Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Synthetic Six (Vs. Ultron)


I thought it would be fun to have another outing from this team of once-human heroes.  Who better to face a group with robotic forms than the most evil artificial creation ever - Ultron! The Synthetic Six first appeared in STF #3830...

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Superman goes Back to the Future


Who needs to spin the Earth around when you have a time traveling DeLorean at your disposal? I think crossing over these movie franchises has a lot of potential.  I'd love to see Doc Brown's reaction to witnessing Superman using his extraordinary powers.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Spider-Man and The Flash in: "The Heinous Half-Dozen!"


I've paired Spider-Man together with Barry Allen a couple of times, first in STF #695 and then later in STF #4091, but I thought that it was time that the wall-crawler met the original speedster, Jay Garrick. Even with three on one odds, I don't know how much luck the villains will have here, let's hope they have an ace up their sleeve!

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Snake Eyes Vs. Bullseye


It sounds like the Daredevil Disney+ series is being retooled to more closely reflect the Neflix show.  Foggy and Karen are apparently coming back, where the original plans were to have had them killed off.  Now I am reading that Bullseye will return as well, which I was really hoping for.  His story was cut short and I look forward to him having a proper rematch with DD.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Terra Joins The Thunderbolts


Terra's arc in New Teen Titans was one of the best in comics, and her turn was as much of a surprise as it was when The Thunderbolts revealed themselves to be The Masters of Evil in disguise at the end of their first issue. Sadly, Terra's fate was sealed - maybe she would have had a more successful redemption story if she had joined the T-Bolts instead?

Friday, January 26, 2024

Iron Man and Darth Vader


Ken Roskos, a Patron of this Blog, suggested I pair these two together, and I was surprised that is was a match up that I had not gotten to yet.  I fondly remember Iron Man's reluctant team ups with Doctor Doom, and I think that a tale like this could give the same vibe.  

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Power Man & Iron Fist Vs. Solomon Grundy


Luke Cage is referring here to the last time he an Iron Fist tangled with Solomon Grundy, a case with Captain Hero in STF #3856.  Power Man also had a solo battle against the undead mobster in STF #1648...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Transformers and US 1


I always thought there might be a connection between these guys.  I mean, look at the matching color schemes on Optimus Prime and the US 1 truck - that can't be a coincidence!

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Doctor Strange and The League of Extraordinary Gentleman


If there's one hero from the Marvel Universe that would fit in with these literary figures, it has to be Stephen Strange. I can only imagine what kind of globe-spanning calamity could be going on that would prompt them to call in the Master of Mystic Arts, though!

Monday, January 22, 2024

The Impossible Man and The Joker in: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Westchester!"


This cover serves as a direct follow up to STF #3772, where The Joker promised a fun time to a Smilex-infused Impossible Man.  Now, we see just what the Clown Prince of Crime had in mind! 

Finding this smiling Sentinel image gave me the idea for this cover - but I had to build him out a bit first.  Here's a look at the behind the scenes process:

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Masters of Evil Vs. The Justice Society of America


This Anniversary Issue took quite a bit of tweaking for me to get it to work. Here's a behind the scenes look at how I removed the Marvel heroes to make room for the JSA:

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Mister Miracle and The Angel


This is another another cover that required a bit of background and foreground rebuilding before I could add new elements in.  Here's a look at the behind the scenes process:

Coming tomorrow: STF #4300!

Friday, January 19, 2024

Green Arrow and The Wasp


Oliver Queen has seen his fortunes come and go, so I can see him hobnobbing with jet setter Janet Van Dyne at some point.  When the venue they are attending is compromised by the likes of HYDRA, you know that action would be sure to ensue!

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Ragman and Howard The Duck


When most of the superheroes are caught up in some type of Secret Crisis across the galaxy, who's left to mind the home front?  I think that this issue could tell one of those stories.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The Yellow Kid and Green Lantern


This was pairing comes as the result of a suggestion by comics' historian and Patron of this Blog, Marc Tyler Nobleman.  It was an offbeat combo for sure, but it immediately suggested a story idea to me so I had to give it a shot.  Thanks, Marc!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Deadman and Judge Dredd


Dredd doesn't have much patience for unexpected team ups, but this is one that he would not have a whole lot of control over - and I think could make for an interesting tale.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Man-Bat and She-Hulk


Matt Reeves' The Batman trilogy seems to be focusing on The Dark Knights more grounded foes.  I am hoping that when we finally get to DCU adventures with  Batman: The Brave and the Bold, we can finally see some of the more fantastical members of the rogues gallery on the big screen.  I've always said involving Hugo Strange and his Monster Men experiments would be a great place to start, as you can use that plot to also introduce Man-Bat and Killer Croc.  Make it so, James Gunn and Peter Safran!

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Wildcat and The Cat


Regular STF visitors know that Tigra is Wildcat's niece, as outlined in STF #2551.  They first shared a cover on STF #1265, and last appeared together in the middle of a 7-part tale in STF #3667... I thought that for this time I would present a story that took place while Greer Grant Nelson was still in her original Cat identity.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

War Machine and Brother Power, The Geek


I had been meaning to use Brother Power The Geek again, but I wanted to come up with a suitable co-star.  Who better to join the flower child hippie than a soldier wearing a suit designed for battle?  There would definitely be enough interpersonal dynamics to move the story along!

Friday, January 12, 2024

Blue Beetle Vs. The Mole Man


Mole Man was the first Fantastic Four villain, but will that be reflected in the movies?  He may not be as imposing as some of the other FF villains, but between The Moloids and giant subterranean creatures that he commands, I can imagine some pretty cool action sequences that could happen.  How cool would it be to see a live action depiction of the cover to Fantastic Four #1?

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Firestorm and The Human Torch in: "World's Fair Time Warp!"


Firestorm first met Jim Hammond way back in STF #585, and I thought it was high time to revisit that pairing.  When I saw the chance to make it an all-Alex Ross cover, I was even more inspired. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

The Thing Vs. Doctor Light


Hopefully Ben Grimm ha had enough sparring sessions with Sue Storm that he is able to still face off against an opponent that he can't see!  Villains always seem to underestimate The Thing - they assume he's all muscle, but I've seen him use a lot of strategy over the years as well.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Vision & Scarlet Witch and Brainiac

 Brainiac is heavily rumored to be appearing in Superman: Legacy, although I haven't seen any actual confirmation about that yet.  I would be surprised if he was not, though.  My main question is what design of the villain  will they go with, as he has had a few different looks over the years.  Whatever they decide, I hope they at least use the cool skull ship from the cover above.  It's one  of the coolest villain lairs/vehicles ever designed, and I'd love to finally see it on the big screen.

Monday, January 8, 2024

Sub-Mariner and Green Lantern in "The Sinister Siren!"


I've teamed Namor up with the Hal Jordan Green Lantern in STF #1475, and then again in STF #3565. I realized I haven't had him meet up with the original GL, though - so here is a cover to remedy that.

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Batman, Mightor and Turok


Here are a couple of heroes that I never got around to pairing with Batman during my Brave and the Bold: The Lost Issues days.  I figured it might be fun to put all three together.  Add in a bunch of dinosaurs and you have an issue that would have delighted 12 year old me. 

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Blue Beetle and Deathlok


Deathlok was always a welcome guest star in Marvel titles.  His solo stories were a lot of fun too.  He is definitely a character that deserves another shot in live action after the disappointing low rent version we got on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Like his appearances he could work in the larger MCU or on a solo show all his own.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Iron Man and The Flash (Times Two!)


Time for a double dose of these heroes!

The Flash and Iron Man have shared adventures on the blog before - They were last seen together in STF #2962, they faced a moving violation in STF #2546, and had a two-part tale that began in STF #1164 and concluded with their future counterparts in STF #1165...

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Man-Thing and The Atom


This would be an odd battle to be sure, given their different power sets.  But hey, if Gil Kane and Bob Wiacek were illustrating it, I'd be sure to check it out.  It would be fun to see how they turn the tables on Faust.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Blue Devil, Banshee and Lurch


I had fun pairing the Cassidy Cousins together back in STF #3875.  When Brian C., a Patron of this Blog, suggested I added another member of the family, Namely Ted Cassidy of Addams' Family fame, the idea was to fun to to try.  Thanks for your suggestion and patronage, Brian!

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Justice League of America and Gargoyle


There has been lots of discussion about what to do with the next Avengers movie now that Jonathan Majors' Kang is out of the picture.  They could recast and call it a variant, but Marvel seems to want to move on.  Many have said to use Doctor Doom, but he should be with the Fantastic Four.  I'd love to see Nightmare finally make a live action appearance, he certainly has enough power to become a franchise wide threat.  Plus, Ironheart, which was to debut Mephisto, has been shelved indefinitely, so there's an opening for a mystical adversary.

Monday, January 1, 2024

The Hulk and Two-Face


Here's a cover where the final product looks rather simple, but required a lot of background de-cluttering, extending and rebuilding before I could replace Batman with The Hulk.  Here's a look at the behind the scenes process:

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