Friday, November 24, 2017

Deathlok and OMAC


OMAC is another character that is perfect for an appearance on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, given the time-travel aspect of the show.  Perhaps an adventure in the future with Brother Eye  will allow them to actually spend more than a minute or two in  their costumes as well!  I'd hope they would do Buddy Blank and his alter ego justice though - I'm still shaking my head over the lackluster interpretation of Deathlok on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Seven Swordsmen


Back in another life, when I went to acting school, I took a fencing class, and it was an absolute blast.  There were a few offensive and defensive moves to learn, and once I had them down, it was easy to choreograph battles.  We would practice in slow motion until we got it perfect and then switch to real time.  Tons of fun!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Uncle Scrooge Vs. Superman


Justice League was not as well crafted as Wonder Woman, but it was a marked improvement over Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  I found the plot and villain to be very generic, I wish there had been more surprises there.  The Flash's costume did not work at all for me and I felt Quicksilver had better speed effects.  Ezra Miller was engaging I guess, but did not look or sound like any Barry Allen I ever read in the comics.  Same for Jason Mamoa - an entertaining performance, but he didn't look or behave like Aquaman from the comics.  I thought that Cyborg was well done, but it should have been Green Lantern or Martian Manhunter in his place, let him graduate to the JLA, not found it.  The action was great, even though much of it under the red skies looked pretty video-gamey.  The saving grace for the movie is Superman.  When he finally returns, we get to see the hero we have been waiting three movies for (hard not to smile during the first credits scene).  So, even though the movie suffered from the director switch and is far from perfect, it leaves things in a place that gives me optimism for the future.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mars Attacks Star Wars!


The full trailer for Star Wars: the Last Jedi has me looking forward to the next chapter in the saga.  My main complaints about the last installment were a few to many parallels to A New Hope and the lack of Luke Skywalker, both of which look to be addressed this time around.  It will be interesting to see where director Rian Johnson takes the characters going forward.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Kang Vs. Krang Vs. Kang!



The yearly Treehouse Of Horror episodes of The Simpsons are among my favorites.  The writers really seem to have fun with them.  Plus, there's usually an appearance by the aliens Kang and Kodos.  I was surprised to find out that Kodos was female when Kang referred to her as "my sister" at one point (or was that the other way around?)

This crazy combination comes as the result of a suggestion by STF Patron Travis Johnson.  Thanks, Travis!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Black Goliath and Blue Beetle


Black Goliath's costume just screams Bronze Age and I love it.  I always liked those high collars, even though they don't seem to serve a purpose other than restricting peripheral vision. I do wonder why he left his gut uncovered.  Maybe Bill Foster really worked hard on his crunches and wanted to make sure everyone could see his six pack?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bruce Lee and Iron Fist


Like Mr. T, Bruce Lee was another person from my youth that felt like a real-life superhero.  He really knew how to fight (convincing screen combat at least) and brought The Green Hornet and the movies that he starred in to another level.  His tragic death at such an early age only added to his iconic aura.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dazzler and Green Lantern


When I was a kid, I saw Dr. Light as one of the premiere DC villains.  Unlike most super-villains, he wasn't confined to a single superhero.  He got around, taking on Green Lantern, The Atom, The Teen Titans, The JLA and more.  It's too bad that he later became somewhat of a joke, and what was done with him in Identity Crisis still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  I'd like to see a Rebirth version that undoes a lot of those missteps.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Aquaman in The Marvel Universe


Uh oh, looks like Aquaman had a little too much Olympian wine...

The word is that DC will be following Marvel's lead and will be including a couple of extra scenes during and at the end of the credits for Justice League which will set up future movies.  One is supposed to get audiences pumped for the solo Aquaman film, and I am looking forward to checking it out!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Concrete and Yoda


I remember reading The Art of Star Wars when I was a kid and discovering the work of Ralph McQuarrie.  His advertisements, matte paintings and concept art absolutely blew me away, and gave me a real appreciation for the skill that goes into creating a fictional world.  watching the original trilogy again, you can see his artwork or influence in almost every scene.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Man-Thing and The Spectre in: "The Desperation of Doctor Thirteen!"



I always wondered why Dr. Thirteen was such a skeptic in his back up comic stories.  I mean, he lived in the DC Universe, where super heroes and villains were quite common,  The Justice League alone included an Atlantean, an Amazon and three aliens!  I think my mind would have been a little more open to the unknown.

Man-Thing First met The Spectre in STF #1081...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Robin and Daredevil in "Duplicating the Dead!"



Netflix' Daredevil series  has begun filming on Season Three, according to Vincent D'Onofrio.  The last moments of The Defenders, coupled with the jailhouse meeting between Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk from Season Two have me really looking forward to where the series will go from here.  I am expecting elements from the Born Again story line will be used.

Daredevil and Tim Drake first met in STF #1121... DD had less of a cordial relationship with Jason Todd in STF #198... and a decidedly different DD met the Earth-2 Robin in STF #1509...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

7 Soldiers of Victory and The Human Torch



When people talk about accessibility of comics, sometimes I don't think they give kids enough credt for being able to figure things out.  One of the very first comic stories I read as a kid - and one that got me hooked was Justice League of America #100-102, which featured the JLA, JSA and Seven Soldiers of Victory in one big adventure.  Even Metamorpho came along for the ride!  I wasn't put off by so many characters I hadn't seen before - indeed, I was dazzled by them and wanted to find out more.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Firestorm and the New Warriors


New Warriors is another Marvel property being prepared for a television treatment.  Other than the casting of Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, I haven't heard too much about it. There are plenty of characters that they can choose for the roster as there have been multiple incarnations of the comic team over the years.  I'd love to see as many founding members as possible in the mix though, I really liked the original line-up.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wonder Woman and Wolverine in: "The Hunt for Artemis!"



This cover is tying off a loose end from way back in STF #189, where these two first appeared together. I teased a revelation about Logan's origins and family in that issue, and now over five years later, more light is being shed on this mystery.  I'm sure everyone else forgot about it, but this is a plot thread that I have been meaning to address for a long time.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Suicide Squad and Giant-Man


My favorite era of Suicide Squad is the John Ostrander-penned issues from their 90's series.  I hope that any cinematic sequel will draw from those stories.  I'd love to see characters like Bronze Tiger, Vixen and Nightshade join and the I think that Father Kraemer would be a great addition to the cast.  My guess is that the produceers will prefer to make it Harley-centric again, though.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Hulk and The Flash (The TV Event!)


I still think that The Flash 90's TV series had one of the best live action costumes ever.  It's easily the best Flash costume.  Even with a slightly redesigned cowl and incorrectly-colored boots, I prefer it to either the current movie or TV versions.

These two shared a  more traditional comic book adventure in STF #1296...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Steel and Power Man


I have some issues with the costuming on DC's Legends of Tomorrow but I have to say they did a pretty good job with the look of Steel.  It's faithful to the comic version and looks good on screen, especially when he's powered up with the metallic skin.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Doc Savage and The Shadow


As far as I know, these two pulp heroes have never crossed paths, which is a little surprising.  They seem as though they would work together well in in a story.  STF Patron Ken Roskos pointed out in a previous comments section that they both had the same publisher back in the 40's so it could have happened

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Red Tornado and Wonder Man


Dinosaurs and apes were frequently featured on the covers of comics of my youth.  It was said that their presence boosted sales. I'm not sure about how true that was, but I will say that as a kid I was drawn to the images.  Sure, we can get realistic looking ape and dino action on the big screen today, but in those days comics were the only place to truly see them in action (and not just men in animal costumes).

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dr. Fate and The Silver Surfer



News of a solo Doctor Doom film had me scratching my head.  If producers were looking for a property to spin off of the Fantastic Four franchise. The Silver Surfer seems like a much better choice.  He's got a great back story and his look was already perfected in his previous cinematic outing.  Plus, it would offer a second chance to get Galactus right - no cloud this time!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Lone Ranger Vs. Werewolf by Night!



Like Tarzan, The Lone Ranger is a classic property that the movies just can't seem to get right.  I keep waiting for a great adaptation of the material, but Hollywood keeps wanting to go tongue-in-cheek with the western hero. The most recent attempt was a complete misfire to me.  Johnny Depp as Tonto?  What were they thinking?

This cover is the result of a suggestion by Ken Roskos, a Patron of this blog.  Thanks, Ken!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ch'p and Howard The Duck


Many a superhero fan began their love of comics with funny animal characters.  It's not surprising that animal heroes would strike a chord with them as they are a bridge between the two genres.  The question is, how realistic to depict them?  For me, it's different for each character - I prefer a more cartoonish Howard and a more naturalistic looking Ch'p.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Superman and The Son of Satan


As much as I loved superheroes growing up. I never dressed as them for Halloween, usually opting for something traditional and scary like a vampire or werewolf.  Only later when I went to more adult parties did I start whipping up superhero costumes - Green Lantern, The Flash, Superman, Bizarro... and my current emergency go-to, Clark Kent (Hair in a spit curl, glasses, suit with shirt unbuttoned to reveal "S" below). 

Monday, October 30, 2017

ROM & Star Trek Vs. Aliens


I watched Alien: Covenant recently, and while it was well made and acted, it felt kind of unnecessary.  Almost every big scene seemed to be recreating a moment from one either Ridley Scott's original Alien or James Cameron's sequel, Aliens.  The result just seemed bloated and derivative to me.  I liked a lot of the action, I just felt as though I had seen it all before.

Thank you to Tom Zilla, a patron of this blog, for suggesting this 3-way encounter!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cloak & Dagger Vs. The Demon


Continued from yesterday's cover, we now see who Constantine sent our heroes after.  Another reason that I like Cloak and Dagger is that they work well in both street-level adventures and stories that involve a supernatural element.  It might be fun to see them mix it up with the likes of Etrigan.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cloak and Dagger and Constantine


I've seen a trailer for the upcoming Cloak and Dagger TV show, and while it didn't show much in the way of powers or costumes, I liked what I saw.  The actors seemed well cast and the tone seemd right.  I think they are great characters for the small screen and the show has potential.  I'll definitely be checking it out.

Hmmmm - just who is responsible for terrorizing the neighborhood?  Make sure you come back tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Kid Eternity and Captain Marvel


Kid Eternity is a character that I have been meaning to feature on the blog for ages now.  I used to read reprints of his adventures in Detective Comics and elsewhere, and liked his schtick of calling forth famous historical figures to assist him. We don't see much of him these days, I guess  with the impermanence of death in the comics, his abilities are less in demand.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thor and Starman


DC is all about legacy characters and Starman is one of the best.  I love how varied each of his incarnations have been, whether related to the original Ted Knight or not.  James Robinson did an amazing job at weaving all of the different characters to wear the mantle together in his classic 90's series, and the legacy aspect of the hero is stronger than ever because of that.  Stargirl currently wields the cosmic power, and will hopefully be part of a new Justice Society soon.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Joker and Moon Knight


Rumors of a Joker stand alone origin movie have me scratching my head.  First of all, The Joker - like Wolverine and The Phantom Stranger - is one of the few comics characters that works better for me without a clear back story.  The air of mystery helps him to be more menacing.  I don't really want to understand his psyche, either - He's a mass murdering psychotic that I want to laugh at or be afraid of - not sympathize with.  Finally, while I wasn't crazy about Jared Leto's take, I don't know if audiences are ready for the role to be re-cast once again so quickly.  We'll see if this project ever comes to pass or if it is morphed into a Joker/Harley Quinn film, an idea that has also been floated aound.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Batman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer



This is a pairing that I am surprised I never got to in my B&B: The Lost Issues days.  I definitely think that these two would go well together in comics or film.  It would also be fun to see Alfred interacting with Giles as well, I'm sure they would enjoy venting to one another about their often stubborn partners.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sgt. Rock on the Planet of the Apes



I missed War for the Planet of the Apes in the theaters, but I enjoyed the first two installments enough to put an order in for the Blu Ray, so I will be checking it out as soon as it is released.  I have been a fan of the whole franchise since I was a kid.  I can remember watching the TV show, with plenty of Apes merchandise around the house - we had trading cards, lunch boxes, coloring books and action figures, they were pretty big in the 70's. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy and Justice League of America



How long is it before we see a Justice League Detroit grouping on TV?  Between Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow, all of the characters will have been introduced by the end of  the current season - except for Aquaman who is busy breaking into the movies these days. In fact, I say Let the Atom take his place and replace Legends of Tomorrow with a JLDetroit show to call their own!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Aquaman & Aqualad and Hercules



I have to laugh when I look at this team up because the Jason Mamoa Aquaman from Justice League looks like it will be an amalgam between Aquaman and Hercules.  He's got Aquaman's abilities and trident, with Hercules' personality and appearance, and a costume that combines the two.  Hopefully when I see the movie, the Orin/Arthur Curry side of Aquman will become more evident.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Johnny Thunder Dreams of Jeannie!



I liked watching reruns of I Dream of Jeannue! when I was a kid.  The comedy was corny in a Gilligan's Island kind of way but the main character had super powers, something that always interested me.  Plus Barbara Eden was easy on the eyes!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Black Lightning and Storm in: "Zapped by Zzzax!"



Zzzax is a pretty cool Hulk villain.  He has a great visual and the fact that The Hulk can't defeat him simply by punching him meant he had to be a little more creative in their battles.  Plus, you just have to love that cool name!

Black Lightning and Storm first crossed paths back in STF #360...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Calvin and Hobbes and Swamp Thing




One thing that amazed me about Bill Watterson was his ability to draw landscapes and scenery as well as the shenanigans of a boy and his stuffed tiger.  His mastery of pacing, body language and facial expressions would have been enough to make Calvin & Hobbes a great strip, and the fact that they operated in such lush environments really helped to put it over the top into classic territory.  Watterson could have just as easily illustrated a straight up adventure comic.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Black Canary and She-Hulk


Arrow now has a third Black Canary on the show, Dinah Drake.  I like the new actress and that the character possesses a canary cry, unlike the previous versions. Just don't confuse her with the first Black Canary o n the program, who died, then got better and became the White Canary on DC's Legends of Tomorrow... or the second Black Canary, who took over for the first one (her sister) before she also died... or the Black Siren, who is also currently appearing on the show and looks identical to the second Black Canary because she is her evil counterpart from an alternate dimension. See, it's simple!

These two first met way back in STF #119...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Warlock and Tomar-Re


Continued from yesterday's cover, we see who the renegade Lantern turned out to be...

Tomar-Re was one of the first alien Green Lanterns that I was introduced to, and I have been a fan of him ever since.  I was glad to see that he was included in the cinematic Green Lantern, even if the film wasn't great and his design felt off to me.  I did like Geoffrey Rush providing his voice.  Hopefully his appearance there wont preclude him from being a part of the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie, he belongs in there (along with Chaselon, of course!)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Warlock and The Guardians of the Universe


Warlock will be making his live action debut in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, and I am sure that the hunt for an actor to perform the role has already begun.  This would have been a perfect character for Matthew McConaughey to play, but they may want to go for a younger actor.  Zac Ephron has the look but does he have the acting chops?  Liam Hemsworth?  Armie Hammer?

So, just who is the rogue Green Lantern?  Come back tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion to this two-part tale and find out!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Roustabouts Return!


As I mentioned when The Roustabouts first appeared on this blog, no circus-based team is complete without the addition of Deadman.  So, here's the official initiation issue!  He's one of my absolute favorite characters and I can't believe I forgot to include him the first time around.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hong Kong Phooey and Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew



Between Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Justice League Action and the various DC animated shorts, we have seen most of the DCU in cartoon form at one time or the other.  I am surprised that Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew have not been included yet, though.  They seem perfect for animated adventures, they wouldn't even have to be re-designed!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Doom Patrol and Deathlok


I was interviewed this past week by Emily Scott and Dean Compton on their show, Her Dork World, His Dork World (you can find the link to listen a few posts before this) .  I was surprised when Dean said he had a team up suggestion for me - Doom Patrol and Deathlok - because I had created a cover featuring that same pairing just a day or two before.  I don't know if Dean has been spying on me or if great minds just think alike, but here it is.  Something tells me that once they settled their differences, Deathlok would be right at home as a member of the Doom Patrol, being somewhat of a heroic outcast himself.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Spider-Man and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark


It was a great moment seeing (SPOILERS for the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming)  Peter Parker refuse the updated Spidey suit from Tony Stark because he felt he wasn't ready yet.  I loved the suit he was already wearing with the cool emotive eyes and want to see more of him in action wearing it.  However, every piece of promotional artwork for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War features Peter Parker in the new suit after all.  I'm sure there will be a compelling story reason for it, but I hope it isn't permanent because I still prefer the simpler costume.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Zatanna Vs. The Masters of Evil


If the Justice League Dark movie ever gets m,ade, I think that Zatanna has the potential to a the breakout star.  She has the most normal appearance and attitude of the group and would be more accessible to the movie audience thatn some of the more outlandish and flamboyant characters.  It all depends on the script and casting of course, but I think there's a lot of potential there.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blackhawk and Airboy


I am assuming that the Han Solo movie will feature plenty of The Millenium Falcon, and it will be cool to see some of its secrets revealed.  Will we see a shiny new Falcon, from before years of modifications and battle damage?  Will we see the fabled Kessel Run?  How about when Solo won the Falcon from Lando Calrissian?  I'm betting we will see at least one of those scenarios.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Spider-Man 2099 and Superboy


I miss the original iteration of Superboy.  Even though I warmed up to the Kon-El after a while (thanks mostly to his portrayal in the animated Young Justice), I always preferred my Superboy tales to be about "the adventures of Superman when he was a boy!".  I have heard good things about the new Jon Kent version (son of Lois and Clark) in the DC Rebirth titles though, so I picked up a couple of digital trades featuring him and I am about to catch up on the new super-developments..

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues on Her Dork World/His Dork World!

I had a great time talking with Emily Scott and Dean Compton on Her Dork World / His Dork World the other night.  We chatted about the blog and comics in general and it was a lot of fun.  You can listen to it right here:

Green Lantern and Hellboy


Hellboy is going to have a cinematic reboot, which kid of surprised me.  I had enjoyed the two Guillermo Del Toro films, but neither was a huge box office hit.  The image released of David Harbour in full Hellboy make up looks good, if not all that different from the Ron Perlman version.  This new take is supposed to be darker and less jokey than the other films.  It will be interesting seeing just how different it will be from what has come before, and whether that's a good or bad thing.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Captain America and Elongated Man


I am looking forward the season premiere of The Flash next week.  It promises to be a good season in that it looks like we will be getting away from the time travel/speedster vs. evil speedster story lines, which should help keep it fresh.  Best of all Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man is going to become a regular character on the show!  He is one of my all-time favorite characters from the comics and always seems to get overlooked.  Hopefully appearing weekly on TV will introduce him to many more fans.

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