Ask Kang

If you’re a regular reader of our website you may have come to know one of our authors, Martian Luthor Kang. A time traveling, conquerer of worlds who is an unapologetic lover of all things John McClane. I sat down with him recently and conducted a series of interviews which will be published in installments. So sit back, relax, pop open a packet of Soylent Green and enjoy.


Has anyone ever called you Martian Luthor KRANG?

No man has dared.

Speaking of TMNT we all know they merchandised the shit out of that franchise, what was your variant turtle action figure of choice? (i.e. one of the main 4 additional costumes)

Undercover Donatello. He had an awesome trench coat like Raphael in the first movie but I was always partial to Donnie 


Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (of TMNT fame) must have either been fans of the Grateful Dead or folk song/train history to name a character Casey Jones…

Yeah, I’m thinking both.  I always assumed as a kid that Casey at the Bat had something to do with his origins, and only after looking the poem over now do I realize that it never says that was his name.

Now that many people around our age are becoming more prevalent behind the scenes in Hollywood we’ve witnessed a huge rebirth of 80s culture. Have you watched any of the relaunched cartoon series for TMNT, Transformers, GI Joe, Thundercats, Voltron, etc.?

I have to say that I try to avoid the relaunches because of the bad experiences I had with them during the 90s and 2000s, but from what I understand some of them are very good now. I did check out G.I. Joe : Resolute the cartoon mini-series written by Warren Ellis and I was very impressed with it. And I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about the current Thundercats cartoon.

Switch gears slightly..I never understood how in Back To The Future 3, Doc Brown was able to create a time machine out of a train in the old west. I mean the entire movie they are trying to find a way to get the Delorean from 1985 to drive 88 miles per hour. Where the fuck did he get time circuits and a flux capacitor in 1885? If  he had the means to do that, why didn’t he just build one for Marty?

Well, I agree that it’s an oversight, it’s one of the many plot holes that I choose to ignore in those movies, simply because they’re so fun. But if I were Zemeckis and Gale and I had to BS an answer, I’d say that it’s because he didn’t have the time (since he would be killed by Mad Dog in a week). After Marty went back to 1985, Doc and Clara had a little more time to mess around in the lab (and the bedroom!).


If you have questions you want answered from Kang, post them in the comments section of this article or on our facebook page. Check back soon for part 2.

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About Biff Tannen

Film Noir, Pulp, Comic Books and Hitchcock.

Posted on December 29, 2012, in Geekology, Rambles, Rants and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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