Check out this amazing Legend of Korra artwork by world-renowned comic book artist Geof Darrow (best known for his illustration work on ‘Hard Boiled,’ ‘The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot’ and ‘Shoalin Cowboy)!!!
The Book 4: Balance-inspired piece, depicting Korra and Naga entering a bustling, agrarian town, recasts the Avatar in Darrow’s classic style, with coloring by eight-time Eisner Award winning colorist Dave Stewart (‘Shaolin Cowboy,’ ‘Sandman’ and ‘Hellboy’)
THE BIG GUY!!! When Japan’s sentient boy robot Rusty is called in to save Tokyo from a Godzilla like creature, the monster turns out to be too much for the little guy. Japan requests help from the USA and the Big Guy, an i Gigantor sized super robot is sent by the US military to save the day. The two robots realize they make a good team and have some adventures together afterward.
First appearance The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot #1 July 1995. Created by Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow.
Do you admire/read other comics? What comic/ comic artists influence you?
Anon! I’ve been a comic fan since I was like, ten. Archie, Disney comics, and X-Men. I have every book from Age of Apocalypse in a storage crate somewhere. Went through a Doctor Strange phase. Superhero comics are mostly such garbage though (sorry, strong opinion, don’t hate me), I was sick of them by high school and switched to indy stuff. Strangers in Paradise, Bone, The Maxx. Manga didn’t really exist in the states yet but when it began to trickle over I was able to start collecting and reading Ranma ½, Sanctuary, Parasyte, Ice Blade, eventually Blade of the Immortal. I read Mixx magazine, if any of you oldwads remember that.
Read a shortie called Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot over and over because I loved the horror and the art of it so much. I met Geoff Darrow at a con in March, it was amazing, I bought the new edition of Rusty from him and forgot to pay and choked on my own uvula when he thought I was trying to steal it. Courtney Crumrin is a joy, Preacher, Stray Bullets, the occasional superhero miniseries - very fond of 1602, The Oath, Triumph and Torment, and Thor:Vikings. Alan Moore is great, especially V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and From Hell. Nausicaa is the best fantasy comic that’s ever been done. Monster is great, Trigun, Hellsing, Berserk.
Right now I’m reading RASL which is okay, but before that I read through The Fountain and Pluto which were both fantastic.
I’ve never really been able to find a webcomic that’s gripped my soul. I was very fond of Shadoweyes for a while but it went on hiatus and I haven’t read it in years. This is not to say there aren’t a bunch of wonderful titles out there, I just have weird tastes. I also really hate reading on a screen, I come out of a print book tradition. I was long-stapling my own zines and ashcans in high school.
Favourite comic artists include Glenn Fabry, Naoki Urasawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Jo Chen.
Comics are life. A lot of webcomic creators aren’t reading the good ones though. Go to a comic shop! :)
Why was it forgotten?: OVERSHADOWED BY OTHER SHOWS
For every kid who grew up watching The Iron Giant, Power Rangers,or one of the many variants of Gundam Wing, having a giant robot whom you command or is your best buddy is the ultimate wish fulfillment fantasy.
Big Guy & Rusty personifies that fantasy in every possible way.
It was such a great cartoon too. It had this very retro, sort of 1950s aesthetic to the art design, it had an ongoing plot which was and still is very rare for cartoons, and even deals with some mature themes.
The prevalent themes of the show include human emotion, mortality, morality, and strengths & follies of mankind.
What’s more, unlike a lot of comic book adaptations that sought fit to just try to adapt a lot of stories from its source material, Big Guy & Rusty actually expands upon the ground work set in it’s source material. The comics (which are excellent by the way) set the stage for the universe the story takes place in, builds up the conflict, and gets us familiar with all the robots and enemies.
You could see the comics as the warm-up act to the show, which gets right into the action, and builds on the groundwork set by the comics.
It was a tell told story, and a lot of people loved it, but not many people have much to say about it. You don’t hear a lot about this cartoon when people reminisce about animation from years gone by.
That’s probably due to the fact that there was a lot of other stuff going on that people were more interested in. Power Rangers, Pokemon, Digimon, and not to mention Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network had their original programming which was decimating Saturday morning cartoon ratings.
Cartoons like this and Cybersix were virtually left in the dust. But ya know, quality =/= popularity, and Big Guy & Rusty is definitely a cartoon worth watching.
The show has a lot in common with Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy; both have a cutesy, boy-robot protagonist with similar weaponry, both possess the capability of human emotion, and both deal in similar themes but their executions and stories are vastly different.
A line of toys based on the show was produced by Bandai, along with ephemera surrounding a brief promotional tie-in with Burger King.
Truth be told I never really watched this cartoon aside from occasional episodes while channel surfing and during it’s syndication. I mostly remember this because it was one of the favorite cartoons of an old friend of mine whom I don’t really talk to anymore.
But anyway, I would highly recommend seeking out both the original comic, and this series. IT’s all on youtube, and unfortunately there’s no official dvd release.
HOWEVER, there is a bootleg 5 disk boxset floating around in various online store fronts on the internet. The quality is pretty decent so if you’re feeling a little adventurous and dubious, seek it out