Posted By Art Baxter

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It's ZARAB!

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                                      The streets of Tokyo are blanketed in radioactive fog                                           and a disguised ZARAB takes a stroll!

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ZARAB gets shot in the groin by a particle beam while sticking to the side of a building!

Episode #18 - "Brother from another World"
Written by Tetsuo Kinojo & Ryu Minamikawa
Directed by Samaji Yanagase
Broadcast Date: November 13, 1966.

ZARAB is a real tool who can't seem to get anything right when it comes to conquering the Earth. First, a radioactive fog descends on Tokyo in which a cloaked figure, later to be revealed as alien, seems to be lurking about. Then, that same alien, ZARAB, appears in Science Patrol headquarters saying he would be glad to remove the fog and that he has no idea where it came from. Yeah, THAT's believable! Now, people can be stupid (I mean, humans did make George Bush president twice!) but we're not THAT dumb. He then tells the Science Patrol that his species and humans are like brothers in the universe and since his species has been around longer, he's like our BIG brother. It doesn't help that the American translators gave ZARAB a whiny nasal monotone to come out his kitchen-sink-drain/sphincter-like mouth. ZARAB is an annoying patronizing asshole. He later has the brilliant idea of disguising himself as an evil doppelgänger Ultraman to turn the city against the guy who already saved the city and surrounding area from over a dozen giant monsters. Ingenious!

Despite being an annoying idiot, ZARAB is an interesting looking alien. His head is metallic silver and his body is purple and brown. He doesn't sport blinking lights when he speaks as many later space aliens will have. There are several great outdoor nighttime scenes with ZARAB. The first is when he is lurking disguised in the fog and then uncloaked sticking on the side of a wall several stories up and later when Ultraman battles his doppelgänger and then ZARAB. The nighttime scenes with those lit up giant monster eyes are always cool looking. A memorable episode.

Generally, I draw from the figure once a week. There weren't any classes between mid December and the beginning of February but I wanted to keep my hand in it. I thought it would be fun to draw some monsters from Eiji Tsuburaya's late 1960s TV show, ULTRAMAN. This is the third one.


 
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