Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Fantastic Four Vs. The Metal Men


For this Anniversary Issue, I knew The Fantastic Four would have to be involved.  I figured this would be a good opportunity to present a match-up that I have wanted to get to for a while now and have them share an adventure with The Metal Men. Here's a closer look at the individual stories:

Monday, April 29, 2024

Firehawk and Nova


We will be seeing a female Silver Surfer in Shalla Bal for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.  Like many, I wonder why they aren't using the Frankie Raye Nova, who became a herald to Galactus in the comics.  Yes, I know that Shalla Bal had the power of the Silver Surfer for a handful of pages in the alternate world mini-series Earth X (and then was killed off), but it still seems like an odd choice.  Superman had a giant red ant head for an issue once, but I don't expect to see him look like that in the movies after all.

Coming tomorrow:  STF #4400!

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Mister Miracle and 4 Famous Co-Stars


I used to like the Marvel Team-Up annuals that would have a truly random assemblage of heroes gather together for an adventure.  This is my take on that concept.  I can see The Ringmaster in the middle of his latest plot, unaware that the audience includes a handful that are ready to fight back.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

The Question and The Micronauts


I watched the first part of the 3-part animated Crisis on Infinite Earths last night and I enjoyed how The Question was used.  He was the one hero being skeptical and demanding answers from the Monitor when dozens of them were summoned for the crisis control meeting.  I know James Gunn is a fan of the character as well, so I look forward to hearing about a live action appearance in the DCU's future. 

Friday, April 26, 2024

Swamp Thing and Lara Croft


Swamp Thing was named as one of the characters that has a DCU film in development and James Mangold has been rumored to direct, but there has been no further information given on the project.  It will be interesting to see how this new take will differ from what has gone before.  Will it be self contained, or will it be a springboard to introduce other supernatural and magical parts of the DCU?  Hopefully it will not bee too long before we learn more.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Green Goblin Vs. The Suicide Squad


Norman Osborne eventually tried using villains to form his own Dark Avengers team, so it's not much of a stretch to think that he might have tried that stunt with the members of the Suicide Squad first. It would be a cool tale to see play out.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Freedom Fighters and Agents of Atlas


Between the Golden Age and Modern Ages of heroes, these were two teams that held down the fort. I have enjoyed both their original appearances as well as the modern revivals of both of these groups.  I'd love to see a story set in the 50's or 60's or even the present day that includes them both.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Black Lightning and Black Widow


Here's another pairing that I am surprised to just be getting to. Now that I see them side by side they got together very well visually.  It's not hard to come up with stories that would involve both of them, either.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Brenda Starr and J. Jonah Jameson


Brenda Starr, Reporter was not the typical type of comic strip that I liked growing up - I was more into action heroes and humor strips.  Still, the illustration was by the great Ramona Fradon, so I found myself following the daily adventures.  Fradon recently passed away, but she left us decades upon decades of amazing artwork - she will always be remembered.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Ragman and Deathlok


This is not a crossover that anyone was asking for, but it's one that I would get a kick out of reading. The Bronze Age of Comics brought forth some truly offbeat heroes and these guys were two of my favorites.  I can only imagine what kind of mission would bring them together.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Captains Marvel (Vs. Thanos & Mr. Mind!)


I thought it was time for this assemblage of heroes that have held the Captain Marvel title to return.  Of course, a team this powerful requires some formidable opponents.  Who better than two of their greatest adversaries, putting their evil mind and might together?

Captains Marvel first appeared in STF #1610...

Friday, April 19, 2024

White Tiger and Batman


This is a team up that I am surprised that I never got around to when I began this blog as The Brave and the Bold: The Lost Issues.  I always liked The White Tiger as a character and it was high time I remedied that omission.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Vision and Sandman


Yesterday's cover may have also featured The Sandman and The Vision, but those are names that each belong to multiple characters.  This would, I am sure, be a decidedly different tale. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Sandman and The Vision


This is another relatively simple looking cover that required a bit of prep work before a new guest star could be added in, here's a look behind the scenes:

If this was not the Sandman and Vision that you were expecting to see, maybe tomorrow's cover will be a little closer - make sure you come back to check it out!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Thing and Samurai Jack


This is a pairing that I never got around to during my Marvel Two-In-One: The Lost Issues! days, but that has always been rattling around in the back of my head. I'm glad to finally have given it a shot, because I feel that these two in an adventure together could make for a very rousing tale.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Hawkman & Hawkgirl Vs. Magneto


I have wondered whether Magneto's mutant ability to control metal extends to Nth Metal, the mysterious gravity-defying metal that allows our Hawk heroes to fly.  An issue of STF seems like the perfect place to explore such a question.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Wolverine and The Atom Vs. Aliens


Who is more prepared to take on a Xenomorph?  A berserker scrapper or a shrinking scientist?  Why not cover all the bases and have them join forces?  It would be a fun battle to watch play out, anyway!

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Superman and Giant-Man


The new Superman "S" shield has been officially revealed, and it is an interesting look.  It  evokes both the Kingdom Come symbol as well as Superman's very earliest symbols.  I think that is fitting as we will be seeing a Superman still early in his career who will be juxtaposing his crimefighting methods with those of a different set of heroes, as he did in KC.  I can't wait to see the full suit.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Enchantress Vs. Deadman


This was a tricky cover to create.  There was a lot of image removal and repair required before I could swap out one hourglass for another.  Here is a look behind the scenes:

Thursday, April 11, 2024

OMAC and The X-Men in: "Yesterday Begins Tomorrow!"


Scott Summers is correct, OMAC is indeed back - he first sought the help of the X-Men back in STF #3089.  It looks like it is time for them to finish the job that they started in that tale. All depicted by Jack "King" Kirby, naturally!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Paladin and Nemesis


Neither of these guys ever really hit the big time as far as popularity in the comics goes, but I enjoyed their adventures.  They seem like the types that would cross one another's paths eventually, and it would be cool to see them interact.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Spider-Man and The Ray


Spider-Man goes with just about anyone, and I like it when he meets other heroes close to his age.  I think he and Ray Terrill would get along for the most part - unless a situation like the one depicted above were to arise.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Planetary and Planet Terry


When I read this suggestion by Bill Delaney, for some reason it just made me chuckle.  While the two comics had similar sounding names, Planetary and Planet Terry were decidedly different from one another. I wasn't sure if they would go together but I had to give it a shot.  Thanks for the inspiration, Bill!

Sunday, April 7, 2024

I... Vampire and Werewolf By Night


I enjoyed the Disney+ Werewolf by Night special and was hoping that I would hear of another upcoming appearance by Jack Russell (and his buddy Man-Thing) in the MCU by now, but nothing has been announced.  With all of the trouble getting a new Blade movie up and running, I guess I am not too surprised.  Maybe a good way would be to bring all the Marvel supernatural heroes together for one big epic.  I wouldn't mind seeing the three of them team up with Brother Voodoo and Ghost Rider to deal with the possessed Doctor Strange.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Warriors Three Vs. The Demons Three


One of the first major missteps from Marvel for me took place in Thor: Ragnarok. While I liked the movie and loved Cate Blanchett as Hela, seeing them almost instantly slaughtered by her did not sit well with me.  They are great characters in the comics and they deserved better.  Bob Greenwade, regular commenter and Patron of this Blog, suggested that I pit them up against The Demons Three and I have to admit, that would make for a fun tale.  Thanks, Bob!

Friday, April 5, 2024

Psylocke and Katana


Psylocke entered the scene just as I was getting out of the X-Men comics, so I never really learned too much about her, other than the fact that her costume looked really uncomfortable to fight crime in. Still, she does seem to be pretty popular and I have received some requests to include her.  I am glad she can finally make her STF debut.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Judge Dredd Vs. Howard the Duck


This cover required a bit of prep work before I could add Howard into the mix.  Here's a look at the behind the scenes progress:

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Power Girl and Kitty Pryde


When Barak Blackburn, a Patron of this Blog, Suggested I pair Kitty Pryde and Power Girl together, along with their pets, the cat lover in me could not resist. My cat Ace is quite a handful all on his own, I can only imaging the mischief he would get into if he had super powers.  Thanks for the idea, Barak!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Adam Strange and The Inhumans


I've been reading the amazing three-volume Alex Toth retrospective (Genius: Isolated, Genius Illustrated and Genius: Animated), and it is fascinating to see how he developed so many properties to be cartoon series on the small screen. Both Adam Strange and The Inhumans seem to me as though they would have been perfect candidates for this treatment.  I can only imagine how cool animated shows featuring them would have been with the design work of Toth to help bring them to life.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Zatanna and Brother Voodoo


Zatanna has has solo movies and appearances in team movies announced and cancelled a few times in the past decade.  Brother Voodoo was teased in the MCU, but we have yet to see him as well.  Let's hope the respective studios they belong to can finally find a way to bring these magical heroes to live action. 

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