Rom in Other Media
Doing searches for "spaceknight" on Usenet and eBay has revealed to me that Rom has appeared or been mentioned in other media outside of comic books and toys. Here are the few I know of:
- French Marvel Anniversary Portfolio
- In 1995, Semic, who then had the license to publish Marvel comics
in France, produced a portfolio of 25 prints. Each print measures 8
1/4" x 11 3/4", has a 2" white border (making the actual images 6 1/4"
x 9 3/4"), and is printed on "textured paper stock" (as one seller put
it). Three of the prints, all done by artist Jean Frisano and taken
from an issue of a French anthology comic called Strange, feature Rom. There's
one of him alone, one with him encountering Galactus, and one with him
swimming alongside Namor, the Sub-Mariner. (Thanks to "buzzybean" for
answering some of my questions.)
I have conflicting information on why the prints were made. Most (English) sources say they were for the 25th anniversary of Marvel comics in France. One individual known as ollien, however, tells me they were for 20 years of Jean Frisano's covers. Apparently Frisano did almost all the covers for Semic from 1972 to 1995. Regardless of why they were made, they're lovely pieces of art featuring our favorite Spaceknight.
- Marvel Universe Poster
- This is a huge poster made from the cover art of the first 12 issues of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe vol. 1. Since Rom was featured prominently on #9, he's featured prominently on the poster.
Gary Martin, Jr. not only pointed out the appearance of Rom comics in three different films to me, he made nice images for each!
- Explorers (1985)
- The Lost Boys (1987)
- Robocop (1987)
Bing McCoy, creator of the
Rom action figure, figures Robocop is a Rom knock-off. And he may be
right! Obviously some of the people making it knew about Rom.
Credit for spotting the copies of Rom in the convenience store
(first scene below) goes to Chris Lindberg, although Gary Martin, Jr.
provided the capture.
Factoid: The cover for Rom #1 was drawn by Frank Miller. He later went on to write Robocop 2.
- Unbreakable (2000)
- Fanboys (2008)
- Dragon Magazine
- An article entitled "Dire Invasion" appeared in Dragon #112 (published by TSR, Inc. in 1986). It gave stats for Rom, Dire Wraiths, and other related characters for the Marvel Super Heroes Role-Playing Game published by TSR, Inc. It also had some art lifted from the comic books to accompany it. I have summarized the information.
- Marvel OverPower
- I believe more than one person has made up their own Rom cards for
the Marvel OverPower collectible card game (CCG), but now there's two
- A Multipower 3 card available in the Monumental OverPower expansion. Art by Dave Meikis.
- A Double Shot Tactic card available in the Classic OverPower expansion.
- HB3 (May 2007)
- On the HB3 album, Luminosity, is a song called "Rom, Spaceknight." You can find the lyrics and some bits of the song in some videos at the HB3 web site or the full video on YouTube. The album is available at Amazon.com and iTunes. The latter lists it as a seven minute track, but the video above only clocks in at 3:48.
- Wu-Tang Clan
- On the Wu-Tang Clan album, Wu-Tang Forever, the song
"Impossible" contains a reference to Rom.
Thanks to Will Mendez for the lyric and the sound file! There's really not any context that goes along with this line. If you must know the entire verse, see this page from ohhla.com.
- Classic Arcade Resource for allowing me to use his backglass photo. You can find more information and photos, including one of the playfield which also includes this robotic figure, at the Internet Pinball Machine Database.