Friday, September 30, 2022

Tintin, Snoopy and Underdog

 

What's better than dogs?  Dogs in space! I can't imagine what sort of mission would call for the aid of these three pooches, but it might be fun to watch it play out. 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Cloak and Dagger and Sandman

 

In Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, it was explained that dreams were a peek into variant versions of yourself.   Since we are still in what Marvel is calling The Multiverse Saga, that certainly opens up the possibility of Nightmare finally making his MCU debut.  Perhaps in a third installment of Doctor Strange, or maybe as the villain in a Midnight Sons type of movie featuring Blade, Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, Elsa Bloodstone and so on. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Hawkman and Union Jack

 

It's interesting how tastes in art change over the years,  As a kid, I remember being very put off by the work of Frank Robbins when I first saw it on a Batman story.  As I grew older and began to expand my horizons beyond the traditional DC and Marvel house styles, I started to understand the appeal of his dynamic style with exaggerated physicality and thick heavy lines. His comic strip work really won me over.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Wolverine Vs. Man-Bat

 

Do you prefer Man-Bat as a full on villain, conflicted bad guy, or as a straight up ally to Batman and others?  I like him as basically good, but misunderstood and struggling to maintain the balance between his human and savage side.  For that reason, I can see him being somewhat of a Kindred Spirit to someone like Logan.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Batman and Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse

 

I thought I would Pair Batman up with another Bob Kane creation, Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse.  While Kane was famously assisted by the too long uncredited Bill Finger, this cartoon spoof of the Dynamic Duo was all his concept. Hmm - now that I think about it, Courageous Cat's costume looks a lot like the original costume Kane had planned for Batman, before Finger redesigned it to come up with the classic outfit!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Plastic Man and Doctor Who

 

It might be a while before we see Plastic Man in the big screen, but he might be a good candidate for an animated series or at least one of those DC Showcase shorts.  I enjoyed his appearances on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and even remembering liking his original cartoon from when I was a kid, as cheesy as it may have been.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Ragman and The Hulk in: "The Rage Within!"

 


We saw The Hulk head back to Sakaar after his appearance in She-Hulk on Disney+, which raises the question of just what his next storyline in the MCU will be.  Will he have a son waiting for him there? Will he become a Planet Hulk type ruler?  Mr. Fixit? Whatever his next move is, I hope it involves the return of his classic savage personality. 

Ragman first crossed Paths with The Hulk in STF #1259...

Friday, September 23, 2022

The Avengers Vs. The Crime Syndicate in: "Assembled... and Assaulted!"

 

This is the third meeting between these two teams, and this time around, I figured that I would opt for a Silver Age era match up.  They've previously had a Bronze Age style clash in STF #738, and entered into a Modern Age uneasy alliance in STF #3744...

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Wonder Girl and Marvel Boy

 

Once I started this cover, I began to wonder what took me so long. Not only do their names seem to go together, their costumes do as well - it seems like a natural combination.

I'm always happy to use artwork by Irv Novick, an underrated talent that illustrated many of my favorite Silver and Bronze age tales.  I was lucky enough to pick up an original pages by him several years ago, one with inks by Dick Giordano:


...and one with inks by Murphy Anderson: 



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Swamp Thing and Storm

 

This is not a team-up that I would instantly think of, but when I decided on the hook, the story potential really appealed to me.  It would be interesting to see Ororo enter this new stage in her evolution.

I was happy to use the artwork of the amazing Steve Bissette here.  I was lucky enough to pick up a sketch by him many years ago:

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Terminator goes Back to the Future

 

With all the timeline jumping that each of these franchises has done, I figure it's only a matter of time before they bump into each other.  I get a kick out of the idea of Doc Brown and Marty doing their best to avoid having Judgment Day becoming a reality.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Luke Skywalker and Buck Rogers

 

The Disney+ Star Wars related shows my not be perfect, but I find them enjoyable to watch for the most part.  One thing that I am grateful for is that we finally get some respect for Luke Skywalker.  I hated what was done with the character in the final trilogy, and his appearances in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett have presented him in a much better light.  

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Spider-Man and the New Teen Titans in: "Carnival Contraband!"

 

When a new team of heroes are introduced, it's always hoped that oat least one new member would become a breakout star.  New Teen Titans introduced us to Cyborg, Raven and Starfire as well as revamping the near-forgotten Beast Boy into Changeling.  All of these new heroes were a hit with fans, not a dud among them.  It really says something about the creativity and talent of Marv Wolfman and George Perez that they were able to create so many lasting characters at one time. 

Spidey previously met The New Teen Titans in STF #767 and the original Teen Titans in STF #619...

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Quasar Vs. Sinestro

 

I'm guessing it will be a while before Quasar shows up in the MCU.  He's a c-lister but I always liked him.  I guess if the Guardians of the Galaxy return for a fourth film with a revamped roster, he could fit in there. 

Friday, September 16, 2022

Deathstroke and Black Widow

 

The line up for the Thunderbolts movie has been announced, and with a line up that includes Yelena Belova, Red Guardian, Taskmaster, The Contessa, Winter Soldier, USAgent and Ghost, it feels like it will pretty much be a sequel to Black Widow, with a few other characters thrown in.  I would have preferred Marvel started with the Citizen-V led team of masquerading villains from the comics, but it will be interesting to see what is done with this group.

I am always happy to use artwork by the incredible Mike Mckone.  I was fortunate enough to pick up an original page by him several years back:



Thursday, September 15, 2022

Machine Man and The Creeper in: The Mechanics of Madness"

 

Fort this Steve Ditko-illustrated compo, I thought I would go for a truly oddball pairing.  These two could not be more different in terms of appearance, attitude and abilities - but that's just what would make it an interesting team up to me.

These two heroes previously met in STF #3526...

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

STF: The Lost Issues in The Team Up Companion!

 


What a thrill to see my blog get a "Team-Up Time-Out" in the latest book from the always awesome TwoMorrows Publishing - the Team Up Companion!  Here's their description: 

NOW IN FULL COLOR! The Team-Up Companion examines team-up comic books of the Silver and Bronze Ages of Comics—DC’s The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents, Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One, plus other team-up titles, treasuries, and treats—in a lushly illustrated selection of informative essays, special features, and trivia-loaded issue-by-issue indexes. Go behind the scenes of your favorite team-up comic books with specially curated and all-new creator recollections from Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Mike W. Barr, Eliot R. Brown, Nick Cardy, Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, Steven Grant, Bob Haney, Tony Isabella, Paul Kupperberg, Paul Levitz, Ralph Macchio, Dennis O’Neil, Martin Pasko, Joe Rubinstein, Roy Thomas, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and many other all-star writers and artists who produced the team-up tales that so captivated readers during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s. By Back Issue and RetroFan editor Michael Eury!

I highly recommend this for fans of comic book team ups - and if you visit this blog regularly, that's you!  You can order the book from TwoMorrows right here!

A huge thank you to Editor Michael Eury for such an honor!

Superduperman Vs. Megaton Man

 

Superhero parodies have been around almost as long as superheroes themselves, and this first one I ever remember reading was Superduperman in a Mad Magazine reprint.  I remember finding it hilarious and being impressed by the art - which was no wonder since it was illustrated by Wally Wood, a master of traditional comics.  I was glad when I discovered the existence of Not Brand Echh! a few years later, a series that parodied Marvel heroes in a similar manner.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Venom becomes Dr. Fate

 

Doctor Fate has one of the most classic helmets in comics, and to me it's perfect. Of course, Hollywood decided they had to put their stamp upon it.  I don't know who approved the asymmetrical, eyehole-free, dented up design of Fate's helmet for the Black Adam movie, but I think it's a visual misfire in an attempt to make it look cooler.  Combine that with The Rock making zero effort to duplicate the iconic hairstyle and pointed ears of the titular character and I see a movie that doesn't seem to care much for fidelity to the source material. I hope to be pleasantly surprised, but the trailers have made me less interested in the movie rather than more.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Wolverine and Black Lightning in: "Barfight!"

 

Alas, no Wolverine or X-Men announcements at D23 this week.  I've heard repeated rumors that Marvel is looking at Taron Edgerton for the role.  I wasn't sure about that until I saw some recent pictures of him, where has clearly put on weight and is currently very physically fit.  I don't know if that's for another role or if he's prepping to play Logan, but he's definitely starting to look the part.

Wolverine and Black Lightning previously battle Sentinels in STF #3412...

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Martian Manhunter and Mr. Fantastic

 

Marvel's D23 promotion featured little new information on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, just confirming Matt Shakman as director. There have been some rumors still swirling about. Jodie Comer has reportedly been cast as Sue Storm, we'll see if that pans out.  Will John Krasinski be giving us another (hopefully far more competent) version of Reed Richards, or has another actor been tapped for the role?  What about Ben and Johnny? Looks like we'll be waiting a little longer for the answers.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Doctor Doom Vs. Metron

 

The New Gods movie was scrapped and we only saw a glimpse of the denizens of Apokolips in Justice League: The Snyder Cut.  Still, there may be a third chance for some live action Fourth World characters to show up.  Word is that Darkseid will be the main villain of the upcoming season of Superman and Lois.  Hopefully, that also means we'll see Metron and some other Kirby creations making their TV debuts.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Calvin & Hobbes and Dick Tracy

 

Every once in a while, Bill Watterson would present a less cartoony style when depicting Calvin's imaginary adventures as Tracer Bullet, or even playing house with Suzie Derkins.  I was always impressed by those sequences - if Watterson had wanted to go with a sci-fi, detective, or superhero strip, he would have also found success based on his gorgeous illustrations.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

The Champions Vs. The Justice League of America

 

For this Anniversary Issue, I thought I would go for a full length free for all featuring two of my favorite teams.  I'm surely not alone in my love for the JLA.  The Champions, in this their first incarnation, never quite hit it big, but I always got a kick out of the oddball line up that they had.  A super-spy, a Demigod, a possessed stuntman and a trio of mutants filled out their ranks, and I enjoyed seeing these disparate heroes find a way to work together. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Iron Man and Robin

 

I'm a little surprised that I haven't done this pairing before.  I can see Tony Stark and Dick Grayson attending the same high society event when villains crash and they have to suit up, it feels like a natural story.  Plus, they look pretty cool together.

Coming tomorrow: STF #3800!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Ant-Man & The Wasp Vs. The Legion of Doom


I had seen superhero cartoons before, but nothing prepared me for Challenge of the Super-Friends.  Here not only did the Super-Friends expand their roster, but they also battled The Legion of Doom, an army of DC supervillains, in every hour long episode!  It may seem quaint now, but for 9 year old me it was like a summer blockbuster every Saturday.

Monday, September 5, 2022

The Spirit and Deadpool

 

I'm very curious as to what the next Deadpool movie will look like.  It has been confirmed that the franchise will retain its R rating, but I have to imagine that being under the Disney umbrella will alter the tone at least a little.  I just look forward to whatever MCU heroes he comes in contact with.  I'd love for him to see She Hulk break the fourth wall and what his reaction to that would be.

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Green Lantern and Rom in: "Emerald Outfitter!"


From what I have read, there is still no word on what is to become of the in-development Green Lantern Corps HBO Max series.  I'm not optimistic that it will actually make it to air, as Warner Bros./Discovery seems to want to shift away from streaming series, especially expensive ones.  If it does indeed go away, I hope there are plans for a big budget theatrical Green Lantern project announced soon.

Green Lantern and ROM's last meeting was a more contentious one, in STF #3457, and they first met in a backup feature in STF #1100...

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Wonder Woman and The Powerpuff Girls

 

The live-action Powerpuff Girls series went back for retooling after a failed pilot and the departure of one of the main stars - and now the project appears to be completely dead.  Perhaps that's for the best, it seemed to be an odd project from the conception and the script and photo leaks did not encourage me to want to see more.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Blue Beetle and Ghost Rider in: "Cousins in the Crosshairs!"

 

With all of the recent project cancellations from the Warner Bros/Discovery merger, many have been worried about the upcoming Blue Beetle movie.  Fortunately, it seems to be safe so far, which is good news.  The set photos were so impressive that I can only imagine how the finished project will look.

The Reyes Cousins first appeared together back in STF #2826...

Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Invaders and The Haunted Tank

 

I've lamented the lack of a live-action Invaders in the MCU before, and now come to think of it - I'm not sure there's ever been an appearance of the team in animation either.  DC has managed to feature the JSA here and there, it's too bad that Marvel has never shown these WWII heroes in cartoon form.  Or have they somewhere and I missed it?

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Stingray and Mera in: "Queen's Ransom!"

 

One Disney+ series that I have heard a title announced for and little else about is Armor Wars.  I remember enjoying the Iron Man related storyline in the comics, so I hope the show is still coming.  Iron Man may not be around anymore, but it sounds like Don Cheadle's War Machine will assume the central role.  Stingray was involved in the comics' version, so this series might be a great place to introduce him into the MCU.  Well see if the show is among the announcements at the upcoming D23 event.

Stingray first met Mera back in STF #856, and shared an adventure with her and Aquaman in STF #1925...

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Captain Marvel and Darth Vader

 

Shazam: Fury of the Gods has been delayed yet again.  While Warner Bros/Discovery seems to have finally found their version of Kevin Feige in Dan Lin, they don't seem to know what to do with the DC films already in development under the previous leadership.  I say stop dragging things out and release them already, using the end of The Flash as a hard reboot - then just start over from scratch.

Monday, August 29, 2022

The Bondsmen in: "Operation: Doomfall!"

 

This cover marks the fifth appearance of The Bondsmen.  Their live action movie was featured in STF #3170, They found themselves in a beastly situation in STF #3050, They had to temporarily replace one of their own in STF #880 and were first introduced in STF #564...

It took a bit of cleaning up of Latveria before I could add in our heroes on this cover.  Here's a peek at the process: 



Sunday, August 28, 2022

Firestar and Killer Frost

 

Like many (I assume), I was a little confused when I first saw Firestar on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.  The fire powered superheroine was named Anjelica Jones, but visually she looked just like Mary Jane Watson.  Peter Parker even had a big crush on her just as he did with MJ in the comics.  It looked like maybe she was designed to be MJ and then later given a name change, but I'm not sure what the real story is there.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Demon and Power Man & Iron Fist

 

Power Man and Iron Fist outfits from the 70's and 80's may seem silly and dated to some, but since those were the looks they had when I was discovering comics, I'll always like them.  I hope that when the Heroes for Hire show up in the MCU, they'll at least have a nod to their classic appearances.  They looked fine on the Neflix shows, but I think they could have been a little more comics accurate.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Superman and Cyclops

 

When The X-Men finally come to the MCU, one of the main things I want to see is a far better treatment of Cyclops.  The previous actors in the role did a fine job, it's just that they were not given much to work with.  Fans want to see Scott Summers as the seasoned field leader we know from the comics rather than a straight man relegated to the background until he is unceremoniously killed off.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Black Panther and Deadman

 

Hopefully we'll be seeing a full trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soon.  The teaser trailer was impressive, and I am ready to see more.  I'm still not sold on the new look for Namor, but if his attitude and motivations are comics accurate, I will be happy.  Will we Shuri or M'Baku suited up - not to mention Ironheart?  I have a feeling most of those big reveals will be kept to the actual moviegoing experience - as they probably should be.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Pinky & the Brain and Mighty Mouse

 


There were no shortage of cartoon mice characters when Pinky & The Brain made their debut, but they found a way to stand out from the pack.  Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulson gave the characters distinct and iconic voices to go along with their cleverly written adventures. I'm a little surprised that we've never seen a revival in the past couple of decades. EDIT - Sounds like they came back on Hulu - I'll have to check it out!

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

US 1 and Space Cabbie

 

It came out at a time when I checked out most anything Marvel or DC, and I was a fan of Every Which Way But Loose and BJ & The Bear... but I still could not get myself to pick up a copy of US 1 when it was released.  Space truckers just seemed to be too oddball of a hook for a comic.  I did finally read a little about them when they showed up in Sensational She-Hulk, and maybe I judged them too harshly.  With the right writer, there are definitely some cool stories that can be told with the concept.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Soviet Super Soldiers and Red Star

 

I've read adventures featuring members of the Soviet Super Soldiers as guest stars in various comics, but I don't think I've read too many stories with them all together as a team.  I lost track of Red Star after his New Titans appearances.  So, I'm not sure what the status is of any of these characters today, but back in the 80's, this would have been a fun crossover for me to see.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Red Sonja, Detective Chimp & Black Knight in Camelot 3000

 

I just checked out the newest collection of DC Showcase Shorts (Constantine in the House of Mystery, Kamandi, The Losers and Blue Beetle), and they were all at treat to watch.  These 20-minute adventures of some of their lesser known characters have been more entertaining to me than DC's full length animated efforts in the past few years, and I really hope the Warner Bros/Discovery shakeup doesn't mean the end of them.  Camelot 3000 would be a perfect place to visit in a future installment, so let's hope they continue.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Winter Soldier Vs. Bane

 

I'm wondering if and when The Winter Soldier might Show up again in the movies.  Captain America: New World Order is of course an option, but I haven't heard whether Sebastian Stan will be joining the cast of that film yet.  The Thunderbolts is another option, as both Hawkeye and The Winter Soldier have led iterations of that team in the comics. Bucky Barnes has one of the longest story arcs in the MCU and it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

Friday, August 19, 2022

The Spirit and Elektra

 

With Denny Colt's tendency of getting involved with femme fatales, I figured that it was only a matter of time before he crossed paths with one of the greatest ever created, Elektra. Let's hope their working relationship isn't as fraught with drama and danger as the one she shared with Daredevil.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Captain America & The Falcon and The Doom Patrol

 

I always liked the connection to The Doom Patrol that Gar Logan provided for the New Teen Titans.  The issue where they run into Robotman still remains one of my favorites, with the cover being among the best in the series.  Changeling/Beast Boy may have one of the least convincing origins in comics, but I can forgive that given his cool power set.  

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