Not too long ago, we uncovered an intriguing tidbit about the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon - it nearly had an official comic book adaptation. Back in 1995, Bruce Hamilton Publishing had plans to bring this tie-in to life, but information about it was scarce, leaving us in the dark about what it might have looked like.
Today, I'm excited to reveal that we've gained much more insigh. Perhaps a little too much. I recently connected with a collector who managed to acquire two very interesting samples from this unpublished endeavor. These pages were crafted by the Day brothers, Dan and David, known for their work on several Marvel Comics projects, Dungeons & Dragons, and other titles.
These pages served as part of a rejected pitch for the Mega Man comic, which aimed to feel out how the characters would translate from TV to print. The left page directly pulls from the show's control art. There's a lot to take in, but that final panel is a mighty middle finger to the Law of Robotics. Meanwhile, the right page showcases a dynamic battle with Pharaoh Man. You gotta love the mildly terrifying agony in Mega Man's face. That's pure concentrated reaction image fodder right there.
As for the reasons behind the comic's rejection, the details are somewhat elusive (though surprisingly, disturbing visuals are not one of them). Early discussions with individuals from that era suggest it could be attributed to the TV series losing momentum and a shift towards Power Rangers across several industries. The rise of Power Rangers marked the end for not only Ruby-Spears' Mega Man but also several other traditionally animated properties of the period.
There's more to discover and share about this intriguing piece of lost history. Stay tuned for further updates!