Sunday, April 18, 2021

Quasar and Firestorm

 


Who would have thought that the character on this cover most likely to show up in a big budget movie first would be Fin Fang Foom?  At least he has been heavily rumored to be showing up in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  Hopefully we will see a teaser or trailer before too long and see if there is any confirmation of Foom's involvement.

Firestorm previously faced off against Fin Gang Foom in STF #1447...

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Daredevil and The Huntress

 


I imagine these two working well together.  They are two no-nonsense heroes that have been personally wronged by organized crime.  I can see them joining forces to try and take down Black Mask or The Kingpin's operations once and for all.  It would be cool to see them in action side by side. 


Friday, April 16, 2021

The Graveyard Shift

 


Wouldn't you know it, I had created this new team and had this cover all ready to go, when I saw the promotional campaign for The Suicide Squad start kicking in.  On the posters was the line, "They're Dying to Save The World!"  Hey, that's a little close to the tag line that I created for these guys!  Has James Gunn been spying on me?  Yeah, maybe not.  I'm sure he has more important things to do than set up surveillance on my mashup project, so I'll just chalk it up to coincidence.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Green Arrow Vs. Hawkeye in: Barton's Betrayal!"

 


This marks the tenth time that Green Arrow and Hawkeye have met on the blog - They first met in one of my very earliest STF covers... then they were at odds with a few fellow Avengers along for the tale... Next up they faced off against The Hulk and Solomon Grundy... then it was time to hone their skills... and next they shared an adventure with Black Canary and Mockingbird, then there was a classic adventure from early in their careers... then they battled some robots together... there was the time that Green Arrow tried to steal Hawkeye's ride... and they even appeared in a photo cover for a proposed movie...

Always glad to use a Neal Adams image on this blog.  I was lucky enough to pick up a sketch by him many years ago.  It's very loose, but his signature style still shows through:



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

She-Hulk and Milk & Cheese

 


Offbeat clients were one of the elements that made The Sensational She-Hulk a fun read, and hopefully her Disney+ series will follow suit.  I wouldn't mind seeing some minor Marvel players like Frog-Man, Razorback or U.S. 1 show up on the series.  It would also be a great place to feature Damage Control and (if the budget allows) The Great Lakes Avengers.

Lots of talented artists have worked on She-Hulk, but John Byrne did my favorite rendition.  Here's a Byrne Wonder Woman  page I picked up several years back, mostly because I liked his version of Darkseid:



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Fire and Sunspot in: "A T-Rex in Rio!"

 


I finally got around to checking out The New Mutants last night, and to my surprise, I kind of enjoyed it!  This movie had become notorious for all of the various delays and reshoots, and I went in with very low expectations.  Yes, the story was derivative and not particularly well written (this hospital only has a single employee?), but I thought the characters were all well cast and their powers were realized effectively.  There were even some pretty impressive special effects with the Demon Bear and Lockheed. I wouldn't have minded seeing this team continue.

Fire and Sunspot had an interrupted reunion in STF #2673, and  were first revealed to be siblings in STF #2484...

Monday, April 12, 2021

Black Widow and Wildcat

 


It looks like the Black Widow solo film has finally settled on an a release date after a year's worth of delays, as publicity has begun to ramp up for it once more.  Let's hope it is going to be worth the wait - I for one can't wait to see The Taskmaster in action.

I am always happy to feature the work of the great Mike Wieringo on this blog.  He was gone far too soon.  I was lucky enough to pick up a page by him several years back.  I love how no dialog or captions are needed to get the gag:



Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Flash and The Invaders in: "Blasted... by the Blue Bullet!"

 


I'm very happy to hear that John Wesley-Shipp will be reprising his role as the Original Flash in the upcoming season of Stargirl.  He's great in the role and still lo0ks perfect in the suit.

Jay Garrick previously met The Invaders with the rest of the JSA in STF #272 and with Barry Allen in STF #135...

That's an Ernie Chan Flash on the cover, one of my favorite Bronze Age artists.  One of the few color pieces in my original art collections is by him:




Saturday, April 10, 2021

Galactus Vs. The Herculoids

 


Watching the Inner Earth segments of the silly but tons of fun Godzilla Vs. Kong reminded me a lot of the world of The Herculoids, and how cool a modern take would be on the Hanna Barbera property.  We are at a place where CGI could convincingly bring Zandor and company to life, but I wouldn't mind seeing an updated animated version either.  One way or another, I hope to see The Herculoids return some day.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Black Racer Vs. Deadpool

 


It sounds like DC's New Gods movie is not moving forward.  While I was not a fan of Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time, I was still curious to see her take on Jack Kirby's Fourth World characters.  Maybe once DC's top tier characters are better established in the DCEU, the residents of new Genesis and Apokolips can be revisited.  At leas we got a tease in Zack Snyder's Justice League.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Batman and Sleepwalker

 


Sleepwalker was one of those heroes that emerged in the early 90's, during the huge comics speculation boom that resulted in tons of new titles, characters and even entire comics companies appearing regularly.  There was just no way to try everything out and his title was one that I never got around to checking out.  Are there any fans of the series here?  Did it make an impact on you?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Speed Racer and Ghost Rider

 


Speed Racer is not a great film as far as the script went, but there's no denying that the visuals in the movie are quite impressive.  I think the movie was a victim of bad timing - it came out a year before Avatar hit screens and everyone was eager to try out the new 3D technology.  Maybe if it had released after that brief phenomenon, it would have done better at the box office.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Sinestro Vs. Doctor Doom


This could be a fun battle to see.  Both are very powerful villains that nevertheless are always seeking more sources of strength, and both are 100% convinced of their moral superiority over their opponents.  It would be quite the clash of power and ego!

Always happy to include the artwork of Gilk Kane.  He's my favorite Marvel cover artist ever.  I could never afford an original of one of his covers, but I did manage to purchase a sketch by him many years back: 



 



Monday, April 5, 2021

Northstar & Aurora and The Wonder Twins

 


With all of Marvels many film and TV projects in various stages of development, I am surprised we have not heard as much of a whisper about any plans for Alpha Flight.   Canada's premiere super-group would be a great addition to the MCU, it has a roster of unique and well defined heroes.  Besides, we need another brother-sister team seeing as Pietro Maximoff didn't end up returning after all in Wanda/Vision.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Superman and X-Factor

 


I am always glad to feature the artwork of Walt Simonson.  I remember being impressed with his work on Manhunter, which was unlike any artwork I had seen before.  Like many though, it was his run on Thor that really got me to take notice and become a gig fan.  I met him briefly at a convention several years back and he was very nice and enthusiastic about comics.  He was kind enough to do a quick sketch (with his trademark dinosaur shaped signature) for me:



Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hercules and Vixen in: "Roc Blocked!"

 


Continuing the (thus far) one-sided romantic adventures of Herc and Vixen!  Hey, not every couple can instantly click like Wonder Woman and Captain America... 

These two were last seen battling giant snakes in STF #3096, and Hercules first became attracted to Vixen in STF #3014...  Will the Lion of Olympus ever win the heart of Mari McCabe? Only time (and future covers) will tell...

Friday, April 2, 2021

Concrete and Ant-Man

 


Paul Chadwick's Concrete is one of those comics that is great to loan out to readers who aren't into traditional superhero fare.  The stories are thought provoking, the characters are very well defined and the artwork is absolutely gorgeous.  I was lucky enough to pick up a sketch by Paul Chadwick several years back: 



Thursday, April 1, 2021

Captain Carrot and Bugs Bunny

 


With so many DC properties that have made the leap to animation, I wonder why Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew has missed out on the fun.  The Funny Animal/Superhero hybrid comic from the 80's seemed tailor made for a cartoon show, but that's something that never has come to pass.  They didn't even get a guest shot on Batman: The Brave and the Bold - I though for sure that they would show up there.

Bugs met the entire Zoo Crew in STF #1331...

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Venom Vs. Bane



Even though the first Venom movie was kind of crazy and over the top, I did get a kick out of it.  The sequel promises to be lots of fun as well.  Director Andy Serkis is the undisputed master of motion-capture characters and he seems like a perfect choice to be calling the shots behind the camera.  I can't wait to see how Carnage is realized on screen - both the CGI and Woody Harrelson's performance.   Hopefully we'll see some footage soon.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Captain America and The Flash in: The Malevolent Return of Mopee!"

 


Mopee was a magical Imp supposedly responsible for granting Barry Allen his speed powers in a story so immediately rejected by Silver Age readers that he was barely ever mentioned again.  I was surprised when adding the labels to this post, that I had already featured Mopee once on this blog, way back in 2010, and had completely forgotten about it.  I guess that's another tale of his that's been erased from memory!

Captain America and The Flash previously shared an adventure in STF #726...

Monday, March 29, 2021

Spider-Man and The Secret Society of Super-Villains

 


This is a story I could see working.   Spider-Man has often been unjustly tagged as a criminal, and it would be cool to see him use that status to go undercover in the underworld - sort of a reverse Thunderbolts set up.  I'm sure there's some real life comic book equivalent of this plot, but I can't recall one right now.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Crimson Avenger and The Avengers

 


Thanks to comics' historian and Patron of this blog Marc Tyler Nobleman for suggesting this team up!

It's always a treat to feature the amazing artwork of Mike Allred.  Several years back, I was lucky enough to pick up some unused Allred artwork for a Justice League Monopoly game - for some reason they switched artists for the final product:








Saturday, March 27, 2021

Batwoman and Daughters of the Dragon

 


The CW's Batwoman series has been losing even more viewers in its second season, and I'm not really surprised.  Javicia Leslie is a better actress that Ruby Rose was, but the switch in lead characters is not enough to overcome the sub-par writing on the show.  A much better take on Batwoman can be found in the somewhat overlooked Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman animated movie.   The 2003 adventure has a great identity reveal, which I won't spoil here if you have not watched it yet.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Master of Kung Fu and Man-Bat

 


It looks like Marvel is making up for lost Covid time and the second half of 2021 will be jam packed with content - four movies in addition to as many Disney+ shows.  This means we will be seeing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sooner than I thought (September 3).  Hopefully that means that publicity will kick into gear soon and we will finally get to see some footage in the form of a teaser or trailer.

Heppy to feature the work of Mike Zeck here.  Here's a sketch by him that I picked up several years back:



Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Thing and Katana

 


One of the reasons that I am so impatient for The Fantastic Four to make their MCU debut is because I always considered Benjamin J. Grimm to be the ambassador of the Marvel Universe (thanks to comics like Marvel Two-In-One).  I am dying to see him interact with the rest of the heroes we've met so far.  Let's have a poker night scene!  Most of all I want to see a live action Thing Vs. Hulk fight!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Doctor Mid-Nite, Doctor Fate and Doctor Strange

 


It's always good to get a second opinion, even in the world of super-heroics!  Doctor Strange has met with these JSA Doctors in other STF tales:

Strange and Fate shared a two-part tale in STF #1156, where they sought help from the TMNT in STF #1157,  they fought a Rat-God in STF #549 , and first met in STF #30,...

Strange and Mid-Nite met in STF #2721...

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Chewbacca and Iron Man

 


I was glad to use the amazing artwork of Phil Noto for this cover. His unique style always reminded me of the cool images I would see in classic advertising.  His ability to utilize such a style on the comics page makes for some gorgeous looking covers and interiors.  I was glad to get an original sketch by him several years back:



Monday, March 22, 2021

The Human Target Vs. Bullseye


 With code names like these two have, it was an inevitability that they would face off against one another sooner or later. Will the target that is famously hard to hit be able to evade the marksman that notoriously never misses?  I don't know but I do knw that I'd want to read about it!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Captain America and G.I. Robot

 


My favorite aspect of Captain America is his "never say die" attitude.  It didn't matter if he was up against overwhelming numbers, overpowered opponents, even the Cosmic Cube, he always found a way to win.  That's one aspect that the movies really got right.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Blue Devil Vs. Carnage

 


One of the things that bothered me about Swamp Thing's abrupt cancellation is that we will not get to see where Blue Devil's story goes.  I liked Ian Ziering's performance as Dan Cassidy, and his origin story was done well - but when we left him he was still very much a monster when he transformed into the Blue Devil.  I'd have like to have seen him come to grips with his curse in a second season, and becoming more like the well adjusted hero from the comics.  Who knows when Blue Devil will get another chance at live action? Maybe the upcoming Justice League Dark show for HBO Max?

Friday, March 19, 2021

Robocop, Groot and Rocket Raccoon

 


I remember first seeing Robocop on the big screen.  In those pre-Batman 1989 days, it was the closest thing to a big superhero movie out there.  My friends and I decided to watch it at a drive-in theater.  We were quite enjoying it when for some reason, the sound cut out half way through.  When we went to the front office to complain, nobody was there!  It would be years before I rented a copy and finally saw the end of the movie.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Firestorm and The X-Men

 

Paul Smith's run on Uncanny X-Men was my introduction to his amazing artwork.  I loved his take on the characters, everyone had a sleek modern look while honoring the designs of previous artists on the title. I made sure to follow smith's career since then to masterpieces like Leave it to Chance and The Golden Age.  I was lucky enough to pick up a few sketches by Smith many years back:




Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Amanda Waller and Power Man & Iron Fist

 


Oh, I can't imagine this set up going too well.  Luke and Danny are used to working for others, but under the condition that they will be paid for their efforts.  Waller is used to being in control of subordinates, but under the threat of lethal consequences if they don't follow her orders.  There's bound to be plenty of friction with them all trying to work together, and that usually makes for an interesting story.

Amanda previously met these two in STF #2821...

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