Thursday, November 30, 2023

Black Widow and Nemesis


I doubt I would ever read any Nemesis growing up if he wasn't the star of the back up feature in my favorite comic - The Brave and the Bold.  I'm glad I did though, It's a crackling spy adventure featuring a master of disguise, deftly illustrated by Dan Spiegel.  I've always wanted to see those back-ups collected into a TPB, but I don't know if the demand will ever be there for such a project.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Blue Beetle Vs. The Lizard


I finally checked out the Blue Beetle movie, and I thought it was OK.  I probably would have been more impressed with it 10-15 years ago, but at this point I felt like I had seen most of the story beats done before in other superhero flicks.  The very generic villains did not help.  I did like Jaime and his family though, and some of the effects were fun to watch, especially with the Bug ship.  I liked the nods to Ted Kord, but wonder if the mid-credits scene concerning him will ever be followed up on.  Blue Beetle is supposed to be one of the few characters that well be crossing over into James Gunn's new DCU though, so I suppose there is a chance.  Maybe in the proposed Booster Gold series?

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Nightwing Vs. Sandman in: "Beach Brawl!"


Sure, The Sandman has taken steps to become a reformed criminal - but nobody told Nightwing that!  This is a rematch between these two.  They first clashed back in STF #3447, and Dick Grayson also faced Flint Marko along with the rest of the Sinister Six in STF #3738...

Monday, November 27, 2023

Static and Firestorm


The Milestone characters have weaved in and out of the DCU, but I don't think that I have ever seen these two share a story together.  I think they would get along pretty well.  There was a lot of talk of a Static Shock movie a while back, hopefully it is still in development.  Maybe producers are getting cold feet after the recent run of disappointing box office returns for superhero movies?

Sunday, November 26, 2023

The New Warriors Vs. Darkseid


Marvel seems intent on bringing the Young Avengers to the MCU.  That's all good and well, but these guys are the teen Marvel team that I'd really like to see join the fun.  I think their series sold a lot better than any of the Young Avengers titles, after all.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Dick Tracy and Judge Dredd


It might be interesting to see how an old school cop reacts to the exaggerated world that Dredd inhabits.  Something tells me that he would soon learn to adapt and fit right in.  But is the world ready for Judge Tracy?  

Friday, November 24, 2023

Hawk & Dove and Spider-Woman


I've been hoping to see a live action Spider-Woman for years.  I thought that the upcoming Madame Web movie might fulfill that wish.  The first trailer for the Sony movie has dropped, and there are no shortage of spider-powered women in there.  I'm nor sure if any of them are Jessica Drew, though.  I guess we'll have to keep on waiting.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Fantastic Four and The Spectre in: "Ghost Intervention!"


I hope all who celebrate have a great Thanksgiving today, and those visiting STF: The Lost Issues from outside of the US have a great Thursday!

The Spectre has encountered The Fantastic Four previously on this blog.  He passed judgment on Reed Richards in STF #3721, and shared and adventure with the team in The Negative Zone in STF #1046...

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Batman and Monkeyman & O'Brien


These guys never hit the big time like Batman did, but I always got a kick out of their stories.  Creator Art Adams put whatever he loved to draw into those tales - apes, beautiful women, freaky aliens, exotic locales and of course, monsters.  Each issue they appeared in was definitely a feast for the eyes.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Wonder Woman and Nighthawk


Falling for the villain never quite works out in comics,  Batman and Catwoman have never seemed to reconcile their romance. Roy Harper had a child with Cheshire, but that ended in tragedy.  Alan Scott and Harlequin were happily married with two kids until DC decided that she was just his beard for all of these decades.  It doesn't look like Nighthawk is going to break the trend.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Animaniacs Vs. Thanos


This may not be a battle I would be expecting, but one that I would enjoy watching play itself out.  I am thinking that the Mad Titan may have bitten off more than he can chew this time.  He'll definitely need to put his Thanos-Copter to use at some point.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Metamorpho and Hellboy


These two always seemed to have similar personalities to me, so I suspect that they would work well together. Hellboy is always coming across strange looking beings with fantastical powers, so joining forces with Rex Mason would just be another day on the job for him.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

She-Hulk and Space Cabbie


One of the things I enjoyed about the Sensational She-Hulk series was the obscure characters from Marvel's history that would show up as guest stars.  I think that Space Cabbie would have fit right in.

Friday, November 17, 2023

The Falcon and Robin in: "Where Goeth the Ghouls of Gotham!"


It looks like we'll have to wait a while longer to see Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson again.  Captain America: Brave New World has been pushed back a year for retooling.  Apparently test screenings did not go well and they are looking at reshoots.  The film sounded pretty stuffed, with The Leader, Red Hulk and The Sentry all rumored to be involved, so maybe it's a pacing issue that can be fixed with editing.  

The Falcon and Robin previously had battled The Outsider together in STF #2180, Had an adventure with the original Teen Titans in STF #2743, and fought the hand after Dick Grayson became Nightwing in STF #2990.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Supergirl and Captain Marvel (Vs. Hela!)


This cover marks the 15th appearance of The Danvers Twins.  I think that Bob Greenwade, a Patron of this Blog, has a good chance to win the movie role teased here - he's been suggesting a Benoist/Larson cover appearance for a while now.  Lets just hope The Danvers Twins movie fares better then The Marvels at the Box Office!

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Clayface and Mysterio


Two villains with theatrical backgrounds such as these guys are naturally going to cross paths at some point.  I can only imagine what kind of trouble that they would be able to cook up together.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Kang and The Legion of Doom


Loki ended up its two-season Disney+ arc in such a way that Marvel can easily either continue with Kang as a main villain or move on from him to a different franchise wide antagonist.  I haven't heard of any concrete plans as to what direction the studio will go in, and I imagine we won't until Jonathan Majors' court case is settled one way or another.  

Monday, November 13, 2023

Green Lantern Corps and Eternity


It sounds like the Green Lantern Corps Max series is still on the way, even if it will take a while to get here.  Report have said it will be a mostly down to Earth mystery, which I am sure will help the budget.  Still, I hope they don't ignore too many of the fantastical off-world elements that makes The Corps such a cool concept.  Now that the strikes are over, hopefully we'll hear more about the direction of the show and casting for it soon.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

The Roustabouts in: "Satan at the Circus!"


For this, the fourth appearance of The Roustabouts, I thought I would raise the stakes a little.  Let's see how the Brawlers Under the Big Top fare against Mephistopheles himself!  It's a good thing that half of their members have extensive experience battling demonic entities.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Man-Thing and Scooby-Doo!


DC's fun Scooby-Doo Team-Up series has paired the Mystery, Inc. gang up with most of the DCU heroes, but there's no reason they can't cross paths with Marvel stars here on the blog.  Man-Thing would be at the top of the list for me.  I'd like to see them try tearing that mask off!

Friday, November 10, 2023

Elongated Man and Captain Britain


If I wasn't reading a comic book when I was growing up, I was reading a mystery.  From Encyclopedia Brown to Sherlock Holmes, I loved fictional sleuths.  Just another reason that characters like Batman and Elongated Man, who combine super-heroics with old fashioned detective work, are among my favorites.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Iron Man and Ice


There have been talks of having Robert Downey Jr. return to the role if Iron Man, along with other deceased or retired Avengers.  I know that Marvel Studios is in a slump now, but the way to correct things is to not saturate the market with sub-par product.  Hopefully they will go back to what worked in the first place - concentrating on a few movies and shows a year and maintaining close quality control.  To bring back characters that have already completed their arcs will smack of desperation unless it is really done well.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Daughters of the Dragon and Katana


Looks like it's time for another appearance by the FGG.  That's the Foreground Gun Guys, of course.  As had been discussed in the comments, it's a common comics trope that I definitely use from time to time.  Whether they are brandishing six-shooters from the old West, or high tech futuristic weaponry, The FGG will always be there when I need someone for my heroes to face off against.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

The Hulk and Catwoman


If there was one villain from the classic live action Batman series that could have had their own spin-off show, It would have to be Catwoman.  Team her up with a loner on the run who has rage issues, and you might just have a recipe for a fun romp.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Indiana Jones Vs. Enemy Ace


I still haven't checked out the latest Indiana Jones movie.  What I saw did not fill me with confidence and the lackluster reviews have not been encouraging.  Still, I am at least curious about the flashback sequences with a de-aged Harrison Ford, so I'll check it out for that reason once it hits Disney+.

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Sub-Mariner and Captain Atom


This is another cover that required a bit of prep work on the main background image before I could add the heroes in.  Here's a look at the behind-the-scenes process:

Saturday, November 4, 2023

The Creeper and The Beast in: "Party Crashers!"


I paired these two together back in STF #1086, and I thought it was time they made a return appearance together.  Being able to use George Perez artwork for both was an added incentive.

Friday, November 3, 2023

Guy Gardner and Ghost Rider


If there's any member of the GLC that would join forces with a demonic hero like Ghost Rider, Guy Gardner might just fit the bill.  I think he'd appreciate his no-nonsense attitude and get a kick out of his freaky look.  It would be fun to see these two rebels tear things up together.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Godzilla Vs. Batman in: "Kaiju Crusaders!"


It's too bad the Adam West Batman never got a second movie outing.  Perhaps we could have seen a scenario like this!  The King of All Monsters and the Dark Knight Detective met once before on the blog, way back in one of my very first MS Paint covers from 2010...

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Martian Manhunter and Devil Dinosaur


Time for another all- Kirby confection. Are J'onn J'onzz' telepathic abilities enough to get these two to stop fighting and join forces? I don't know but it would be fun to watch him try.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Monday, October 30, 2023

Ultraman Vs. Ultraman


Ever since I featured the giant Ultraman on this blog, I have received  requests to have him face of against his DC Comics counterpart.  So this one is for blog patron Bob Greenwade and all the others that were hoping to see them tangle. I'm rooting for the big guy.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Wildcat and Cloak & Dagger


You know, I could go for an entire series centered around Wildcat training other heroes to fight.  You could have a rotating roster of guest stars coming to Ted Grant's gym to polish up their super-heroic fisticuffs as only he can. And as we all know, in comics when heroes gather for whatever reason, action is sure to ensue!

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Miss America and The Star-Spangled Kid


Kicking it old school today with a pair of Patriotic Heroes.  The main reason I wanted to use this SSK image was the cool design of that retro robot.  That henchman might want to tweeze his eyebrows though.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Ultra the Multi-Alien and The Silver Surfer


Ultra The Multi-Alien is definitely a Silver Age C-lister, but as a kid, I thought he was pretty cool.  Maybe it's because he looks like something that a kid might have come up with.  We used to play a game where we would fold paper in three and pass it around with each of us kids drawing a head, torso, or legs on it.  Then you would unfold the paper and see what kind of crazy character was created.  Ultra reminds me of one of those.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel in: "The Clutch of Thanos!"


While they appeared together on a whole team of Captain Marvels  in STF #1610, I haven't featured these two as a pair since way back in STF #16,over 11 years ago.  This is truly a belated sequel to that tale, which also featured Thanos.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The Flash and The Vision


I'm in a golden age mood today, so Barry Allen and the Avengers' resident synthezoid will have to sit this one out.  Their predecessors can take over this case.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Batgirl and Black Cat


Black Cat first met Batgirl with the Birds of Prey in STF #3029...

This cover required a bit of background repair before I could swap out a canary for a cat.  Here's a look at the behind the scenes progress:

Monday, October 23, 2023

Hawkwoman Vs. Ego: The Living Planet


It sounds like we will be getting the Kendra Saunders version of Hawkgirl in Superman: Legacy, played by Isabela Merced.  Still, I hope there will be some reference to Shayera Thal.  Will the reincarnation aspects of her story be told here, or is that something we will have to wait for future appearances to see?  Only time will tell.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Iron Man and Wallace & Gromit


Sure, Tony Stark may have come up with the Arc Reactor, but let's not forget that Wallace & Gromit managed to build a rocket to the moon.  It's about time these creative inventors start collaborating to see what they can come up with together.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Mephisto Vs. The Phantom Stranger in: "Giving the Devil His Due!"


Mephisto's dialogue here refers back to the events of STF #2240, where he first tangled with The Phantom Stranger.  He should have known that this was one crimefighter that he could not intimidate.  It looks like the Stranger's tactics for dealing with the demonic entity will be a bit different this time around.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Darkwing Duck and Duck Dodgers


Doctor Doom faced off against Bugs Bunny in STF 4120, so it was only a matter of time before that envious Daffy had to take his own crack at the Lord of Latveria.  At least he had the good sense to bring along Darkwing Duck to help out.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Black Goliath and The Atom


Sometimes you don't need big battle sequences if the science is cool enough in a story. It's interesting to see superheroes putting their heads together to solve a problem rather than stop a crime. I can see these two being intrigued in whatever Starro needs their assistance with.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Sub-Mariner and The Rocketeer


Hey, I'm not sure how a jet pack is supposed to operate underwater either.  That's just the kind of hook that would have had me picking this issue up off the stands. At least to flip through the pages, anyway!

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

ROM in Camelot 3000


I bet a good writer could make a cool story out of this set up.  King Arthur is always looking for a few good knights to fill out his Round Table, after all.  It only follows that a futuristic Arthur would want a space age knight for the job.  

Monday, October 16, 2023

Ragman and Morbius


Pat Broderick was an underrated artist.  I was already a fan of his when Fury of Firestorm #1 hit the stands and really blew me away.  Nobody has ever been able to illustrate DC's nuclear hero as well as he looked in those early issues.  Broderick also really impressed we with his work on the Ragman maxi-series, where he used the traditional 9-panel grid comics format to great effect. 

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Vigilante and Spider-Man


This one was me just experimenting.  I've gotten a kick out of some of the covers I have seen that feature heroes against a solid black background, with only the highlights of their costumes coming through in stark contrast.  I thought I would try to emulate one of those covers here.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Booster Gold and Futurama


I've been checking out the new episodes of Futurama on Hulu, and it's good to see the old gang back together. It's pretty cool that the show has now returned twice after being off the air for several years in between seasons.  I'm glad everything worked out and the full voice cast came back, it wouldn't have been the same without all of them.

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