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If we’ve learned anything from five seasons (and assorted specials) of The Venture Bros., it’s that serving as one of The Monarch’s henchmen isn’t easy. It’s dispiriting work that, more often that not, ends in a grisly death. On the plus side, however, the costume is pretty snazzy.
Cinemastery Studios has a more casual take on the uniform, for the henchman on the go: a stylish yellow-and-black hoodie that comes complete with antennae and mask (with lenses made of transparent red vinyl). After all, you have to preserve that identity, even in the off-hours. The best part, though, is the tag, which reads “HENCH 4 LIFE.”
It seems like ages since we last saw a new episode of The Venture Bros. (it’s actually been about 17 months), but the drought will end, if only briefly, on Jan. 19 with the premiere of the space-themed special. Then we’ll have to go back to dreaming again about new episodes.
To help with that (perhaps?), Adult Swim is offering, for a limited time, 300-thread count official Venture Bros. sheets depicting many of the characters from the series, and pillow cases emblazoned with the Venture logo. What more could someone with $50 and a queen-sized bed — yeah, they only come in one size — wish for?
In addition to all the comics they publish, Dark Horse has put out some pretty nice hardcover art books over the past few years, for properties like The Legend of Korra, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and The Legend of Zelda, to name a few. And coming this fall, you can add the popular Adult Swim series The Venture Bros. to the list.
According to the press release, the coffee table book will include original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds and props from the show, with commentary on the development of the series from co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. Comedian Patton Oswalt will write the foreword.
The Venture Bros. debuted as a part of the Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim block in 2003, and five seasons have run to date. Season six will reportedly start in the fall or early 2015.
For one week after each episode airs, you can purchase a shirt based on that week’s story for $20, designed by Doc Hammer and/or Jackson Publick. Or, if you already know you want them all, you can subscribe and get all nine T-shirts (the season will run eight episodes, but the hour-long premiere gets two shirts) plus a bonus shirt for $165, saving yourself a little scratch in the process.
“You know the score. Opportunity has knocked twice,” Publick said on his blog. “You snooze, you lose. Venture fans, this is your proudest moment! You know that Official Venture T-shirts are as rare and beautiful as albinos, and ones created by the actual Venture brothers are even more rare, and like five times more beautiful … What are you going to do? Answer: SHIRT CLUB!”
You can check out the bonus shirt here, along with details on how the club works. If you decide to subscribe, make sure you do it before June 8.
The Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick has ended his long silence to reveal that he thinks the second half of Season 4 will finally debut on Adult Swim in August — “August sounds about right” — and to break the news that the finale probably won’t air until December.
So why the delay?
“Because we suck,” Publick writes on his blog. But there’s more to it than that, naturally, most of which sounds like a good thing for fans.
“In the end, it’ll all be worth it,” he continues. “We think you’re going to really dig these next eight episodes. We seem to have re-embraced the show’s sci-fi/comic book/adventure roots, and as much as it was a struggle to write them, they’re a whole lot of fun. Lots more development of Hank and Dean, lots of new characters, and lots of old faces returning both triumphantly and trivially.”
Here’s the other big reason for the delay: When the season finally does end, it’ll be with a Very Special Venture Bros. Season Finale Hour-Long Extravaganza. Not just a very special season finale, but an hour-long one!
“That’s an extra half an hour of Venture-y goodness for your patience, right?” Publick writes. “What we take away with one hand, we give back with the other.”
The Venture Bros. are here — or, at least, are in New York. UGO.com has posted several photos of Bif Bang Pow’s upcoming Venture Bros. ’70s-style’ figures, including Dr. Venture, Brock Samson and the Monarch. But wait — there’s more!
Last month we learned that Bif Bang Pow! is producing toys based on Cartoon Network’s The Venture Bros., including action figures, vehicles and bobbleheads. Now you can add 1970s Mego-style figures to the list as well, according to a press release posted over at the Mego Museum. Per the release (which doesn’t actually use the word “Mego,” I’m guessing, for trademark reasons):
Reproductions reminiscent of the best-selling action figures of the 1970s and early 1980s, these highly articulated figures will feature body designs by EMCE Toys. Each 8-inch scale figure will include real cloth clothing and plastic accessories where appropriate.
Over 40 licensed action figures are planned for 2010. The first are targeted for an early summer arrival and Comic-Con International: San Diego 2010, with others to follow later in the year. Included are much-demanded characters from:
The Venture Bros.™ (Cartoon Network)
Dexter™ (Showtime Networks)
Lost™ (ABC Disney)
The Big Lebowski™ (NBC Universal)
The Twilight Zone™ (CBS)
Flash Gordon™ (King Features)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
We’re supposed to have the day off, but I’d feel guilty if I didn’t point out that Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer continue their holiday tradition this morning with a Venture Bros. Christmas song.
This year it’s The Monarch conducting the Murderous Moppets and Henchman 21 in a rendition of “The Chipmunk Song” as a gift for Dr. Mrs. The Monarch. My favorites are still 2005’s “Hard Candy Christmas” and 2006’s “Venture Aid 2006,” but this one’s still pretty good (they’re all available for listening at the link).