Battle of the Planets Thundercats 1B NM Crossover J Scott Campbell Image 1st pri


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Battle of the Planets Thundercats (2003) #1B

Published May 2003 by Top Cow
(W) Munier Sharrieff
(P) Alvin Lee
(C) Udon
Cover by J Scott Campbell
Full color, 48 pages, $4.99 one shot special

G-Force takes a mission to save a planet that is under attack by Spectra. The planet is New Thundera, home of the coveted ore, Thundrillium. Upon arrival, G-Force meets some unexpected allies who are also trying to fight off Spectra and save their planet – the Thundercats! When these two teams join forces, nothing can stand in their way and you’re DEFINITELY going to want to see this explosive issue!

G-Force, the most powerful science ninja warriors wearing bird-themed uniforms…


Thundercats, the most powerful aliens with cat-like features.

Birds and Cats working together! Oh, the humanity!

In reality isn’t so odd, since taking aside the usual predator/prey relationship of real birds and real cats in nature, having those two teams in one single comic book is a dream come true!

Due, obviously, both 80’s cartoons were of the most iconic in that era, so put them together is a great idea.

The crossover supports the usual expectations in projects like this one, where both hero groups battle each other until they realice that both are good and then they unite forces against the real villains. And you know that while cliché…

…it’s just what you want to read to have a lot of fun with the comic book!

Spectra’s army invaded Thundera and they are after the Thundrillium, so Spectra’s army played with forces beyond their comprehension and they took control of the planet.

Riga, the new secret ally of Earth, gave a tip to Chief Anderson, about Spectra’s actions in Thundera, along with a brand-new warp engine system making able to the Phoenix to travel to Thundera to deal against Spectra’s invading forces over there.

Just in time for the full enjoyment of the crossover, the Spectra’s supreme leader, the Luminous One, gave a punishment to Lord Zoltar and he is transported to Thundera to take command of the operations there, since his plans on Earth have been failed so far, mostly due G-Force’s interventions.

So, the battle of the planets is taken far, far away, to Thundera, where Thundercats will have a most needed reinforcements from G-Force to deal against Spectra’s invasion over there.

‘Thundercats’ Movie Revived With ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Director Adam Wingard

“Godzilla vs. Kong” director Adam Wingard is attached to helm a computer-animated adaptation of the beloved 1980s Rankin Bass animated series “Thundercats” for Warner Bros., from a script Wingard will write with frequent collaborator Simon Barrett (“You’re Next,” “The Guest”). Dan Lin of Rideback and Roy Lee of Vertigo, who produced Wingard’s film “Death Note,” were already attached to produce the film with a script by David Coggeshall when Wingard signed on, but Wingard and Barrett are starting fresh.

The original series, which aired from 1985 to 1989, was revived for a single season Cartoon Network in 2011, and then again in 2020 under the title “Thundercats Roar.” But as a feature film, “Thundercats” has been a tricky project to crack for the studio, which has hired a small parade of screenwriters and producers since at least 2007 to bring a movie to life. The underlying story is at once relatively simple — a team of humanoid cat-people (or cat-like humans) like Lion-O, Panthro, and Cheetara fight the evil wizard Mumm-Ra on the planet of Third Earth — and surprisingly complicated, with a mix of technological space sci-fi and swords-and-sorcery fantasy. There’s the mystical blade that holds the Eye of Thundera and the Ancient Spirits of Evil, and then antagonistic aliens like the Mutants of Plun-Darr and the Lunataks.

In an interview with Deadline, which first reported the news, Wingard made clear he is not interested in making a “Cats”-style live-action version of “Thundercats,” and wants instead to take a CGI-approach to the visuals that would embrace the “’80s aesthetic” of the original series.

“I don’t want to reinvent the way they look; I want them to look like Thundercats,” Wingard said. “I want to do a movie you’ve never seen before: A hybrid CGI film that has a hyper-real look and somehow bridges the gap between cartoon and CGI. That’s the starting point.”

It was announced at the San Diego Comic Con in July 2019 that Joe and Anthony Russo are producing a live-action Battle of the Planets film through their production company, AGBO, with the possibility of directing. On July 22, 2021, it was announced the Russo Brothers have brought Daniel Casey as the film’s scriptwriter.

Cool future TV projects, assemble! While Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo remain in constant contact with the head honchos at Marvel Studios, they’re also at work on other fun projects. Brother Joe has given Collider some details on the non-MCU projects he and Anthony announced at San Diego Comic-Con last year, including adapting the Grimjack comic book series for Amazon, a live-action adaptation of the 1978 series Battle of the Planets, and an animated series based on Magic: The Gathering for Netflix.

The big thing that Joe revealed about their upcoming Battle of the Planets is that it’s “not going to be a direct adaptation of the series” (which itself was an American adaptation of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman). In fact, it’s going to be an original story, with a “new mythology.”

“It’s going to be our own story that we tell surrounding a group of genetically altered kids who are involved in a space war,” he said.

Alas, the Russos are currently only “in the bible phase for Battle of the Planets,” and Joe said it will “take months of gestating and trying to figure out what the new mythology is.” And once they commit their new mythology to a bible, from there they’ll create some concept art, and once they’ve created some artwork they like, then they’ll commit to a script. So don’t hold your breath to see what this new vision for the old series will be, since it’s going to take a while.

Near mint, 1st print. Bagged & Boarded.