What Could Have Been #33 | Rat Bastard

What Could Have Been #33 | Rat Bastard


Rosco Rodent, a grungy sci-fi human-rat hybrid detective, almost had his own animated show.

Created by Cliff Galbraith and published in 1997 by Crucial Comics, Rat Bastard only had a limited run of six issues. But who or what is Rat Bastard?

Set in a futuristic crime driven city, known as Lowtown, science had reached the level of experimentation that allowed for gene therapy. In order to try to improve their lives, many people had their DNA spliced with that of animals.

With this new science came a new form of low lives. People were obsessed with obtaining genetic stabilization treatments. The stories in Rat Bastard usually featured criminal genetic acts with citizens trying to become 100% human once more.

Rosco Rodent is the Rat Bastard in question, a private detective. He is more rat than human now, 57% rat to be exact but because of his appearance, people treat him like vermin.

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Rat Bastard was to be bought to the small screen via animation and was due to be broadcast on the American network UPN in January 2001.

Rosco Rodent was changed to Rosco J. Rat and a script was written by Edward Neumeier who created and wrote the original script for Robocop.

Unfortunately, the shows’ producer left the network and the entire project was scrapped reportedly before it had really begun. However, a short five-minute test mini pilot had already been created and thankfully this was uploaded to the internet.

The mini pilot was directed by Kevin Altieri who has also directed episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Transformers: Rescue Bots to name but a few.

Rosco Rodent was voiced by the American comedian and actor, Greg Proops.

This looks like the kind of show I would’ve loved to watch and it has an awesome tune by White Zombie but these five minutes are all we have.

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