This comic was from a concept I
did back in 1986 - well before
Baby Face. It was probably, the
best Story Idea I've ever done.
We sold it to a toy company
called Schaper who introduced a
line of vehicles based on it and
planned to do a TV series etc.
Marvel comics took a liking to
the story and licensed a comic
book. But Schaper was in
trouble at the time and went out
What was left of the company
was picked up by Tyco, who
wanted Schaper's line of track
racing cars and dropped
everything else. Marvel
continued the comic for 4
issues, but without support from
a toy line and a TV show, had to drop it!
Before anybody starts feeling sorry for me again, I hasten to point out that most of these "dropped"
items resulted in handsome compensation and a good living. Like Baby Face, I contrived them in an
attempt to gain the funds I needed to live and continue to follow my true Bliss, collecting toys! They had
the desired effect and I'm not sad about it, even though, little remains of the "Animax" today but this
painting, a few toys, and 4 issues of a comic book, that might turn up from time to time on E-Bay.
The painting depicts A Battle on the "Bridge of Doom" , Between the "Animax" led by "Max Action",
aboard his trusty vehicle and companion "Jungle Max", and the "Car-nivores", led by "X-tinctor" [yes,
we used that name twice] riding the "Obliterator", a living fossil released from the bowels of the earth,
by the great fissure that divides the planet. Beginning in the mid twentieth century, men began to name
their vehicles after animals: Mustang, Cougar etc. because they hoped they would embody the speed and
traits of those animals, now in the distant future, on an Earth, ravaged by wars and pollution, the only
animals remaining have been kept alive by bionically combining them with vehicles.
And the Earth itself has ceased to rotate, Leaving it half in darkness and half in light, Between the
halves a great Crack has opened , "the Crack of Doom". On the "Light Side" the "Animax" protect
Mankind from the evil "Motor Mutants" and their "Carnivores". From a secret base in "Monstro
City" the "Motor Mutants" conspire to leave the "Dark Side" and cross the "Bridge of Doom" to
invade and devour all Mankind.
Isn't That CUTE!
Best Regards from the Dark Side of, Mel
Here is "Max Action" who was the main character from Animax.
This vehicle was never produced. The photo is one
I took of the model, right after I had painted it. --Mel
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