The GeeksverseGovernator Comic and Cartoon? Missed Opportunity?

Governator Comic and Cartoon? Missed Opportunity?
Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by

Adding Stan Lee’s name power to an Arnold Schwarzenegger bio-comic may not make it a success. If it even materializies at all, this book sounds more like Bluewater than Marvel.

Sure, Arnold Schwarzenegger has mastered the worlds of bodybuilding, show business, and politics. Next, he’s going to try his hand at being a Marvel superhero?

Entertainment Weekly (“Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as ‘The Governator’“):

He’s been a famous body builder. He’s been a killer cyborg from the future. He’s been Governor of California. And now, in this week’s exclusive cover scoop, Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals his plans for the next phase of his extraordinary career: He’s going be a cartoon superhero, known as The Governator. “When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool,” Schwarzenegger, 63, tells EW in his first press interview since leaving office last January.


The animated TV show and comic book, being co-developed by no less a superhero authority than Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee (pictured, right), won’t be out until next year, but this week EW offers an exclusive early look at Arnold’s cartoon alter-ego. “The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Lee says of the semi-fictional character. “We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.”


Along with the Arnold Cave, the Governator will have a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of “Super Suits” that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. Naturally, there will also be recurring supervillains — including an evil organization called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short).

This strikes me as incredibly lame. Then again, Marvel put out one-shot comics about the rock band Kiss and Pope John Paul II when I was a kid and I scooped them up.

Wonder if this will still materialize? 2011 has been a long time ago in PR time. Schwarzenegger has had some ups and downs since this announcement.

Govenator Cartoon 2012

All in all, Schwarzenegger has had a bigger return post-office than fellow Predator star Jesse  “the Body” Ventura. Even with the attempt at becoming a cartoon version of himself: The Governator featured a fictionalized Schwarzenegger who after stepping down from his role as Governor of California became a superhero in order to fight crime.

The trailer looks more fun than sensical. My initial reaction is that this is a stupid concept, but the trailer, linked above, looks like fun. Did this need to be cancelled in 2012 in the wake of the scandal? Could that have been worked into the cartoon and still drew in the target audience? His love life could have been as contested as Night Thrasher and Silhouette in 90s New Warriors but it could have been fun. Since this show probably wouldn’t draw in the kiddies the way Rambo: The Freedom Force did once upon the 80s.

Craziest Saturday Morning Adaptations

What would be in your list of craziest Saturday morning cartoons?

  1. Rambo: The Freedom Force makes nearly everyone’s list.
  2. Rubik, The Amazing Cube

Oddly, She-Ra and Ghost Busters are on’s list. She-Ra was more than a gender flipped Masters of the Universe. Instead, She-Ra: Princess of Power had better story telling than the earlier action figure cartoon.  The cartoon Ghost Busters, like Beetlejuice, may not have been a faithful adaptation of the movie to animation but it was fun. Plus it had a great toy line too.

I agree with on Prostars and Hammerman as both being sad cartoons in their own ways. Both tried to capitalize on media sensations from sports and music and just…failed.

Hulk Hogan’s Rock N’ Roll Wrestling cartoon however was a great way to capitalize on Hulkmania and push wrestling into younger and younger age groups.

Dukes of Hazzard cartoon should be included on everyone’s list!

By comparison to Rambo The Freedom Force and Dukes of Hazzard, could the Govenator cartoon been any worse?

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