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Mutant League Boxing
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Published: March 29, 2017
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Seriously, why was there never a Mutant League Boxing game back in the 16-bit era? It would have been an ideal follow-up to the football and hockey games, with heaps of scope for outlandish fighters and loopy special moves; Punch-Out! with even barmier goings-on than usual, essentially. But no. Tsk.

Anyway, this particular piccy was inspired by the marvellous comicky work of Jeff Martin, creator of Heat: The Space Age of Pro Wrestling, Where is Zog? and Hockeypocalypse. It was the latter series, which follows the splendidly entertaining adventures of a mutant ice hockey team in post-apocalyptic Canada, that prompted me to get doodling; a humorous aside during one story mentions the notion of post-apocalyptic boxing, and the mutant folk featured in the comic include gunky blob blokes and deer persons, so the piece practically drew itself.

These two are characters of my own devising; the big green guy is Silas “Sludger” Magoo, and the equally big and somewhat slovenly stag fellow is Barney “Iron Hooves” Balonki. They’re super-heavyweight sluggers of the none-too-sophisticated variety, as is perhaps obvious, and they’re not at all popular with the boxing arena cleaning staff, who weary of having to scrub all the slime and hair off the canvas following their encounters.

All of Mr Martin’s comics make for smashing reading; issues of Hockeypocalypse and Where is Zog? can be purchased here, and Heat can be perused online just over here. You lucky people!
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Artmaster6778757's avatar
May I do a story about this?
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GoldenKingranger1995's avatar
You know, I had this idea for a Mutant League Live Tour, it'd be basically like pro wrestling, but replace the wrestling with Arena Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Hockey, and all the players are athletes in monster suits, there's ton of violence and green blood, what do you think, would that be a good idea?
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Sounds fun to me!
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GustavoPixels828's avatar
Hey guy make more like that pls
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GustavoPixels828's avatar
Make more like that pls!!! 😆😆
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Ultra-Gor's avatar
I love ALL your work. But still I long for more Apeman & Monkeyboy. I STILL have their picture in my cubicle, going on now for over 7 years. Forgive me for being the eternal hopeful.
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MatthewSmith's avatar
No worries, sir! And they are most definitely still around, believe me.
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Wolf-Moon35's avatar
Awesome work, are you commissioning again =D
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Not yet; life keeps on finding new ways of absorbing all my time like a big scary sponge creature. But soon, hopefully!
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SonicBoomJester|Hobbyist General Artist
Deer 1, Monster 0
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Indubitably!
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DaBoz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant work as always, I still get excited to see a new post by you.  Love sludgers design, as well as Barneys...I'd say more but the awesomeness is overwhelming my brain here. Stellar stuff.
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Zounds! I'm honoured you like the piccy such a lot. Many thanks indeed for the kind words!
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ToonTorment's avatar
I don't think Mutant League Boxing ever even made it into the cartoon. :O
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Not to my knowledge, although there was a spot of wrestling if I remember correctly. And there's another game that should have happened: Mutant League Pro Wrestling!
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ChicagoSDD's avatar
Hey I write a web comic if you have the time please check it out.

Thank you, for your time Justin Krever

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Jose-Ramiro|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, this is quite cool.
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Jose-Ramiro|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep!!
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mezasalvador|Student Digital Artist
I would be looking into Mutant League Boxing as seems to be interesting, besides good picture you did ! :D
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Thank you kindly! I think I may have to come up with some further piccies set in this particular world...
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Dermot's avatar
Apparently, after Mutant League Football and Mutant League Hockey, they planned a Mutant League Basketball, but it never materialized.
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MatthewSmith's avatar
I did not know this thing. It really is rather a pity that the franchise just sort of conked out; the concept could have lent itself to all sorts of fun games.
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