Thursday, July 19, 2018

Wonder Woman Vs. Thundra

Marvel Two-In-One was one of my favorite titles growing up, and I liked that it introduced me to so many of Marvel's lesser known heroes.  To me, having them star alongside The Thing gave them instant status, since he's always been my favorite Marvel character.I became a big fan of heroes like Thundra, Stingray and Giant Man Bill Foster due to their appearances there.  OK, maybe Aquarian never excited me that much, but the title had a pretty good track record of introducing me to cool co-stars.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Defenders and Red Tornado

I liked the designation of Non-Team for The Defenders in the early years of the title.  It really fit - this was not a group of heroes that had regular meetings, assignments or monitor duty.  They didn't even have a formal headquarters, they just hung out at Dr. Strange's place.  Thrown together more by circumstance than choice, they were as likely to be battling each other as an outside force.  These non-traditional aspects made the group unpredictable, and fun to read about.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Captain Action and Dial "H" For Hero

Although I never actually saw it for sale in stores, the ads for Captain Action fascinated me.  Here was an action figure that could transform into many different heroes - and what a selection!  Batman, Superman, Captain America, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon, The Green Hornet, and many more...  the guy was a real life inter-company crossover before there was even such a thing!  It's crazy that they had the rights to use all those different characters, I can't imagine it happening that way today.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Gambit Vs. The Royal Flush Gang

It looks like Marvel pulled a fast one (SPOILERS for those not caught up on recent X-Men events), by promoting one superhero wedding and giving us another instead.  Rather than Colossus and Kitty Pryde getting hitched, it was Gambit and Rogue who tied the knot at the last minute.  It will be interesting to see where that development takes each character going forward.

A big thank you goes out to Philip Pfeiffer for not only supporting the blog, but suggesting this match up!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Spider-Man and Monkeyman & O'Brien

I remember the first time I saw Art Adams artwork, on a Marvel Team-Up cover featuring that title's first appearance of the black costume.  It made an instant impression on me, and when I saw his highly detailed and energetic interiors shortly after in the Longshot mini-series and elsewhere I became an instant fan.  Monkeyman and O'Brien really shows off his talents well, with stories that feature beautiful women, gorillas, monsters, aliens and a true sense of fun.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Jolt and Stargirl

I was a big fan of Kurt Busiek's Thunderbolts series for Marvel, with villains disguised as heroes and the effect that had on them.  When Jolt was introduced, the series got even better, as she was the first member of the team truly untarnished by a villainous past and made a big impression on the rest of them.  She was later killed off, but then got better.  I haven't kept much track of what's happened to her since that series ended, but if they ever bring it back, I hope she will be part of the team once again.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Superman Vs. Doctor Octopus

Henry Cavill has been hinting lately that he is once again bulking up for the role of Superman.  This is Good news because I do like his portrayal, despite the poor scripts he has had to work with thus far.  The question is where he will return - in a sequel of his own or perhaps a cameo in Shazam! or another DC movie?  Hopefully there will be some sort of announcement at the upcoming Comicon that will shed more light on DC's plans for the Man of Steel.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ghost Rider enters The House Of Mystery

I liked the balance that dc had with its old horror titles like House of Mystery, The Witching Hour, or House of Secrets.  While the stories inside were filled with scary creatures and dark morality tales, the horror hosts that introduced them still had a sense of humor about them.  A wicked sense of humor to be sure, but it was definitely there.  It was a juxtaposition that worked well for a young reader like I was at the time.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Human Torch & Iceman Vs. The Flash

It should come as no surprise that I have been a fan of comic crossovers since I was a kid.  I can remember seeing an ad for Strange Tales #120 which featured The Human Torch fighting side by side with Iceman from the X-Men.  I had never seen those heroes with such opposite abilities in one story together before and I was fascinated by the concept. It would be decades before I actually tracked down a copy of that issue - and it was worth the wait!

Long time followers of this blog know that the dialogue on this cover refers to the events of  STF #573...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Deadman and Elektra (Part Two)

Continued from yesterday's cover, we see why Boston Brand has been hanging around...

If the on-again, off-again Justice League Dark film ever gets made, I can see Deadman as being the breakout character.  Of all the heroes mentioned to be a part of the cast, he has the most likable, down to Earth personality.  His experienced yet humorous take on the occult situations that they encounter can make him someone that audiences can identify with.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Deadman and Elektra (Part One)

I have really enjoyed the character arc of Elektra in the second season of Netflix' Daredevil series, as well as The Defenders.  Elodie Yung is perfect in the role, capturing both the menace and the allure of the ninja assassin.  Now that she has a decidedly different status quo in the underworld, I am really looking forward to her crossing paths with Matt Murdock once more.

As indicated above, this is just Part One of a Two Part adventure, so be sure to come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Calvin & Hobbes and Winnie the Pooh

I hadn't been paying too much attention to the upcoming Christopher Robin film starring Ewan McGregor, but I checked out the trailer the other day and was intrigued.  It looks like a heartwarming tale that will tug at all the right heart strings.  What really struck me, though, was the design of Pooh and all the other forest characters.  The look as though they stepped right out of A.A. Milne's original stories.  I'll definitely be checking this movie out.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Blue Beetle Vs. Sandman

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Ditko, a giant in the history of comic book artwork.  His mastery of body language and inventive layouts plus the ability to depict a diverse supporting cast played a huge part in making Spider-Man a massive hit. If all he ever gave us was his work on Spidey he would have been a legend, but he gave us so much more, from Doctor Strange to The Creeper and Hawk and Dove, to Mr. A and The Question and beyond.  I know he was very reclusive, but I hope he knew how important he was to the industry and how many fans he made happy over the years.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Jade & Obsidian and Rogue

Continued from yesterday's cover, we now see who it was that The Sentinels were after - did any of you guess correctly? 

Jade and Obsidian have been missing in action for a while now.  Once the classic Justice Society of America was taken off the table, there was no longer a place for their children as well.  DC seems to be ready to bring the JSA back though, and hopefully these two won't be too far behind.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Power Girl and Rogue

One  X-Men character that I am really looking forward to having a Marvel cinematic makeover is Rogue.  Anna Paquin's version was more of a Rogue/Kitty Pryde hybrid and, other than her power set, never reminded me much of the comic book character.  I'd love to see the sassy Southern villain gone good finally get her live-action due.

Hmmm... Just who is their true target on the cover above?  All will be revealed tomorrow in Part Two, so make sure you come back!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Liberty Belle and The Invaders

Happy 4th of July!

It looks like the Disney/Fox merger is about to finally go through, which mean there should be no obstacle to using The Human Torch (be it Storm or Hammond) in the movies.  I understand the Namor has a similar situation with The Hulk's - rights issues mean he can't have a solo film, but can appear as a guest star.  Given the fact that we only saw the bulk of Captain America's war years in a brief montage, there's no reason we can't have an Invaders movie now.   Let's hope it's something that Marvel Studios considers one of these days.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Black Lightning and Hellcat

I loved the first season of Black Lightning, which did a great job of establishing Jefferson Pierce's friends and family.  I am really looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here now that his daughters are both embracing their super powers as well.  I was intrigued to read that supporting character Dr. Jace will be joining the cast - she was a key player in Black Lightning's adventures with The Outciders in the comics, so I am hoping that her inclusion is another indication that team is heading towards a live action treatment down the line.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sandman Vs. the Hulk

Fans have been wondering when of if we were going to get a version of the Grey Hulk in the movies.  He certainly has been evolving - first becoming far more verbose after Being in Hulk form for two years in Thor: Ragnorok, and then refusing to emerge after a Thanos butt-whuppin' in Avengers Infinity War.  Promotional images of the next Avengers film indicate that we may be getting a different kind of hulk the next time around - but not Mr. Fixit or the early Grey version.  To me it looks as though they are heading towards the Professor Hulk of Peter David's run, with full un-torn uniform and Banner's intellect intact.  It will be interesting to see exactly where they are going and how they handle it.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Aquaman and Sub-Mariner in : "Slaves of the Mer-Mutates!"

Rumors are that we may finally see some footage from James Wan's Aquaman at DC's upcoming Comicon presentation, and I am dying to see what it looks like.  There have been some still shots and production drawings released that look very promising.  My favorite is a shot of some Atlantians riding some huge underwater creatures.  If they can find a way to get Aquaman on a giant sea horse, I will be very pleased!

Aquaman and Namor have a bit of history on this blog.  They last met trying to avert war in Issue #1105, faced the sea's wrath back in Issue #751 and starred in my very first STF two-parter in Issue #3 and Issue #4.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Gamora and Katma Tui

This cover features two characters whose deaths truly shocked me.  Katma Tui was a favorite of mine, so I really hated the way she was unceremoniously slaughtered in the pages of Action Comics Weekly by Star Sapphire.  It hurt all the more that it was illustrated by famed Green Lantern artist Gil Kane.  For some reason, she is one of the rare characters that has never been brought back.  I knew that Avengers: Infinity War would have a body count, but I have to admit, I did not see Gamora's death coming.  It looks like it just may stick, too, since it occurred before the Thanos SNAP at the end of the film.

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