Aug 122014



Capitalizing on the popularity of the Batman comics from the thirties and forties, Columbia released a 15 chapter Batman film serial in 1943. Think Buck Rogers, but featuring Batman. The serial featured actors Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft as Batman and Robin respectively.

What becomes clear watching these old films is that they provided much of the basis for the “Batman” television show featuring Adam West which ran from 1966 to 1968. The show itself was largely a parody of these old programs. The stilted language and goofy costumes that became synonymous with the sixties TV show were all direct jokes about what, by the sixties, would have felt dated and cheesy about these films from the forties.

The series was popular during its initial run, and enjoyed a second-wind of sorts in the sixties, when it was re-released theatrically to capitalize on the popularity of the Adam West show. Perhaps now, with the sixties Batman show potentially gaining popularity among young viewers thanks to the forthcoming DVD release, and the websites that have made the show viewable (more info here), there will also be a resurgence in popularity for these old serials.

Check out the first Batman film of all time!



Aug 122013

The Web’s all abuzz about the release of DC’s “Batman Incorporated #13,” the final Batman story written with Grant Morrisson at the helm. In the past seven years, Morrisson rewrote the Batman character to focus on the core legend and the original forces that drove the character. Its release wraps up the final Batman installment either written or co-written by Morrisson, and with it comes the end to the modern Batman era. As Robin might’ve once said “Holy longevity, Batman!”

Comics Alliance noted that the final installment brought various closures to Morrisson’s reign, ones that looped back from the first Batman story in 1939 to Morrisson’s own start seven years ago and points in-between. Twists and turns readers have seen include:

  • Batman’s son, Damian
  • The death of Bruce Wayne
  • Dick Grayson and Damian as the new dynamic duo
  • Bruce Wayne comes back via time travel

The Onion’s AV Club suggests that writer Morrisson brought a new legacy, a new progressive status quo of sorts, to the Batman character. One commenter on a blog post noted that Morrison’s Batman was packed with great, well-executed ideas, adding that it was “an amazing run.” Morrison himself expands on the direction he took Batman in this clip:

Meanwhile, the Caped Crusader is the focus of a new animated TV series. “Beware the Batman” premiered on Cartoon Network and other channels (check Direct TV offers for access). Fans are split on the animated look and feel, so judge for yourself with the trailer below:

With the end of Morrisson’s term and according to the AV Club article, DC Comics is resolving to make Batman more of a reader-friendly character. So that brings Batman to a bit of a standstill. What comes next? To what new adventures might you budding comic artists and writers bring Batman to? Share in the comments below.

Mar 052013


Batman 66 Facebook flyer

Step 1: Pow! Take a photo of yourself in your very best pose from The Batman Classic TV Series.

Step 2: Holy Photo Batman! Using Instagram, shoot and share your pic using the hashtag #JunkFoodBatman

Step 3: Submit your photo to Elizabeth at EWhite (at)

Contest ends March 19th at 5pm. Winners will be announced March 20th at 9am. You need to be and Los Angeles resident to win.

Sep 202011

If Chris Rosa or I (Caleb Monroe) didn’t get a chance to see you face to face in our final weeks, you may be wondering why you haven’t seen either of us around the shop for a while.

Well, Meltdown has always been an amazing incubator of talent for people who then had an opportunity to move even deeper to the world of comics and its related industries, and Chris and I have both recently had our chances. After the release of my first Batman story, I’ve decided to pursue to the full-time writing life, and Chris has joined the ranks of BOOM! Studios as their latest editor par excellence. The first comic to bear his name will be HELLRAISER #6, so keep your eye out for it! (Meltdown is, of course, a wonderful place to pick up both the BATMAN 80-PAGE GIANT and Hellraiser…)

You’ll still see us around the racks and shelves, but now it will be as customers. Until then, Make mine Meltdown!

But enough about us.

I’m writing perhaps my final official Meltdown blog post to introduce you to your new superteam behind the counter. So without further ado, here they are! In their own words, no less:

Shane Coleman!

If I were forced to give a small quote on my life it would be:
“I am Godzilla and the world is Tokyo. You may get the better of me at times but you’ll never beat me.”

I’m a native of Wichita, Kansas and a veteran of the USAF. I believe in hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, so much so I have a plan in place for the eventual zombie apocalypse and/or robot uprising. I traveled the world with the Air Force; I even flew above Qatar in an F-16 and swam with sharks in the Persian Gulf, before finally coming to Los Angeles in 2003. I’m married to a “geekette” and we have 2 beautiful daughters who receive a first class geek upbringing.
I’m a stand-up comedian and practicing Buddhist. I’ve studied Kendo, Tae Kwon Do, and identify the most with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Bruce Banner.

Top 5 Comics
1. Batman (any of them) 2. Madman 3. Hellboy 4. Usagi Yojimbo 5. Spider-man

Holly Interlandi!

Holly writes for a magazine [] and a blog []. She constantly waves the flag of comic artist Kaori Yuki, queen of all things, and vehemently consumes the works of Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, CLAMP, Neil Gaiman, and anything published by Heavy Metal. She likes Ninja Turtles and sustains on the live music of obscure foreign rock bands. She can often be seen spending too much money on designer clothing and relishing in the violence of monster movies with bad special effects.

Ryan Moran!

Aspiring writer with interests in the occult, paranormal and spirituality. Avid Doctor Who fan, born and raised in the Deep South relocated to LA for Adventures (or Misadventures.) Punk Nerd Mean Guy (That’s not actually mean!) that knows way too much about pop culture and not enough about math. Huge fan of Grant Morrison and Brian Michael Bendis. Favorite artists include, but not limited too; Geof Darrow, Frank Quitely, and Mike Allred. Currently reading, New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis. twitter: @CRMoranPhD. Get Rowdy.

Top 5 Favorite comics (so far):
Alias (Brian Michael Bendis)- Hard Drinking Ex-Super Hero Private Eye and second string Marvel Characters like Rick Jones? Whats not to love?
Concrete (Paul Chadwick)- I have cried reading this, no joke. Story of a gentle soul trapped in a rough, alien body and his astonishing adventures everywhere from Mount Everest to swimming the entire ocean.
Hellblazer (Just about everyone you can think of)- Remember that really horrible but still entertaining Keanu Reeves movie, Constantine? Well forget you ever saw this movie and start reading this series. Originally birthed on the pages of Swamp-Thing and then carried over into his own series with writers like, Garth Ennis, Peter Milligan, Brian Azzarello and Warren Ellis. Great horror and paranormal stories!
X-Force/X-Statix (Peter Milligan)- The best X title ever made in my opinion. Suicidal Team leader, main characters dying every issue and being replaced by new ones. The early aughts boiled down into one solid series with art by Mike Allred!
B.P.R.D. (Mike Mignola and Friends)- I have deep interest in the Occult and Paranormal, so this book makes perfect sense for me. Even with that aside this is still a good read that will keep anyone interested in action on the edge of their seat.

Welcome to Meltdown, Shane, Holly and Ryan! Hope you survive the experience! In fact, I’m sure you will, and will be the better off for it!