Monday, March 25, 2019

Green Goblin Vs. Lex Luthor

One of the many pleasant surprises from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was the use of the Ultimate Comics' version of The Green Goblin.  Even though he just had a small role, it was very cool to see him in action.  The whole movie is jam-packed full of treats for comic fans, though, literally from the first frame to the post credits scene.  The love for Spider-Man and the genre  that went into the creation of this well-deserved Oscar-winner is very evident, and I highly recommend it.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Nemesis and Daredevil

I haven't seen Nemesis in several years and that's too bad.  The last place I remember him appearing was as a supporting character in Wonder Woman, but I don't know if he made the cut in either of DC's last two reboots.  I loved his back-ups in Brave and the Bold as well as his brief time in Suicide Squad. Hopefully he'll find a new home the next time a DC hero needs a master of disguise super spy to lend them a hand.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Flash Gordon and Commissioner Gordon

With Matt Reeves The Batman planning on casting a younger Caped Crusader, the supporting characters will have to be re-cast as well.  It's going to be tough to top Gary Oldman in the role, but I hope whoever the choose looks to his performance as inspiration.  I hear that after voicing Alfred in the Batman Lego Movie, Ralph Fiennes wants to play a live action version of the trusty butler, which I would be all for,

Friday, March 22, 2019

Black Widow and The Huntress in: "Last Rites!"

The Black Widow solo film finally seems to be getting underway, with Cate Shortland named as director and Florence Pugh tapped to co-star as a fellow agent.  No word on whether any other Marvel heroes will be showing up, but I wouldn't mind seeing Winter Soldier or Hawkeye as part of the mix.  My first choice would be Daredevil, but I know that wont be happening.

These two first crossed paths in STF #735

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Justice Society of America and Captain America in: "Zapped... By Zeus!"

There are a lot of question marks in my mind regarding the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984.  Reports are that is is not to be considered a sequel, but simply another adventure like the James Bond franchise, although I'm not sure exactly what the distinction is there,  Then there's the question of how Steve Trevor is still around decades after his apparent death.  There have also been rumors regarding rewrites and reshoots to either alter the role of Kristin Wiig's Cheetah or to give the DCEU a soft reboot.  Sounds a bit all over the place, hopefully the final product will be a cohesive hit.

Cap first met the JSA in STF #290, and this marks the 22nd appearance of the WW/Cap romance on the blog...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Steel and Machine Man

I've lost track of both of these heroes since I stopped regularly buying comics (the hobby priced me out - I am a digital sale trade waiter these days).  The last I am aware of John Henry Irons is that he passed on his heroic identity to his daughter, who's running with the Teen Titans now.  I haven't heard much about Aaron Stack since his team Nextwave closed up shop.  Hopefully they have both found new homes since,  they are both great characters.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Spectre and The Invaders

I first encountered stories of the Spear of Destiny in the pages of All-Star Squadron, and I thought it was an effective plot device.  It's ability to control magic-based heroes was a good explanation for how some of the more powerful Justice Society of America members didn't just take matters in their own hands and end World War II.  It also allowed for nothing to be taken away from the accomplishments of the non-super powered service men and women during the war effort.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Coven (Vs. the Wicked Witch)

The Scarlet Witch will have her own mini series with the Vision on Disney's upcoming streaming service, which sound pretty cool.  When will we see Clea though?  Although a Doctor Strange sequel has been announced, I haven't heard confirmation that the character will appear.  I hope she will though, she was a big part of the Doctor Strange comics I read growing up.

The Coven first assembled in STF #920...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Jack O'Lantern and Shamrock

I remember thinking that Shamrock was the coolest character introduced in Marvel's Contest of Champions mini-series.  I thought that the power of amazing good luck was very unique and a lot could be done with it.  Unfortunately, none of the new heroes introduced made much of a splash.  Later on, Domino hit the scene with good luck power of her own, making poor Shamrock redundant.  I still like her though and hope that she hasn't been forgotten completely.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Man-Bat Vs. Kraven the Hunter

With the announcement that the next Batman movie will feature four bat-villains, I am really hoping that at long last Man-Bat gets to have his shot at the big screen.  I guess it depends on how street level Matt Reeves want his version of Batman to be, as this tale will take place earlier in the caped Crusader's career.  Personally, I think it's high time that more powerful characters like Man-Bat and Clayface are included.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Wonder Woman and Xena

These two really do need to share and adventure together someday.  Xena: Warrior Princess  was certainly inspired in some ways by Wonder Woman's comic and TV show.  Then, when WW finally became represented on the big screen, some cues were taken from Xena's series.  How cool would it be to see them fighting side by side?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Batman & The Outsiders and The Phoenix in: "Corruption Interrupted!"

I guess one positive thing about the new Dark Phoenix movie looking more like X-Men: The Last Stand than the comics that the classic story is based upon is that it doesn't completely close the door on a proper retelling by Marvel Studios at some point down the road.  Sure it would be the third cinematic version, but if they follow the comics it won't be anything like audiences have seen before.

The Outsiders first tangled with The Phoenix in STF #112...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Aquaman and Iron Man in: "WWIII Begins at Sea!"

 The fate of characters like Iron Man and Captain America is very much up in the air with the upcoming Avengers: Endgame and the actors contracts expiring.  Even if Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans wish to leave their roles, I hope the characters they play are not killed off.  I'd prefer them to be kept on the table in some way even if it means eventually re-casting.  I mean, how do we get a Secret Wars movie down the road without Iron Man and Cap?

Aquaman first met Iron Man way back in STF #471...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Legion of Super-Heroes and The Sub-Mariner

Aquaman was such a surprise big hit that not only has a sequel been announced, but also a spin-off horror movie based on The Trench.  I thought that they looked great in the movie and I really enjoyed the scenes that they appeared in - but can they support a film all by themselves?  Do they even speak?  I guess they could tell the story of how they mutated over the years into their current forms.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Hellboy and The Demon

More footage from the Hellboy reboot have been released, and I will say that it was a step up from what I had seen before and that there are definitely some interesting visuals in there.   The brief glimpse of baby Hellboy was a hoot.  I'm still not quite sold on the look of Hellboy himself though, I prefer the make up that Ron Perlman sported. Still, I'll keep an open mind and hopefully this new version will be a pleasant surprise.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Calvin & Hobbes and Man-Thing

I'm willing to bet there are a lit of owners that have named their new kittens "Hobbes", particularly during the original run of the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.  Being a cat lover and owner myself, I can understand.  My current cat Ace is named after a fictional pet as well - just don't tell him it's Batman's dog!  Heck, the main reason I am interested in seeing Captain Marvel is to check out Goose the Cat (Chewie in the comics) because reviewers seem to agree that he steals the show.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

G.I. Joe and Sgt. Rock

I'm a little surprised that I haven't heard any solid  plans for another G.I. Joe  movie.  There was mention of a G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover flick, which sounds so crazy it just might work, but I don't think that ever got beyond the pitch stage.  They could also go in another direction and present a more grounded reboot.  Whatever is decided, there's still plenty of material to mine in the property.

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Watcher and Green Lanterns

I haven't read too many issues featuring new Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, but I have to say I really like the costume designs for each.  Cruz' personality and how it relates to her use of the ring is pretty interesting as well.  I am curious as to whether there is a story reason that Earth now has seven human Green Lanterns in operation (Hal, John, Kyle, Guy, Simon Jessica and the new Teen Lantern).  I don't think there have been so many at once before.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Popeye and Aquaman

I have to believe that the portrayal of Aquaman on Batman: The Brave and Bold was a big influence on Jason Mamoa's take on the sea king for the big screen.  I was originally wary of the bombastic "Outrageous!" version of Arthur Curry on the cartoon, but was quickly won over.  Likewise, I was still unsure about Mamoa as Aquaman after Justice League, but his solo film was so fun and unapologetically comics inspired that I just had to go along for the ride and had a blast with it.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Moon Knight and Elongated Man in: You're Gonna Need a Stretcher!"

That's right, the boys are back!  Wait... you didn't think that when I first paired these two together in STF #2169, that it was just going to be a one-off adventure, did you?  Sorry, there's just too much to explore with a partnership of such epic proportions.  Yeah, you may as well just get used to it - this is a thing now.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Gambit and Swamp Thing

This was a suggestion I got for a Mardi Gras cover, and I think it would make for a fun story.  I'm looking forward to seeing some footage from the upcoming Swamp Thing series on DC's streaming service.  I've been impressed with the the talent they have chosen to be in front of and behind the camera, so I am hoping for the best.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Superman Vs. The Kingpin

Marvel can't use any of the characters that were on the Netflix shows for 2 years following their cancellation, so it will be a while before we hear anything about them joining the MCU.  It will be tough to top Vincent D'Onofrio as The Kingpin, but I would still like to see yhe character on the big screen again.  As a kid, I always saw him equally as a villain for Spider-Man as he was with Daredevil, so a movie featuring all three would seem like a natural way to go.

Regular blog followers will know that Superman has been at odds with The Kingpin since he was Superboy...

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Conan and Mr. Spock

In addition to reprising his Terminator role, there are plans for Arnold Schwarzenegger to once again play Conan The Barbarian on the big screen.  I realize there were plenty of King Conan tales featuring an older version of the character, but I don't know that he was ever in his 70's in those stories.  It will be interesting to see what direction will be taken and how much physical combat is involved.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Black Cat Vs. Catwoman in: "Tailing Selina!"

Selina Kyle has sported more different looks than most villains over the years,  but part of me will always miss the classic costume she wore above.  It's elegant while utilizing the popular villain color scheme of purple and green.  Plus, with apologies to Edna Mode, I love capes!

The modern day Catwoman and Black Cat shared a two-part adventure that began in STF #423 and concluded in STF #424...

Friday, March 1, 2019

Tigra and Tarzan

It will probably be a while before we see Tigra join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  With The Cheetah set to make her debut in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, Tigra will probably seem too similar in nature to introduce too quickly afterwards. Still, I always liked her personality and I hope she shows up somewhere down the line/

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Hulk and The Flash (The Movie!)

Well, it seems as though the Hulk/Flash TV Event from STF #2034 was such a hit that the pair has graduated to the big screen!  It's still fun to pop in my DVD's of the 90's Flash series.  What a shame it was bounced around the TV schedule so much that it never got a fair chance to catch on with audiences.

These two also shared a  more traditional comic book adventure in STF #1296...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sandman Vs. The Shadow Thief

The Shadow Thief fascinated me as a kid and remains one of my all-time favorite villains.  He's just so unique - his creepy appearance set him apart as well as his power set.  he even has one of the coolest names around.  I first encountered him in the pages of Justice League of America as part of the Injustice Gang and I always wished he would make more appearances, but he's pretty much been confined to Hawkman stories since then. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dynomutt & Blue Falcon and The Falcon

I thought it was cool that Redwing was presented as a drone in Captain America: Civil War, and liked how the tech was used.  Still it would have been even cooler if they could have found a way to include the actual avian Redwing.  I love the idea of superhero pets and partners. One reason I want to see a Batman Beyond movie is to have Ace the Bat-Hound on the big screen.

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

Monday, February 25, 2019

Carrie Kelly: Robin and Hit-Girl

I liked that the animated version of The Dark Knight Returns was broken into two parts because the result was a very complete version of the classic story.  Some of DC's adaptations have had to be condensed to fit in the usual 70-minute run-time.  I haven't checked out the new Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen adaptations yet, but I am glad they didn't try to squeeze that event into a single movie as well.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Phantom and the Shadow

As far as I am aware, there has never been a crossover between these two pulp heroes, which really surprises me.  Other than some commission pieces, two of the earliest costumed crimefighters have never shared an adventure.  that is something that should be rectified, we need to see these classic pulp heroes fighting side by side one of these days.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Avengers Vs. The Fatal Five

I was surprised to see the animated Justice League Vs. The Fatal Five being advertised.  I didn't even remember it being announced.  It looks like its using the character designs from Justice League Unlimited, which is a plus for me. It only looks like a couple of Legionnaires are involved, but I like the inclusion of new Green Lantern Jessica Cruz.  I haven't been following all of DC's animated releases the way I used to, but this one I think I will have to check out.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Radio-Active Man Vs. Radioactive Man

The Simpsons have been renewed for at least two more seasons, pushing them well past the 30-year mark.  While it isn't the must-see show for me that it was in its first five years or so, I still find myself laughing out loud a couple of times per episode.  It's a testament to the strength of the characters and world that Matt Groening created that the show has stood the test of time so well.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Green Arrow Vs. Bullseye

Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that Ollie was not that far behind.  This would of course be a great battle.  They are each amazing marksmen and would be pretty evenly matched.  Green Arrow has an array of trick arrows to give him an edge, but then again Bullseye can turn any projectile into a weapon.  it might come down to who is better at hand-to hand combat.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Black Canary Vs. Bullseye

The first images and set photos from Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) have been released, and I can't say I am impressed with what I am seeing.  Quinn herself looks OK, but Black Canary, Huntress and Black Mask are unrecognizable.  It doesn't seem liked DC is learning anything form the success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, which more closely embraced their comic book roots. Frankly this looks like a cheap TV series so far, hopefully as more is released I will be proven wrong.

This is only Part One of a Two-Part tale, so make sure you come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Samurai Jack and Katana

I was glad to see Samurai Jack return a few years back to finish up its epic story line.  It was great to see the final defeat of Aku and certainly wort the wait.  Still, I want to see some new episodes!  There's still plenty that can be done with the character and I love the visuals and direction of animation on the show.  Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of him.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Ant-Man and Krypto

Ant-Man and The Wasp may not have been as huge a success as some of Marvel's other recent films, but I am hoping there will be a third installment.  There are still plenty of places they could go.  I'd love to see some of the wackier villains like Stilt Man or The Porcupine show up.  It would be cool to see Bill Foster in his prime as Goliath, or maybe a Bill Foster Jr. taking over the role.  It might even be fun to introduce Eric O'Grady into the mix.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The New Teen Titans and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Titans series looked like a mixed bag to me, with some dodgy costumes, limited use of powers and overly dark tone outshadowing whatever cool moments it may deliver, but opinions seemed to improve as the show went on.  So I'll put the question out to any of you who have watched it - was it a success for you?  Did it capture the feel for the comics and characters, or did it miss the mark?

Thanks to Mike Shirley, a Patron of this blog, for suggesting this titanic teen team-up!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Galactus Vs. The DC Universe (and more!)

I was surprised to see that next year's DC crossover on the CW is going to be Crisis on Infinite Earths.  I have long been waiting for an animated version, but never expected a live action attempt.  Can they do it on a TV budget?  I do think that The Monitor looked pretty cool on this past years' crossover.  If they stretch this over two weeks of episodes of Arrow, The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning and Batwoman they could have twelve chapters, just like the epic maxi-series.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Cyborg Vs. the U-Foes

Cyborg will be appearing with the upcoming Doom Patrol series, but from what I have seen so far, it looks like a store bought Halloween costume, with only his head piece visible.  I thought that his Justice League look was way overproduced - oddly designed CGI made it look like crumpled tinfoil to me - but this new look seems under-produced.  Hopefully when his full appearance is revealed, he will be closer to the comics' version.

Coming tomorrow: STF #2500!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Hulk Vs. the Metal Men

It will be interesting to she how Shazam! fares at the theaters.  If it is a success, hopefully more of DC's lighter characters will get a chance at the movies.  Properties like The Metal Men, Plastic Man or Blue Beetle/Booster Gold have all been teased as potential films, but nothing ever seems to move past the announcements phase.  A successful outing for (the original) Captain Marvel could get them in motion again.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dick Tracy Vs. Batman's Villains

Well, the new Batman movie by Matt Reeves seems to finally be on the schedule and we should start hearing about casting for the new Dark Knight Detective soon.  No solid word on who the villains of the film will be yet.  I am still hoping for Professor Hugo Strange.  His Monster Men experiments could be a way to bring Killer Croc and Man-Bat into the mix.  Reeves has said that this movie will emphasize the detective aspects of Batman, so maybe some less fantastical adversaries like the Court of Owls are in store for us.

Tracy tangled with The Penguin once before, way back in my B&B: The Lost Issues days, and has also had run-ins with Catwoman and Harley Quinn...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Gargoyle and The Spectre

Now that Doctor Strange is set for a sequel, I am hoping to see some more Marvel characters make their debut in supporting roles.  Brother Voodoo was teased in the first film and would be a blast to see.  I'd also love to see Gargoyle, maybe he could be trapped in Nightmare's realm or something.  It could be a building block to a comics-accurate defenders movie down the line.

Monday, February 11, 2019

White Tiger and Black Lightning

The Black Lightning series has remained pretty much a street level show, but there have been plenty of teases for bigger things to come.  We've seen the introduction of Dr. Jace, plus dealings with the country of Markovia and a project labeled Masters of Disaster.  It looks like we may be leading towards an Outsiders type team.  I'm hoping that will be an angle for the third season.

Jefferson Pierce has had it out for The Kingpin ever since the events of STF #92...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Batman In Westworld

Not being a subscriber to HBO, I have yet to see any of the new Westworld series (or Game of Thrones for that matter), but I was a fan of the original 1973 movie featuring Richard Benjamin and Yul Brynner.  I recently watched it again to see if it held up, and it did! Michael Chrichton's tale of man-made machines revolting inspired a lot of other science fiction movies since it was released.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Chaselon and Martinex

This cover is a good example of how I sometimes have to add to an image to make a cover work.  I don't like to do it if I don't have to, and when I do, I try only to add what the original artist might have anyway to maintain the integrity of the art.  In this case I was trying to find a usable image of Chaselon, but there aren't a whole lot out there.  Still, I love the character and wanted to use him again, so I found an image that I could build on to.  it took some cutting and pasting and use of the clone stamp and color change tools, but I got it to work.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Doctor Mid-Nite and Ghost Rider

Marvel never did get around to using Ghost Rider on their Netflix shows, which means there's nothing preventing them from bringing him back elsewhere.  He's another character that would do well on the Disney/Marvel streaming service.  Maybe even a Midnight Sons series featuring Johnny Blaze alongside some other of Marvel's occult characters like Man-Thing, Son of Satan and Blade.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Starman and Iron Man (W/Black Canary & Black Widow!)

When people ask me my favorite comic of all time, I don't even have to think about it: The Brave and the Bold (1955), which should come as no surprise to those who have followed this blog since the beginning.  It checked all the boxes for me - it prominently featured my favorite artist Jim Aparo and my favorite DC hero, Batman.  Also it was a team-up title which I of course went nuts for.  Before that, it was the try-out comic for many great concepts - The Suicide Squad, Teen Titans and Justice League of America among them. Finally, it presented the return of many a Golden Age hero for new life in the Silver Age like Hawkman, Hourman, Wildcat, Doctor Fate, Green Lantern and the two above. What a series!

Starman and Iron Man first met in STF #2190...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Overlords

This assemblage if intergalactic despots is simply packed with power, and I would fear for anyone that should oppose them.  Still, I think their biggest challenge would come from internal struggles - none of these villains like to share the reigns of command.  It would just be a matter of time before they turn on one another.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Superman and The Falcon

I am interested to hear more abut the Falcon/Winter Soldier mini-series coming to the Disney streaming service.  I enjoyed their brief interaction in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and it will be fun to see that relationship expanded upon.  I'm hoping for a classic Marvel villain or two to make an appearance - this seems like the perfect place to use some of the b-list bad guys that might not make it to the big screen.

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