Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Complete Gizmo by Michael Dooney

Gizmo by Mirage staffer Michael Dooney has always been a personal favorite comic book series of mine and one I've wanted to discuss as thoroughly as any of my Ninja Turtles reviews. So, as a special feature to TMNT Entity, I decided to throw up a guide to Michael Dooney's robot-dude from the future and hopefully introduce the character to those who may not know about him.

Next to the single short-lived ongoing series, the adventures of Gizmo Sprocket are largely related through a slew of back-up and bonus comics scattered across numerous indie comics of the 80s and early 90s (most commonly Mirage publications). A collected volume was published in a limited run, though it does not contain all the Gizmo comics produced.

So, with that in mind, hopefully this handy guide will help fans to track down Gizmo's many appearances. With any luck, I haven't overlooked anything!

Gizmo Comics:

*Domino Chance #7 (November, 1983), "Our Hero, Gizmo Sprocket esq."
*Domino Chance #8 (December, 1983), "Shopping Spree"

*Gizmo (Vol. 1) #1 (May-June, 1985), "A Gasket in Need is a Gasket Indeed!"

*Michaelangelo (microseries) #1 (December, 1985), "One Unconventional Robot"

*Gizmo (Vol. 2) #1 (1986), "That Was No Teddy Bear, That Was My..."
*Gizmo (Vol. 2) #2 (1986), "Finally Shandaar!"
*Gizmo (Vol. 2) #3 (1986), "Bits an' Pieces"
*Gizmo (Vol. 2) #4 (1986), "A Gasket in Need is a Gasket Indeed" (reprint with new frontispiece), "Peace on the Line"
*Gizmo (Vol. 2) #5 (March, 1987), "Lions an' Robots an' Girls oh my!"
*Gizmo (Vol. 2) #6 (July, 1987), "A Ghost of a Chance"

*Gobbledygook (Vol. 2) #1 (December, 1986), "Shopping Spree" (reprint)

*Grunts #1 (November, 1987), "Monuments"

*The Collected Gizmo (December, 1988), Gizmo (Vol. 2) #1-6 (reprints), "King for a Day", "One Unconventional Robot" (reprint), "Peace on the Line" (reprint), "Monuments" (reprint)

*Gizmo and the Fugitoid #1 (June, 1989), Book One
*Gizmo and the Fugitoid #2 (July, 1989), Book Two

*Mirage Mini Comics Collection story #5 (1989), "Reflections on a Metal Face"

*Plastron Cafe #1 (December, 1992), "Sirensong"

*TMNT (Vol. 4) #6 (October, 2002), "A Few Small Repairs"

Cameo Appearances:

*TMNT (Vol. 1) #9 (September, 1986), Raphael and Gizmo bonus pin-up.
*TMNT (Vol. 1) #13 (February, 1988), Leonardo and Gizmo bonus pin-up.
*TMNT (Vol. 1) #47 (May, 1992), "Masks, Part II"
*Tales of the TMNT (Vol. 2) #33 (April, 2007), "Credo"