Snark Central co-proprietor D. Aristophanes made a reference to underground comics artist Richard Corben in a comment thread. I'm most familiar with Corben's work through the "DEN" sequence in BOOB-bedizened animated movie Heavy Metal, based on Corben's "DEN" material in French adult comic Metal Hurlant. This bit, voiced by the late John Candy, never fails to crack me up, although the comic version apparently had the protagonist "walking around with his dork hanging out" quite a bit. Well, the "DEN" character, a big bad bald bastard catapulted to an alien planet/alternate universe, originated in an animated short called
Neverwhere, which I'd never heard of... until tonight, when I found it in the t00bz. The short has a real "Edgar Rice Burroughs" feel to it:
This brief clip reminded me of one of the great "what if" moments of American animation- famed animator Bob Clampett collaborated with Edgar Rice Burroughs' son on a project to bring ERB's "Barsoom" books to the screen. Ah, what could have been:
As a postscript, I swear that I did not post the Clampett short in an effort to make Johnny Pez cry... honest!