Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Justice Society of America and Thor



Some have expressed disappointment that DC's trinity will not be a part of the JSA when it returns DC continuity, as it will be the post-Crisis version that existed on the same Earth as the JLA, just in an earlier decade.  Batman and Superman weren't heavily involved in the original All-Star Comics series, so I can live with that, even though I like them on the team.  Wonder Woman on the other hand was in a lot of adventures so I hope they find a way to include her.  John Byrne's solution of having Hyppolita as the WW of the JSA worked for me, so I hope that will be the case again. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Hulk and Shazam! (The TV Movie Adaptation!)



This is a TV crossover that would have knocked my socks off when I was a kid.  Despite the limited production values of each show, I took the adventures of these characters very seriously.  It sounds like a sequel to Shazam! will start shooting soon, despite the first film only being a modest hit.  That's a good thing, because I am eager to see where the story goes, especially with the alliance that was set up in the post-credits scene.

These two share a more traditional comic adventure in STF #2098...

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sgt. Fury and Blackhawk



Blackhawk is another one of those DCEU projects that was announced, and seemingly forgotten.  None other than legendary director Stephen Spielberg was named as director, which got me very interested... and then nothing.  I haven't heard a peep about this movie since that initial announcement, I hope that it is still on.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Cyborg and The Vision



I'm wondering how it is that Paul Bettany will be returning as The Vision in the upcoming Disney+ series Wanda/Vision. Will he be rebuilt in Wakanda, magically restored by The Scarlet Witch, or only appear in flashback scenes?  Whatever the reason, it will be good to see him back in action, as his heroic career was cut way too short in the MCU.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Doc Savage and Buffy Vs. Aliens




I thought I would go for a three-way crossover this time, with action stars from different decades.  An alien queen is nothing to trifle with, but I think that the combined skills of the Man of Bronze and Vampire Slayer could put up a decent fight.  It would be cool to see at least, either in print or live action.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Huntress and Hawkeye in: "Night of the Dragon!"



This is the fifth appearance on the blog featuring these heroic siblings.

They first appeared together in STF #505...

Next, they had a twisted family reunion in STF #1387... 

which continued into the next issue, STF #1388...

Then they visited their parents in STF #1877...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Martian Manhunter and The Inhumans



With Spider-Man: Far From Home introducing the concept of the multiverse to the MCU, they now have a loophole for any do-overs they may want to do.  I can see them eventually explaining that the Marvel TV Shows on ABC and Netflix featured adventures from a different version of Earth than we have seen in the movies.  That leaves them clear to have a second chance on presenting characters like The Inhumans or Deathlok should they ever want to bring them to the big screen.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Insect Queen and Deadpool



It's rumored that Marvel will wait a while before introducing the X-Men to the MCU, probably at least five years.  Where does that put Deadpool, though?  They seem to have an interest in continuing with Ryan Reynolds in the role, but can you bring the character into the fold before introducing mutants in general?  Will they give him a nice long rest as well?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Dial "H" For Hero Vs. Taskmaster



The Taskmaster is a character that I would love to see show up in the MCU at some point.  His costume, which looks cool in the comics, might per pretty hard to pull off in live action, though.  Dian "H" For Hero, has always been a fun concept, might be a good candidate for a TV series, no matter which wielder of the H Dial is used.  There's a lot of storytelling potential there.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Green Lantern and The Avengers in: "Grundy's Guardian!"



Writer Scott Snyder is bringing Alan Scott and the rest of the original members of the Justice Society back to mainstream DC continuity in the upcoming Justice League: Doom War arc.  It looks as though they will be a version of the team in their prime, as the story will feature characters from different time periods coming together.  There are strong hints that an ongoing series will follow, that will be set during this early days of comics' first superhero team.  Their return has been a long time coming and I have enjoyed Snyder's work on other titles, so I am looking forward to what he has planned.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Legion of Super-Pets and Tintin



I got a kick out of the fact that Krypto went through the effort of having a secret identity back in the Bronze Age.  In addition to removing his cape and collar, he would create brown spots on his fur with Pa Kent's wood stain - just in case anyone might see a white pooch and realize that he is the dog of steel!  Well, I suppose he couldn't just put on a pair of glasses!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Punisher and The Creeper



This is a match up that I would like to see. These two, with their disparate personalities, would definitely clash in a way that would be fun to watch.  The Creeper is hard to kill with his unpredictable fighting style and healing factor, but The Punisher is not one to give up easily when he sets his sights on a target.  I'm not sure who would come out on top, but it would be n enjoyable battle to watch unfold.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sub-Mariner and Starman



I read this week that the original Justice Society will at last be making their return to comics as part of an upcoming Justice League story, and its about time.  They are about to get some exposure on DC's streaming service as well, as supporting characters in the Stargirl series.  It will be interesting to see Joel McHale's interpretation of Starman.   Let's just hope that the series doesn't get a cancellation announcement after only its first episode, Like Swamp Thing!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Photon and Jesse Quick



Apologies to Rick Springfield and Paul Williams...

The main thing I really want from a Captain Marvel sequel is Monica Rambeau gaining her powers to become Photon.  Well, that's the name I use for her on this blog, they are just as likely to go with Spectrum.  Frankly, I liked it when Rambeau went by Captain Marvel, and I don't think she should have given up the title.  Whatever they call her, I hope the seeds that were planted with young Monica in the first film will blossom into the full hero we know from the comics.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Ant-Man and Doll Man in: "A Tiny Little Trance!"



One of my favorite Easter eggs in Avengers: Endgame was the glimpse of the original Ant-Man helmet in the lab of Hank Pym.  I loved the brief flashbacks with Pym in super hero mode in the two Ant-Man movies, and it would be great to see another with him using his first helmet and costume.  Maybe that's something we will get to see in a third installment or even in The Fantastic Four's Marvel debut, which at this early stage is rumored to be a period piece.

These two first crossed paths in STF #907...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Predator Vs. Worf



Predator is one of those movie franchises like Jurassic Park that keeps on continuing, even though no sequel ever seems to match the quality of the first installment.  There's something about that first outing that makes it very re-watchable.  The macho man cast, the simple yet effective plot, and those amazing one liners put it in the action movie hall of fame for me.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Deathstroke Vs. Daredevil in: "The Trial of Joseph Wilson!"



Even though the last episode of Netflix' Daredevil wrapped things up well, it's still too bad that the show has gone away, given the tease of a fully formed Bullseye at the end.  I did miss seeing Matt Murdock in the red costume, which never happened in Season Three, and definitely wanted more of that as well.  Like the X-Men, I guess we'll just have to give DD's world a rest for a few years, and then see what Marvel decides to do with it around Phase Six or so.

These two last tangled in STF #2377...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Nova and The Flash



Nova is heavily rumored to be joining the MCU as part of the studio's Phase Four plans.  This should be fairly easy to do as all the groundwork for the Nova Corps has already been laid.  I do hope they tweak the Nova costume a bit from what we have seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, the helmets looked slightly clunky there.  Knowing Marvel, I'm sure he'll get one of those magical helmets everyone seems to have that can appear and disappear with a light touch to the neck. Wouldn't want to obscure the face of their leading man too long!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Inferior Five Vs. Galactus



I don't think that any comic fan was satisfied with the Galactus that we were given in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (except maybe the producers of Green Lantern, who made the same villainous cloud mistake with Parallax). I guess the silver lining is that a true representation of the World Devourer will not seem like a re-tread if Marvel ever wants to explore that story line again, once the Fantastic Four is brought into the MCU.

Thank you to Bob Greenwade, a Patron of this blog, for suggesting this lopsided match up!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Blue Beetle Vs. The Beetle



The Beetle was another Marvel villain that I grew to really like in the pages of  Thunderbolts.  I liked his transition to Mach-1 and the effect that pretending to be a hero had on him.  Like some of his teammates, he was able to find there was a heroic nature within him after all.  I's love to see that story told in the movies one of these days.  Another memory of The Beetle is when he showed up on one of Marvel's cartoons (Iron Man I think) and had a strong Liverpudlian accent! That gave me a good laugh.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Joker's Wild in: "Knock Knock, Who's Dead?"



I'm not sure what to make of the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie.  It looks like a well made period character piece, but I don't know how much it will actually remind me of The Joker from the comics.  Like Wolverine, the Clown Prince of Crime is a character that works better without a definitive origin story.  I'm not sure if I want to be asked to identify or sympathize with a crazed murderer.  I'm also not sure about Phoenix' look in the role, with applied on makeup that doesn't really match what we know from the villain's classic appearance.  I guess if this is going to be more of an Elseworlds-type tale they can take some liberties.

Joker's Wild first appeared way back in STF #224...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hawkman and Captain America "In the Clutches of the Living Mountain!"



I always got a kick out of "giant hand holding the hero" covers for some reason.  It was a common motif during the Bronze Age of comics that I grew up with and made for a striking visual, whether the hand in question was clutching a single hero or entire team.

Hawkman and Cap first met back in STF #757...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Power Man and Power Girl in: "Shattered Soulmate!"



Luke Cage's Netflix show may have been cancelled, but there is a lot of of his story left to tell.  The seeds for the formation of Heroes for Hire with Iron Fist were planted but that never materialized.  He had a fling with Jessica Jones, but in the comics it led to marriage and a child.  Then of course, there's his transition from neighborhood protector to an Avenger.  Once Marvel can use him in the MCU, they'll have plenty of material to mine.

This marks the 8th appearance of The Power Couple on this blog...

Monday, June 3, 2019

Sub-Mariner and The Phantom



It certainly seems that I am not alone in wanting Namor to come to the MCU.  A quick mention of "undersea explosions" in Avengers: Endgame has led many excited reviewers to speculate that the groundwork for Sub-Mariner has already been laid.  Alas, the Russo Brothers have stated that there was no hidden meaning in that dialogue.  Still, it shows how much interest there is to bringing the Avenging Son to life, hopefully Marvel is taking notice.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Man-Bat Vs. The Lizard



Man-Bat remains for me the Batman family character that I most want to show up in the new Robert Pattinson led movie.  With five rumored villains, surely there is room for him.  If he can't be included in the mix, then maybe he could be included as part of the roster for the long in development Justice League Dark movie, as he has been a member of that team in the comics.  Special effects technology is finally at a place where Kirk Langstrom's bestial alter ego can finally be done justice, so I hope he finds a live action home soon.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Thor Vs. Black Adam



Shazam! was a fun movie but not a huge hit at the box office, so I wonder what that will mean for the long discussed Black Adam solo film.  Will DC rethink things, or hope that The Rock can come in and turn around a movie franchise, as he has done a few times before?  I think they would have been better off having him in the first film, apparently it could have used his box office clout.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Guardians of the Galaxy and Green Lantern



The Hulks took multiple attempts to get right in live action.  The same is true with The Punisher and Daredevil, and even the Fantastic Four will eventually get another shot.  This makes it all the more frustrating that we haven't heard any news about a new Green Lantern or Green Lantern Corps movie for so long.  I think plenty of time has passed since the Ryan Reynolds GL movie and general audiences would be willing to give another iteration of the ring slinger a chance.  I suppose taking their time to get a quality production together is important though, after what happened with Hellboy, so DC's probably treading very carefully.  Hopefully we will hear of some momentum on the project soon.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Uncle Scrooge and The Phantom Stranger



Regular visitors to this blog know that Jim Aparo is my all time favorite artist (I'd say Joe Kubert is the best, but Aparo is my favorite).  In addition to his amazing interior work, I was always struck by his covers.  He really shined on DC's mystery titles.  His moody visuals and strong use of light and shadow really made the covers for Adventure Comics featuring The Spectre, Phantom Stranger and spookier Batman or Phantom stories really stand out on the racks.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Badger and Spider-Man



The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer got fans buzzing with Mysterio claiming that he was a hero from another dimension, introducing the multiverse to the MCU.  This is Mysterio, though, so I am not taking anything I saw in that trailer at face value. Who knows if that's even the real Nick Fury in there - could be just an illusion or maybe even The Chameleon in disguise.  I'm expecting a lot of misdirects in the story and I am looking forward to Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of the central villain.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Robin and Moon Knight



The agreement not to use any characters form the Netflix shows in the MCU for a couple of years takes a lot of Marvel's street level characters off the table for now.  Moon Knight never made it to Netflix, despite some discussions, so he is fair game however.  Besides, I'm betting Marvel would love to outdo Batman with their own eccentric tortured billionaire that spends his nights as a costumed vigilante.  Let's hope they bring him to the big screen at some point.

Moon Knight first met Robin (along with Batgirl) in STF #1432...

Monday, May 27, 2019

Justice League Dark and Spirits of Vengeance (and more!)



Justice League Dark is one of those DC properties that I keep hearing is being developed for the big screen, but nothing ever seems to come of the plans.  Perhaps if the upcoming Swamp Thing series on DC's streaming service is a hit, there will be renewed interest to finally get the wheels rolling.  DC has been working with directors with a background in horror for some of their other films, and this would be a perfect opportunity for them to do so again.  There have been a few different line ups of the team over the years, and I would hope that Deadman, Zatanna, Swamp Thing and The Demon would make the cut for a cinematic outing.  I love The Spectre as well, but he's maybe too powerful... so I say give him a solo movie of his own!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Wonder Woman and Nick Fury



I'm hoping that we get some sort of Invisible Jet in Wonder Woman 1984.  Sure, it may hearken back to the cheesy Super Friends era of the character, but I've always thought it was a cool ride.  Besides, James Wan was able to make Aquaman riding a giant seahorse look cool, so I am confident that Patty Jenkins can bring the amazing Amazon's plane to the big screen in an impressive way.

Coming tomorrow: STF #2600!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Metamorpho and Ms. Marvel



I remember being very happy when the Justice League cartoon first hit the airwaves.  I was thrilled that my favorite comic team was finally getting the animated treatment that they always deserved, and I didn't think it could get any better - and then I found out that Metamorpho was going to be a guest star in the first season, in a two-part episode no less!  Metamorphosis remains a highlight of the series for me.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Captain America and The Atom



He might not have had the greatest costume or much in the way of powers, but I always had a soft spot for the original Atom, Al Pratt.  What can I say, he was a short redhead - for some reason I identified with him.  I always liked that despite being one of the less powerful members of the Justice Society of America, he never hesitated to rush into battle.  I also really enjoyed his depiction in the Len Strazewski/Mike Parobeck JSA series from the 90's, as a cantankerous senior citizen still willing to fight.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Samurai Jack and Hong Kong Phooey



Samurai Jack is one of the most visually inventive cartoons that I have ever seen, and I thoroughly enjoyed the series.  I think it could make an amazing live action film, given the right director.  I've seen some fan-made trailers and they give a small hint of what could be possible, hopefully Hollywood will take notice of the potential in the property one of these days.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

X-Men and Batman and the Outsiders



Apparently, Marvel is cancelling all of the X-Men titles and re-launching the X-Universe with Jonathan Hickman at the helm.  Hopefully they will streamline the line - I gave up a long time trying to follow along, with so many team variations, offshoots, and multiple versions of characters running around.  It will be interesting to see what he does with the team, he's a talented writer.  With the X-Men coming to the MCU at last, I can understand Marvel wanting to make the comics more reader friendly for fans just beginning to discover them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Kirk



I loved when the Original Guardians of the Galaxy showed up in the second movie in the franchise, and I hope we will get to see more of them in the future.  The third film already sounds pretty full, but it would be nice to see them show up again - this time in action and not just a cameo.  It's probably a long shot, but I can hope!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Black Canary and Black Cat



I'm glad when I get a chance to showcase the artwork of Alex Toth on this blog.  His artwork has amazed me since I was a kid.  I remember taking notice of his inventive panel layouts, something he had mastered years before most other artists started getting as experimental.  His character designs on the Super Friends cartoon really elevated that show for me, even with its limited animation, and they are the reason I'll still pop in an episode every now and then.

These two first met as members of the Black beauties way back in STF #299...

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Raven and The Hulk



Avengers Endgame spoilers follow...


The Russo Brothers have said that The Hulk's arm wont heal anytime soon, so the character has been taken off the table like Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow (after her solo flick), but I'm not buying it.  There are still plenty of places for the character to go in the movies.  I've already discussed my desire to see him join Dr. Strange and Valkyrie in forming a team of Defenders.  Then there's the Grey Hulk, how cool would it be to see Mr. Fixit on the big screen.  How about a trip to the Micro World with Ant-Man and the introduction of Jarella? There are still plenty of great Hulk villains to use as well.  Most of all, when the Fantastic Four are introduced, there simply must be a Thing/Hulk battle!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Superman: Red Son and The Winter Soldier



The CW Supergirl series has been presenting their own version of the Red Son storyline, making it about a Red daughter instead.  That's fine with me, because I think we have seen enough of evil Superman in live action for now.  Hopefully his next cinematic outing will present a Superman that embodies kindness, optimism and hope.  Now that a new Batman has been cast, they can figure out whether they want to go forward with Henry Cavill or go with a new actor in the role and finally get a proper new Superman movie underway.

Thank you to Marc Tyler Nobleman, comics historian and Patron of this blog, for suggesting this team up!

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Human Torch and Sandman



I think it's time for DC to consider a period piece for their next streaming show.  My choice would be the original Sandman.  The great 90's series Sandman Mystery Theater was a favorite of mine and with its story arcs would be the perfect template for such a show.  It could be very cool if they stick close to the source material.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bartman and Batman



When The Simpsons first began airing, I was so taken by the show that I decided to record each episode on VHS (yeah, it was that long ago!), and each Christmas I would make copies of these tapes and give them to my family.  They were a big hit - we were binge watching the show long before that became a regular thing to do with popular series.  Little did I know that the series would never go off the air!  I think I kept up the practice for the first six seasons.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Justice League of America and Warlock in: "Termination Times Two!"



The Third Guardians of the Galaxy film looks to have a lot going on in it.  There's the search for Gamora, integration of Thor onto the team and the introduction of Warlock (plus rumors of a romance for Rocket and the discovery of Drax living daughter).  I imagine we will have to wait until James Gunn is done with The Suicide Squad before we hear of any casting though.  For Warlock, they will need someone who can portray a genetically perfect human specimen, while having some comedy chops which these films call for.  Maybe if Zac Efron's profile rises with the new Ted Bundy film that he is getting praise for, he'll be considered for the role.

Warlock first met the JLA in STF #1478...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Green Lantern and Jack of Hearts in: "Hidden Homeworld"



So, on Arrow, we have recently learned that John Diggle's father was not such a nice guy, and his step father who helped to raise him and with whom he had been feuding had been covering for John's Father to protect his memory and spare John some pain.  His step father has the last name Stewart.  So how long until John takes his uncle's last name to finally become John Stewart?  After the season finale this week, they will only have next seasons 10 episodes before the series ends... I'm guessing they will wait right until the end.  Will it just be an epilogue moment - or could it lead to a John Stewart Green Lantern show?  Probably too big a budget for the CW, but that would be cool to see!

Jack previously met Green Lantern John Stewart (along with Guy Gardner) in STF #2243 and Hal Jordan in STF #587...

Monday, May 13, 2019

Blue Beetle Vs. Venom



What a weird movie Venom is.  The usually nuanced Tom Hardy was hamming it up pretty strongly - I'm still wondering how they thought that scene with the lobster tank was a good idea.  Some of the action sequences were fun, but the overall production seemed a little off to me.  Venom looked pretty cool though, even if he was missing his spider symbol.  I can't say it's a bad film, I was entertained.  It was just... weird.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Green Goblin Vs. The Atom



Another season of DC's Legends of  Tomorrow is about to conclude, and once again we have barely seen Ray Palmer in costume, let alone use his shrinking powers.  If they just wanted a goofy guy to run around on adventures with the team, they should have used Snapper Carr or something.  It's a frustrating show that teases fans with characters they love, only to have them completely under-utilized.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Green Arrow and The Wasp & Yellowjacket



There has been a lot of speculation about what the next cinematic team of Avengers will look like.  If it was up to me, I'd give the team a rest and instead have Hulk and Valkyrie join Doctor Strange in introducing Namor and The Silver Surfer for a proper Marvel Defenders team.  But more Avengers movies are an inevitability, so when they return there's only one character that I feel needs to be on the team - The Wasp!  She really should have been introduced in the first Avengers film, as she was a founding member in the comics not to mention the leader of the team for a good long stretch.  I know it's Hope Pym in the movies and not Janet Van Dyne currently operating as The Wasp, but I still want her to be a part of whatever new line up Marvel Studios comes up with.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Luke Skywalker and Optimus Prime



I had many issues with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the biggest one was the treatment of Luke Skywalker. I had waited decades to see him back in action, and a brief hologram battle followed by his unceremonious death was underwhelming to say the least.  I know that he will be a part of the next installment in some way, so maybe JJ Abrams will find a way to redeem him - With a name like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I hope so!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spider-Man and Krypto



OK, we've seen Chewie/Goose/Flerken make his big screen debut, it's high time that Krypto gets his moment to shine.  I guess DC felt like there's no room for such a character with their dead serious take on the Man of Steel, but hopefully they have since learned their lesson about keeping the whimsical side of comics out of their movies.  I thought we might at least see Krypto on TV's Supergirl, but no sign of the Pooch of Power there, either.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Xena Vs. Sauron



I'm not sure what to make of Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings series.  It is supposed to take place in the Second Age, the Age of Numenor - which is well before any of the main players in the original trilogy, or even The Hobbit, were on the scene.  I don't know whether JRR Tolkein had a blueprint for this era or if the new writers will be weaving their own tales from scratch.  Hopefully, we'll see some new information soon which will shed more light on the show.

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