Thursday, October 18, 2018

Doctor Doom Vs. Lex Luthor



Here are two arch-villains that have been woefully represented on the big screen.  And it's so unnecessary, too - all the filmmakers need to do is to follow the comics.  Doom is a disfigured dictator who dabbles in science and sorcery and Luthor is a genius billionaire who ruthlessly uses his resources for personal gain - the further the movies stray from these simple concepts, the less it works.  And casting is key - of all the odd choices made for the DCEU, Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor was the most baffling.

These two first met in STF #491...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Commissioner Gordon and Spider-Man



This might be a interesting set up.  How different would Spider-Man's career be if he operated out of a city that had a more cooperative view to his crime-fighting activities?

I look forward to the upcoming season of Gotham.  Given that this has been announced to be the final season for the show, I expect them to go all out and throw everything at the wall.  This year's episodes promise to be even crazier than usual.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Deathstroke Vs. Daredevil and Black Widow



It looks like a solo Black Widow film is finally going to happen.  Knowing Marvel, there will be other heroes that show up, and I am looking forward to hearing what other characters will fill out the cast.   Could this possibly be a chance to unite Marvel's cinematic world with its Netflix shows, and bring in daredevil for a scene or two?  I'm sure that's a long shot but one can always hope.  I loved their comics together and would love to see their partnership represented on the big screen.

Monday, October 15, 2018

New Teen Titans and Jack of Hearts



When I did a recent post poking fun at some truly ugly costume designs, I was surprised to see Jack of Hearts mentioned as another example of an unattractive superhero outfit.  I know that it's always gotten a bad rap, but I figured that mostly had to do with the fact that it's intricate pattern is difficult to draw.  As a visual, I have always thought that it was pretty cool!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sandman and Sherlock Homes



I was disappointed to hear that Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to star in a new series, further closing the door on the likelihood of new Sherlock episodes from him and Martin Freeman.  I'll just have to get my Holmes fix elsewhere.  Elementary has gotten better each season and the seems to be continuing.  Robert Downey Junior has hinted that he is ready for a third cinematic outing as the character.  Then there's the upcoming Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly comedy - but I can't say the trailer for that made me laugh once.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Raven and Scarlet Witch



I understand that the movies would want to change up Scarlet Witch's outfit, but I still think they could have been a little more comics-accurate with the designs she has been given.  First, she needs brighter colors - she's not called the Deep Maroon Witch, after all.  Plus, she really does need a tiara/headband of some sort, that can't be that difficult so pull off in live action.  Capes are tough to justify, but maybe she would wear one to honor the memory of The Vision?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Superman and Power Man



This is a team-up that I am surprised I have not done before, it feels like a natural.  I'm very curious to see where Luke Cage will go in a third season on Netflix, given where the character ended up at the end of season two.  It was an unexpected development and alters the relationship he has with every other character on the show.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Deadman and Sub-Mariner



It was a long time before I considered Namor to be a hero.  As a kid, whenever I saw him, he was at odds with the good guys.  He always seemed to be waging war on the surface world, trying to make moves on Sue Storm, joining forces with Doctor Doom and so on.  Even when he assisted the heroes, it seemed very reluctant with him complaining all the time.  Eventually, through other appearances over the years, I began to see him as more of an anti-hero - but I think he's still a jerk!  That's not a completely bad thing though, it makes him fun to read about.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

White Tiger and Mister Miracle



It would be cool to see at least one of the incarnations of The White Tiger to show up on the Netflix shows.  Daredevil is my first thought, given some of the story lines they have shared, but he (or she) would probably fir in well on any of the series.  It could be just the boost needed for the character to rekindle popularity in the comics.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Junkyard Gang



Sure, it's easy to become a superhero if you are a playboy millionaire - but I am more impressed with those who have chosen such a path without those kinds of vast resources.  I thought it might be fun to have a group that consisted of heroes that wage their war on injustice despite coming from the opposite side of the financial spectrum.  Don't expect a fancy headquarters - but do expect action!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Howard the Duck enters The House of Mystery



As I kid, I liked the fact that DC's horror titles would mix a little humor in with the scary goings-on. Giving Sergio Aragones a page or two to do his thing, or having Cain make darkly funny introductions to the stories and torment his brother Abel helped to offset some of the dark themes within.  It was a mix that worked for me and helped make the tales of murder and evil deeds more palatable.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Kingpin Vs. The Creeper



The Creeper is a character that I think would be a good candidate for an animated show on DC's streaming service.  Let's face it, his look would be very tough to pull off in live action, but I really liked his appearance on Batman: The Animated Series.  That show gave his origin a connection to The Joker, so maybe they could stick with that idea and have him appear on Harley Quinn to test the waters.  I think a tabloid TV show host by day / superhero by night could have a lot of potential for fun story lines.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Fantastic Four and The New Teen Titans



It looks like the Disney/Fox deal will be finalized by the end of the year, so Marvel can soon start making plans for all the characters they will now have the rights to use. The Fantastic Four is the property that I am most interested in.  Is it too much to hope for a post credits scene after Avengers 4 teasing their arrival?  I already have such a scene in my head - A news report about an experimental spacecraft, "The Fantastic" that crashed back to Earth with no sign of its four-member crew.  As shots of the wreckage appear, the reporter asks the camera, "What has become of The Fantastic Four?" Fade to black.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Marvel Boy and Robin



Marvel Boy, The Uranian, Quasar (at least the uniform) -  whatever name he is going by, I've thought this character was cool since I first saw him in the pages of Fantastic Four.  This is another cover based off of a suggestion my Mike Shirley, a Patron of this blog.  Mike pointed out the Grayson connection between these two boy heroes, and I was surprised that it had never dawned on me before.  Thanks, Mike!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Doctor Fate and Beta Ray Bill



The arrival of Walt Simonson on Thor was very exciting to read.  In those pre-internet days, the only hint of the big changes to come story-wise and artistically was a small half page promotional ad a month or so before the first issue with the new creative team hit the stands.  And what a way to hit - an amazingly powerful cover of an alien in a Thor-like outfit smashing the classic logo with a hammer of his own!  I knew instantly that the status quo was being shaken up and I had to find out more.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Avengers and Adam Strange (Vs. Thanos!)



Doing this cover brought back good memories of Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two In One Annual #2, featuring Earth's Mightiest Heroes battling Thanos alongside The Thing and Spider-Man.  This was back in the day when Annuals were a real treat and felt like the most important stories of the year.  Jim Starlin was of course the perfect artist to depict the epic star spanning tale.

Adam Strange previously met The Avengers in STF #943...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Black Knight in Camelot 3000



I remember when Camelot 3000 first came out, I didn't collect it because it seemed separate from DC's superhero stuff and I didn't think it would interest me.  Then I heard about delays on the later issues of the Maxi-Series that dampened the enthusiasm of a lot of fans.  Still, I liked Mike W. Barr's work on titles like Batman and the Outsiders, and Brian Bolland's art simply amazed me, so a few years later I collected the entire run - and I loved it!  The story was cool and it was so great to see Bolland doing interiors as well as covers.  I am a bit surprised that DC has never revisited any of the characters introduced within.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Captain Marvel and The Invaders in: "Pyramid Scheme!"



This was one of those covers that looks relatively simple but took a bit of tweaking to get just right.  Captain Marvel's position worked for what I was going for, but his right leg had cover elements on it that I had to "erase" and his left leg was missing entirely, requiring a "transplant" form the reversed right one.  The Human Torch's body needed to be flipped horizontally to work, which then required me to fix parts of the pyramids in the background.  With a new sky added in, I finally got the image looking the way I had it in my mind's eye.

Captain Marvel first met The Invaders in STF #1214...

Sunday, September 30, 2018

OMAC and The Falcon



OMAC is another character that I am hoping will make an appearance on DC's Legends of Tomorrow.  For a time travelling show, they haven't spent much time going to the future and I would like to see more of that.  Maybe they can bring the already established Jonah Hex with them so they can do a riff on his futuristic Hex series.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Scarlet Witch and Blue Beetle




Marvel has finally announced projects for the upcoming Disney Streaming Service,  with series starring Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.  I was surprised to hear the news, as these were not two characters that I expected to get the spotlight.  My preference would be to have The Vision join Scarlet Witch, but even if he somehow does get resurrected in the movies, the cost to create his visual might be too much for a TV budget.  It will be interesting to hear more about these shows as they are further developed.

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