Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Roustabouts



For this team, I thought it would be cool to group together heroes with a background in the circus or travelling shows. Yes, I know these guys were all performers and not roustabouts, but I liked the sound of the name so I went with it.  By now I know the drill when I post a new team cover - "Nice, but you should have included captain such and such", and this time, I did it to myself!  as soon as I was done, I realized that Deadman really should have been on the roster.  If I ever revisit this team, I will have to rectify that!

22 comments:

AirDave said...

Oh, he's there, I'm sure. But you know Deadman, even when he's there, he's not really there.
I'm sure Deadman would be making a cameo appearance...?
Maybe the Roustabouts would be investigating Boston's murder?
Or maybe the mystery of the disappearing audiences. Ringling Bros. is set to close sometime here in the next month or two isn't it?

Rob aka Mediancat said...

There's also a hero actually called "The Roustabout" in Astro City, though I doubt Brent Anderson's art would have fit the style on the cover.

Mickey said...

Again, here is an example of why the powers that be at DC and Marvel should look at your ideas and actually, every once in awhile, consider publishing the story. While I like all the ideas that I have seen, I think this one is among the tops.

I cannot get around in my mind seeing the Ringmaster involved here. I cannot think of what others. I had forgotten about the Circus of Crime until this post, but I looked back at them and saw them to be somewhat lame. I like AirDave's idea of them investigating Boston Brand's murder. Maybe the Ringmaster (and whatever other villains one could think of) would be behind it.

Simreeve said...

AirDave said...
"Oh, he's there, I'm sure. But you know Deadman, even when he's there, he's not really there."

That's what I was going to say.
Who are this team's opponents? My vote would be for Marvel's 'Circus of Crime'...

John Q said...

I would so buy this book!

Glenn Host said...

Yes I agree about Marvel & DC looking at what you do. Maybe they can form a company which can do team ups making the process easier. Worked for a company like that - it was formed from two companies for specific government proposal.

Cary Comic said...

Oh, don't be so hard on yourself! I'm sure he was occupying either Kurt, Clint, or Dick. GR's body was already spoken for. And, his spirit form was canonically incompatible with Kryptonian physiology in the Silver Age. So, that probably holds equally true with the humanoids of Apokolips and New Genesis!

Alaric Shapli said...

Absolutely wonderful. I can even see them working well together.

Paul Green said...

Dick seems to have the "aura" showing Deadman's presence. Showing the Circus of Crime may make the cover crowded. I'm surprised you could only find DC and Marvel characters, there are probably other companies with characters that would fit!
The cover looks like many of the full-page mini-posters in the comics in the 60s where the characters are together ready for action. Good job of selecting characters and poses, they do look like a team.

Bob Greenwade said...

As others have said, Deadman may well be there, occupying one of his fellows; all you really needed was to add his name!

That leads me to an idea that could be done some April 1st (or close to it): A team of invisible characters, such as Sue Storm and some version of the LSH's Invisible Kid. Just show a plain white cover!

Isaac said...

@Bob Greenwade - And you can cheekily call the "The Invisibles". Grant Morrison approving of course. ;-)

Anonymous said...

One cover I would Like to see.
Ghost Rider - 1942
Ghost Rider 1947 (?) (Rex Fury) ME Publications
Ghost Rider 1960s (Carter Slade or his brother Lincoln) Marvel
Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) Marvel
Ghost Rider (Current) Marvel
This would be wierd. From Rex Fury to the Slade brothers would all look the same.

Rolland Therrien said...

Their Battlecry: "Hey Rube!"

Anonymous said...

Anonymous#1, you could put them in the JLA satellite: Ghost Riders in the Sky. Yippee-i-oh!

Marc S! Haines said...

Look at the logo glow!! THERE'S Deadman!!!!!

Ross said...

Haha, Marc - that's the best explanation yet!

Jon K said...

Siegel & Shuster's Funnyman would fit here... as for this teams opponents, yes, The Circus of Crime, but with The Rungmasters hat in the hands of the Joker!

Anonymous said...

Dear Ross: how about a team-up between Spidey and the Crossver Family? The latter were a half-serious spoof* created by Robert Rodi, Ernie Colon, and somebody mono-named Mauricet for CrossGen Comics.


*Of Superman, BTVS, Xena, and "X-Files" type books.

harry bean said...

the monkeymen meet the beatles of course the monkees as heroes always looks cool on a cover

Dr. OTR said...

I think they would join forces to face off against the Ghost Clown from Scooby Doo (http://scoobydoo.wikia.com/wiki/Ghost_Clown).

Isaac said...

@ Dr. OTR- Or the Insane Clown Posse!

Anonymous said...

Or Hanna-Barbera's Impossible Posse!*

*Hong Kong Phooey spin-off that was like Lone Ranger meets the Dirty Dozen-cum-Three Stooges.

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