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…
Hey, remember Invasion America? Supposedly ground-breaking entry into dramatic television animation for older North American viewers? … aired at night on the WB? … produced by Steven Spielberg…?
Yeah. That was about the reaction it got when it aired.
Anyway, the show got a couple of tie-in novels, and here’s the front and back covers to one of them. According to author Christie Golden’s Wikipedia entry, she has written many Star Trek and World of Warcraft novels, and also a series of stories about a vampire elf.
The January 1985 issue of Comics Feature ran an article on Marvel Productions, a company that produced cartoons such as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Transformers, and Muppet Babies during the 1980s, and this piece of pre-production Dungeons & Dragons artwork was included as part of the story. Unfortunately, it seems the original photograph of the art was out of focus, so this was the best scan I could make of it at the time.
Hey, remember when I posted the title cards to the first five episodes of Defenders of the Earth? Well, here are the title cards to episodes 6-10! Of particular note here is the writer of “Cold War”, Anthony Zalewski. Under a slightly altered spelling of his first name, Zalewski is known among Transformers fans as the guy who drove Red Alert insane and brought Optimus Prime back to life as an undead horror - then killed him again. So “Cold War” may be worth checking out, considering those credentials! (I remember him doing an episode of Sky Commanders that wasn’t half bad, either…)
As for the art itself, the “Root of Evil” Ming the Merciless feels kinda Vincent Price-y to me, while on first impression I thought Astra kipped Jem’s font… except I think Defenders of the Earth was produced before Jem and the Holograms was. Regardless, that is some incredibly ’80s typography.
Gears-colored Wheeljack is probably not high on the list of Masterpiece Wheeljack redeco possibilities, but here he is, existing anyway! (The red ears are admittedly kinda neat.)
Screenshots from “Changing Gears”, The Transformers season two.
Hey, it’s an expression sheet for Transformers: Prime Arcee! I photographed this from Transformers: The Art of Prime and cleaned it up in Photoshop. Honestly came out much better than expected.
I can’t decide if that expression in the lower right is a wince, or Arcee slowly counting to stop herself from killing everyone around her.