Via TV Shows on DVD comes the news that Bob Newhart’s TV show about being a comic book artist, Bob, is coming to DVD on April 3. List price for Bob the Complete Series is $39.98 for 33 episodes, but I’ve already preordered it with Amazon’s 30% discount.
In the show, which ran 1992-1993, Newhart played Bob McKay, who had created Mad Dog, a 50s superhero put out of business during the Wertham era, when Seduction of the Innocent made comics bad for kids. Then his hero was revived by a huge media company, who wants to make the character a “bloodthirsty vigilante”. His boss was played by John Cygan, his wife by Carlene Watkins, and his daughter by Cynthia Stevenson. Also appearing were Lisa Kudrow, Tom Poston, and Dick Martin. Between seasons, the show was greatly retooled, bringing in Betty White to have Bob work for her at a greeting card company along with Jere Burns and Megan Cavanagh.
Jack Kirby (!) even appeared as himself on one episode. Marvel actually put out six issues of a Mad Dog comic, done as a flipbook. One side was the old-fashioned version, done by Ty Templeton, while the other was the “updated” 90s version, written by Evan Dorkin.