04 January 2012

Episode 62: Comic Books

It's a bird!  It's a plane!  It's Episode 62!  In this uncanny edition of The Legacy Music Hour, Brent and Rob select music from video games based on comic books.  X-Men, The Punisher, Spider-Man -they're all here on The Amazing Legacy Music Hour!  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety - Suddi Raval - Main Theme/Staff Roll - Software Creations/Acclaim - Genesis - 1995

Batman: Return of the Joker - Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara, Shinichi Seya - Stages 1 and 6 (Gotham in Danger) - Sunsoft - NES - 1991

Wolverine: Adamantium Rage - Rob Lord, Jason Page - Level 5: Madripoor - Teeny Weeny Games/Acclaim - Genesis - 1994

The Uncanny X-Men (aka Marvel's X-Men) - unknown - Level 4: Battle Through a Living Starship - LJN - NES - 1989

Chakan: The Forever Man - Mark Steven Miller, Jason Scher - Intro Theme - Extended Play Productions/Sega - Genesis - 1992

Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden - Kenji Yamamoto - Theme of Piccolo - Bandai - Super Famicom - 1993

The Punisher - Yoko Shimomura, Isao Abe - Bruno Costa (Boss Approaching) - Capcom - Genesis - 1994

Captain America and The Avengers - Takafumi Miura, Seiji Momoi - Theme of Captain America - Data East - NES - 1991

The Death and Return of Superman - Glenn Stafford, Michael Morhaime - The Last Son of Krypton - Blizzard Entertainment/Sunsoft - SNES - 1994

Superman - Ryu Hasegawa - Metropolis as Superman - Kemco - NES - 1988

Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge - Geoff Follin - Storm - Software Creations - Genesis - 1994

The Amazing Spider-Man - Bob Harris, David Wise (arr.) - Spider-Man (Title Screen) - Rare/LJN - Game Boy - 1990

The Punisher - Yoko Shimomura, Isao Abe - Death Express (Stage 4) - Capcom - Genesis - 1994

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse - Setsuo Yamamoto - Theme of Beast - Capcom - SNES - 1994

Silver Surfer - Tim Follin - BGM I - Software Creations - NES - 1990


  1. One of my favorite comic book video game bits of music was the title theme of the Genesis X-Men game. It will always be my X-Men anthem.

  2. manga *is* the japanese word for "comic books". there are also x-men comics in japan, drawn by japanese artists and written in japanese!

  3. Manga is as has already been said comic books. The only real difference beyond languages is really that Japanese comics range a wide variety of genres as while most US comics are of the Superhero genre only.

  4. Awesome episode you guys! You really brought it this time. I really enjoyed the Arcade's Revenge and the Silver Surfer tracks.

  5. That Spider-Man title screen music is totally an arrangement of the old cartoon theme song.

    1. Yes...that's why they said so in the episode.

    2. To be fair, we did say that the track seemed inspired from the original theme song, but in actuality, Todd's right, it's not an inspired by track -it very much IS an arrangement of the original.

  6. I like Brent's taste in music. When I saw the theme for this episode immediately came to mind the theme of beast and anything from Kodaka's batman and to my surprise he played both.

  7. Superman NES and Silver Surfer NES have such great music but I can't stand to play those 2 games...

  8. Very refreshing to see Brent include a game based on a manga so we didn't have an entire episode dedicated only to American superhero comics! That DBZ track was a nice surprise.

    American comics are certainly not the only comic books, and not even the best comic books to be honest. I've never cared about American super hero comics, but manga is fantastic and, in my experience, tends to tell far more interesting and original stories (and much longer, epic ones at that, while American comics don't tend to have a single continuing story for decades on end the way manga often does). Manga absolutely deserves the same respect as American comics, if not MORE respect. Serialized manga authors have to draw and write an entire chapter per week, which is an absolutely immense amount of work. Manga author/artists are incredibly hardworking and talented.

    Thank you for playing the entirety of that Spider-Man/X-Men track. For those of us who have never heard these tracks, I feel cheated when you don't let us hear the entire thing. It was such an interesting track with a lot of varying movements and I would have been upset if you'd cut it off early. That track was a treat, so I appreciate you letting it play out.

    1. You'll be pleased to know you have these to look forward to: