If you were a kid in 1993, there's a pretty good chance that you're familiar with Mighty Morphin PowerRangers, and that, if you were called upon to do so, you could probably list off a few of the show's defining characteristics. Once you got past the dinosaur robots, the monsters, and the color-coordinated karate fights, you'd probably talk about Ernie's juice bar, Bulk and Skull, Zordon, and maybe even the eternal annoyance that is Alpha 5. But what you might not realize is that there's a lot of that stuff that wasn't originally part of the show -- at least as it appeared in the original 15-minute pilot.
Obviously, the dinosaur robots and monsters are all in there, but it's just different enough that it seems super weird in comparison. Check it out and see if you can spot all the differences!
I'm going to out on a limb here and say that of all the major comic book news sites, ComicsAlliance is the one that has the most expertise on the subject of the Power Rangers. When the discussion turns to American adaptations of tokusatsu shows where multicolored heroes ride around in giant robots that can do karate, we can speak with an authority that is truly unquestionable. And as a result, we've been pretty interested in the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers graphic novels from Papercutz ever since they were announced.
Written by Stefan Petrucha with art by PH Marcondes and Laurie E. Smith, the first volume is out now, and while this might sound like faint praise, it's a whole lot better than I was expecting. It might not quite top being Morphenomenal, but it's certainly Morphinabove Average.
In this week's installment of news that confirms ComicsAlliance has gained control of the Infinity Gauntlet and is now in complete control of reality, Saban and Lionsgate have announced plans for an original live-action Power Rangersmovie that's set to reboot the franchise with a new gang of teenagers with attitudes.
In a press release put out by both companies, Saban praised Lionsgate's knack for turning stuff the kids already like into highly successful film adaptations, from Twilight (booooo) to Hunger Games (yayyyyy) to the more recent Divergent (ehhhh). Regardless of my particular parenthetical feelings about those movies, that'll probably be handy for the Power Rangersfranchise, which has managed to remain pretty popular with the youth of America since its debut in 1993. That said, it's pretty surprising to me that they haven't been doing movies all this time.
Q: What was so good about Power Rangers RPM? -- @ykarps
A: That's right, everyone: After deciding on a whim last year to sit down and watch every single episode of Power Rangers ever produced, all seven hundred and seventy-five (and counting), and last week, I finally did it when I made it through 2009's Power Rangers RPM. I'd already seen Samurai, and I'd been watching Megaforce as it aired, so that was it. And I wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.
But while I was watching it, I came to the conclusion that as much as I like Samurai and Jungle Fury and Ninja Storm -- in which a trio of teens give up on hiding their Kiwi accents about six episodes in -- there's not even a contest about which series is the best. RPM wins that argument hands down... and I kind of hate to say that.
If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.
This week, Chris has gone to Portland, Oregon for a discussion of tokusatsu with ComicsAlliance Senior Editor Caleb Goellner! In a 20-minute conversation, they explain why they're fans of the Japanese live-action supehero genre, what their favorite Power Rangers knockoffs were, and give curious viewers a place to start if they're interested in learning more about super sentai and Kamen Rider.
Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open the latest and/or just greatest decades old action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing Bandai's new S.H. Figuarts Black Ranger action figure from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Hit the jump to see why in our full video review.
You may have noticed that here at ComicsAlliance, we are pretty excited about the Power Rangers, and Power Rangers Super Megaforce, in addition to having 300% more adjectives than other adventure shows, is probably the most exciting of all. It's built around the theme of Power Rangers who celebrate more than two decades of the franchise by transforming into past Rangers (and unlocking their secret powers with the help of guest stars returning from previous seasons), and that's definitely something we're into.
That's why we're pretty pleased to be a part of introducing the world to Cameron Jebo, the actor who will be playing the all-new Silver Ranger in upcoming episodes. Check out the exclusive video to meet him and learn a little more about his role in the series.
If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for a while, you may already know that for the past few years, I've been working on filling up a sketchbook themed around Jack Kirby, but after three years and over fifty sketches, I thought it was finally time to retire it and move on to something else. That's why this year, I started up a new sketchbook themed around another influential comics creator: ShotaroIshinomori, the original creator of Kamen Rider and the Super Sentai series that have spun off to 40 years of tokusatsu shows by other creators.
With Emerald City behind us, there are a dozen sketches in the book, which means it's time to start sharing. Check below for Power Rangers and Kamen Riders from artists like Chuck BB, Erica Henderson, Derek Charm and more!
Listen: If it was even remotely socially acceptable, there is a good chance that I would wear a full on Kamen Rider suit, complete with helmet andhenshinbelt, every time I left the house. I mean, the only thing keeping me from accessorizing with one of those sweet scarves is that I have no idea where to find one, or even what to ask for. Can you just roll up into JC Penney and ask for "a Kamen Rider scarf?"
What I'm getting at here is that tokusatsu costumes are not exactly acceptable street clothes, but fortunately, Kekai Kotaki, perhaps best known as the lead concept artist for Guild Wars 2, has found a happy medium. He's drawn up some redesigns for everyone's favorite Kamen Riders and Super Sentai that add a fashionable flair to their uniforms. Check 'em out below!
Hey, you know how you wanted to spend the next 15 minutes watching a Norwegian metal singer belting out every Power Rangers theme song from the past 20 years? No? Well, too bad, because that's what we're doing, and it's going to be awesome.
The singer in question is PelleK, who's been getting attention lately for his energetic, soaring cover songs like Frozen's "Let It Go" and Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball," but since those songs aren't about teenagers with attitude fighting monsters in a giant robot, I'm comfortable in declaring that nobody cares about them. This, however, is fantastic -- and considering that he sings every song from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers all the way up to Power Rangers Super Megaforce in one continuous shot, it's actually really impressive, too. Check out the full video below!
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