World Watch Wire

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Title: World Watch Wire
Editor(s): Jim "Sharkey" Van Over and Keith "Shadow" Holt
Date(s): 1986-1987
Series?: yes
Medium: print
Fandom: Buckaroo Banzai
Language: English
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World Watch Wire is a gen anthology with the subtitle, "The Fanzine for Friends of Buckaroo Banzai"

Issue 1

World Watch Wire 1 was published in August 1986 and contains 24 pages.

  • Blaze Ahead! (The Editor 'n' Chief sounds off)
  • The Message by Shadow and Sharkey (A first hand look at how the World Watch Wire works, as important information speeds its way to Buckaroo)
  • Red What from Planet Where? (A film review of TABB; confusion as art)
  • 'Cause Sometimes They're Worth It by Diamond Dani (A young BBI gets a lesson in heroics and authority)
  • The Bulletin Board (Somewhere on the wall at the Banzai Institute)
  • Buckaroo Banzai and the Zealots of Pain (Chapter 1 - Invitation to a Wedding) by Sharkey Van Over (The beginning of a four-part adventure in the old pulp tradition)

Issue 2

World Watch Wire 2 was published in August 1987 and contains 24 pages.

  • Blaze Ahead! (Editorial ponderings on the future of Team Banzai)
  • To Each His Own (Courtesy of Reno as told to Rick) (A tale of loyalty and personal worth that takes place within the storyline of the film)
  • The Bulletin Board (Notes and nonsense at the Institute)
  • Nice Day for a White Wedding by Apache (A look back, where we'll meet Mrs. Johnson during her early years at the institute, and Flyboy, who happens to be scheduled to marry her that evening)
  • Alpha Clearance (Introducing the World Watch Wire letters page)
  • Buckaroo Banzai and the Zealots of Pain (Chapter 2 - Rendezvous with a Shark) by Jim Van Over (Buckaroo, Rawhide, Reno, and New Jersey search for the solution to a medical riddle, only to discover deeper mysteries)

Issue 3

In the Buckaro Banzai FAQ, Sean Murphy writes:

According to Sharkey, "World Watch Wire" #3 was finished, but never printed or mailed due to financial/real-world constraints. As far as I know, I have the only copy. The three pieces of cover art (wonderful pen-and-ink portraits of Buckaroo, Rawhide, and New Jersey, respectively) were done by Betty Cunningham whose website is"[1]


  1. ^ Sean Murphy. The Buckaroo Banzai FAQ - World Watch Wire. Updated 01 January 2007. (Accessed 10 July 2013.)