Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Night Fights: Free For All - Round 6: Danger, Professor Robinson!

For tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Free For All, I'm taking a page from Slay, Monstrobot Of The Deep's playbook.

No, I'm not posting a Shang-Chi entry. Instead, I'm using a scene from a comic that's based on a popular 60's or 70's TV show as tonight's fight. In the past, Snell has tapped into everything from "The Flying Nun" to "Welcome Back, Kotter" . Tonight, I'll be using Lost In Space, with John Williams' theme from the third season as tonight's fight music.

Back in the early 90's, Innovation Comics published an ongoing "Lost In Space" series chronicling the Robinsons' adventures a few years after where the TV series left off (Will and Penny are both in their late teens). Some of the stories were even written or co-written by stars of the original series.

Tonight's Robinson rumble comes from Lost In Space#17, written by Bill Mumy (Will Robinson himself) and painted by Michal Dutkiewicz. In the "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Soul" story arc, the Robinsons, along with Major Don West and Dr. Smith, have reached Alpha Centauri, only to be ambushed by aliens calling themselves the Aeolus 14 Umbra. (In true Smith fashion, Dr. Smith had earlier collaborated with the alien race for his own personal enrichment and, in true Smith fashion, they double-crossed him.) The Aeolians tortured the Robinsons, severely beating Professor John Robinson to near-death. Then they separated the Jupiter 2 crew into groups, using a mysterious device called the Great Machine (no relation to Mayor Mitchell Hundred) to teleport each group to a different unknown location.

Here, we follow John, Maureen, and Penny, who have been teleported to an alien world vaguely resembling the Australian Outback. As a result of head trauma from his beating, Professor Robinson has lost all memory of his identity and his family. After weeks of hiding, he gets restless and decides, over Maureen and Penny's protests, to venture into the nearest alien village. Penny and Maureen decide to secretly follow him just in case.

Here's what happens when he arrives in the village....

...and witnesses this.

Yes, you read that right. One of the alien sentries above is named "Ditko".

"Ditko" is about to continue beating on his victim, but Professor Robinson intervenes.

Fortunately, the good Professor is only suffering from that special "Jason Bourne Amnesia", the kind where he loses all knowledge of his past and identity......

....but retains all knowledge of his fighting skills.

And now it's his turn to teach the lesson.

Class dismissed!

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At 7:14 AM , Blogger SallyP said...

My, but that is some very pretty artwork.


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