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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A Dread Mission of Cosmic Vengeance!

True Fact: ROM is the balls.


Blogger Mark W. Hale said...

R TO THA IZZO, M TO THA... Spaceknight.


I gotta work up my chops if I wanna rap about 1980s toys.

1/10/2007 12:59 AM

Blogger 1000Words said...

"Find him before he finds you!?


I loved this - had most of the series at one point in my life.

1/10/2007 1:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even the Ditko issues?

1/10/2007 1:33 AM

Blogger LurkerWithout said...

Now I need to remember which comics blog did a write-up for a potential Ultimate Rom. 4th Letter maybe?

1/10/2007 2:06 AM

Blogger Nathan P. Mahney said...

Holy crap!!! That's the best Rom thing I've seen ever. And he wasn't just 'imagined' like other pansy heroes - he was 'imagineered!!!!' AND NOTHING CAN STOP HIM!

1/10/2007 2:14 AM

Blogger Steven Hardina said...

lurkerwithout - yeah, it was 4th Letter

(seriously, blogger, my word verification is "psyman"? on a comics blog?)

1/10/2007 2:16 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

ROM was one of my favorite comics back then.

The Dire Wraiths were the most bad-ass aliens ever, and then they were killed off by the female of their species who were EVEN MORE badass.

Stupidly, I never even knew it was based on a toy.

1/10/2007 3:20 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Yay! ROM week.


(oops - wrong blog)

1/10/2007 4:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone ever see that "Rom and Me" fansite?

Best fansite ever, for all the wrong reasons. Seriously, it was expunging malt liquor out your nose funny.

1/10/2007 8:06 AM

Blogger Phil Looney said...

fiendenstein, "Rom and Me" is not just another fan site - IT IS AN ORGANIZATION.



1/10/2007 8:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been picking up ROM issues for the past 5 years now whenever they pop up at me. I am so close. Just a few more issues and I have them all!

The stories are fantastic and packed to the brim with violence and murder.

Even the annual has nipples on the cover.



1/10/2007 9:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read perhaps the first 40 issues of ROM when it was being published. Loved it (along with Mantlo's Micronauts). However, I don't remember if they ever told exactly why ROM plunged into the earth like a giant asteroid on his first arrival. Was that ever explained?

1/10/2007 10:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, Ditko drew Rom? Probably would be mediocre crap like everything else Ditko did for Marvel in the 80's, but wouldn't it be great if it had Rom lecturing the Dire Wraiths about Objectivism while fucking their shit up?

Word verification--"mrdvodoo", which obviously refers to the great forgotten Bill Mantlo villain Mr. Devoodoo, the 80's equivalent of the Hypno-Hustler, who used New Wave pop music to control minds. "We are not men, we are Devoodoo!"

1/10/2007 10:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snazzy Steve drew Rom from issue #58-59 thereabouts all the way to its end. During that run he was inked by Bob Layton, Tom Palmer, Jackson Guice, John Byrne, and P. Craig Russell. The Russell issues are beautiful.

Funny story: in one issue a big group of heroes is shown with Spider-Man in the background. Sure, it was a static shot, but readers wrote in saying, "wow, it took 20 years, but Steve Ditko finally drew Spider-Man again!" Marvel said in the letter cloumn that it was Guice who drew it.

A couple of years ago I gave that issue to Guice to sign at a con, and asked him about that, and he smiled and said, "Steve left the outline of a figure... and after a few minutes of looking at the page I knew who was supposed to be there."

1/10/2007 10:50 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know scott tipton's written about rom. He's explained almost everything...in great detail. He's so earnest.


Don't you think Rom's boots are just a little like julia robert's pretty woman boots (apart from the foot)? That's weird and creepy.

1/10/2007 11:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet Cyborg Jeebus, it's ROM everywhere you look on the comics blogonet lately!

And I, for one, couldn't be happier!


1/10/2007 12:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So I come to slay men like Bartholomew, 'cause every particle is physical article was diabolical to the last visible molecule. A Space Knight like Rom, consume planets like Unicron. Blasting photon bombs from the arm like Galvatron"

No truer words have ever been spoken.

Marvel needs to release an Essential ROM so badly.

1/10/2007 1:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ROM is indeed the balls. Does this mean we're going to get a Micronauts week in the future as well, Chris?

1/10/2007 2:06 PM

Blogger Martin Wisse said...

Yes! Obedience!

Rom is the balls and only Boisterous bill Mantlo could make a comic about quite possibly the lamest toy ever not just fun but quite good in that Mantloish way.

1/10/2007 4:04 PM

Blogger Brandon Bragg said...

While reading a friends copy of the latest issue of CIVIL WAR, I'm pretty sure saw mention of a team of Space Knights patrolling the Midwest as part of the Super Hero Initiative thimgamajig.

Was the issue so bad that I hallucinated that part to make the story less crappy?

1/10/2007 5:41 PM

Blogger Chris Sims said...

nimbus said...

Get. Out.

1/10/2007 8:49 PM

Blogger Jim Shelley said...

Wow, Chris we are really on the same wavelength because currently I've got a thread at Newsarama and Image about ROM (Erik Larsen said NO to my idea of ROM as an Image title...)

I'm also trying to plot out a ROM Civil War Parody. :D

1/10/2007 8:51 PM

Blogger Michael said...

ROM was one of my very first comic books - I loved it as a kid and had every issue for a while.

Ditko, as great as he was in the 60's, was NOT the right artist for ROM.

I've gone back and gotten a few of the old issues for nostalgia sake and boy they have not stood the test of time! I thought they were the best thing since sliced bread as a kid, now I see they're mostly cheese.

Still, I have great affection for ROM, Brandy, Starshine, Terminator, the Wraiths, Hybrid, Firefall (the original of whom I thought was real cool), Hellhounds of the Dark Nebula, and much of the other craziness.

I thought Javelin and Hammerhand were some of the coolest other spaceknights. In later life I came out as gay. Hmmmm...

1/10/2007 9:46 PM

Blogger Chris Sims said...

I thought Javelin and Hammerhand were some of the coolest other spaceknights. In later life I came out as gay.

Well what about Rainbow?

1/10/2007 9:53 PM

Blogger shakasulu said...

I love you as much as a reader can love a comic blogger he's never officially talked too.

ROM = love.

Thank you in advance for this.

Funny thing is I was thinking of doing some ROM fan art the other night. Might have to do it now.

1/10/2007 10:11 PM

Blogger Max said...

I've written up some ROM material recently, myself! Must be his "time", I guess. Check it out here, if ya like:



1/10/2007 10:50 PM

Blogger timmdrums said...

ROM was one of my favorites as a kid! I cannot WAIT for Spaceknight week!

1/10/2007 10:57 PM

Blogger notintheface said...

I loved the issues where Buscema was inked by the tag team of Ian Akin and Brian Garvey and Rom met people like the In-Betweener and Brynocki from Mordillo's Island. That Mantlo magic is what's missing from many of Marvel's comics today.

1/11/2007 1:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, it looks like Ditko didn't do any covers even while he had the run of the comic -- including a P. Craig Russell-inked issue where Rom fights Ego, the Living Planet -- but there are darn nifty Sienkiewicz covers for the opening issues of the "Total War" sequence... Ah, the days when you could get Sienkiewicz to do covers for TOY TIE-INS.

1/11/2007 2:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, Rom, Spaceknight-truly the most underrated comic of the 80s, Bill Mantlo's masterpiece. The early issues where Rom was just walking up to people who were disguised as Dire Wariths and zapping them into Limbo, looking like he was a murderer were awesome; given its origins as a toy tie in the book wound up being pretty brutal in terms of violence and what it did to the supporting cast, and how can you go wrong with a book drawn by Sal Buscema and Steve Dikto?

I'd give anything for Marvel to get the rights back and reprint Rom, it was truly awesome.

1/11/2007 9:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the days when you could get Sienkiewicz to do covers for TOY TIE-INS.

Starriors #3 for the win.

Strangely, I've been trying to remember what those toys were called for months, but until someone mentioned Sienkiewicz and toy tie-in covers, the memory was locked up tight.  Brains are freaky.


Oh yes, ROM = mighty.


And since everyone else is commenting on their verification words, I'd just like to mention that "chfzchvv" is just a really great sound.

1/11/2007 12:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ROM is awesome. This is going to be so good.

Also I guess I missed a memo; what's with the Airwolf hate? Or is it Ernie Kline hate?


1/11/2007 5:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

4th letter Rom article writer here. If you like (or hate) what I splattered on there, please leave some thoughts on the matter at 4th letter.

1/14/2007 9:53 PM

Blogger Sleestak said...

Mantlo and Sal Buscema kicked ass and are so under-appreciated.

4/26/2007 12:15 PM


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