Friday, May 24, 2024

Hawk & Dove Vs. Doctor Doom


It's a good thing that these two are working together because taking on Doom on his own turf is no simple feat.  Let's hope they have and ace up their sleeve.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Kamandi goes Back to the Future


With all of sequels, prequels, reboots and re-imaginings that we regularly see from Hollywood, it is a minor miracle that the Back to the Future Trilogy has been left untarnished.   I have no doubt that there have been some pitches behind the scenes for a BTTF revival, but so far those in charge have resisted the urge to go back to the well. Let's hope for the integrity of the franchise that it stays that way. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The Atom and The Hulk (Vs. the Floronic Man!)


The Atom first met The Hulk on this blog way back in STF #169, an MS Paint Cover. 

This cover required a bit of prep work before I could add The Atom and Floronic Man into the mix - here's a look at the behind the scenes progress:

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Swamp Thing and Storm in: "Rebirth and Renewal!"


As the dialogue indicates, this is a direct sequel to STF #3813, in which Swamp Thing came to Ororo's rescue.  On good turn deserves another, and now it is his time to be healed.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Robin Vs. Morbius


I'm not sure what kinds of rules there are against vampires in children's animation, but Morbius did not drink blood in the 90's Spider-Man animated series.  Instead they depicted him feeding on human plasma through circular growths on the palms of his hands.  For me, that seemed grosser than biting someone's neck, but I suppose the producers' thinking was that they didn't want kids running around taking chomps out of each other to emulate him.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Dr. Mid-Nite and Iron Man

 It occurred to me that, despite his technical skill, Tony Stark really shouldn't be performing medical procedures on himself - especially when there are some qualified superhero doctors around.  That might just make for the springboard to an enjoyable story.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Black Racer and Ghost Rider


Here's a team up that I feel is a natural, and I am surprised not to have seen it requested before.  Add Kirby artwork into the mix, and you have the makings for and action packed issue.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Aquaman and Fin Fang Foom in: "Misery Loves Company!"


Foom is of course referring here to the events that took place in STF #2991 - it looks like whatever cure Aquaman offered was impermanent.  There's no fury like a dragon scorned, so the battle lines have been drawn!

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Batman Vs. The Terminator


This was a match-up that I am surprised we didn't see for real back when The Terminator was crossing over into a lot of properties and Batman was battling the likes of Predator and Aliens.   It definitely has the potential to be a fantastic story, whether on the printed page or on the big screen.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Nexus and Grendel


Grendel and Nexus were two characters that I didn't read much of when they first appeared, as the titles that they appeared in weren't available where I shopped.  Still, I thought they looked really cool from what I did see of them, and I was a fan of both Steve Rude and Matt Wagner - so I made a point to seek out some of their adventures later on.  Great stuff.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Blue Devil and Banshee in: "Curse of the Cassidys!"


This marks the third appearance of the Cassidy Cousins.  They last dealt with their unlucky curse with their Uncle Ted in STF #4282, and first were featured together in STF #3875...

Monday, May 13, 2024

Wonder Woman Vs. The Super-Adaptoid


Before the concept of healing factors was introduced, Wonder Woman and the Amazons had the Purple Ray, which could rapidly heal the sick and injured. Their Magic Mirror could look anywhere in the outside world, even into the future and the past.  Handy stuff to have around, I'd say.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

The Demon and The Invaders


They say that war is Hell, after all - so why wouldn't Jack Kirby's demonic creation get caught up in an Invaders mission?

This cover required a bit of prep work before I could add Etrigan into the mix.  Here's a look at the behind the scenes progress:

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Stargirl and Dazzler


I've been meaning to include The Shade on a cover for a while.  Once a somewhat generic villain, James Robinson fleshed him out in the 90's Starman series into one of dc's most interesting adversaries.  The Stargirl TV show did a decent job bringing that version to live action.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Madman and The Blues Brothers


Do you like to have a soundtrack playing when you read comics?  Sometimes I have Pandora play some superhero movie scores while reading a new issue, it helps add to the ambience.  I'm thinking a story like the one above would almost demand musical accompaniment. 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Beta Ray Bill and Spaceman Spiff


An alien warrior wielding an Asgardian hammer is just the type of hero that might spring from the imagination of Calvin, so I can definitely see Beta Ray Bill make an appearance in one of Spaceman Spiff's adventures.  Let's hope they can save the galaxy before the alarm clock rings.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Black Cat and The Justice League of America


I'd say by breaking in there undetected, she has already proven it.  Will the JLA treat The Black Cat with suspicion, or will they allow her to lead them to the true threat?  The answers are only 60 cents away!

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Doctor Fate and The Sub-Mariner


I liked that in the Golden Age, Doctor Fate would sometimes forego his mystical abilities and just give the bad guys a good old fashioned beat down like Wildcat or The Atom would.  Who needs to tap into Nabu's magic when a right cross will do the trick?

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Superman and Hercules Meet Godzilla


When James Gunn announced that the first phase of the new cinematic DCU would be subtitled Gods and Monsters, it brought to mind a scenario like the one depicted above.  I'm not sure what he ultimately has planned, but a classic film featuring not one but two heroic Reeves encountering the King of all Monsters would have been on my regular play list.

The Guardian and Daredevil


Between Batman, Daredevil, TMNT, and many other street-level crimefighting comics, there seems to be an unending supply of Ninjas for our heroes to face off against.  Who's to say they aren't all connected in some grand cloning conspiracy?  Might make for a fun tale, anyway!

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