Monday, May 2, 2016

Wonder Woman and Captain America in "Standoff at the Statue!"

Cap and Wonder Woman have finally recovered from the latest trial in their continuing romance on the blog, only to be attacked when they least expected it...

I can't wait to see Cap's latest cinematic outing next week, and with the early word of mouth that I have heard, it's gonna be a good one.  Principal photography on Wonder Woman must be wrapping up soon, so hopefully a teaser will follow soon after.  Despite mixed reaction to Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman received mostly unanimous praise, so I am looking forward to her solo outing.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spider-Man and Starman

DC Comics has made great use of the generational legacy aspects of their characters.  On of the best examples is Starman.  James Robinson in particular was able to weave all of the various heroes to adopt the Starman title together into a single cohesive narrative that served to make all of them more interesting to me.  A Jack Knight Starman TV show seems like something that would have a lot of potential.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Justice League of America and Warlock

Back in the Silver and Bronze age of comics there were certain concepts and motifs that were repeated over and over.  One that I always thought was cool was "giant hand grabs hero/heroes".  I'm not sure where the trend started, but it almost always worked on me.  For some reason I always found it to be an eye-catching image, and those covers drew my eye right in.

The JLA squared off against Thanos before on the blog - First in STF #184 and then again in STF #931...

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Demon and The Punisher

There are certain characters that artists really seem to have fun with.  The Demon definitely falls into this category.  Jack Kirby came up with a great visual for Etrigan and illustrators that have worked on him since have all had a unique take.  Whether it was Matt Wagner, Val Semeiks, John Byrne, John Totleben, John McRae, Dick Giordano or another talent, each artist gave an interesting and effective interpretation of his appearance.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Batman and The Black Terror

I am a sucker for retro-looking robots.  Sure, we have modern movies focusing on high tech AI like Ex Machina - but give me the old school designs like in the cover above any day.  It's one of the reasons I love watching Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow - the movie itself is pretty good, but the designs of the robots, vehicles and machines are awesome to look at.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sub-Mariner Vs. Green Lantern

New on DC's Green Lantern Corps movie is very slow to trickle out, but this week we did get one more tidbit:  Kyle Rayner will be joining Hal Jordan and John Stewart on the big screen, with Jordan being an mentor type to the younger recruits.  I prefer Hal and John to be contemporaries, but that set up can still work.  I just hope that we still get to see a lot of alien lanterns in addition to the humans.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Green Arrow & Black Canary and Hawkeye & Mockingbird

Now that *** SPOILER for Arrow fans who aren't caught up **** the death that has been teased all of the current season was revealed to be Laurel Lance, the (second) Black Canary, the series could go a few ways.  Laurel whispered something to Ollie before she was declared dead, so the whole thing could be a fake by the two of them, which would anger fans I think.  Felicity could be come the new Black Canary, which would anger fans even more. Maybe they will just give the character a rest.  What I hope will happen, though, is that by next season Caity Lotz will return from her time on DC's Legends of Tomorrow as the White Canary and reclaim her role as the Original Black Canary.  I always prefered her in the role anyway.

Although this is the first appearance of all of these heroes together, Black Canary and Mockingbird have crossed paths before on the blog.  Green Arrow and Hawkeye have met a few times - They first met in one of my very earliest STF covers... then they were at odds with a few fellow Avengers along for the tale... Next up they faced off against The Hulk and Solomon Grundy... and the last time we saw them it was time to hone their skills...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Vindicator and Halo

I am glad that Katana has been gaining more popularity through her own comic series as well as appearances on TV and in the movies - I just wish that her Outsiders teammate Halo got some of the spotlight as well.   She had a great look and power set, and best of all was not simply a female version of a pre-existing male hero.  It's a shame that DC just chooses to keep her in limbo for years at a time.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ghost Rider and Blue Devil in: "Charge of the Cursed!"

When Howard Mackie and Javier Saltares relaunched Ghost Rider back in 1990, they also reignited my interest in the character.  I still remember that run fondly.  Saltares gave Dan Ketch a great look, and in my opinion the best Ghost Rider cycle ever.

Blue Devil and the Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider had an adventure together back in STF #732...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Black Panther and Kamandi

It's frustrating that Captain America: Civil War is opening in other areas weeks before I will get a chance to see it.  I have heard great reviews so far and I am very interested to see to how the Black Panther and Spider-Man will be portrayed and figured into the plot.  Still, I am going to try and stay as spoiler free as possible, which wont be easy.  My curiosity has gotten the bettor of me and ruined a lot of movie surprises lately and I hope that won't happen again.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Iron Fist and The Bronze Tiger

When I first heard that Will Smith had been cast in Suicide Squad, my first thought was that perhaps he would be playing The Bronze Tiger.  It will be interesting to see what Smith does with the role of Floyd Lawton/Deadshot - but I am a little disappointed that we wont be seeing Ben Turner on the big screen.  Hopefully the film will be enough of a success to warrant sequels, and The Bronze Tiger will get another chance to take part in the action.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Daredevil and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Batman is currently crossing over for real with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the comics, which is pretty cool - but I have to say that I am surprised they are sharing an adventure with The Dark Knight before The Man Without Fear.  The Turtles came about as a response to the popularity of comics like Frank Miller's Daredevil run, and it seems to me that a story featuring them together would be a natural.  I wondered why it's never happened?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Superman and The Hulk (The Movie!)

I was glad to see The Incredible Hulk join the Saturday Night MeTV family recently.  Nothing like curling up to back to back episodes of The Adventures of Superman, Batman, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, Star Trek and a Svengoolie-hosted classic horror movie.  That's what I call a power-packed line-up!

Superman had a more traditional comic adventure with The Hulk(s) in an earlier STF Issue...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jonah Hex and The Original Ghost Rider (Part 2)

It was interesting seeing Jonah Hex pop up on DC's Legends of Tomorrow the other night.  I wish they had given him a little more to do, though.  I did like that they acknowledged his experience with time travelers.  Hopefully that means there is a chance he will reappear in a future episode.

Jonah Hex met the Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider in an earlier STF issue...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Jonah Hex and the Original Ghost Rider (Part 1)

I always liked the look of the original Ghost Rider (later called Night Rider, and Phantom Rider).  The all-white outfit complete with white mask, cape and hat riding on a white horse made for a great image and I am sure gave out a signal to bad guys that a there was a new force for good in the west.

This is only the first part of this tale, so make sure you come back for the thrilling conclusion tomorrow!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Thor and Doctor Who

I have read reports that The Russo Brothers are eager to use Thor in Avengers: Infinity War due to what they explain as the interesting place that the character will be following the events of Thor: Ragnarok.  This is purely speculation, but maybe Thor will finally be taking his place as the ruler of Asgard.  If that is the case, I hope his helmet will finally officially become part of his outfit!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Rocketeer Vs. Boba Fett

This cover comes about from a suggestion by Marc. Tyler Nobleman, a Patron of this blog.  Thanks, Marc!

I watched the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer with interest. This movie wasn't high on my radar - franky I have concerns about Disney diluting the franchise by putting too many films out.  What I have seen so far looks pretty promising though.  I love that the story takes place in the time frame of the Original Trilogy.  Thant raises possibilities of some old favorites showing up - will there be appearances by Darth Vader and/or Boba Fett?  I hope so!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Werewolf By Night Vs. Swamp Thing

It's great that Len Wein is back writing the adventures of Swamp Thing.  Don't get me wrong, I was a huge fan of what Alan Moore did with the character - but I still look back fondly to Swamp Thing's original series by Wein and Wrightson.  I loved that this horror character shared the same world as Superman and Batman, and their run was a scary, moody delight.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Blue Beetle Vs. Spider-Man in "Bug Off!"

We now know a little about the next Spider-Man movie.  It will be titled Spider-Man: Homecoming and will feature at least one more Marvel hero in addition to the web-slinger.  The Vulture has been rumored as a villain - and Michael Keaton is in talks to portray the main antagonist.  I am looking forward to Tom Holland's debut as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War. I recently watched him in In The Heart Of The Sea, and I am confident he will do well in the role.

Longtime readers know that in the above cover, Ted Kord is referring back to his first meeting with Spider-Man on this blog...

Spidey has also met the Dan Garrett and Jaime Reyes Blue Beetles on previous covers...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Calvin and Hobbes and Captain Marvel

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was wearing a Black Adam T-shirt at a recent awards show, and it is nice to see him so enthusiastic about the upcoming role in DC's cinematic Shazam!  Unfortunately, his casting is still just about all we know about the long-in development project.  I hope some movement is made on the film soon, DC really needs some more lighthearted fare on the big screen.

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