There had certainly been plenty of heavily-merchandised blockbusters before, but the Batman '89 phenomenon affected pop culture in so many ways and crept into every dimension of commercial entertainment. Twenty-five years ago, it was just always there; part of the atmosphere of the era, reflected wherever you turned. From candy-filled Keaton heads in supermarket checkout aisles, to endless souvenir magazines on newsstands, to articles in newspapers and magazines, to the packs of trading cards and stickers on countertops, to Batmobile toys in Happy Meals, the entire world had gone Batty.
Twenty-five years later, we've reached out to some of our favorite creators and entertainers to look back on the summer of Batman.
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
Before we move on with today's suggestion, I want everyone to stop for a moment and consider that we're living in a world where a hip-hop album inspired by a Mega Man / Sonic the Hedgehog crossover is a thing that exists...and it's actually good.
If you've been paying attention to the Comics Controversy Meter over the past few weeks (a scientific system that measures outrage in milihudsons), you may recall that Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The KillingJoke has been the topic of a whole lot of debate lately. People have raised questions about authorial intent, ambiguity, interpretation, continuity and a whole lot of other stuff, but I think the one thing we can agree on is that the story lends itself pretty well to the world of hip-hop.
Okay, I'll admit it: We did not actually know that before today. Thankfully, CA favorite Mega Ran is here to show us with "One Bad Day," where he raps the Joker's origin story over a beat sampling the NES Batman game. Check it out below!
Given our noted love of both Capcom's classic Mega Man games and hip-hop, it pretty much goes without saying that the staff of ComicsAlliance loves Mega Ran, aka Random, aka middle school Language Arts teacher turned rapper Raheem Jarbo...
A Very Random Christmas Publisher: Random, a.k.a. Mega Ran Price: Whatever you'd like to pay!
I am a guy who loves Christmas music to the point where I'll occasionally start listening to it a little early -- like, say, March -- but even I get tired of hearing different versions of the same 20 songs every year...
The ties between hip-hop and otaku culture just got tighter. Random (a.k.a. Mega Ran) recently released a new album titled Black Materia that follows the plot of Final Fantasy VII. And, as pointed out by Japanator, it's pretty solid by the standards of mainstream rap and "nerdcore" alike...
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