Bat-Bat’s rogues’ gallery, from the Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode “Night of the Bat-Bat”. The named villains include Ten-Face (made up of caricatures of the show’s crew, including Jim Reardon, Bruce Timm, and Tom Minton), No-Face, Ralph Man (a miscolored caricature of Ralph Bakshi), and the episode’s actual villain, the Cow.
The gun-toting baby and cat-woman weren’t called out, but given the naming conventions on display, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were, like, Baby-Face and Cat-Cat… and considering the cat-woman and her plunging neckline were a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it panning camera gag, I also wouldn’t be surprised if Bruce Timm worked on this episode. Uh, just call it a hunch…
This PSA is apparently from 1967. From the clothing, I honestly would have pegged it as anywhere from mid-1940s to late-1950s, but two years short of the Nixon Administration? Really? … also, it only seems to have been printed in DC Comics publications. Take that as you would.
Having said that, the actual character designs and art are quite nice. Comics.org credits the artist as Sheldon Moldoff, who co-created a bunch of Batman characters (the Matt Hagen Clayface, Mr. Zero/Mr. Freeze, Bat-Mite) while ghosting under Bob Kane’s name.
A Toonami fan-art showcase video from October of 1999. Less than a year later would see the advent of deviantArt, giving artists a place to congregate away from outer space and the mean streets of the Geocities. (He said, despite his actual feelings for deviantArt leaning toward the ambivalent.)
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1985 Takara Transformers mail-away flier, featuring Warpath, Cosmos (“Adams” in Japan), Dirge, and - most unusually - robot/car/wristwatch Autoceptor. This flier in fact contains the only biographical information Autoceptor has ever received… which is still more than any of the other G1-G2 original character watches, excepting maybe Time Warrior. (See also: Deceptor, Kaltor, Scorpia, and Autobot the Autobot.)
The Melancholy Tale of Charlie Brown and Violet Gray
Anybody who knows Peanuts knows that Charlie Brown is forever pining after the Little Redhead Girl, an unseen character who he never works up the courage to speak with. The earliest years of the strip, however, featured Charlie Brown in an on-again, off-again relationship with another character - a girl named Violet, who was the first major addition to the initial cast after the strip’s start. 1953 would give her the surname Gray, a move I can only assume was intended to underscore a parallel between her and Charlie Brown by giving them both color-related last names. (Mind you, it’s only ever mentioned once, but feels significant to me in light of very few recurring characters in Peanuts actually having surnames.)
Throughout the rest of the 1950s, the two became less and less friendly. I can’t imagine there was any kind of real continuity intended by Schulz, but reading the strips in The Complete Peanuts in sequence as I have been, it becomes painfully apparent that Charlie Brown becomes more desperate to have Violet’s approval - to have her as a friend - as time wore on. In a vacuum, you wouldn’t really think anything of the individual strips, but looking for whenever the series came back to just the two of them… you feel like you’re seeing their relations fall apart piece by piece, like a seaside cliff as it is slowly eroded by the waves of the pounding surf. It might be one of the most subtly depressing things I’ve seen in comic strips.
(The pink panels come from separate strips - in chronological order, IIRC, but I didn’t think to save the dates - while the purple ones are a complete strip from 1952.)
The adorable hot-blooded battling robots of Iron Leaguer are enough to overcome even my own apathy for sports. Well, in theory; I’ve never sought out subs of Iron Leaguer or anything. I do own a toy of the heroic basketball robot, though… who is apparently named “Top Joy”. Huh.
Promotional flier for Georgia’s “House of Anime” store, whose giant catgirl mascot will conquer Atlanta(?) with the power of lens flares. I must have bought something from House of Anime at a local convention once, because I remember also having a paper grocery bag with the catgirl’s face on it.
The flier features a prominent appearance by Lime of Saber Marionette J, but my favorite part might be the 1999-era black and white screenshot of the store’s website. Netscape Navigator! For MAC! With a FAX NUMBER on it! … although, if you look closely at the background above the screenshot, it appears House of Anime owned a for-real RV with their logo and Lina Inverse from Slayers painted on the side, which is pleasantly insane (and helps explain the poorly-composited RV on the color half).
Autobot cast page from I Am Optimus Prime, an IDW children’s hardcover storybook that loosely promoted the Robot Heroes product line. Apparently the book wasn’t originally planned as a tie-in - evinced by the presence of Drift and Ratchet, who never had RH figures - but the book still has the line’s branding on it.
Also, have THE SMILIEST PROWL EVER.
(also, not really sure what to make of Arcee’s characterization here)