Don’t let the title of this post fool you, there’s no Batman to be found in these here parts,
I love me some comic books, always have. I love me some movies, always have. I love me some movies based on comic books, always have. For a long time I’ve felt the urge to do a small marathon on the comic book films that aren’t as well known, either as films or as comic books. This marathon isn’t interested in Batman, Superman, Goku, Ranma, or Utena. Those are popular characters from popular comic books, and films, and thus they would not fit in this marathon. The six films we chose came from either a lesser known comic book or a movie that didn’t exactly set the world on fire when it was in theaters.
I pitched this idea to my good friend Edgar at Between The Seats and we mulled over when, where, and what films to cover in this marathon for some time. Finally we settled on the six films below, and I think we settled on a nice variety of films. The Comica Obscura Marathon will work in the same vein as all the other joint marathons Edgar and I have collaborated on. On Sunday January, 29th a review of The Rocketeer will go up at our respective sites. The following Sunday I will offer up a rebuttal to Edgar’s review and he will offer up a rebuttal of my review. This will continue until a review and a rebuttal have been written for all six movies.
This is a marathon I have been looking forward to for some time and I hope that all of you, my loyal and eternally faithful readers, get a kick out of mine and Edgar’s journey through the not as trod upon road of comic book movies.
These are the six films in the marathon,
#1: The Rocketeer (1991)
#2: Kozure Ôkami: Ko Wo Kashi Ude Kashi Tsukamatsuru (Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Vengeance, 1972)
#3: Fritz The Cat (1972)
#4: Mo Gong (Battle Of The Warriors, 2006)
#5: Road To Perdition (2002)
#6: Shurayukihime (Lady Snowblood, 1972)