Congratulations!

Before the greatest game sequel of all time debuted, I had a Karate Champ-shaped hole in my soul because nothing really matched the one-on-one hype people had playing that. If you know the area where I grew up, the Fast Lane corner store had a Karate Champ coin-op there for a long time). The years passed and co-op games with a bit of competition had pretty much eclipsed Vs. game play in titles like Mario Bros. (original recipe, not Super), Gauntlet, Double Dragon, and Final Fight (which Capcom almost called Street Fighter ’89). When Street Fighter II hit, the combination of solid game play, amazing graphics and memorable characters had people hype about it, including people I didn’t even know were into games at the time. The mall arcades here weren’t dead at the time, but SFII definitely brought a lot of new life to them. I have so many great memories of playing this game and the rest of the series with friends, fam, and arcade heads waaay before online play became standard. Thanks to everyone who worked on the game!

(fake screenshot using the arcade graphics to remake the special ending screen from the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo game)

Starting the year with some replacements for old sprite edits and some long overdue and requested characters.

Custom Sprites:
Rastan Saga (new separate gallery): Rastan (new scratch-made sprite based on his stance from the first game)
Ninja Gaiden: Bloody Malth
Undercover Cops: Rosa Felmondes/Blaze
Marvel Comics: Iron Man – classic armor in pose from cover #126
Movies: RoboCop

Sprite Rips:
Name Graphics: Select/Vs. from Vampire Savior-Darkstalkers 3, also includes the dozens of custom names I made for this site’s image generators (and a few that are still unused) by cutting, pasting, and rearranging the preexisting letters. Most of the extras are horror-themed. It also includes a gradient pattern file to use as a layer or fill when you make your own custom name graphics.

GFX Generators: today’s new sprites have been added to the appropriate generators (mostly the main generator), along with…
– the main generator’s side panel now has more short cuts so you spend a bit less time scrolling. I’ll continue to work on this and add it to the other generators later.


In December 2020, ownership of the Anime Studio/MOHO (the animation program I’ve been using since 2015 to render most of my video clips) changed to Lost Marble, which will be a really good thing from what I’ve read. What isn’t good is how SmithMicro didn’t give any warning about how the software ownership verification on your computer would stop working if you didn’t update immediately… which I only found out after it happened to me because they sent no heads-up e-mail of any kind. That means all my work in AS is either temporarily halted or just completely dead and will have to be redone. So I went back to the lab with other tools.

The 3-D shots were done in Blender with techniques I was experimenting with before I got Anime Studio. The 2-D Hall of Armor shot was made in Magix Vegas, the video editor I usually use to edit, assemble and render full videos, with layers of PNG and GIF files. So I’ll be spending a lot of time in the lab getting these alternate techniques down so I can get the videos going again.


Also, I’m taking a break for a month or two. I’m still very tired, mentally and physically, from how the last half of 2020 went for me offline, so I probably need to get some actual rest. My plans for taking commissions are going to be on indefinite hold, because I think I’m too tired to do those effectively.

Future updates additions to the Toyboss section, like my new Golden Axe Skeletons by Storm Collectables (lucked up and caught the restock on Bluefin) and the Articulated Icons Ninjas (most are 50% off until the end of January!) I finally got after fiending for them for a while. I highly recommend those ninjas, especially because they’re built for martial arts poses and customization.

Golden Axe Skeletons by Storm Collectables

Shake a hand, shake a hand, because it’s that time of year again! I can’t afford to give out toys to all of my friends, so I make an update based on my favorite toys (mostly from the 80s), including toys based on preexisting licenses. This year, G.I.JOE and Masters of the Universe made some strong comebacks, even if some were ridiculously hard to find on store shelves. That’s enough from me, go open your presents!

G.I.JOE: Clutch (v.1 toy, v.1 comic, v.2 tan recolor)
Street Fighter: Chun-Li, Ken and M.Bison (all G.I.JOE figure v.1, made from parts of preexisting Joe and Cobra bodies with new heads)
Masters of the Universe: Zodac (last figure needed for original line-up of figures), Hordak (highly-requested)
Thundercats: Tygra (finishing the original crew of adult Thundercats who weren’t ghosts, sorry Jaga)

All new sprites added to the main image generator!


Whatever it is that you’re celebrating this time of year, I hope it’s a great time for you!

BTW: this WON’T be the last site update for the year… stay tuned…

Rob “Dire51” Strangman, video game book author, creator of the OPFCG and Splatterhouse: West Mansion, Ghoul Realm, all-around good guy, and one of my favorite people in the gaming community, needs our help.

GoFundMe: Rob Strangman – ongoing medical needs

All is not perfect, however, and things are not the same as before. The tests revealed that things are more dire for Dire51 than we expected. His liver is seriously damaged and is not functioning well. His bloodloss has been halted, but his hemoglobin counts are not recovering despite several iron infusions. There has been some mention of possible bone marrow problems. He has kidney damage, and the high ammonia levels in his blood have caused some mild trouble with short term memory.

Rob’s current medical bills are right around $8000 so far, and mounting. Rob has further appointments with the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville for additional testing and hopefully to be approved for placement on the transplant list. Funds donated will be used for medical expenses, prescriptions, and transportation to appointments. We are down to one, very well used vehicle that already needs about $1000 of work for shocks and new engine mounts. The right front wheel has also started a grinding noise and we’re worried it may be the bearings. If there is enough, we will repair the car as well.

If you don’t want to, or can’t afford to donate, please consider sharing this fundraiser. Or, buy a copy of his book “Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman”. The book is available on Amazon, but if you buy your copy on Lulu, Rob will get a larger portion of the proceeds.

Lulu link: Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman

Both Rob and I thank you for anything you can do, and we sincerely appreciate your kindness and friendship, regardless.

I know this year’s been really tough on a lot of us and the load we’re carrying feels heavier than usual. But if you can afford to help, please consider contributing to help Rob get through this. If you don’t have the money to spare, share a link to the GoFundMe campaign so it can reach someone who can give. The fact that we need to have each others’ backs is more glaring than ever this year, and this is one of those situations where we can help. Thanks for reading and please do what you can to help Rob and his family.

GoFundMe: Rob Strangman – ongoing medical needs


Custom Sprites:
Karnov: the RoboCop Karnov
RCR/Kunio-Kun NES: Karnov (classic)

These sprites were added to the image generators along with Clown (sprited him a while ago, somehow forgot to add him to the generators) and 4 Fighter’s History Dynamite/Karnov’s Revenge stages: Marstrius, Ray, Ryoko and Zazzie.

LordBBH has the Karnovember Fighter’s History Dynamite Tournament 11/21/2020 video up in case you missed it last weekend. I got there kinda late (and dropped a $5 into the prize pot), but there was a lot of wild stuff to be seen. Watching the tourney also reminded me to get more of the game’s stages into the generator. Congrats to everyone involved for putting together a solid tourney!


(edit: sale prices changed)
‘Tis the season to put on sales, so this is a reminder that the print sale in the site’s shop is still going on!
8×10 (and similar size prints) are $4 each, buy 2 and get one free!
17×11 (and similar size prints) $8!
Buy some as a gift for loved ones, total strangers, enemies, or even yourself. I’m not here to judge!

Custom Sprites (DC Comics): Lois Lane, Captain Marvel, Elongated Man, Vixen, and Raven.
Mini-logos (DC Comics): Elongated Man and Raven

All new sprites and mini-logos were added to the main image generator, along with a new scratch-made Metropolis background.

Finally, here’s the Superman Sprite Showcase vid debuted a few days ago. You’ll see new sprites and animations of Superman, along with another new sprite of Lois and the new Metropolis background.

That last shot was for all the old-school cartoon fans out there.

“This year, Halloween feel on a weekend… me and Geto Boys are trick or treatin’…”

custom sprites:
Music: Bushwick Bill (who unfortunately passed away in 2019) from the Geto Boys’ “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” video
Night Slashers: knife-carrying killers

New custom sprites and mini-logos were added to the main GFX Generator

And now, for the last treat: the first ever DangerTerrorHorrorThon video clip show! You’ll see some new sprite showcase displays along with some new and old video scenes. Enjoy the show and have a happy Halloween!

custom sprites:
Friday the 13th: Jason (part III head crush)
Horror (other): Sadako (the Ring/Ringu)
Phantasm: Reggie and Rocky (part III outfits)
Marvel Comics: Carnage
DC Comics: Swamp Thing
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Baxter Stockman

mini-logos:
– Carnage added to Marvel Comics

New custom sprites and mini-logos were added to the main GFX Generator.

Tomorrow’s update drops on Halloween and you won’t want to miss it!

The Newness The Ghoulness is On! Three days of dangerous, terrifying, and horrifying additions to the site begin here!

custom sprites:
Castlevania: Mummy Man and Phantom Bat
Devil May Cry (new gallery): Dante (MvC3 fight stance)
Mortal Kombat: Mileena
Splatterhouse: “Mutant” Rick
Saturday Night Slam Masters (new gallery): the Wraith
Clock Tower: Scissorman (Clock Tower)

mini-logos:
– Dante (DMC) added to Capcom.
– Mileena added to Midway

New custom sprites and mini-logos were added to the main GFX Generator, along with an improved version of the “Arcade of the Damned” background seen in this news post!

Tune in tomorrow for day two of the 2020 DangerTerrorHorrorThon!

Even though I teased Comic Book Sprite Showcase earlier this year, the original name was the Superhero Sprite Showcase, and that’ll be the title in this short test video featuring Wolverine!

An improved version of the orange and brown Wolverine sprite in his Konami arcade game fighting stance pose has been added to his sprite gallery and the GFX Image Generators, along with the variations you saw in the video. Also, the stylish “Marvel 80 Years” Marvel Legends box was added to the “Marvel Legends” screenstyle in the generators.


It’ll be a while before the next episode, but I’ve got plans for more Superhero (and Comic Book) Showcases (and eventually Showcades) to be added to the ScrollBoss YouTube channel if people are interested, so let me know if you’d like to see more!