Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cannonball and Bulletman




Details are emerging about the New Mutants film, with some casting choices already made.  It's described more as a horror movie than a traditional superhero flick, and there will be no costumes.  That's too bad, the black and yellow uniforms used in X-Men: First Class and Deadpool worked pretty well, and I was looking forward to seeing, Sam, Dani and the rest in their classic outfits.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Starfire and Lilandra




Lilandra had such an odd design - I never could quite figure out if that was her hair or a headdress - but for some reason I always thought she looked kind of cool.  I remember liking her relationship with Professor X, I wish that had gone on a little longer.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Deadshot Vs. Spider-Man




While Suicide Squad was a misfire of a film, I can't fault the actors.  Will Smith, Margot Robbie and the rest of the cast gave decent performances, but the script just wasn't there yet.  The use of pop music was very sloppy and haphazard as compared to Guardians of the Galaxy, which the film was clearly trying to emulate.  Still, I do believe that all the elements are there for a good SS film in the future, provided more care is taken with the story.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Eternity in the DC Universe




Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 brought us Ego, the Living Planet and The Watchers, and truly opened up the cosmic scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Could James Gunn go even bigger and give us a glimpse at Eternity when he finishes up his trilogy?  The Celestials cameo in the first movie was great and I'd love to see his take on the biggest Marvel character of all.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Adam Strange and Captain Marvel in "The Death of Adam Strange"




Death and rebirth in comics is such a merry-go-round these days, it's hard for any character's demise to have a real lasting impact anymore.  The Death of Captain Marvel was published in a very different time for comics, and the demise of Mar-Vell was a true shock and gut-punch for the reader.  The fact that he has been "allowed" to remain dead in this era speaks volumes about the impact of that beautifully illustrated and written graphic novel.

These two heroes first crossed paths in STF #1386...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Doctor Strange and Mandrake




Yes, a love interest has already been established for the cinematic Doctor Strange, but I still hope that there is a way for Clea to be introduced in the sequel.  The first film did such a great job of incorporating so much of Strange's world, and her absence was the only notable missing piece for me.  Even with Captain Marvel coming up, the studio could use more female heroes, so why not her?

Todays cover comes about from a suggestion by Ken Roskos, a Patron of this blog.  Thanks, Ken!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cloak Vs. Doctor Light



The upcoming Cloak and Dagger has released a trailer and I like what I see.  I always thought that they could make for a great TV show, and I hope the characters are done justice..  There wasn't a whole lot in the way of super powers or costumes featured, but I am sure that's something that will grow throughout the series.  I'll definitely be checking it out.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Human Torch and The Flash (Part Two)



Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that some evil just wont stay buried...

I am looking forward to this years' season finale of The Flash, even if I am pretty sure of how the cliffhanger from the penultimate episode will be resolved.  This show has done a lot involving evil speedsters and changing timelines thus far, so I hope they can explore some new territory next year. Is it too much to hope for Elongated Man to show up on one of the worlds Barry visits?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Human Torch and The Flash (Part One)



It looks like DC has heard the fans loud and clear, and that Jay Garrick and the rest of the original Justice Society are finally poised to make a return... or perhaps I should say Rebirth.  I applaud this move, their entire line is built upon heroic legacy, and the JSA'ers are the ones that started it all.  Let's hope they will be back in their own series before too long.

This is only this first part of a two-part thriller, so make sure you come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion!

Friday, May 19, 2017

All-Star Squadron in the Marvel Universe



All-Star Squadron #1 had one of my all-time favorite comic covers.  The image of Hawkman, Dr. Mid-Nite and The Atom selecting who would be members of the new team was used as an advertisement leading up to the series, and it fascinated me.  In those pre internet spoiler days, I really has no idea which of the featured heroes would make the cut.  I just had to get the issue as soon as it came out - and I wasn't disappointed!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Duck Avenger Vs. Captain Carrot



Captain Carrot was another character that I hoped would show up on Batman : The Brave and the Bold that we never got to see.  Batman visited some offbeat worlds on that show so why not Earth-C to encounter The Zoo Crew?  They never showed up on any of DC's animated shorts, either.  Maybe, like Young Justice, one of those cartoons will return one of these days and we will get another chance..

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Chewbacca and Groot



Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that Han & Rocket's partners have been having an adventure of their own...

Now that Han Solo is gone. I hope that Chewbacca will still be featured prominently in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and beyond.  With the passing of Carrie Fisher, we don't have much of the original cast left, and while I like all the new characters, I still get a thrill out of seeing the classic heroes in action.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Han Solo and Rocket Raccoon in: "Search for the Stolen Smugglers!"



Han and Rocket first crossed paths in STF #1488... and this adventure is not over yet - make sure you stop by tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was another fun night at the movies. My opinion may change after more viewings, but after seeing it once, I'd have to say that I would rank it below the first installment.  I thought some of the more juvenile humor fell a bit flat and would have like to have seen a few more locales visited.  The soundtrack was cool but the first grabbed me a little more (again, something that may change once I see the movie again, I'm sure I will own the Blu Ray).  Still, I loved the addition of Mantis and all of the great comic book visuals like Gamora holding a gigantic gun and Ego in planet form.  The (POST-CREDIT SPOILER HERE) tease of the original Guardians was great, I want a movie with just them now!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Kamandi and Ka-Zar



i was pleasantly surprised to see The Kamandi Challenge in DC's recent solicitations.  Not only am I glad to see The Last Boy on Earth getting some more exposure, it also is using the round-robin format of DC Challenge, a fondly remembered maxi-series.  Each issue is handled by a different creative team that has to solve a cliffhanger and leave a new one while keeping the story moving along.  Fun stuff!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sgt. Rock Vs. Cobra Commander



With the popularity of the G.I. Joe line, I wonder why DC never tried to get in on the action with Sgt. Rock and Easy Company or some of their other war heroes.  There were the Mego DC action figures and later on the Super-Powers toys - it would have been cool to see Frank Rock included.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Plastic Man and Spider-Man



I remember when I was a kid watching an early episode of Super Friends, and seeing Plastic Man show up at the end.  I was blown away - I loved when they had other heroes appear, and here was one that seemed like a real crossover.  DC may have had the rights to Plas at that time, but he wasn't regularly appearing alongside their heroes yet, let alone a Justice League member.  I watched Super Friends for years after that, and even though they repeated a lot of episodes, I never saw that one again.  I wound up buying a DVD collection decades later just to be able to watch it once more.

What is it with Aunt May, anyway?  She's already had eyes for Uncle Dudley and Alfred Pennyworth...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Blue Beetle and The Hulk



I am looking forward to seeing Hulk in full gladiator mode in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, and I am a little curious as to how he ends up on the battle planet.  We last see him flying away on an Avengers' Quinjet, but I don't imagine he made the whole trip in that,  Perhaps The Grandmaster abducted him for use in his arena?  Or maybe Dr. Strange's involvement will have something to do with it.

If you're wondering what happened to Booster, he knows to keep his distance after the last time he and Beetle ran into The Hulk...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Firestorm and Werewolf By Night (Part Two)



Continued from yesterday's cover, it looks like Ronnie Raymond has undergone yet another transformation.  I remember Firestorm's evolution into an elemental character in the late 80's, and it was such a left turn for the hero - both visually and personality-wise, that I found it to be off putting.  DC seemed to have a good thing going with the character and I wondered why they wanted to take a risk by changing him up so much.  Thankfully, the nuclear man returned to a more familiar status quo not too long after.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Firestorm and Werewolf by Night (Part One)



Of all the classic movie monsters, I always liked The Werewolf the best.  Looking back, I am sure that my love of comics influenced that feeling - the transition from man to werewolf and back provided the extra element of a secret identity to the horror character.

As indicated above, this is only the first part of this offbeat team-up - make sure you come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Snow White and the Seven Soldiers of Victory



I thought that this team-up suggestion by Bob Greenwade in the comments section of a recent cover was a little odd, but it kept rattling around in the back of my brain, so I decided to give it a shot.  I actually caught some of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on TV yesterday, and after all these years I still find it very watchable.  The artwork and animation holds up amazingly well, it's a testament to the talents of the Disney crew that worked on it so many decades ago.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fantastic Four Vs. The Crime Syndicate



Given his interest in alternate realities, this is a match-up that could easily be initiated by Mr. Fantastic. I can see Reed Richards being fascinated by the reverse nature of Earth Three and getting mixed up with this evil JLA doppleganger team.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Robo Force (Vs. Brainiac!)




I was glad to see R2D2 joining Rey in locating Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because it gives me hope that he will be featured more prominently in the next chapter of the series. I was an instant fan when I first saw him at the age of 8, and I still am to this day.  My sister-in law confessed to me that her first crush was on R2D2, we love to tease her about it.  

This is Robo Force's fourth appearance on the blog - 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...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Man-Thing enters The House of Mystery



I was looking over some previews of the newest Man-Thing series and was surprised to see him speaking.  I'm not sure how I feel about that change.  Yes, it probably makes the character a lot easier to write for, but I worry that it will make him seem even closer to Swamp Thing.  I used to like that Man-Thing was mute, it made him seem scarier and more like a force of nature.  Still, I can't judge from a couple of pages, maybe the new take works well.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Amanda Waller in The Marvel Universe



I was looking forward to seeing Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad, but like Superman, DC seems to have gone darker than I preferred with the cinematic version of one of their print heroes.  I know that Waller is tough as nails and will go to extremes to further her goals, but even so, I thought it was a step top far to see her kill a group of her own men just to keep secrets.  That just made her look like a cold blooded killer, which I never felt she was in the comics.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cyclops and Buffy the Vampire Slayer



I liked that the X-Men finally embraced more comic-centric costumes at the end of X-Men: Apocalype, and look forward to their next outing where they will have them for the full movie. I'd like to see Cyclops or Storm take more of a leadership role, as in the comics - Mystique giving the orders to the X-Men doesn't really work for me.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Daredevil and Batman in: "Gotham's Most Wanted!"



Batman and Daredevil have a bit of history on the blog - they shared Golden Age adventures together in STF #1584 as well as on an early B&B Cover... and their first meeting was in even earlier MS Paint B&B meeting... More recently, they were ambushed by the Owls in STF #1114...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Anti-Monitor Vs. Galactus



I recently re-watched the Green Lantern animated series, and I really liked the use of The Anti-Monitor there.  It made me think about how cool it would be to see him show up in a future DC movie, it could make up for the disappointment of Galactus as a cloud in the second FF film.  On TV, The Flash and the other CW shows seem to eventually be heading towards a Crisis storyline, so maybe he could be used there too, if the budget allows.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ant-Man, The Wasp and The Atom



Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that reinforcements had to be called in to deal with this time-twisting duo...

Ant-Man was much better than I thought it would be, given all the behind the scenes changes during the production of the film.  Since they stuck the landing and are on sure footing now, I am eagerly awaiting the follow-up, Ant-Man and The Wasp.  It will be cool to see Scott and Hope in action together (and hopefully some more flashbacks of Hank and Janet as well).

The Atom and The Wasp have shared some previous adventures on the blog - They first crossed paths in STF #216... they fought back an Inch High Insurgency in STF #768... they faced off against The Cannoneer in STF #1646... and are both members of Microforce...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ant-Man and The Atom in " The Pym-Palmer Protocol!"



The Atom and Ant-Man had to deal with Kang and Chronos once before, in one of the back up stories featured in the epic STF #1000 (Which inspired this 2-parter)... They also found themselves in a sticky situation in STF #65...  and were at odds while Pym was in his Yellowjacket Persona in STF #29...

As I mentioned, this is only Part One of a Two-Part Thriller, so be sure to come back tomorrow for the stirring conclusion!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Superman and Medusa



Some behind the scenes footage of the filming of the upcoming Inhumans TV series has leaked, and I am encouraged by what I have seen.  The characters, though seen from a distance, all seem to look like their comic book counterparts so far.  Lockjaw looks to be added in later as a CGI creation.  I hope that they can bring viewers all of The Inhumans' cool powers and abilities to life with a limited TV budget.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Captain Marvel Jr. and Elvis



We all know that Elvis looks great in his white Captain Marvel suit, so he'd have made a great Lieutenant!  This cover comes about from another suggestion by Michael Eury, editor of the always awesome Back Issue Magazine.  Michael just released a new book, Hero-A-Go-Go, celebrating the camp age of comics, I highly recommend checking it out.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dick Tracy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy



After Sergio Aragones' cartoons, Antonio Prohias Spy Vs. Spy pages were my favorite feature in Mad Magazine.  I loved the Rube Goldberg-esque deathtraps that they would set for one another and the fact that neither Spy ever maintained the upper hand for long.  I remember they had a bunch of animated Spy Vs. Spy segments on the first few years of Mad TV, those were pretty cool.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Power Man & Iron Fist and Wildcat



Iron Fist was enjoyable, but for me the weakest of the Netflix Marvel shows so far.  There didn't seem enough story to fill all the episodes and I missed the costume and seeing any time spent in K'un L'un.  Hopefully we will see both buy the end of The Defenders, which I am still eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Captain America and Wonder Woman in " Punishment Before Proposal!"



I am glad that like Captain America's film debut, Wonder Woman's first solo outing will be a period piece.  It adds to the mythic feel of the characters while also paying homage to their comic book history.  Plus, anything to help set a film apart from the many other comic book blockbusters out there is a good thing.

This marks  my 15th entry into the romance of WW/Cap...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Thunderbolts and Godzilla



The main reason I would like to see The Masters of Evil face off against The Avengers in a future movie is so that the seeds can be set for a Thunderbolts film.  I loved the series featuring villains disguised as heroes and how that charade changes each of them.  It has all the elements for a very compelling and different type of comic book flick.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Metal Men Vs. Ultron



This would be a fun battle, not only visually but also seeing how the different personalities of The Metal Men clash against the cold determination of Ultron.  I can imagine him not having much patience with the fact that Doc magnus' creations long to be accepted by humanity rather than join him in trying to conquer it.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Swamp Thing and The Legion of Monsters



I really hope that the Justice League Dark movie can finally do Swamp Thing justice.  His live action movies in the 80's were B-movie cheese fests and the low budget TV series that followed was even worse.  He hasn't fared that well in animation, either.  His self titled cartoon was very forgettable and while I was glad to see him included in the new Justice League Action, his personality seems way off there.  I want to finally see a serious take on Swamp Thing, reflecting the amazing comic book tales that he has appeared in.

Swamp Thing met Werewolf By Night back in STF #1463...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spider-Man and Hourman in: "Detour Into Detonation!"



The full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has been released, and frankly, if you haven't seen it, don't watch it.  It seemed like one of those trailers that give away far too much of the plot.  It did look cool, and the inclusion of Iron Man will keep it fresh after five previous Spidey flicks (sort of a live-action issue of Marvel Team-Up).  I like the take on The Vulture as a scavenger of tech from leftover super-battles.  I'll definitely check this out in the theater and hope there are still a few surprises left.

These two first crossed paths back in STF #578,,,

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Indiana Jones and Thor



I was pleasantly surprised by the teaser Trailer to Thor: Ragnarok.  I thought that Hela and The Executioner looked great, as did The Hulk in full battle gear.  Even Valkyrie, who I was unsure about, looked great in a fleeting shot with her blue cape and winged horse.  Plus, they finally get Thor in a helmet!  The film looks like a big piece of comic book fun and my interest has certainly grown, so the teaser did its job.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The X-Files investigate The Spectre



In this age of Netflix and other streaming services, binge watching a TV series is commonplace.  I think The X-Files was the first show that I binge watched, and I did it the hard way.  I had missed the first few seasons, so to catch up, I would rent the earlier episodes from my video store and try to watch them in order.  The show may have outstayed its welcome a bit, but those first few years were a lot of fun.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Batman and The Invisible Girl (Vs. Hugo Strange & Dr. Doom)



I've been hoping that Hugo Strange would bet a chance at being that main villain in a Batman movie.  I have enjoyed B.D. Wong's performance in the role on Gotham, and that just makes me want to see the character make the leap to the big screen even more.  Besides being a great psychological antagonist to the Dark Knight, his Monster Men experiments could be a way to bring Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat into the mix as well.

Batman and Invisible Girl first met back in my MS Paint B&B days...

Monday, April 17, 2017

Conan and Warlord



I used to see Warlord as a hodgepodge of other characters.  He seemed to have Conan's outfit,  Green Arrow's beard, Thor's helmet, Jon Carter's weapons, Kazar's creatures from the Savage Land... but somehow it all worked.  I wish I had seen him cross paths with other DC heroes a little more often.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Robin and Jubilee



I expected Jubilee to become a bigger character after how prominently she was featured on the animated X-Men series in the 90's.  I kind of lost track of her in the comics after she became a vampire for some reason or another.  In the movies she has been used for little more than background scenery.  Maybe in the a future film or one of the spin-offs like New Mutants she will finally get her chance to shine.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Brother Voodoo and Deadman



I love that we live in a time where going to the movies and seeing characters like Brother Voodoo or Deadman on the big screen is a real possibility.  Justice League Dark is being prepped and promises to bring Boston Brand to life (well, afterlife).  Jericho Drumm's brother was featured in Doctor Strange, setting up a Brother Voodoo appearance in a sequel hopefully.  It really does feel like the sky is the limit as far as which comic character will make the cinematic leap next.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sgt. Rock and War Machine in "Upgrading Easy Company!"



The second season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow has completed, and still no sign of Sgt. Rock.  I hope that in the third season they get around to doing a WWII adventure.  DC has so many great characters in that era, and I'd love to see the likes of Rock, The Losers, Enemy Ace, Gravedigger, or the Haunted Tank make their live action debuts.

These two first crossed paths in STF #1613...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Aquaman and Mermaidman & Barnacleboy



I am being open minded about Aquaman in the upcoming Justice League movie.  I was once pretty rigid about how I wanted the character to be represented, and did not like the "hook and beard" phase.  But then the Justice League cartoon did a lot of cool stuff with that version.  When I first saw the Aquaman that was on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I was initially put off - but was soon won over.  So, while Jason Mamoa doesn't seem like my Aquaman, I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

This cover was inspired by a suggestion from Mike Shirley, a Patron of this blog.  Thanks a lot, Mike!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kang Vs. The Seven Soldiers of Victory!



It''s bad enough that Marvel doesn't have right to make movies with the Fantastic Four, what compounds the issue is all of the other characters that are also off limits as part of the deal.  I'd love to see Namor, or The Skruls or especially Kang to show up in an Avengers or Captain America flick, but unfortunately until Marvel gets all of its characters back, it's not going to happen.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Superman and Spider-Man (The Movie!)



Needless to say, the first official Superman/Spider-Man crossover had a huge impact on me, beginning a love for impossible team-ups that eventually led to this very blog.  The only thing that could have made it cooler to me is if there had been a live-action film adaptation!

These two have had two previous STF adventures... once when they were undergoing an identity crisis... and once when they decided to have a car fight.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Robocop on The Planet of the Apes



I am looking forward to War for the Planet of the Apes, as I have really been enjoying the new Apes franchise so far.  Matt Reeves did a nice job expanding the world of the film in the last outing and I expect him to do so again, given the all-out war theme.  I like his visual style and action sequences, so I am very interested in what he is going to do with The Batman once that film finally gets underway.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hawkman & Hawkgirl and Doctor Strange



It was interesting to see that one of the other dimensions that Dr. Strange briefly traveled through in his movie was the microverse first introduced in Ant-Man,  I wonder if he will be of use since he can get there should Hank Pym go looking for his missing wife in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp. That seems like reason enough for a Dr. Strange cameo, if you ask me!

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