Monday, October 24, 2016
This may seem like a lopsided battle, but I think The metal Men might still have a chance. The definitely have a history battling alien intrudes as well as giant-sized menaces. Plus, not being human, they may be able to get in close while not being detected by Galactus. Whatever their chance at success, it would be a tough battle, and fun to read about.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
I took my super heroes very seriously as a kid so I never checked out The Inferior Five, which looked to me like it was mocking them. Of course, I can now see that it was a title that was actually ahead of its time, having fun with the conventions of the genre many years before the likes of Damage Control, Ambush Bug, Great Lakes Avengers or Sensational She-Hulk hit the stands.
This cover comes about from a suggestion by David Welsh, a Patron of the blog - thanks David!
Saturday, October 22, 2016
I checked out the new poster for Guardians if the Galaxy Vol. 2, and I like what I saw (especially Yondu's longer head fin!) but something was missing - where was Groot? Then I saw him - Baby Groot peeking out from behind Starlord's leg. It will be fun to see this new incarnation of Groot running around - I wonder, though, if he will remain pint-sized for the duration of the movie?
Friday, October 21, 2016
This was a tough cover to create, even though it may look fairly basic. The splash page that I used as the basis features a raining scene, which didn't really work with the final image that I was going for. So, in addition to losing the extraneous characters that I did not want, I also had to "erase" all the raindrops on Hawkman and the dock by using the clone stamp tool. It was kind of painstaking, but worth it to be able to use one of my favorite Winged Warrior pictures ever - Jim Aparo drew an amazing Hawkman and I wish he had gotten the opportunity more often.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
I am glad to see that Adam Strange is continuing to find a home in comics, this time in the Death of Hawkman mini series by Marc Andreyko and Aaron Lopresti. C-List heroes like him and Jack of Hearts may never burn up the sales charts, bet they still have a ton of potential.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
This is one of the teams that I have been meaning to bring back.. I like the shared silent motif and they kind of look like they go together, too. Upon completing this cover, I thought of a good fifth member that I will try to include should they reappear on the blog.
The Silent Partners first appeared in STF #764...
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I was frustrated how little that Colossus was used in Bryan Singer's X-Men films, so I was glad to hear that he would be featured in Deadpool. I liked the new more comic-faithful appearance they gave him, but given the title character, I did worry that he would simply be the butt of a lot of jokes at his expense. He did play the straight man to a degree, but I think that he came off relatively unscathed and it was very cool to see him in action.
And now we are even getting a live action Commander Steel on DC's Legends of Tomorrow? I never thought I would see the day.
Monday, October 17, 2016
I breezed through Netflix' Luke Cage in a few days and found it to be another success for the network. I thought that Mike Colter did a fantastic job in the title role, presenting a character that was heroic for all the right reasons and I was really rooting for him. The villains and supporting cast were great as well - a standout for me was Misty Knight, I definitely want to see more of her and if her injured arm leads to any enhancements down the line. I got a big kick out of all the easter eggs sprinkled around, from the Power Man costume, to bringing in Turk, to "did I break your concentration?", good stuff. OK, Netflix - bring on Iron Fist!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
We have seen Infinity Gems in Captain America: The First Avenger (cosmic cube/tesseract) The Avengers (Loki's staff), Thor: The Dark World (The Aether), Guardians of the Galaxy (Power Stone) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (Vision's forehead gem). I't's sounding like Doctor Strange will feature the final gem in the form of the Ey of Agamotto. All the pieces will be in place then for Thanos to finally complete the Infinity Gauntlet. It's going to be a blast to see what kind of havoc he wreaks with it!
The Titans have history with Thanos on the blog...
Saturday, October 15, 2016
I enjoyed the season premiere of Legends of Tomorrow, but still wish that the characters were a little closer to their comic counterparts. The Atom and Firestorm still come off more like low budget versions of Iron Man and the Human Torch, and I was hoping Dinah Lance would take on the Black Canary identity again, now that her sister is gone. I love that they are introducing the Justice Society, but at first glance they seem quite a bit altered as well, next week will show how faithful they are to their comic roots. That's just the purist in me though, the series is still a fun watch.
This is the third meeting between these diminutive heroes. they first mat in STF #216, and then once again in STF #768...
Friday, October 14, 2016
I always wondered about the decision to put the Justice League in a cave as their first headquarters. I mean, that kind of locale made sense for batman, given his motif and its location under his mansion, but a gathering of the greatest superheroes on earth seemed to demand something a bit less rustic. I found the satellite to be a much more suitable gathering place (and I still miss it).
Thursday, October 13, 2016
This is a match up I would love to see, even if it might only last seconds! I can see Jim Corrigan and Frank Castle knowing each other early in life and then having a confrontation after they had taken on their costumed personas. The Spectre would want to make him pay for his actions, but I am sure that The Punisher would call him on his hypocrisy.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
OK, let me try to get this straight.... The Bruce Banner Hulk has been killed off but there's a new "totally awesome" Hulk in Amadeus Cho, and meanwhile Jennifer Walters is now angry and brooding and goes by simply The Hulk now as well. Plus I think there are still "Red" versions of these characters running around. Comics have gotten weird.
You can't really blame them for having new rules at Gamma House, considering what happened when the Teen Titans met another Hulk there...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The elimination of Superman's time as Superboy following Crisis on Infinite Earths really threw a monkey wrench into the Legion of Superheroes. Attempts to fix it by using Kon-El, Pocket Universe Superboy or Supergirl in his place have never seemed to stick, and the LSH are currently in limbo. Let's hope that they can find a way to click with audiences when they inevitably return.
Monday, October 10, 2016
We have seen a couple of versions of Jonah Hex on the big and small screen, with varying degrees of success, and I am sure we will again at some point down the line. How cool would it have been to have seen a live action Hex back in the day though? I can imagine Clint Eastwood in his prime taking on the role,
Sunday, October 9, 2016
I never really got the debate about which was better, Star Wars or Star Trek, because I loved both franchises as a kid. For me the differences in them were less about the types of technology they used or the mythology they followed, rather it was how the stories were presented. Star Wars seemed to follow the Western mode, with characters weaving in and out of an epic tale. Star Trek felt more like a police procedural show, always beginning every story from a set location and having the characters deal with outside influences.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
The Flash just had its third season premier and it throughly entertained me. I was impressed how the writers were able to use the Flashpoint concept and it made for a cool story with a very interesting twist at the end of the hour. It was a blast to see The Flash and Kid Flash in action side by side - and the tease of Dr. Alchemy has me looking forward to future episodes.
Friday, October 7, 2016
The Daleks have always been among my favorite science fiction menaces. They are as evil as they are cheap looking and I wouldn't have it any other way. I was glad that when Doctor Who was brought back to TV, the Daleks were not given much of an upgrade in appearance, honoring the early episodes.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Big Hero Six was a pleasant surprise for me. I was only slightly aware of the comic, and the movie looked like it was a fairly loose adaptation anyway, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I found it to be a ton of fun and I loved the humor and heart that the animators were able to put into Baymax. Plus, there's a great Stan lee cameo!
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
I am curious as to how Swamp Thing will be realized visually in Doug Liman's upcoming Justice League Dark movie. I assume they will not have a man in a rubber suit like in his previous live action efforts - but will he be fully computer generated or a CGI/practical makeup hybrid? Then comes the question of who will provide his voice an performance capture.
Swamp Thing and Daredevil first crossed paths in STF #785...