Thursday, September 30, 2021

Green Lantern and Rom

I paired these two together in a back up feature in STF #1100, but I felt they were worthy of having a cover all to themselves.  Certainly if there's any group that I would expect a Spaceknight to come in contact with it would be the GLC.  I can only imagine the conflict that would be caused if they allowed a Dire Wraith to wield a Power Ring!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Punisher and The Huntress


I'm a little surprised that I haven't featured these two together yet.  Both of them have a focus on stamping out organized crime, so I imagine their paths are destined to cross sooner or later.  Both have also been known to go over the line in their adventures, so I don't see either one trying to tame the other's impulses as often happens when they are teamed with more straight laced heroes.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The X-Files and Swamp Thing


I truly enjoy looking at the artwork of Francesco Francavilla.  He has one of the most unique styles that I have seen in some time, I can't quite point to another artist that his work resembles.  Best of all, he seems to be able to utilize his signature look effectively in many different genres.  It is always a treat to see his interpretation of a new character.

This isn't the only muck monster that Mulder and Scully have come across...

Monday, September 27, 2021

X-Men and The Outsiders in "The Taming of the Phoenix!"


These groups have a bit of history on the blog - The Outsiders first met The Phoenix in STF #112, and the one hero able to withstand The Phoenix Force was revealed in STF #2526... The X-Men came to The Outsiders assistance in STF #2595... and both teams had an adventure at The Statue of Liberty in STF #2675...

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Deathlok Joins Star Wars


This was a team up that I hadn't considered before but once I started to put together, began to really to make sense.  Luther Manning fits right in with the world of Star Wars.

I am always happy to use an image by the amazing Dave Cockrum.  I was lucky enough to pick up a couple of pieces by him several years ago:  

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Stingray Vs. Black Manta


I thought that Black Manta was the coolest looking member of  The Legion of Doom when I watched Super Friends as a kid, so it was a thrill to finally see him realized in live action in Aquaman.  My only complaint was that I wanted more!  He promises to have a larger role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and I am looking forward to seeing how he has leveled up for the sequel.

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.

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