Friday, December 31, 2021

Power Man & Iron Fist and Johnny Thunder


Continued from yesterdays cover, we come to the middle part of our 3-part epic.  It looks like Johnny was able to get free from Kang, but not before his teammates were taken.  Maybe now that the Heroes for Hire are on the case, we can get this situation settled.  Make sure you come back for Part Three tomorrow to see the exciting conclusion!

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Justice Society of America Vs. Kang in: "Chronal Detention!"


Presenting part One of a Three-Part Epic!  A blurry image of Kang from early promotional materials for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has made the rounds, and it looks promising.  It's small and he is only seen in a reflection - but it does seem to look like Kang will indeed have the classic appearance from the comics.  I enjoyed Jonathan Majors in the final episode of Loki, and I think he will be even better here.

Make sure you come back tomorrow to see where the story goes in Part Two!

Kang first encountered the JSA in STF #2294...

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Wolverine and Hawk & Dove


This would be a fun team up if only to see how Logan gets along with each side of this team. I was happy to use a Steve Dillon Wolverine image here.  He really made an impression on me, especially his work on The Punisher.  I was lucky enough to pick up an original page by him several years back:

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Doctor Strange and The Legion of Super-Heroes


Here's another cover that comes about as a result of a conversation in the comments section of this blog. Thanks for the idea, Emsley Wyatt! I figured this would be a somewhat cluttered cover, and it is - but I managed to get everyone in there.  Let's just hope that Doctor Strange is a bit more careful with his spell casting than he is in Spider-Man: No Way Home!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Deadman and Power Pack


I have a soft spot for Power Pack, but I don't know that they'll ever join the MCU.  It's tough to do a series of movies with young kids, as they grow so fast between installments (something I'm sure that DC/Warner Bros. is dealing with for Shazam: Fury of the Gods).  Maybe a Disney+ show would be better since they can present a longer story that doesn't take as much time to film.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Thor and The Legion of Doom


I really dug Jack Kirby's take on the villains of DC Comics.  He had a real knack for inhuman yet expressive faces and DC has no shortage of those.  I only wish I had seen more - it would have been cool to see him tackle Solomon Grundy, Sinestro or Two-Face.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Doctor Who and Cindy-Lou Who


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  I'd like to take this time to thank each and every visitor to this blog.  Your enthusiasm and encouragement keeps me going and I love reading your comments, thoughts and suggestions.  A special thanks go out to the Patrons, who truly go the extra mile in supporting this ongoing project - we wouldn't be getting close to twelve years if it wasn't for you!  I hope everyone reading this is spending the holiday with the people you love and that the coming year is filled of peace, health and happiness.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Dr. Doom and Star Trek


I saw this combination discussed on a recent comment section and it stuck with me.  Victor Von Doom would be a worthy foil for Kirk and crew.  And of course there was one particular episode of the original series that seems like it would make for a perfect launching point for such a tale.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Mister Terrific and Ant-Man


I always think that it must me a challenge for writers to depict genius-level characters.  As smart as they may be, they have to convincingly give dialogue, ideas and motivations to someone that supposedly has much more knowledge.  The best writers will do more than throwing in random large words and mentioning lofty accomplishments. I guess it helps to have surrounded yourself with intelligent people in real life.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Ghost Rider and The Phantom Stranger


With Blade on the way, Agatha Harkness set for a spin-off series and Werewolf by Night rumored to show up in Moon Knight, Marvel seems ready to get the supernatural side of the MCU into swing.  Can it be long before Ghost Rider makes an appearance in some form or other?  I can see Marvel watching DC planning a cinematic Justice League Dark and wanting to beat them to the punch with a supernatural team of their own.  Bring on Gargoyle, Man-Thing, Son of Satan and Jennifer Kale.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The Super-Skrull Vs. Darkseid


This may look like a relatively simple cover, but it was quite tricky to create.  In order to get the Super-Skrull to be trapped within Darkseid's beams, I had to remove Orion, who was originally there, then recreate the missing beam parts, then isolate that into a couple of layers and place them on top of one another, before inserting the Skrull and then adding in the background elements.  Here are some stages of development: 

I'll try to include some more of these "behind the scenes" looks on some future covers as well.

Monday, December 20, 2021

The Incredibles enter The Spider-Verse


I saw Spider-Man: No Way Home yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was great to see villains from the other Spider-Man franchises return to challenge the MCU's Peter Parker.  The first half doesn't have a lot of action and some characters make some pretty stupid decisions, but all of that is forgiven as it sets up an incredible second half.  I can only imagine how much more I would have enjoyed the movie if so many plot points had not been revealed in advance by a scoop hungry internet.  The best part of the movie for me were the final few minutes, I love where Spider-Man is left and I really look forward to where he goes in the movies from here.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Lobo and Tank Girl


Something tells me that these two would get along famously.  They both seem to have similar attitudes.  Plant them in the middle of an Imperial entanglement and just watch the sparks fly.  There's plenty of opportunity for over the top action and mayhem here.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Union Jack and Sgt. Rock

Union Jack made an immediate impression on me due to his striking costume.  There are a lot of heroes that use national flags as the template for their costumes, but this is one of the most effective.  I'd love to see him translated into live action - even if the producers most likely would probably not let him wear a full face covering mask for very long. 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Flash Gordon and Batgirl


Regular visitors to this blog will know that Flash is of course referring to events covered in STF #2535... Looks like Jim Gordon is needed back home!

I am happy to feature the gorgeous artwork of Gray Morrow here.  I was lucky enough to pick up a page by him several years back - and interested to find out (for this project anyway) that he worked on standard 8 1/2 x 11 size paper:

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Aquaman and Tintin


Every once in a while I will put on one of the Tintin episodes from the animated series released in the early 90's.  I missed them when they first came out, but they can be found on some streaming services now.  The animation is simple, but works perfectly with Herge's designs, which are adhered to closely.  The series adapted the original stories, so the show always brings back pleasant memories of reading them as I was a kid. I highly recommend the show to any Tintin fan.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Black Knight and Shining Knight in: "All Roads Lead To Mordor!"


With all the talk of superhero multiverses lately, the rest of the world is just catching up to the cool crossover possibilities that visitors to this blog have been aware of for a decade plus! Here's another concept that might be cool to explore in the screen - the medieval heroes of Marvel and DC in the world of The Lord of the Rings!  Well, I'd be interested in checking it out anyway!

These two Knights first crossed paths way back in STF #138...

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Falcon and Black Lightning in: "Surviving the Merge!"


I was glad to see Cress Williams suit up one more time as Black Lightning on The Flash a couple of weeks back, but unfortunately, he was not given very much to do in the episode.  Let's hope that DC and Warner Bros realize the value of the character and find a way to bring him into the DCEU. I'd have him heading up a proper team of Outsiders (a concept teased in the CW show and Young Justice animated series that never really materialized in either instance), but those studio executives never consult me.

These two heroes previously met in STF #2239...

Monday, December 13, 2021

Daredevil and The New Teen Titans


The Tiger King documentary was crazy bit compelling - I haven't decided if I am going to watch the second season or not, though.

Kevin Feige has finally officially confirmed that Charlie Cox will be the Daredevil of the MCU, and many have been hoping and expecting. The only question now is in what capacity?  We've heard the rumors of him showing up as legal representation for Peter parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and another intriguing rumor has him appearing on She-Hulk in his original red and yellow costume from the comics. It will be fun to see how his MCU path plays out.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Flaming Carrot and Groot


We've seen Adult Groot in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Baby Groot in the sequel, and Teen Groot in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.  What stage will Groot be in for the third Guardians film?  It's supposed to take place a few years after Endgame (and Thor: Love and Thunder, in which we may get a Teen Groot appearance).  It will be interesting to see the personality tweaks that he will be given.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Superman Vs. The Super-Adaptoid


This is a match up that I would like to see.  The Man of Steel up against the combined powers and abilities of The Avengers would be a sight to behold.  Superman has battled Amazo before, but he was more familiar with that villain's power set - this battle would be even more challenging for him.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Robocop and The Atom

The Atom is yet another DC character that has a movie in the planning stages.  It's very early yet, so we don't know if the film will focus on Ray Palmer, Ryan Choi or both.  I'm guessing Choi, but I hope that Palmer will still be involved somehow, perhaps in a mentorship role.   Also not clear yet is if this will be a theatrical release or go directly to HBO Max.  Let's just hope the movie actually gets underway, too many DC projects are announced and then just seem to disappear,

Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Goon and Swamp Thing


The Goon is another property that seemed ready to make the leap to animation some years back, but I haven't heard much about since.  I know a short animation test was created that made the rounds and I remember it looing pretty cool.  Perhaps the comic wasn't high enough profile and the project was discontinued, or perhaps the wheels of production are moving glacially slow and there's still a chance we will see it someday - I'm hoping the latter is the case.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Machine Man and The Creeper


This is the kind of oddball pairing that really gets me interested.  They are two of my favorite C-List heroes with almost nothing in common besides their pursuit of justice.  Add in artwork by the legendary Steve Ditko to tie the whole tale together, and you have a done-in-one comic that would be tough to pass up - well, for me anyway!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Metal Men Vs. The U-Foes in: "Reverse Engineering!"


The Metal Men first clashed with the U-Foes in STF #3101... and I liked the match up enough that I felt that it warranted a re-match.  I am once again reading rumors of a Metal Men movie in the works, but this time it looks like the plan is for an animated film rather than live action, as previously announced.  I have a little more confidence that the feature will actually be made if that is the case.

Monday, December 6, 2021

The Powerpuff Girls and The Hulk


It seems like the ill-conceived live action Powerpuff Girls series is in some trouble.  A pilot was filmed, but rejected and sent to be reworked after backlash from those who had seen it.  Then Chloe Bennett, who was playing Blossom left the production altogether.  Will the CW still continue to pursue this project or take the hints that this just isn't going to work out?

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Giant-Man and The Wasp Vs. Brainiac


Principal filming has completed on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and I have one major question about the production:  Just who is Bill Murray playing in the movie, anyway?  I'm trying t think of a Marvel character he might be portraying, but I can't come up with anything that convinces me.  My only real guess is that maybe he is playing an older version of Scott Lang that shows up due to some Kang related time travel shenanigans.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Doctor Mid-Nite Vs. Mysterio


The scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home where Spidey is fully immersed in Mysterio's illusions is one of the coolest on screen comic book moments that I have seen.  The constantly changing dream-like environment with giant looming Mysterio tormenting Peter Parker immediately brought me back to so many cool sequences from the villains appearances in the comics.  I haven't heard that the character is among the returning villains for Spider-Man: No Way Home - but I wouldn't mind being pleasantly surprised. 

Friday, December 3, 2021

Domino and The Black Racer


Domino was a character that was getting popular just as I was getting out of the X-Men titles as they were getting a bit too convoluted for me. I knew that she had good luck abilities similar to Shamrock and Longshot, but not much else. I'm not sure how accurate the depiction in Deadpool 2 was, but I enjoyed Zazie Beetz' performance and her powers were visualized very well - I hope' she'll be back when Deadpool comes to the MCU. 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Microforce (The Animated Series!)


Microforce first appeared in STF #1690... and I thought that this team would be a candidate for another cartoon adaptation.  There's been rumors of an Atom film being prepared by Warner Bros.  I'd love to see it if only to see how DC will handle a shrinking superhero story differently than Marvel's Ant-Man movies.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Snake Plissken Vs. Predator


Thank you to Mike Shirley, a Patron of this blog, for suggesting this match up! It really does seem like a natural for a man known for getting out of inhospitable places to go up against a hunter that won't stop until he lands his prey.  Let's just hope that Dutch gave Snake a few pointers on this particular threat, I think he may need them!

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