King of the Hill meets Junji Ito’s most iconic horror stories in a new collection of fan art.
The hilarious mash-up comes from illustrator and painter Woodrow White, who shared their creations on Twitter. According to White, the images were created using panels from Junji Ito’s manga and screenshots from Mike Judge and Greg Daniels’ sitcom, which were deftly edited together using Photoshop. The images show Hank Hil clenching his infamously small butt in horror as several of his friends, including Bill Dauterive, Dale Gribbel and Boomhauer, are afflicted with conditions from some of Junji Ito’s most famous stories, including Uzumaki spirit The Enigma of Amigara Fault.
In addition to showing Hank Hill things that “ain’t right,” White works as a visual development artist on the new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature, which is scheduled to be released in 2023. More of White’s art can be seen on their Instagram page.
The mash-up comes at a good time, as both King of the Hill and several of Junji Ito’s works are planned to soon return to TV. Judge and Daniels confirmed earlier this year that a King of the Hill revival was in the works, which could potentially be focused around older versions of Hank, Peggy and Bobby Hill. A premiere date for the continuation of the series has yet to be announced.
Junji Ito, meanwhile, has several new animated adaptations of his manga in the works. The first is Uzumaki, a new show which will adapt his most well-known story using a unique black-and-white animation style that thoroughly manages to recreate the iconic look of the horror author’s manga. The series’ animation is being handled by Production IG, the studio behind Ghost in the Shell. Adult Swim is co-producing the series, which is scheduled to debut on its network this fall.
A second show based on his works, Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, was announced at the most recent Netflix Geeked Week event. The anthology show, which will be released exclusively through the streaming service, will adapt several of Ito’s most beloved short stories, including Souichi spirit The Hanging Balloons, as well as parts from his debut manga, Tomie. Maniac is scheduled to begin streaming sometime in 2023.
King of the Hill is available for streaming on Hulu. Several of Ito’s acclaimed horror manga, including Uzumaki, are available in English from publisher VIZ Media. His latest story, The Liminal Zone, will be released in English on July 26.