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Comic to Card: Ikehara x Adali

Back around 1996 when China ran out of Japanese Rockman Carddas cards to import, they decided to make some of their own. Collectible card kingpin Adali took images from Shigeto Ikehara’s popular Rockman mangas (most of which had been released in China already), colored them, slapped some holographic foil on there and ba-da-boom, you’ve got a new cash crop. Now fans could revisit their favorite manga scenes in bright surrealistic color.

Standard card back for the Chinese Rockman card series.

Standard card back for the Chinese card series.



The few of these I’ve managed to acquire come from the manga adaptations of Rockman (the first game), Rockman World (1 & 2),and Rockman World 3. Enjoy the adventures of Rockman, Dr. Right, Dr. Wily, Blues, Rush, and Rell! (Dr. Right, Blues, and “Rell” not shown.)

For comparison, let’s look at the card first and the original scene from the manga second. We’ll be going in the numbered order given on the 8 cards. I have no idea what the “P10000”, etc. values or the “R, G, B, C…” letters are for.

#06 Rockman buster action poses over a fiery looking background. E-can in the bottom left corner.

#06 Rockman buster action poses over a fiery backdrop. E-can in the bottom left corner.


Rockman manga splash page 22 & 23, here we can see what Rockman was shooting at.

Rockman splash page 22 & 23, here we can see what Rockman was shooting at.



Rockman destroys a purple Big Eye (you won't find a purple one in any of the games). 1-UP in the corner.

Rockman destroys a purple Big Eye (you won’t find one that color in the games). 1-UP in the corner.


Rockman page 28. ”Did you see the Rockbuster's power?!!" (Cause he's an eye, get it? Ha ha.)

Rockman p28. ”Did you see the Rockbuster’s power?!!” (Cause it’s an eye, get it?)



Death of Ice Man. My card is bent and damaged, as you can see. Life energy in the corner.

#24. Death of Ice Man. My card is bent and damaged, as you can see. Life energy in the corner.


Rockman p83. Ice Man is zapped by the "R.S. 1,000,000 volt" thunder beam.

Rockman p83. Ice Man is zapped by the “R.S. 1,000,000 Volt” thunder beam.



#26. Rockman battles 2 Fry Guys Changkeys. Life energy corner.

#26. Rockman battles 2 Fry Guys Changkeys. Life energy in the corner.


Rockman p90. ”The Ice Crusher will stop you in your tracks!" (Should be "Ice Slasher", but the card impressively got Rockman's armor color for that weapon right).

Rockman p90. ”The Ice Crusher will stop you in your tracks!” (Should be “Ice Slasher”, but the card impressively got Rockman’s armor color for that weapon right. Too bad they edited the shots out).



#46, holographic card. Human workers run for their lives. Odd shading on the Big Eyes, almost looks like cloth. 1-UP in the corner.

#46, holographic card. Human workers run for their lives. Odd shading on the Big Eyes that almost looks like cloth. 1-UP in the corner.


Rockman World p23. The workers are running from other robots too like Suzys, Cutting Wheels and Bunby Helis. "Call the police! Call the army!" they cry.

Rockman World p23. The workers are running from other robots too like Suzys, Cutting Wheels and Bunby Helis. “Call the police!! Call the army!!”



#65 holographic card. Rockman and Rush Jet to the rescue! Life energy in corner.

#65 holographic card. Rockman and Rush Jet to the rescue! Life energy in corner.


Rockman World p74. "There's no time to waste! Use your super sense of smell to search out Wily's base, Rush!!"

Rockman World p74. “There’s no time to waste! Use your super sense of smell to search out Wily’s base, Rush!!”



#74. Jump and shoot! Yashichi in corner.

#74. Jump and shoot! Yashichi in corner.


Rockman World 3 p2. Table of contents image.

Rockman World 3 p2. Table of contents image.



#83, holographic. They made Rock's helmet and chest parts holographic too for some reason. ?-can in corner.

#83, holographic. They made Rock’s helmet and chest parts holographic too for some reason. A Rockman 3 ?-can in corner.


Rockman World 3 p39. Gemini Man uses his holographic generator to split into two. The battle ensues.

Rockman World 3 p39. Gemini Man uses his holographic generator to split into two.



#R6 special holographic card. Here's that blue Punk again.

#R6 special holographic card. Here’s that blue Punk again.


Rockman World 3 p147. ”I'm Punk!!"

Rockman World 3 p147. ”I’m Punk!!”



That’s all I have from the classic Rockman set, but there’s more to come with the Irregular Hunter Rockman X set. I’d love to get my hands on more of these, but they seem pretty rare to come by these days. Hope you enjoyed.

2 Comments to "Comic to Card: Ikehara x Adali"

  1. 2015/06/02 Tuesday - 12:55 am | Permalink

    ¿Rell? Also R, G, B, C….. Red, Green, Blue and -Chinese- Cyan?

  2. RADIX's Gravatar RADIX
    2015/06/04 Thursday - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting these! (Also, “Rell” is a mangling of Roll’s name I haven’t seen anywhere else)

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