Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sub-Mariner Vs. Popeye


I'm wondering where The Sub-Mariner will first show up now that Marvel has the rights to use him in the movies.  Aquaman will beat him to the punch ans far as a solo underwater hero film is concerned so maybe they will go in another direction and he will show up alongside the Fantastic Four.  The whole Reed/Sue/Namor love triangle angle would be perfect for some onscreen drama to add to the action scenes.  Of course that means the need to introduce the FF first!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Captain Marvel and Adam Strange in: "Subterranean Strike Force!"



I have featured these two space-faring heroes together before - Mar-Vell mourned Adam's "death" in STF #1867, and they first crossed paths in STF #1386... It was correctly pointed out to me that it would be cool to see them side by side with Mar-Vell's original costume.  I have to say, I think that Adam Strange's helmet fin looks like it would be the more aerodynamic one!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Firestorm and Black Goliath


I read with interest that Laurence Fishburne is going to portray Bill Foster in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp.  Will he be there in a professional capacity only, or is there a chance that we will see his super-heroic side?  Fishburn may be a bit too old an out of shape these days, but Marvel has demonstrated their ability to de-age actors for flashback sequences, so maybe they will surprise us.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Thor Vs. The Composite Superman



Thor: Ragnarok to me felt more like a Guardians of the Galaxy movie than a Thor film, with the emphasis on comedy, colorful visual palette, wacky alien races and classic rock & roll kicking in during the action scenes.  It was very enjoyable and well made, but you could definitely feel the influence of James Gunn's movies.  The only times where I was really bothered was  when the film did not allow some of the heavier moments to sink in before moving on to another joke.  Thor lost friends, family, Mjolnir, body parts and his home - but seemed to keep yukking it up the whole way through.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Batman meets Han Solo & Chewbacca



Star Wars: The Last Jedi seemed to divide fans and critics, and I would have to say that my opinion falls somewhere in the middle.  My main issue was that the film felt bloated with some unnecessary elements.  The whole Finn/Rose/DJ subplot at the Casino did not work for me and I feel could easily have been jettisoned.  I think that the actions of Laura Dern's Holdo character should have been given to Admiral Ackbar, he deserved much better than what he got.  While I wish Luke was more proactive, old Jedis becoming hermit loners is in keeping for the series so far.  I did like the performances and action sequences (and yes, the Porgs) quite a bit, and I liked Leia's force moment more than most seem to.  Hopefully in the next installment the last remaining heroes from the original trilogy - Chewie and the Droids - get a lot more to do.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Doctor Fate Vs. Loki


Many are speculating which characters are going to make it out of Avengers: Infinity War alive, given that a lot of contracts will be up and that this marks the end of Marvel's "Phase Two" plans. I'm thinking at least that this will be the swam song for Tom Hiddleston's Loki.  He has appeared more than any other villain in the movie series.  Plus the teaser trailer hints at him bringing one of the Infinity Gems to Thanos, which I can imagine leads to a confrontation that won't end well for him.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Justice League Vs. Squadron Supreme (Plus 4 More tales!)



What the...?  Didn't I just post STF #2000 the other day?  Time is certainly flying by! It seems like not that long ago that I was sitting on my bedroom floor reading 100-Page Giants and feeling like I had a whole lifetime ahead of me.  Today is my 49th birthday, and I am definitely aware of my age and mortality - but I'm still glad I have this blog and a love for comics and superheroes to help keep me feeling young!

This is the fourth meeting between The League and The Squadron.  The were last seen together in a two-parter that began in STF #1425 and concluded in STF #1426....  and they first met way back in STF #205...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Space:1999 and Spider-Man 2099


Iwas happy to see some Gray Morrow covers when looking for Space: 1999 images.  I have always loved his realistic depictions, almost painterly with his pencils and inks - there's no other artist with a style quite like his.  I especially enjoy his depictions of women - He did a Zatanna Special and Lois Lane 2-issue mini-series a few decades back that I still remember fondly, those characters have rarely looked better.

Coming tomorrow is STF #2100, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Hulk Vs. The Marvel Family


I wasn't sure about the casting of Zachary Levy as Captain Marvel for the upcoming Shazam! film, but I am really on board now.  He definitely has the looks facially, and recent pictures that I have seen have shown that he is indeed bulking up for the role.  Christopher Reeve went through a similar transformation in preparing for the first Superman movie, and that turned out OK.  Acting-wise, I think Levy has the chops to portray a kid in an adult's body with the wisdom of Solomon.  I have seen Asher Angel act before, and he will make a fine Billy Batson (although maybe a year or two too old if they want to do a bunch of sequels - but first things first).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

White Tiger and Bronze Tiger


These are two characters that deserve wider recognition, and I'd love to see them branch out into live action.  Bronze Tiger did show up on a couple of episodes of Arrow a few years back, but I'd really like to see the character added to the roster of the Suicide Squad sequel (if that film still ends up getting made).  White Tiger would be prefect to show up as a supporting character on any of the Netflix Marvel shows.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

Black Racer Vs. Quicksilver


Well before characters like Guy Gardner pr USAgent hit the scene, Pietro Maximoff was the first hero I can remember thinking of as kind of a jerk.  Sure, there was Namor, but in those days I considered him as much of a villain as a hero. Quicksilver was always clearly on the side of good, fighting alongside The Avengers, Inhumans and X-Men - but there was no getting around his abrasive personality.  It was cool to see that not all superheroes had the same cookie cutter type of good guy personality, and it helped with the the group dynamics of the teams he operated with.  I did like the explanation later on that he could never fully shut off his speedy perception, so the world always seems in slow motion for him, leading to a state of irritation.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Zorro and Ghost Rider


If you are going to have a color-coded costume be effective in the old West, you really need to complete the look by getting a horse to match.  Sure, it may be tough to find all the right accessories, but once you have everything together, the bad guys will think twice before taking on such a stylish opponent.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Galactus joins The Secret Society of Super-Villains




While Justice League missed the mark for me, I did like the tease at the end that an Injustice League/Secret Society of Super-Villains type of team will be formed to take them on in the future.  It would be a nice change from the "powerful would be ruler and his army of cannon fodder troops" plot that we have seen a few times now.  If only they weren't being led by Jesse Eisenberg's Luthor... if they're going to recast Batman, can't they recast him as well?

Friday, January 5, 2018

Aquaman & Mera and Marrina



I have been catching up on some comics I have missed in digital form, and I am currently reading Geoff Johns' New 52 Aquaman run.  I really like what I have seen so far.  Johns tackles a lot of the misconceptions about the character head on, in a fun and exciting way.  Aquaman's classic costume has rarely looked better than it does here, with Ivan Reis' amazing depiction. Mera get to really show off her abilities as well, it's a truly fun read.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Spider-Woman and Wonder Girl in "Twin Targets!"



DC Comics had been doing legacy and spin-off heroes for years, but it was still a relatively new thing for Marvel when characters like She-Hulk and Spider-Woman hit the stands.  I think Marvel was wise to have the still be quite distinct from the heroes that inspired them, and not just in gender.  Jennifer Walters retained her normal intelligence as She-Hulk and enjoyed the transformation, which was very different from Bruce Banner.  Spider-Woman had very little to do with Spider-Man at all, indeed they only crossed paths a few times.  She carved out her own path without having to become just an offshoot of an existing hero.

Spider-Woman and Wonder Girl first discovered their familial relationship back in STF #831...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Doom Patrol and Vision & The Scarlet Witch



I liked the late 80's revival of Doom Patrol, especially the first few issues illustrated by Steve Lightle.  The title, like the team it featured, was very unstable.  After Lightle's too early departure, a replacement artist was found in Erik Larsen, who's style was markedly different from what had gone before.  Just  as readers were getting used to the new direction, the book took another big turn when writer Grant Morrison came on board and introduced a host of offbeat characters and concepts.  Eventually, it became part of the Vertigo Imprint, and it finally got a bit too weird for my taste and lost me.  The Doom Patrol never stay down for long, though.  They've been revived multiple times since then and I imagine they will be again.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Robo Force Vs. Magnus: Robot Fighter


It was only a matter of time before Super-Team Family's premiere team met the one man who would like to disassemble them all.  Let's hope that Magnus realizes that not all robots are bad robots!

This is Robo Force's fifth appearance on the blog - they faced off against Brainiac in STF #1850... they almost lost one of their own in STF #1450... they Battled Ultron in STF #202 and first became a team back in STF #150...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Nightwing Vs. Taskmaster

Taskmaster is a character that I would love to see show up in a Marvel movie.  His ability to mimic the skills that he sees makes him a viable opponent for many different heroes, so there's plenty of opportunity to use him.  The only tricky part is the costume.  I don't like it when the movie versions veer too far away from the suits we see on the comics page, but I have to admit his looks like it might be pretty tough to translate to live action. 

If you are wondering when Taskmaster learned to fight like Batman, it happened way back in my B&B Lost Issue days, an early MS Paint effort from 2010...

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Jack of Hearts Vs. The Royal Flush Gang


I have always really liked The Royal Flush Gang.  I find it cool that the team has gone through so many incarnations, from the old West to present day, often with mysterious leaders/benefactors pulling the strings.  Plus, the family aspect to the group adds a different dynamic than most villainous gatherings.  The DC animated shows did some really interesting things with them as well.

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