Monday, January 24, 2022

The Hulk Vs. Doomsday


When Bob Greenwade, commenter extraordinaire and Patron of this blog, mentioned that I had not had a Hulk/Doomsday math up on this blog, I thought, "That can't be right, can it?"  Indeed is was, so here's a cover to rectify that oversight.  Thanks for the heads-up, Bob! 

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Martian Manhunter Vs. Gladiator


I was happy to use an image of J'Onn J'Onzz by John Romita Jr. here, I quite like his depiction.  I was lucky to be ably to pick up a couple of JR JR original pages several years back (inks by Klaus Janson and Christopher Ivy):

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Batman and Tron


I can't wait to see Michael Keaton reprise his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne for  the Flash movie.  I'm also happy to hear that he will be sticking around for more appearance in the role in future films.  It does seem strange that he will be in Batgirl, as that movie will feature J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon - so wouldn't that mean Ben Affleck should be the Batman of that tale?  I guess The Flash really is going to mess with continuity.  If I was in charge, I'd have Keaton back on his own, heading up a Batman Beyond film.  Warner Bros never seems to consult me, though.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Superman and Valkyrie


Superman and Lois continues to entertain in its second season.  I am really impressed by how the super heroic feats are presented on a TV show budget.  I do have one nitpick, admittedly a minor one.  Why does Superman/Clark constantly seem to have a five o'clock shadow?  That looks works for The Punisher, Daredevil or even Batman - but in my minds eye, the Man of Steel should usually be clean shaven.  Hasn't TV Superman learned the "shaving with heat vision and a mirror" trick?

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Metal Men and ROM in: "Building a Better Spaceknight!"

The Metal Men should have had action figures all their own, just like ROM did.  Well, maybe at least Stretch-Armstrong type toys to go along with each member of the team.  I know I would have loved to see such an offering on the toy shelves when I was a kid - but I'm guessing there weren't enough fans of the wacky robots to make it a profitable venture.

The Metal Men first encountered ROM in STF #2340...

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Black Panther Vs. The Black Spider


I don't know if he was killed off or just forgotten about, but The Black Spider is one of those cool 80's Batman villains that we don't really hear about anymore.  That's too bad, I remember thinking that he was an interesting antagonist. 

Black Panther here is by the legendary Dave Cockrum.  Here's an original sketch by him that I was lucky enough to pick up several years ago:

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Morbius


Buffy first encountered Morbius in STF #387, but it looks like this time they are on the same side. The Morbius movie has been delayed once again.  It's becoming a situation like New Mutants, where the film's release has been pushed back so much that audiences are either forgetting about it or questioning its quality.  I actually thought New Mutants was OK when it was finally available to view, so I will hold out some hope for Morbius.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Daredevil meets The Flash & The Atom


There are a bunch of different artists on this one.  Al Pratt here is by Jerry Ordway & Mike Machlan - Ordway's renditions of the JSA members are always a treat to see, as is his art on anything.  Here's a couple more pieces of his original art that I was lucky enough to pick up several years back (from Green Lantern: Secret Files and Zero Hour):

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sub-Mariner Vs. Green Lantern in: "Vengeance From Below!"


No other artist, except perhaps Sal Buscema, was better at depicting someone delivering or receiving a massive wallop than my personal favorite Marvel cover artist, Gil Kane. I was glad to include an example of both on this blog entry.

Namor and Green Lantern first clashed in STF #1475...

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Doctor Fate Vs. Galactus


I have a strong suspicion that Pierce Brosnan's time as Doctor Fate will be limited to one movie, with him passing the mantle on by the end of Black Adam. Hopefully we will get plenty of him in action in the film, it will be interested to see how his magic spells are presented to set him apart from Doctor Strange or The Scarlet Witch.  I'm looking forward to seeing a full shot of him in helmet and costume soon.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Star Wars and Star-Lord

It's been cool to see the expansion of some Star Wars locations, first on The Mandalorian, and now on The Book of Boba Fett.  It's been cool to hear the history of Tatooine (once a water planet?) and see the interactions of the different tribes and factions that call it their home. I look forward to finding out if Fett can tame his territory through respect rather than fear as those before him have.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Tigra and Zatanna


Zatanna is another DC Character that has had a movie announcement with no following information since.  There have been rumors that it will be a solo movie and others that indicate it may be a Justice League Dark story featuring other DC supernatural characters, with Zatanna in the lead.  There have even been actresses teasing that they are up for the role.  Still, with no official announcements, I'm not holding my breath waiting for this one.  It's been eight years since The Rock first started talking about playing Black Adam, after all.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Batman & Robin and The Avengers


Set photos from the upcoming Batgirl movie seem to indicate that there is a Robin active in that version of Gotham City.  It's still uncertain as to how Batman will even be handled in that movie - Commissioner Gordon will be played by The Snyderverse's  J.K. Simmons, but Ben Affleck will have already retired from Playing the Dark Knight following the events of The Flash - a film which will also bring back Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne, setting him up to appear in Batgirl.  Maybe all of this will make more sense once we se a trailer, but it seems a bit crazy right now.

Batman met with The Avengers a few times way back in my Brave and the Bold: The Lost Issues! days - First when he tried to rewrite the team's roster, then when he was a part of the the original line-up and finally with Cap's Kooky Quartet...

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Paws of Fury!

 For today's team, I thought that it might be fun to put together a dojo consisting of some of the best four-footed fighters in fiction.  I just completed the fourth season of the oh-so-addictive Cobra Kai this week and it had me in a karate mood.  Maybe the next Kung-Fu Panda movie can have Po enter the multiverse and we can get a team like this assembled.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Moon Knight and The Elongated Man (Vs. The Joker!)


This marks the 11th appearance of The MK-EM Team.  Thank you for humoring my presenting this pairing from time to time.  It's a little self indulgent but for some reason I get a kick out of seeing them together.  

We saw a few glimpses of the Moon Knight show at a recent Disney presentations, and while quick, they looked quite promising to me.  Hopefully we will get a trailer soon now that we are into 2022.  

Moon Knight and the Joker previously clashed in STF #2021...

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Aquaman and Star Trek


After being so pleasantly surprised by Aquaman and really enjoying his Fast and Furious installment (best of the series in my opinion), I decided to give some other James Wan-Directed movies, and I am glad that I did.  I really enjoyed Insidious and The Conjuring films are some of the best haunted house movies I have ever seen.  Malignant was a bit violent for my tastes, but it was so off the walls bonkers and included an absolutely amazing chase sequence, so I couldn't turn my eyes away.  After all of that cinematic goodness, I can't wait to see what he gets up to in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Harley Quinn and the Daughters of the Dragon


Jessica Henwick mentioned that she turned down the opportunity to star in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to do The Matrix: Resurrections.  That's OK because it still leaves her free to reprise Colleen Wing alongside Simone Missick as Misty Knight.  They were great in the roles in the Netflix shows, but it was a shame that they never truly became The Daughters of the Dragon.  If Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk can make the transition to the MCU, why not them?  I'd love to see them show up on Echo, a new Daredevil series, or even a show of their own.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Marvel Boy and Superboy


I'm looking forward to the return of Superman and Lois next week.  At least we will have a decent TV version of the Man of Steel while Warner Bros. movie decision decides what they want to do with the character.  Most fans seem to simply want a Henry Cavill sequel film, but that doesn't seem in the cards.  We do have a variant Supergirl coming up in The Flash (Superman's daughter?) and two separate movies in development featuring African American versions of Superman (one a period piece and one featuring Val-Zod).  There are some rumors of a Cavill Superman showing up in either Black Adam or Shazam: Fury of the Gods, but I have my doubts that either will come to pass.  

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Justice League Dark Vs. Mephisto


Ever since Wanda/Vision, there has been rampant speculation as to when and where (and if) Mephisto will show up in the MCU.  I haven't really been expecting him to show up yet, so I have not been disappointed at his absence thus far.  Now that Agatha Harkness is getting her own spinoff Disney+ series, there's another chance to get him into the mix though.  If he's going to make his debut anywhere, that might be an appropriate place.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Adam Strange and Iron Man


I'm still waiting for live action versions of these heroes, in these outfits.  Adam Strange appeared on the now-cancelled Krypton, but he never wore his signature costume or learned to use his jetpack. Iron Man made many appearances in many different suits of armor - but frustratingly, never in his classic Red and Gold widow's peak, hip disk look that dominated his first three decades of comic appearances.  Maybe we'll get it in a multiversal variant Iron Man at some point?

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