Friday, April 30, 2021

Tank Girl and Harley Quinn

 


Now that I put these two together, I wonder why I hadn't considered the pairing before.  They really do seem to be cut from the same cloth.  I was not a fan of Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey, but I am looking forward to Margot Robbie's third outing in the role in The Suicide Squad.  What little has been shown looks to be a little closer to the comics version than we have seen thus far.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Doctor Strange and Zatara

 


Production on Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness has finally begun, and I can't wait to see what the movie has in store for us.  Will The Scarlet Witch be a full on villain or find some redemption?  What other worlds and characters from the multiverse will be included?  How will Baron Mordo and Clea fit in? Most of all, I can't wait to see director Sam Raimi back in the world of super heroes.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Batman and The Vision in: "Defeat and Repeat!"

 


Man, if not for this pandemic, we would have already seen The Batman in theaters.  Now we still have a full year to wait for it!  Let's hope they're using the extra time to perfect the product!  

Batman and The Vison have crossed paths before on the blog.  Once with the Scarlet Witch, and once in a very early B&B Cover...

I was able to pick up a Bob Kane Batman sketch many years ago:



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Atari Force and ROM


 Here's a tale of two licensed properties.  Both had talented writers and artists working on their comic series, but one had a distinct difference.  Atari Force was alone with its own story and continuity, while ROM was placed squarely in the middle of the Marvel Universe, with familiar heroes and villains crossing paths with the titular hero.  Perhaps if DC had made Atari Force a pert of the DCU, their comic would have had a wider appeal than it did.

I bought it mainly for the gorgeous JL Garcia Lopez art.  Here's an original sketch of Starfire by him from my collection:



Monday, April 26, 2021

Teen Titans and Ben 10 (And More!)

 


Watching Saturday morning cartoons was a treasured time for me as a kid.  In addition to all of the colorful characters I saw, it was also a rare moment of solitude for me during the week.  I was the second youngest of seven children, so I was always in the midst of a crowd at home. On some Saturdays, I would be able to get up before everyone else and have an hour or two just to myself.  Alone time was a precious commodity to me in those days!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Plastic Man Vs. The Trapster

 

OK, this was a suggestion from either a blog Patron or a visitor in the comments, but I forget who!  So if it was you, speak up and thanks for the inspiration!  

UPDATE! Thank you to David Clerici for the idea for this this clever match up!

Speaking of inspirations, one of the greatest in the comics world is legendary artist Ramona Fradon.  at 94 years old, she is still creating amazing artwork today.  I was very fortunate to get an original piece from her many years back:


Coming tomorrow: STF #3300!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Iron Man and Doc Savage


 For a while as a kid I thought that Doc Savage was  simply another Marvel superhero.  The first time I became aware of him was from his appearances in Marvel Two-In-One and  Giant-Size Spider-Man, after all.  I later realized he had a long history of pulp novels before Marvel temporarily acquired the rights to use him.  It would have been cool to see him stick around a bit longer and mett some other heroes from the MCU.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Spider-Woman and Robin

 

Now that the Disney+ Secret Invasion series is picking up steam with the recent castings of Emilia Clarke and Olivia Coleman, there has been speculation as to whether Spider-Woman will be joining the MCU.  A big reveal in the comics series was when Jessica Drew was revealed to be a Skrull in disguise.  I'm betting that Kevin Feige will not want to use the same hero as the comics did for that moment though.  Also, I'm not sure if Spider-Woman is considered a Sony character that would have to be shared with Disney the way Spider-Man is.

Always happy to feature the amazing art of JL Garcia Lopez on this blog.  This Robin is from JLGL's DC Comics Presents run.  I was very lucky to get a page from the issue of that series he did featuring Deadman, it's a favorite of mine:



Thursday, April 22, 2021

Power Pack and Halo

 

Thank you to Justin, a Patron of this blog, for suggesting I pair Halo and Julie Power together due to their similar powers.  There's definitely story potential there!  I've always liked Jim Aparo's design for Halo's outfit, it's quite unique.  I parted ways with my original Batman and the Outsiders art page featuring Halo, but I still have one page of Aparo art in my collection:



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Nightcrawler and Storm Join The Legion of Super-Heroes

 


A big part of the appeal of both the LSH and X-Men for me was the wide array of cool costumes their respective rosters were given.  Dave Cockrum was the artist responsible for many of the best outfits on both teams. Indeed,  Storm and Nightcrawlers' looks were adapted from unused Legionnaire designs of his, a bit of trivia that inspired me to make this cover.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Master of Kung-Fu and Blue Beetle

 


We should start seeing some promotion for Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings soon, and I am looking forward to getting a better feel for the characters and plot of the upcoming film.  I know the movie will be straying from Shang-Chi's comic book origin, so I don't really know what to expect from the movie version.  Other than the plot revolving somewhat around a martial arts tournament, very little has been revealed about the story that will be told.  I can't wait to see what surprises may be in store. UPDATE:  Perfect timing, the first trailer has just been released!  It doesn't reveal too much plot wise, but it looks to have some awesome action and combat scenes. Awkwafina is doing her sassy best friend thing, which should be fun to watch. 

I am glad to use the artwork of Bronze Age comics legend Rich Buckler here.  I was lucky enough to pick up an original piece of his a while back (the strip is illustrated and signed on the back by Buckler and inker Joe Sinnott, despite the Larry Lieber credit on the front):



Monday, April 19, 2021

Crystar and Martinex


 This seems like it would just be a natural pairing.  I was happy to see Martinex make a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but it would nice to see the character be a bigger part of the MCU - especially since he is played by Michael Rosenbaum, still in my opinion the best live action Lex Luthor.

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...

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