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The Resurrection of Joe Palooka: MMA's First Comic Book

“POW!” was one of the unforgettable flashing words used when Adam West played Batman on television.

The words caught everybody’s attention and captured the mind of an audience that was addicted to comic books. MMA fans now have a comic book character that is based on their favorite pastime.

Joe Antonacci has taken the liberty to dig into his childhood and revive a character who was a boxer in comic strips that was birthed in 1930. His name was Joe Palooka, and he went from comic strips to being broadcast on CBS radio. Palooka was a legend in his day, tearing up the ring as a heavyweight champion.

Antonacci (Twitter: @TeamPalooka) admitted that the times have changed, therefore recreating a character and modernizing him into a icon like Palooka was decades ago took some adjustments.

“We’re all on one team, it’s called Team Palooka,” Antonacci explained to “I have someone handling PR, I have someone handling social networking, because you don’t launch a comic book in 2011 the same way you did even 10 years ago. So many of the fans are active on websites like MMA DieHards and you want to reach those people.

“What we’re trying to do is bring the comic audience and the MMA audience together, and that is something that has never been done before. There have been books about martial arts, but this is the first MMA comic book, ever.”

Though Palooka had been laid to rest for 30 years, Antonacci researched the legendary action hero and found out the name was up for grabs.

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