introduced the Scarecrow, while the second pays homage to “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?,” which marked the first appearance of The Riddler.
Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, Michelangelo boasts more than 25 points of articulation, and two interchangeable heads (one with the classic red mask, the other with the orange mask from the cartoon), two nunchaku, two pairs of interchangeable hands, one “splayed fingers of positive vibes” hand, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, a belt, Triceraton Blaster, Lil Orphan Alien and a pre-mutation baby Michelangelo.
Continuing its tribute to Batman: The Animated Series, Mondo will release to more prints by Phantom City Creative inspired by classic episodes of the beloved 1990s cartoon.
The first is for the 1992 episode “Vendetta,” which introduced Killer Croc, while the second is based on “Almost Got ‘Im,” in which some of Batman’s rogues recount the times they almost killed the Dark Knight.
Following its release of the Superman: The Animated Series die-cut vinyl, Mondo has decided to give the Man of Steel’s opposite number some time in the spotlight. Or is that spot-dark? Low-light? Dang it, I can never get the hang of Bizarro-speak.
In any event, the art boutique has announced the Bizarro Superman: The Animated Series single, cut in the shape of the character’s backward-“S” emblem. The purple vinyl features Shirley Walker’s theme music, just like the previous release, but with a twist: The record plays from the inner-most groove out. So, yeah, Bizarro.
Following the debut last month of Leonardo, the first in its line of 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, Mondo has revealed the second — Donatello.
Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, the Turtles’ genius inventor boast more than 25 points of articulation and interchangeable heads (with the classic red mask or the purple one from the cartoon) and hands. Priced at $149.99, the figure comes with a bo staff, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, an Utrom Blaster, a belt with bo holster, Utrom commander, and a pre-mutation baby Donatello.
It turns out the announcement of the Batman: The Animated Series vinyl box set was only the beginning of Mondo’s Bat-bonanza.
The collectibles boutique has also unveiled a Batgirl poster by Gianmarco Magnani, featuring the late Yvonne Craig from the 1966 Batman TV series, and a Batman Begins print by Patrick Leger. Magnani previously created Batman and Robin prints, so if you were lucky enough to purchase those, the Batgirl would complete the set.
Not waiting until Batman Day, Mondo has announced it will release a Batman: The Animated Series vinyl box set, featuring the musical scores from 16 episodes.
As IGN details, Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative created new artwork for each of the episodes, represented on eight vinyl covers, including “Two-Face,” “On Leather Wings,” “Beware the Gray Ghost,” “Mudslide,” “Joker’s Favor,” “The Man Who Killed Batman” and “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?”
Phantom City Creative continues its series of Mondo posters inspired by Batman: The Animated Series with “Mudslide” and “The Man Who Killed Batman.”
The first is based on the Season 2 episode that marked the second and final appearance of Clayface, who apparently meets his end in the ocean (don’t worry, returned in The New Adventures of Batman). The second poster, meanwhile, is inspired by the well-remembered Season 1 episode that explores just what the Dark Knight means to Gotham.
Mondo is headed back to the sewers, with the first action figure in its 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series going on sale Thursday.
Introduced last month at Comic-Con International, Leonardo kicks off the line inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic book and the classic cartoon. Priced at $149.99, the fiigure boasts more than 25 points of articulation, interchangeable heads with the original red mask from the comic and the color-coded blue one from the cartoon, dual katana and scabbards, interchangeable hands, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, grappling hook and cord, an Utrom blaster, a belt with scabbard strips, a pre-mutation Splinter, and a pre-mutation baby Leonardo.
We debuted Mondo’s First Hellboy statue, based Mike Mignola’s original drawing of the character, earlier this month, but this morning the collectible art boutique revealed more of its offerings for Comic-Con International.
They include a limited-edition Ant-Man poster by Kevin Tong, inspired by the upcoming Marvel Studios film, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo collectible figure, and a vinyl edition of the Aliens soundtrack and a die-cut single of the themes from Superman: The Animated Series. (You may recall that last year Mondo released Batman: The Animated Series on 7-inch and 12-inch die-cut vinyl).
On the heels of its First Turtle Figure, Mondo has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at its First Hellboy statue, based on Mike Mignola’s original 1991 convention illustration of a demon. While the character that debuted some two years later bears little resemblance to that figure, Mignola apparently knew he was onto something with the name on the belt buckle: “Hellboy.”
Mondo’s 12-inch statue showcases many of the details of that 24-year-old drawing, from the fish and crab dangling from Hellboy’s belt to the vulture perching on his wings to the demon’s body hair. Mignola’s longtime collaborator Dave Stewart was also recruited to devise the color scheme.
Mondo is celebrating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the release of an action figure based on Kevin Eastman’s very first sketch — doodled on a napkin — of one of the heroes in a half shell.
Called, appropriately enough, the First Turtle Figure features five points of articulation, and is available in four varieties: B&W Version, which imitates the original pen sketch; Color Version With Red Mask; Color Version With Orange Mask; and the Deluxe Limited Edition, which is the B&W Version with three interchangeable heads sporting white, red and orange masks.
While Mondo’s offerings are always impressive, this series of Hanna-Barbera posters strike me as extra-special. Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking — reruns of Jonny Quest and Hong Kong Phooey were staples of my childhood — but I could, I’d probably snatch up all five of the prints when they go on sale Thursday (they tend to sell out within the blink of an eye).
Check out the posters below, and keep a close eye on the Mondo Twitter feed on Thursday for the on-sale announcement.
You didn’t think Mondo was finished with those “75 Years of Batman” prints did you? After the first wave went on sale today, the collectible-art boutique revealed which posters will be available on Wednesday: They’re illustrations inspired by Batman ’66, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond by Jason Edmiston, Tiny Kitten Teeth, Phantom City Creative, Craig Drake, Gianmarco Magnani and Kilian Eng.
Check out the prints below, and keep an eye on the Mondo Twitter feed on Wednesday for the sale announcement.
If you’ve been itching to get your hands on some of those posters created for Mondo’s “75 Years of Batman” gallery show, here’s your chance. With the exhibit in Austin, Texas, now closed, the collectible-art boutique is making the remaining prints available for purchase, beginning Tuesday.
The sale, which will of course be announced at a random time on the Mondo Twitter feed, begins with stunning pieces by Jock, Francesco Francavilla, Alex Pardee, Matt Taylor, We Buy Your Kids, JC Richard, Tom Whalen and Brandon Holt. Check them out below, and keep an eye on Twitter on Tuesday.