Friday, September 24, 2021

Lockjaw Joins the Justice League of America

 

I remember the issue of The Thing where writer John Byrne revealed Lockjaw to be able to speak with human intellect, and that his canine form was part of his reaction to the Terrigen Mists.  Other writers later undid this moment, explaining that it was all just a prank played on Ben Grimm by some of the other Inhumans.  It's probably for the best, Byrne's retcon would have painted The Inhumans in a poor light, treating one of their own as a pet for years.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Quarrymen (The Animated Series!)

 

The Quarrymen continue to evolve in their fourth appearance.  The team began when The Thing met Igoo in STF #163, Blok joined in STF #270,  Badrock was recruited in STF #1185, and now they have their own cartoon show!  Despite the similarity of stony forms, these heroes all have very different personalities.  I bet this would actually be a fun group to follow.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Superman and Captain America (The Movie!)

 

I've seen some decent reviews for the new Superman '78 mini-series that continues the movie's continuity.  This is the type of title that I have been hoping that DC would make since reading the quite fun Batman '66.  Batman '89 is out as well, and while the reviews haven't been as good for that one, the art is so nice I might have to check it out anyway.


Superman and Captain America previously dabbled in politics in STF #917, and were part of a love triangle in STF #1207...

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Rocketeer and The Phantom

 

It looks like The Rocketeer is finally getting a sequel, in the form of a Disney+ movie.  David Oyelowo will produce and star as the next person to pick up the jetpack.  The Return of the Rocketeer sounds to be a continuation of the story and not a remake, so it would be nice to see Billy Campbell make an appearance, if only to pass the torch.  I look forward to see the new Rocketeer in high flying action with today's special effects capabilities.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Nightwing Vs. Sandman

 

I'm not sure what Flint Marko's status is these days, but I hope he has not reverted to his evil ways.  I always liked him as a reformed villain.  The issue of Marvel Two-In-One where this is dealt with as he shares a beer with Ben Grimm is a favorite of mine.  I am always happy to use the amazing artwork of Mike Zeck on this blog.  Here's a sketch I picked up years ago that he did for  the Batman: Ten Nights of The Beast TPB cover: 



Sunday, September 19, 2021

Jakita Wagner and Nightcrawler

 

Planetary is a comics series that I have to pull out and read again.  I takes a trip through many different genres with interesting characters and wide screen visuals   Much of the credit goes to artist John Cassiday.  I was lucky enough to pick up some original art by him several years back, One from Planetary and a two-page spread from X-Men/Alpha Flight:



Saturday, September 18, 2021

Power Girl and Power Man in: "The Demons of Date Night!"

 

There's a new 6-issue mini-series from DC coming out called One Star Squadron.  It will be written by Mark Russell with art by Steve Lieber and will feature Power Girl and a handful of other DC B and C-listers in a Heroes for Hire type situation. I can only imagine what Luke Cage would think of Karen Starr's new gig.  If it gets good reviews, I'll check it out once collected.

This marks the 12th appearance of The Power Couple on this blog.  


Friday, September 17, 2021

Silver Surfer and Thundarr the Barbarian

 

I still think that Keanu Reeves would be a good choice to play The Silver Surfer, but he may think that the role is too similar to the part he played in The Day The Earth Stood Still.  The role will require an actor that can be emotive while stoic, it's all about the voice.  Galactus will most likely largely be a product of CGI, so the performer's voice will be paramount there as well.  I haven't heard a peep about either character actually showing up in the MCU yet, so I'm guessing that Marvel still has a few years to cast these roles.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Blue Devil and Beta Ray Bill

 

If Nathan Fillion doesn't get his wish to portray Wonder Man or Sasquatch for the MCU, perhaps he should go for another DC Comics character.  I think he'd be a great match for Dan Cassidy, AKA Blue Devil.  HBO Max is preparing movies and shows featuring characters from Justice League Dark, so there's certainly a chance for the trident-wielding hero to show up.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Hulk Vs. Mr. Terrific

 

This is a combination that might be fun to see,  I like the juxtaposition of characters with brains and those that possess raw strength, whether they be at odds or trying to work together.  Since this is a comic, you know you can expect a little bit of both!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Star Trek: TNG, The Watcher and Mr. Mxyzptlk

 

I've been getting a kick out of What If? on Disney+.  The animation style took some getting used to, but now I think it's pretty cool.  My favorite episode so far has been the Dr. Strange-centric one.  Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher is so good that I hope he brings the role to live action in a future movie.  I have a feeling we'll be seeing some of the characters and storyline in this show included in upcoming MCU films.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Robin Vs. Kang in: "Batting 1,000!"

 


Looks like Kang's experiment with Batman from STF #2390 got a little out of hand, and now it's up to the Boy Wonder to make sense of things.  I can't wait to see what shenanigans Kang gets into when he next appears in the MCU.  From the end of the Loki series, it seems that he's already gotten started.

Kang battled the greatest Robin of all in STF #1744...


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Crimson Avenger and Iron Man

 

The Crimson Avenger has been featured in photo form on a couple episodes of Stargirl.  Hopefully that means eventually we'll get a flashback featuring him.  I got a real kick out of seeing Johnny Thunder and the Ted Grant Wildcat a few weeks back, and I hope the show keeps including scenes of the old school heroes like that one.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Kitty Pryde and Batman in: "Two Times a Lady!"


Is the world ready for three different Batmen coming to theaters in one year.  The Flash promises to bring back Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader and we'll also get Robert Pattinson in The Batman, exploring the character's early years.  Both Marvel and DC are having a lot of fun with the concept of multiverses, so I think that the general public will be able to roll with the idea of multiple Dark Knight iterations.  I just hope we eventually get our Keaton-led Batman Beyond movie!

Batman and Kitty first met on a B&B: The Lost Issues cover back in 2010...

Friday, September 10, 2021

The New Warriors and The Justice Society of America

 

Judging by the characters recently and about to be introduced, it looks like the MCU is just going to skip right by The New Warriors and go straight to The Young Avengers.  I suppose that is understandable, as Avengers is the marquee name, but I still hope Marvels' 90's teen team eventually get their chance at live action. You just know that Speedball would look cool displaying his abilities.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Captain America and Aquaman

 

An image of Jason Momoa's Stealth Suit from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been released, and it looks pretty cool to me.  It seems tp be inspired by the blue suit that Aquaman wore in his 1986 mini-series.  That look didn't last very long, but I remember liking it, and I am glad to see a nod to it here.  There's been a shot released of Momoa in the classic Aquaman garb as well, I'm glad that will also be back as it looks great on him.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Blue Beetle and Black Widow

 

I'm looking forward to seeing Xolo Mariduena bring the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle to life in the announced HBO Max movie.  I hope that the legacy aspect of the character is left intact and that we also get to see Ted Kord in there somewhere, perhaps in a mentor role as eventually happened in the comics.  A nod to the original Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett, would just be icing on the cake!

Thank you to Mike Shirley, a Patron of this Blog, for suggesting this team up!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

STF: The Lost Issues! on The Fire and Water Podcast!

I was honored to be a guest of The Irredeemable Shag on The Fire and Water Podcast this past Sunday! We chat about the blog, then discuss our favorite Firestorm team ups of all time. It was a ton of fun and you can check it out here:

Black Panther Vs. Solomon Grundy

 

It looks like Solomon Grundy will be back eventually on Stargirl.  Rick Tyler has been leaving food in the woods for someone, after all.  I'm guessing when he returns, he'll be in a somewhat gentler form and maybe even help out the heroes, as he did back in the Infinity Inc. comic series.  I just hope the budget allows for more than quick glimpses of him this time around.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Sgt. Rock and Tor

There are comic book artists that may have been more influential, like Jack Kirby and Neal Adams, and there's at least one artist that I would call my favorite when I factor in sentimental reasons (Jim Aparo), but if you were to ask my my opinion on who I feel to be the greatest comics illustrator of all time, I don't even have to think about it: Joe Kubert.  I'm always in awe at his work, which never waned through his long career.  All while he was teaching a new generation of artists at his school!

 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Aliens Vs. Jonah Hex

 


Jonah Hex has been to the future and back, so maybe he's heard about the Xenomorphs sometime during his travels.  He's going to need any extra edge he can get if he wants to have a chance in this battle.  Never count Hex out, though - he always finds a way.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

The Avengers and The Omega Men

 

I really thought that the Omega Men were going to be the next big thing when they were introduced.  They were launched out of the red hot New teen Titans, after all.  Despite their roster of cool characters, they never really caught on, though - even in later revival attempts.  Maybe starting out as a direct only title hurt their chances of finding a wider audience?  I know I was still only getting my comics from the newsstand when their series was first published.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Red Tornado Vs. Whirlwind


I have to think that Red Tornado will emerge victorious here.  Not only does he have the spirit of a Tornado Champion within him, all he has to do is move slightly over to the side - I mean, Whirlwind's helmet may offer protection, but it looks like it severely hampers peripheral vision! It would still be fun to see though!

 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Justice League of America and Nova

 

The Grey Gargoyle was a cool villain, if only because imagining being turned to stone was a frightening prospect to me as a young comics reader.   I did have one question about his costume, though.  It was cool that he appeared to be made of or at least covered with stone, but the cape confused me.  It appeared to fold and flow like normal cloth.  It seemed to me that it should have been at least somewhat rigid (or not included at all).

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Cyborg Superman Vs. Ultron

 


Superman and Lois has finished its first season, and it has been a very entertaining show.  I look forward to what they have in store for the future.  With John Henry Irons and The Eradicator already in place, not to mentioned Jordan Kent becoming somewhat of a Superboy as he discovers his powers, all they need to do is introduce Hank Henshaw as the Cyborg Superman, and the show will be able have its own take on Reign of the Supermen.  I hope the producers have something like that in mind.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Sasquatch and Captain Canuck

 

I remember during the comics boom of the 90's, all sorts of new superhero teams were popping up, most of which did not last very long.  One thing they all seemed to have in common was "the big guy in the back".  Every group shot seemed to have one member of giant proportions standing behind the rest of the teammates.  I don't know if it was because the writers all liked these oversized characters, or if the artists would just rather draw another hero than a background, but there were lots of examples of this.  Sasquatch was the big guy in the back for Alpha Flight, but he did it before it became a cliche!  look forward to Marvel Phase 8 or whenever he and Alpha Flight will make their MCU debut!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Vixen and Tigra

Tigra is overdue for a live action debut, though she might be a tough character to pull off on screen.  I imagine that her outfit is considered too skimpy for Disney's standards, and her fur covered form will either require expensive CGI or a full-body makeup job to bring to life.  Still, I always liked her personality and time on the Avengers, so I hope she is introduced eventually.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sub-Mariner and The Spectre

 

I can see this being a fiery confrontation.  I just don't imagine these two getting along very well.  Perhaps if Namor can explain that his attacks on the Surface World were acts of vengeance, he can connect with the Spectre on that level, and they might find some common ground?

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Iceman Vs. Mr. Freeze

 

Like many, I rank "Heart of Ice" as one of the very best episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.  The new, tragic origin for Mister Freeze gave him a motivation and gravitas that the villain never had before.  He came off cool but somewhat goofy in the comics and the Batman TV show, but with this episode, he rose to the top tier of the Dark Knight's rogues gallery.  Fortunately, the comics followed suit and adapted his animated history for stories going forward.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Howard the Duck and The Flash

 

Speculation but possible SPOILERS for the FLASH movie follow:


From set footage and cryptic comments by actors, the villain for the upcoming Flash movie is becoming clear and it's kind of a surprising one.  I had assumed The Reverse Flash would be involved somehow, but it looks like they are going in a slightly different direction by having Barry Allen dealing with a duplicate of himself.  We have seen the stand-in sharing scenes, dressed to look identical to Ezra Miller (except with yellow lining on his sneaker rather than the Red that Miller is wearing, hmmm...).  I'm not sure how I feel about this - I am not a big fan of Miller in the title role, so two of him doesn't really help things in my eyes.  Still, this is all speculation, we probably won't get any concrete answers until the DC Fandome presentation in a few months.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Man-Bat Vs. The Vulture

 


The Spider-Man: No Way Home teaser has dropped, and in it we see subtle and not-so-subtle teases for Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman and The Lizard.  That still leaves one more space on the roster to complete a full Sinister Six team.  Will Michael Keaton's Vulture return?  We know he will show up in Morbius, but could he appear here as well?  I think that Mysterio is more likely - if anyone could fake his death, it's him, and something or someone definitely seems to be influencing Doctor Strange.  Hopefully some more light will be shed when a full trailer is released.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Jonny Quest and Green Lantern

 

Hal Jordan is an adventurer at heart, so I think that he would appreciate the fact that Jonny and Hadji share that spirit.  Stick the three of them in The Savage Land, with a mysterious MacGuffin, and you've got a story that writes itself!  Well, I would read it anyway!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Batman and Gargoyles

 

With Disney so into turning all of their animated properties into live action, I'm surprised that we have never heard anything about bringing Gargoyles back.  Even if they didn't want to go with a CGI-heavy live action version, the series is ripe for at least an animated revival.  Maybe they are watching to see how much viewership the original episodes get on Disney+.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Black Knight and Dr. Fate

 

The final Eternals trailer showed  more about the plot  - 7 days to stop Earth cracking like an egg to give birth to a new Celestial - but just a quick glimpse of Dane Whitman.  It looks like he will be very much a supporting character, and we will probably have to wait for another Marvel movie down the line for him to fully become the Black Knight we  know from the comics.  At least his story is being set up.  Maybe he'll come into possession of the Ebony Blade in a post credits sequence?

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Wildcat and Iron Fist

 

They may have different fighting styles, but both of these guys have a real respect for training and keeping their skills sharp. I imagine that they would get along pretty well and it wouldn't be hard to think of a story where their paths would cross.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Eternity and Kid Eternity

 

The final Eternals trailer was released this week, and we got a couple more glimpses of The Celestials.  They look pretty impressive, we will see how much they actually do in the movie, or if they are just featured in flashback and expository scenes. If this movie deals with Celestials and Eternals, is there a chance that Eternity will be introduced?  They have a bunch of other characters to debut, so that's probably a long shot - even if it would be a good place to do so.

Friday, August 20, 2021

The Hulk and The Demon


It was pointed out in a recent comment section that I had not yet paired Etrigan up with The Hulk.  I was surprised that I never  had put them together, and agreed that they were overdue for a meeting.  Something tells me that they would actually get along pretty well, as they both truly enjoy letting loose against hordes of enemies.  Pity whoever got in their way!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Spider-Man and Dirty Harry

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see a trailer for Cry Macho the other day, an upcoming movie starring and directed by Clint Eastwood.  I thought that Eastwood had retired from acting after The Mule, but here he is pulling double duty again.  Even in his 90's Eastwood does amazing work, and now I can look forward to watching at least one more performance.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Judge Dredd and The Atom

With his long comics history and large following, I am surprised there has never been an animated movie or series featuring Judge Dredd.  I think there may be some animated fan efforts out there, but I haven't seen anything official.  It is definitely a property that would lend itself well to the form.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Iron Man is Batman

 

I'm very to eager to see Michael Keaton return as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the currently filming Flash movie. He apparently will have a sizeable role (Ben Affleck will be there too in a smaller appearance).  One thing that puzzles me is the shots of the Batmobile we have seen in promotional images.  I'm kind of torn on it - while it's cool to have the 1989 Batmobile back, it doesn't make sense to me that Batman would not have upgraded his ride in 33 years.  Hopefully it can turn corners a little better now!

Batman and Iron Man last met battling The Mad Hatter in STF #3049... they first met back in my B&B: The Lost Issues days, first on a Bronze Age cover, and then on a Golden Age cover.... Plus, Batman also met Iron Man 2020...

Monday, August 16, 2021

Wolverine and Black Lightning

 


the Black Lightning show on the CW my be over, but hopefully we haven't seen the last of Cress Williams in the role. I remember in the comics that Jefferson Pierce lived in Metropolis for a while. So maybe he can look in on the city while Superman and Lois are taking care of business in Smallville on their show, that might be a fun crossover.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Galactus Vs. Jor-El

 

Jor-El could really rock that headband.  He's had a lot of looks over the years from John Byrne's futuristic reimagining to Marlon Brando's shiny pajamas, but I still prefer the classic colorful outfit.  Plus, it explains why Superman eventually dresses the way he does.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Road Warriors!


I saw the suggestion of an all sentient car team in the comments and at first I thought I wouldn't be able to fit many of them on one cover.  The idea stuck with me though, so I gave it a shot.  It's been well over four decades since I watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, so I forget whether that car has a mind of its own, like the others.  If not, this is the Earth-STF Chitty, a sentient variant!

Friday, August 13, 2021

Xena and Shanna The She-Devil

 

The Savage Land is an untapped locale so far for the MCU.  I hope they get there eventually, though.  In addition to residents Shanna and Ka-Zar, some really cool Marvel Comics storylines have taken place there.  I'd love to see it and it's inhabitants brought to the big screen.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Green Lantern and the Hulk / Hourman Vs. Giant-Man

 

I've always liked a good back up story in comics.  They were usually as good as the lead feature (unlike many of the "B" sides to record singles that I would pick up).  Some of my favorites were Elongated man solo adventures in Detective Comics, Whatever happened to...? in DC Comics Presents, and Green Lantern or Firestorm in The Flash.  

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Justice Society of America and Squadron Supreme

 

Since the Squadron Supreme is inspired by the Justice League of America, it would be interesting to see them interact with the heroes responsible for inspiring that team.  You have to wonder how long it will be before Kevin Feige decides to introduce the Squadron in the MCU.  I can imagine Warner Bros wincing if they get their own feature before another JLA movie is put together!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Rocket Raccoon & Groot Vs. Woody Woodpecker

James Gunn has a way with inhuman characters with limited vocabularies.  Just as he did with Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, he managed to make King Shark a fan favorite character in The Suicide Squad.  He managed to make a creature that eats men whole kind of sympathetic! The rest of the cast is as well envisioned and the movie is certainly worth a watch, even if (like me) you aren't a big fan of the more violent moments and not all of the comedy lands.  The visuals, great character work and performances (including the best Harley Quinn scene to date) make it a fun, crazy romp.

Thank you to Marc Tyler Nobleman, comics' historian and Patron of this Blog, for suggesting this match up!

 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Wonder Man and Martian Manhunter



Oh, that's gonna leave a mark. I'd be up for a Wonder Man Disney+ show starring Nathan Fillion - what say you?  He was fun in The Suicide Squad but deserves a bigger spotlight.

Wonder man here is by the legendary Gene Colan and Scorch is by the amazing Ed McGuiness - I was fortunate enough to be able to pick up a sketch by each of them several years back:




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