Friday, September 30, 2022

Tintin, Snoopy and Underdog

 

What's better than dogs?  Dogs in space! I can't imagine what sort of mission would call for the aid of these three pooches, but it might be fun to watch it play out. 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Cloak and Dagger and Sandman

 

In Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, it was explained that dreams were a peek into variant versions of yourself.   Since we are still in what Marvel is calling The Multiverse Saga, that certainly opens up the possibility of Nightmare finally making his MCU debut.  Perhaps in a third installment of Doctor Strange, or maybe as the villain in a Midnight Sons type of movie featuring Blade, Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, Elsa Bloodstone and so on. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Hawkman and Union Jack

 

It's interesting how tastes in art change over the years,  As a kid, I remember being very put off by the work of Frank Robbins when I first saw it on a Batman story.  As I grew older and began to expand my horizons beyond the traditional DC and Marvel house styles, I started to understand the appeal of his dynamic style with exaggerated physicality and thick heavy lines. His comic strip work really won me over.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Wolverine Vs. Man-Bat

 

Do you prefer Man-Bat as a full on villain, conflicted bad guy, or as a straight up ally to Batman and others?  I like him as basically good, but misunderstood and struggling to maintain the balance between his human and savage side.  For that reason, I can see him being somewhat of a Kindred Spirit to someone like Logan.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Batman and Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse

 

I thought I would Pair Batman up with another Bob Kane creation, Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse.  While Kane was famously assisted by the too long uncredited Bill Finger, this cartoon spoof of the Dynamic Duo was all his concept. Hmm - now that I think about it, Courageous Cat's costume looks a lot like the original costume Kane had planned for Batman, before Finger redesigned it to come up with the classic outfit!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Plastic Man and Doctor Who

 

It might be a while before we see Plastic Man in the big screen, but he might be a good candidate for an animated series or at least one of those DC Showcase shorts.  I enjoyed his appearances on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and even remembering liking his original cartoon from when I was a kid, as cheesy as it may have been.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Ragman and The Hulk in: "The Rage Within!"

 


We saw The Hulk head back to Sakaar after his appearance in She-Hulk on Disney+, which raises the question of just what his next storyline in the MCU will be.  Will he have a son waiting for him there? Will he become a Planet Hulk type ruler?  Mr. Fixit? Whatever his next move is, I hope it involves the return of his classic savage personality. 

Ragman first crossed Paths with The Hulk in STF #1259...

Friday, September 23, 2022

The Avengers Vs. The Crime Syndicate in: "Assembled... and Assaulted!"

 

This is the third meeting between these two teams, and this time around, I figured that I would opt for a Silver Age era match up.  They've previously had a Bronze Age style clash in STF #738, and entered into a Modern Age uneasy alliance in STF #3744...

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Wonder Girl and Marvel Boy

 

Once I started this cover, I began to wonder what took me so long. Not only do their names seem to go together, their costumes do as well - it seems like a natural combination.

I'm always happy to use artwork by Irv Novick, an underrated talent that illustrated many of my favorite Silver and Bronze age tales.  I was lucky enough to pick up an original pages by him several years ago, one with inks by Dick Giordano:


...and one with inks by Murphy Anderson: 



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Swamp Thing and Storm

 

This is not a team-up that I would instantly think of, but when I decided on the hook, the story potential really appealed to me.  It would be interesting to see Ororo enter this new stage in her evolution.

I was happy to use the artwork of the amazing Steve Bissette here.  I was lucky enough to pick up a sketch by him many years ago:

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Terminator goes Back to the Future

 

With all the timeline jumping that each of these franchises has done, I figure it's only a matter of time before they bump into each other.  I get a kick out of the idea of Doc Brown and Marty doing their best to avoid having Judgment Day becoming a reality.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Luke Skywalker and Buck Rogers

 

The Disney+ Star Wars related shows my not be perfect, but I find them enjoyable to watch for the most part.  One thing that I am grateful for is that we finally get some respect for Luke Skywalker.  I hated what was done with the character in the final trilogy, and his appearances in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett have presented him in a much better light.  

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Spider-Man and the New Teen Titans in: "Carnival Contraband!"

 

When a new team of heroes are introduced, it's always hoped that oat least one new member would become a breakout star.  New Teen Titans introduced us to Cyborg, Raven and Starfire as well as revamping the near-forgotten Beast Boy into Changeling.  All of these new heroes were a hit with fans, not a dud among them.  It really says something about the creativity and talent of Marv Wolfman and George Perez that they were able to create so many lasting characters at one time. 

Spidey previously met The New Teen Titans in STF #767 and the original Teen Titans in STF #619...

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Quasar Vs. Sinestro

 

I'm guessing it will be a while before Quasar shows up in the MCU.  He's a c-lister but I always liked him.  I guess if the Guardians of the Galaxy return for a fourth film with a revamped roster, he could fit in there. 

Friday, September 16, 2022

Deathstroke and Black Widow

 

The line up for the Thunderbolts movie has been announced, and with a line up that includes Yelena Belova, Red Guardian, Taskmaster, The Contessa, Winter Soldier, USAgent and Ghost, it feels like it will pretty much be a sequel to Black Widow, with a few other characters thrown in.  I would have preferred Marvel started with the Citizen-V led team of masquerading villains from the comics, but it will be interesting to see what is done with this group.

I am always happy to use artwork by the incredible Mike Mckone.  I was fortunate enough to pick up an original page by him several years back:



Thursday, September 15, 2022

Machine Man and The Creeper in: The Mechanics of Madness"

 

Fort this Steve Ditko-illustrated compo, I thought I would go for a truly oddball pairing.  These two could not be more different in terms of appearance, attitude and abilities - but that's just what would make it an interesting team up to me.

These two heroes previously met in STF #3526...

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

STF: The Lost Issues in The Team Up Companion!

 


What a thrill to see my blog get a "Team-Up Time-Out" in the latest book from the always awesome TwoMorrows Publishing - the Team Up Companion!  Here's their description: 

NOW IN FULL COLOR! The Team-Up Companion examines team-up comic books of the Silver and Bronze Ages of Comics—DC’s The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents, Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One, plus other team-up titles, treasuries, and treats—in a lushly illustrated selection of informative essays, special features, and trivia-loaded issue-by-issue indexes. Go behind the scenes of your favorite team-up comic books with specially curated and all-new creator recollections from Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Mike W. Barr, Eliot R. Brown, Nick Cardy, Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, Steven Grant, Bob Haney, Tony Isabella, Paul Kupperberg, Paul Levitz, Ralph Macchio, Dennis O’Neil, Martin Pasko, Joe Rubinstein, Roy Thomas, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and many other all-star writers and artists who produced the team-up tales that so captivated readers during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s. By Back Issue and RetroFan editor Michael Eury!

I highly recommend this for fans of comic book team ups - and if you visit this blog regularly, that's you!  You can order the book from TwoMorrows right here!

A huge thank you to Editor Michael Eury for such an honor!

Superduperman Vs. Megaton Man

 

Superhero parodies have been around almost as long as superheroes themselves, and this first one I ever remember reading was Superduperman in a Mad Magazine reprint.  I remember finding it hilarious and being impressed by the art - which was no wonder since it was illustrated by Wally Wood, a master of traditional comics.  I was glad when I discovered the existence of Not Brand Echh! a few years later, a series that parodied Marvel heroes in a similar manner.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Venom becomes Dr. Fate

 

Doctor Fate has one of the most classic helmets in comics, and to me it's perfect. Of course, Hollywood decided they had to put their stamp upon it.  I don't know who approved the asymmetrical, eyehole-free, dented up design of Fate's helmet for the Black Adam movie, but I think it's a visual misfire in an attempt to make it look cooler.  Combine that with The Rock making zero effort to duplicate the iconic hairstyle and pointed ears of the titular character and I see a movie that doesn't seem to care much for fidelity to the source material. I hope to be pleasantly surprised, but the trailers have made me less interested in the movie rather than more.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Wolverine and Black Lightning in: "Barfight!"

 

Alas, no Wolverine or X-Men announcements at D23 this week.  I've heard repeated rumors that Marvel is looking at Taron Edgerton for the role.  I wasn't sure about that until I saw some recent pictures of him, where has clearly put on weight and is currently very physically fit.  I don't know if that's for another role or if he's prepping to play Logan, but he's definitely starting to look the part.

Wolverine and Black Lightning previously battle Sentinels in STF #3412...

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