Sunday, February 28, 2021

Hellboy and Lobo


Lobo doesn't really get along with a lot of characters, but I think that he might not mind working with Hellboy.  The last Czarnian always welcomes a good fight and Hellboy knows where all the best monsters are hidden.  I can definitely see the two of them cutting a wide path through the nether realm.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Justice League of America and Doctor Strange


Cat Blanchett's Hela is probably my favorite Marvel villain to appear thus far.  Her performance was spot on and she looked amazing and comics accurate in her various costumes.  I especially appreciated that they did not shy away from Jack Kirby's extravagant helmet design.  I'd love to see the her return down the line, although I am guessing that's tougher to do with such a powerful character.  

Friday, February 26, 2021

Stripesy and Dum Dum Dugan


Not only are these two of my favorite supporting characters, they both share the same last name, so why not have them share an adventure together?  I'm looking forward to the return of Pat Dugan on the upcoming second season of Stargirl.  Dum Dum Dugan may not be returning to the MCU unless they present another period piece... or feature the Zombified Version that runs with the new Howling Commandos!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Starman Vs. Iron Man in: "Knight Terrors!"

This marks the third adventure between Starman and Iron Man - They joined Black Widow and Black Canary in STF #2491 and first appeared together in STF #2190... there's something I like about putting these two heroes together.  Maybe it's the juxtaposition of cosmic based abilities and science based weaponry... or maybe just because I think they look cool together.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Darth Vader and Galactus


The last time these two appeared together, way back in STF #40, Vader had begun working for Galactus.  I thought that it might be interesting to flip that dynamic for a second meeting between the two. I'm very interested to see how Darth Vader is handled in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series.  I'm glad that Hayden Christiansen will get another crack at the role of Anakin Skywalker, hopefully he'll be given better dialogue to work with this time around!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Huntress and Mockingbird


Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that Clint Barton's time in The House of Mystery has perhaps had some lasting effects... Regular visitors to this blog will know that Hawkeye and Huntress are siblings on Earth-STF, and I figured that is was high time that Helena shared an adventure with her sister-in-law.  I'd like for Bobbi Morse to show up in the Disney+ Hawkeye series, but I think a version of the character appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may rule that out, since apparently Kevin Feige was not a fan of that series.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Hawkeye in the House of Mystery


I saw that Can and Abel have been cast for the upcoming Netflix series, and I an glad that they will be a part of the mix.  DC's most famous horror hosts have entertained readers for years, and it's high time they received a live action treatment!  I'm not familiar with actors Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry, but I hope they do the roles justice with equal amounts of mystery, darkness, and humor.

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

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Blade and Green Arrow & Black Canary


Thank you to Blog visitor Wolfhammer for suggesting a Blade/Green Arrow pairing.  It's a pretty natural one that I am surprised I had not done before.  I figured that I would let Black Canary join in on the fesivities.  As much as I like both her and GA as solo characters, I think they work the best when they are together.  It always bothered me that writers seemed determined to break them apart in the comics.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Moon Knight and The Elongated Man in: "Fracas on Fat Tuesday!"


The MK/EM team returns!  This is the eighth meeting of STF's greatest crimefighting team:

MK's desperate treatment for Ralph was conducted in STF #3169... Concern about Eclipso's lasting effect on Ralph arose in STF #3098, Ralph fell under Eclipso's influence in STF #2908, They faced an angry underworld in STF #2831,  Psycho Pirate turned them against each other in STF #2732, Ralph came to the rescue in STF #2518, and they first started working together in STF #2169...

Friday, February 19, 2021

Master of Kung Fu Vs. Storm Shadow


News about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been somewhat sparse.  Other than some casting and a bare outline of the plot (and a few unconfirmed rumors), next to nothing solid has leaked about the production.  I saw one distant photo of Simu Liu and Awkwafina shooting a scene and a blurry long distance shot of a movie set, but little else.  That's not a bad thing, I feel like I already know too much about the upcoming Black Widow.  It's nice to go see a movie with no preconceived notions as to what is going to happen.  We'll get a trailer or teaser in the next few months, hopefully nothing too spoilery.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Blue Beetle Vs. Dark Phoenix

Blue & Gold, a proposed buddy superhero movie starring Blue Beetle and Booster Gold was one of the many potential DC movies that was mentioned once and then never again.  Marvel has buddy show Falcon and the Winter Soldier as well as a She-Hulk show with comedic elements coming up, so maybe the suits at Warner Brothers should reconsider the concept for an HBO Max ongoing series instead. Just as long as the heroes are presented as capable - Ted and Booster can still be funny while still being effective heroes.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Challengers of the Unknown Vs. The Hulk


Pavement sure had some strange properties in the comics I read as a kid.  Characters like The Hulk, Superman and The Thing would often pull stunts like the one above, whipping a sidewalk like it was a towel.  Another move was to roll the street up and wrap your opponents in it.  These were always visually impressive displays, if not always scientifically sound.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Swamp Thing Vs. The Punisher


The recent Swamp Thing series was imperfect - the pacing was pretty slow and some of the performances veered over to the cheesy side - but I still don't believe it deserved to be cancelled so abruptly.  Swamp Thing himself was realized well and the show seemed to be finding its footing and building to some interesting storylines by the final episode.  The sets have been destroyed and talent as moved on to other projects, so the show will not be returning.  Swamp Thing may well be a part of the upcoming HBO Max Justice League Dark series, it will be interesting to see if it will be a new iteration of the muck monster or a continuation of the previous show.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Superman and Donald Duck


As far as Disney characters went, I thought that Mickey Mouse had the best adventures, Goofy was the funniest and Donald Duck was the most relatable.  Nothing he tried ever went according to plan, he had tons of energy and felt every emotion to the ultimate degree, not unlike me as a child.  How could I not root for the guy?

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Green Lantern and Ultron

I've read that a deal could not be worked out with Ryan Reynolds to reprise his Green Lantern role in the Justice League Snyder Cut coming out next month.  I'm betting that Zack Snyder still wants to have a new GL cameo though.  Will it still be Hal Jordan, but recast?  Maybe John Stewart will be used instead, or even a fully CGI Lantern like in the Amazon battle scene.  I just want one shot of the complete League together, with a GL and The Martian Manhunter in attendance.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Creeper Vs. The Prowler

One of the many aspects of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that I really enjoyed was the use of The Prowler, a cool character that I did not expect to show up in a movie.  The way he was depicted made him even cooler, I loved the way the animators moved him around on the screen.  Rumor has it that for the upcoming sequel, Spidey villain C-lister The Spot will be a main antagonist.   He is a very fun character visually, and I hope he does indeed appear because I'm betting that there will be some great and inventive action scenes using his unique power set.

Thanks to STF visitor Wolfhammer for suggesting this team up!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Black Lightning Vs. Aliens


It will be interesting to see what Disney/Marvel does with the Aliens and Predator properties now that they have the rights.  I imagine we will see more crossovers between the two monster franchises and Marvel heroes.  Will they stick to one-shots and mini-series, or will they perhaps be fully integrated into the Marvel Universe?  That might be a bit much.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Toro and Robin


If memory serves, one of the reasons Dick Grayson chose Robin as his superhero handle was in honor of the legendary tales of Robin Hood.  I wonder then, why he wasn't given a bow and arrow to use?  Green Arrow would not be created for another year at least, so it would have still been a novel idea.  Maybe they just  didn't want kids to emulate the young hero by trying out the weapons themselves?  Batarangs were harder to come by I suppose.

Robin previously met Toro as part of the Young Allies in STF #197, and a very early Lost Brave and the Bold cover... 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Wonder Woman and Spider-Man in: "Aunt May's Other Life!"


Nothing makes my feel my age like the fact that the cinematic Aunt May is now portrayed by someone just a few years older than me.  Don't get me wrong, Marisa Tomei is pleasant to watch, but I'm used to the frail elderly Aunt from the comics.  Rosemary Harris from the first Spider-Man trilogy was like the character had walked right off of the page, still one of the best comic book movie castings ever, in my opinion.

Wonder Woman and Spidey first crossed paths in STF #572...

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Jocasta Vs. Amazo


Jocasta has a great design and interesting origin and in my opinion is always a welcome addition to any Avengers line up. I'm not sure whether she's hanging with them these days or spending time with Machine Man as she often does.  It's high time she got the spotlight a mini-series of her own.  She's spent decades as a supporting character, let's see how she does as a lead.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Iron Man and Black Canary


There have been many attempts to put Black Canary in live action, but none have seemed like the comic character to me.   The first try was the campy Challenge of the Super-Heroes specials in the 70's, where at least the costume was spot on.  A version appeared in the first Birds of Prey TV show which was a young girl with vague psychic abilities.  I had high hopes for Black Canary on Arrow, but the hero was broken up into three or four version of the character, none which really reflected Dinah Lance from the comics.  Most recent was Jurnee Smollett's take, who fainted after a single use of the canary cry.  Black Canary seems like one of the easiest heroes to adapt to live action, maybe one of these days they'll get her just right.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Adam Strange Vs. The Red Skull


Has anyone checked out the new Strange Adventures series by Tom King?  I was wondering if I should pick it up once collected, but King is a very hit or miss writer with me. I quite liked his Mister Miracle work, and have heard nothing but good stuff about his Vision mini series, but I was actively turned off from what I have seen of his writing for Heroes in Crisis and Batman.  Still, I like Adam Strange and Mr. Terrific, so I'd be interested to know if this current series does them justice.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Supergirl and She-Hulk


With the final seasons of Supergirl and Black Lightning coming this year, it will be interesting to see how each series in concluded.  Superman and Lois is about to begin and Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman and The Flash have all been renewed for at least another more season beyond the upcoming one, so the CW 's DC shows are continuing.  Will Supergirl and BL retire at the end of their runs, or will they continue on and we just won't have shows that follow their adventures?  I'd prefer the latter, so that they can still be available for crossover appearances.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Hourman and Daredevil in: "Pre-Dawn Partnership!"


I paired these two together in STF #2892, but I wanted to revisit this combo for a slightly earlier adventure, so that I could use Daredevil's original costume.  Until looking at them side by side, I never realized how similar their looks were. I'm guessing that DD would draw the line at wearing a cape though!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Super Friends and Birdman


Wendy and Marvin didn't do much for me as a kid watching The Super Friends.  I know the idea was for me to see what it was like for someone closer to my age to hang out with the World's Greatest Super-Heroes, but in my imagination, I wanted to actually be a hero, not just a bystander.  The Donnie and Marie-inspired Wonder Twins were a better solution, since they actually had powers and could participate in the action.  Still, like the first two companions, they had no comic book counterparts, so I never got very attached to them. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Thor and He-Man


DC Comics Presents was one of my favorite titles growing up, and I tried never to miss an issue when they hit the newsstands.  My patience was tried when Superman shared an issue with The Masters of The Universe, a property that was completely unknown to me at the time.  Why was some toy tie in taking up space when the Man of Steel could have been meeting Ragman, Wildcat, The Haunted Tank, or some other DC mainstay that the series had not featured yet?  Little did I know what a phenomenon MOTU would become in later years.  Hmmm, I still have that issue filed away, I wonder if the first comics appearance of He-Man et al has gone up in value?

If this scene seems familiar its because it is - I started this cover in STF # 3020, and forgot I completed it - consider this a "5 seconds later" image!  I gotta start taking better notes!

These two first met in STF #1777...

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Doctor Fate and Blade


I'm really looking forward to seeing what the MCU does with Blade.  It seems like a long time since the announcement of Mahershala Ali in the role, and we've heard nothing about the project since.  Blade deserves to be handled well - the Wesley Snipes movies really got the ball rolling as far a s putting Marvel heroes on the big screen and proved that even B or C list characters could look cool and have theatrical success if handled well, even in a Rated R film.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Starman and Nova


I enjoyed the Will Payton Starman series.  It was just great old school super-heroics, and with the always reliable Roger Stern on writing chores, it was a fun, if overlooked, series.  The unattractive costume color scheme from the first two years did not help, Starman looked much better once he switched to the red and black version.  He reminded me a little of Richard Rider, so this might be a fun pairing to see.

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