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Just watching some nostalgiarific cartoons on YouTube and I came across this.  I thought, “Wow, this is a really spot-on parody of Batman: The Animated Series.  They really nailed the animation style.  And, hey, those names that flashed by looked familiar…”  So I look up Bruce Timm, and he created Batman: The Animated Series.  Then I looked up this episode of Tiny Toons, and it aired two years before Batman premiered.

B.T.W. Art Vitello’s name was familiar because he later adapted Ben Edlund’s The Tick into a cartoon.  And the Tiny Toons segment also references Frank Miller and the cover of Detective Comics #1 and aardwolves.  It’s just too much…

Just watching some nostalgiarific cartoons on YouTube and I came across this.  I thought, “Wow, this is a really spot-on parody of Batman: The Animated Series.  They really nailed the animation style.  And, hey, those names that flashed by looked familiar…”  So I look up Bruce Timm, and he created Batman: The Animated Series.  Then I looked up this episode of Tiny Toons, and it aired two years before Batman premiered.

B.T.W. Art Vitello’s name was familiar because he later adapted Ben Edlund’s The Tick into a cartoon.  And the Tiny Toons segment also references Frank Miller and the cover of Detective Comics #1 and aardwolves.  It’s just too much…

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Here’s a cute aardwolf photographed by Greg Hume.  Like the thylacine of Australia, the aardwolf and its cousin the hyena are unrelated to wolves, but came to occupy a wolf-niche in a wolf-free region.  This is called convergent evolution.  Dutch settlers gave it the name “aardwolf” or “ground wolf” because of its underground dens.  I can’t help but wonder why, since regular wolves also live in underground dens.  It would be like calling a buffalo a “land cow.”  Incidentally, “aardvark” means “ground hog” (not “groundhog”).

Here’s a cute aardwolf photographed by Greg Hume.  Like the thylacine of Australia, the aardwolf and its cousin the hyena are unrelated to wolves, but came to occupy a wolf-niche in a wolf-free region.  This is called convergent evolution.  Dutch settlers gave it the name “aardwolf” or “ground wolf” because of its underground dens.  I can’t help but wonder why, since regular wolves also live in underground dens.  It would be like calling a buffalo a “land cow.”  Incidentally, “aardvark” means “ground hog” (not “groundhog”).

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