Here at ComicsAlliance, there are few things we love in this crazy mixed-up world than the charming copyright infringement of bootleg super-hero toys. The sheer hilarity involved in mistranslations, close-but-not-quite logos and deliberate lies designed to trick grandmas into giving children the Worst Christmas Ever are truly the light of our lives.
Chip Kidd's "Bat-Manga!" book opened up a lot of eyes to the licensed world of Japanese Batman comics, but some publishers and filmmakers in Vietnam and the Philippines weren't quite so concerned historically with copyright and trademark issues. Those less discerning types teamed the Caped Crusader with a tiny caveboy, pitted him against pantsless pirates and i
The best thing about bootleg toys is how hilarious the knockoff versions often are, and this alternate Batman origin story from the back of an unapproved Batman toy is no exception -- it may even be the new definition of the rule. It basically reads like a Babelfish translation of "Batman Begins," until about two-thirds
While superheroes as we know them are largely American creations, characters like Superman, Spider-Man and Batman are highly recognizable not only this country, but all over the world. So can we really blame other countries for wanting to take them and make them their own? Well, in strictly terms of copyright, yes, but in spirit, ComicsAlliance celebrates the bizarre, ridiculous bootleg mashups of our most memorable heroes with the low production values of moviemakers in diverse cultures around the globe
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