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 know 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...

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Daredevil Vs. Predator


I made this cover before I found out that Disney had acquired the rights to the Alien and Predator franchises.  Now it seems like this is one of those match ups that might actually happen for real.  I don't know if Marvel has any interest in folding the two space monster epics into their mainstream continuity, but I wouldn't be surprised to at least see some crossover one shots or mini series featuring one or both versus heroes from the MCU.

Monday, March 15, 2021

X-Men Vs. Infinity, Inc.


Infinity Inc. was a well designed team, I really liked all of their costumes.  Well, maybe except for Nuklon's headwear - Come on, buddy - you have have a mohawk or a headband, but not both.  Pick a lane.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Mickey Mouse, Calvin & Hobbes and Snoopy


I still fondly remember one of my first stuffed animals from almost half a century ago.  I had a plush Snoopy that I brought everywhere with me.  What is mostly recall is that I had a bad habit of carrying him by his ears and they kept tearing off, so my mother would have to sew them back on from time to time.  Not many memories from those early years stand out, but that's something that has always stayed with me.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Stargirl and Wolverine


I'm looking forward to the new season of Stargirl.   Word is that Jon Wesley Shipp will be reprising his role as Jay Garrick, so we can expect more JSA action.  Jakeem Thunder will be joining the ranks of the young JSA'ers, and it will be interesting to see how Thunderbolt will be depicted.  We may even get a Green Lantern at some point in the season as I have read about some casting for Jade..  Should be fun!

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Spectre and Son of Satan


I never quite got Daimon Hellstrom's superhero outfit.  The shirtless/cape combo always seemed odd to me.  I get that maybe he was really proud of his chest emblem, maybe he even needed it exposed to use his magical abilities - but wouldn't a v-neck have sufficed?  I'm betting Captain America had plenty left over to lend after he abandoned his Nomad persona.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Storm and Batgirl


I can still remember Kitty Pryde's shocked reaction when Ororo first debuted her new look with the mohawk and leather outfit.  I was just as surprised, this was well before internet spoilers could ruin such a moment and at a time when costume changes were not found as frequently as they are now.  It was a cool look, even though at first I missed that beautiful head of hair and tiara that Storm was famous for.  Chris Claremont provided characterization to go along with the change and it made for some good drama as well.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Kang Vs. The Time Trapper


Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that The Flash isn't the only one that has gained attention for his time warping ways.  Visitors to this page, like Blog Patron Bob Greenwade, have suggested that Kang run afoul of The Time Trapper, and I have to agree that would make for an epic battle. Maybe together they can make some sense of DC Continuity!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Flash Vs. Kang in: "Second Time Around!"


I absolutely cannot wait to see how Kang is brought into the MCU.  He's one of Marvel's best villains and hopefully when Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania gets rolling, we'll get some idea of how he looks and will be utilized.

It looks like Kang was not done with the scarlet speedster once he trashed his cosmic treadmill in STF #2879...  the story doesn't end here though - make sure you come back tomorrow to witness the exciting conclusion!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Godzilla Vs. The Tick


I'm looking forward to Godzilla Vs. Kong when it is released later this month.  Godzilla: King of the Monsters got a lot of flack, but I quite enjoyed it.  Sure, the human characters could have been written a lot better, but those monster battles were awesome!  So I am going into this next film with the same attitude with which I watched that one - laugh at the humans and marvel at the behemoths! If I get enough spectacle it won't have to be Citizen Kane.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Silent Partners in: "Breaking the Silence!"


We've now seen The Darkhold on Wanda/Vision after a version of the book was used on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so it appears that Kevin Feige is ready to use concepts and characters from the Marvel TV shows.  That's good to hear, because I think the MCU will do a much better job of presenting heroes like Black Bolt and The Inhumans and villains like Absorbing Man and Graviton than we got in their first live action incarnations.

This is the fifth adventure of The Silent Partners - they last appeared battling Soundwave in STF #2810... the recruited Man-Thing in STF #2250, they were targeted in STF #1650, and made their debut in STF #764...

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Captain Comet and The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants


The incredibly entertaining Wanda/Vision has ended and 


The Scarlet Witch did not usher in the age of Mutants as some had guessed may happen.  Still, there seems to be some hope for X-Men fans - there's been a rumor of Marvel moving forward with plans for a movie titled The Mutants.  Not much to go on, and not even verified yet, but it's nice have some indication that the wheels are in motion to bring the Children of the Atom to the MCU.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Impulse Vs. Gorgon


Bart Allen was a fun addition to the Flash Family.  It was amusing seeing the hyperactive speedster interact with his older mentors and the other teen heroes from Young Justice.  Since then he's been aged and de-aged, changed his hero ID to Flash to Kid Flash and back to Impulse (I think).  I'm not sure, I lost track of him around the time the second Wally West as Kid Flash showed up and took his place on the Teen Titans.  I think Brian Michael Bendis may have brought Bart back in a new Young Justice title.  Sheesh, the Flash Family history is as confusing as Hawkman's at this point!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Superman Vs. Homelander


I had never read The Boys in comic form so did not know what to expect from the Amazon Prime series.  I have to say that I like the show quite a lot, which surprises me, as I prefer my superheroes to be presented as people of virtue.  Even so, it's interesting to see this take on a corporate based group of supers with their own personal motivations.  I'm not a big fan of gore, and there's usually at least one scene an episode where I have to avert my eyes, but other than that, I find it to be an engaging series and I look forward to a third season. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Aliens Vs. The Phantom Stranger

 It will be interesting to see what becomes of the Alien and Predator franchises now that they have been acquired by Disney.  I've read that they are interested in creating new streaming series for each.  Can such show work on Disney+, or would they have to be too watered down?  Maybe they'll go to the Disney-owned Hulu instead?

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Defenders and the Legion of Super-Heroes


I'm surprised that I haven't paired up these two teams until now, I had to go back and check just to be sure.  There's enough variety in the memberships of DC's premiere Super Team and Marvel's official Non-Team that any number of line ups could make for an exciting tale with lots of contrasting personalities and power sets.  I'm still hoping to eventually see big budget live action treatments for either team.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Xena and Valkyrie


Fraiser joins the ever growing list of series that are coming back for new seasons after a run that concluded several years ago.  Some of these have been welcome and some should probably have not returned  Xena is one show that I would love to see revisited, at least as a streaming movie.  Lucy Lawless is still in good shape and it would be cool to see what has become of  The Warrior Princess as well as Gabrielle and Joxur.  It would be nice to see at least one episode with today's special effect capabilities, too.

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