Sunday, April 23, 2017
This would be a fun battle, not only visually but also seeing how the different personalities of The Metal Men clash against the cold determination of Ultron. I can imagine him not having much patience with the fact that Doc magnus' creations long to be accepted by humanity rather than join him in trying to conquer it.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
I really hope that the Justice League Dark movie can finally do Swamp Thing justice. His live action movies in the 80's were B-movie cheese fests and the low budget TV series that followed was even worse. He hasn't fared that well in animation, either. His self titled cartoon was very forgettable and while I was glad to see him included in the new Justice League Action, his personality seems way off there. I want to finally see a serious take on Swamp Thing, reflecting the amazing comic book tales that he has appeared in.
Swamp Thing met Werewolf By Night back in STF #1463...
Friday, April 21, 2017
The full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has been released, and frankly, if you haven't seen it, don't watch it. It seemed like one of those trailers that give away far too much of the plot. It did look cool, and the inclusion of Iron Man will keep it fresh after five previous Spidey flicks (sort of a live-action issue of Marvel Team-Up). I like the take on The Vulture as a scavenger of tech from leftover super-battles. I'll definitely check this out in the theater and hope there are still a few surprises left.
These two first crossed paths back in STF #578,,,
Thursday, April 20, 2017
I was pleasantly surprised by the teaser Trailer to Thor: Ragnarok. I thought that Hela and The Executioner looked great, as did The Hulk in full battle gear. Even Valkyrie, who I was unsure about, looked great in a fleeting shot with her blue cape and winged horse. Plus, they finally get Thor in a helmet! The film looks like a big piece of comic book fun and my interest has certainly grown, so the teaser did its job.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
In this age of Netflix and other streaming services, binge watching a TV series is commonplace. I think The X-Files was the first show that I binge watched, and I did it the hard way. I had missed the first few seasons, so to catch up, I would rent the earlier episodes from my video store and try to watch them in order. The show may have outstayed its welcome a bit, but those first few years were a lot of fun.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I've been hoping that Hugo Strange would bet a chance at being that main villain in a Batman movie. I have enjoyed B.D. Wong's performance in the role on Gotham, and that just makes me want to see the character make the leap to the big screen even more. Besides being a great psychological antagonist to the Dark Knight, his Monster Men experiments could be a way to bring Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat into the mix as well.
Batman and Invisible Girl first met back in my MS Paint B&B days...
Monday, April 17, 2017
I used to see Warlord as a hodgepodge of other characters. He seemed to have Conan's outfit, Green Arrow's beard, Thor's helmet, Jon Carter's weapons, Kazar's creatures from the Savage Land... but somehow it all worked. I wish I had seen him cross paths with other DC heroes a little more often.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I expected Jubilee to become a bigger character after how prominently she was featured on the animated X-Men series in the 90's. I kind of lost track of her in the comics after she became a vampire for some reason or another. In the movies she has been used for little more than background scenery. Maybe in the a future film or one of the spin-offs like New Mutants she will finally get her chance to shine.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
I love that we live in a time where going to the movies and seeing characters like Brother Voodoo or Deadman on the big screen is a real possibility. Justice League Dark is being prepped and promises to bring Boston Brand to life (well, afterlife). Jericho Drumm's brother was featured in Doctor Strange, setting up a Brother Voodoo appearance in a sequel hopefully. It really does feel like the sky is the limit as far as which comic character will make the cinematic leap next.
Friday, April 14, 2017
The second season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow has completed, and still no sign of Sgt. Rock. I hope that in the third season they get around to doing a WWII adventure. DC has so many great characters in that era, and I'd love to see the likes of Rock, The Losers, Enemy Ace, Gravedigger, or the Haunted Tank make their live action debuts.
These two first crossed paths in STF #1613...
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I am being open minded about Aquaman in the upcoming Justice League movie. I was once pretty rigid about how I wanted the character to be represented, and did not like the "hook and beard" phase. But then the Justice League cartoon did a lot of cool stuff with that version. When I first saw the Aquaman that was on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I was initially put off - but was soon won over. So, while Jason Mamoa doesn't seem like my Aquaman, I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
This cover was inspired by a suggestion from Mike Shirley, a Patron of this blog. Thanks a lot, Mike!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
It''s bad enough that Marvel doesn't have right to make movies with the Fantastic Four, what compounds the issue is all of the other characters that are also off limits as part of the deal. I'd love to see Namor, or The Skruls or especially Kang to show up in an Avengers or Captain America flick, but unfortunately until Marvel gets all of its characters back, it's not going to happen.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Needless to say, the first official Superman/Spider-Man crossover had a huge impact on me, beginning a love for impossible team-ups that eventually led to this very blog. The only thing that could have made it cooler to me is if there had been a live-action film adaptation!
These two have had two previous STF adventures... once when they were undergoing an identity crisis... and once when they decided to have a car fight.
Monday, April 10, 2017
I am looking forward to War for the Planet of the Apes, as I have really been enjoying the new Apes franchise so far. Matt Reeves did a nice job expanding the world of the film in the last outing and I expect him to do so again, given the all-out war theme. I like his visual style and action sequences, so I am very interested in what he is going to do with The Batman once that film finally gets underway.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
It was interesting to see that one of the other dimensions that Dr. Strange briefly traveled through in his movie was the microverse first introduced in Ant-Man, I wonder if he will be of use since he can get there should Hank Pym go looking for his missing wife in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp. That seems like reason enough for a Dr. Strange cameo, if you ask me!
Saturday, April 8, 2017
There has been talk on and off about a solo Black Widow film, but the underperformance of Ghost in the Shell may have cast doubt on Scarlett Johansson's theatrical draw. Sill, strong performances by Wonder Woman and/or Captain Marvel at the box office could get interest rolling again. I think the best route would be a film headlined by Black Widow, but featuring Hawkeye and introducing some others as well. It might be a good way to bring the likes of Silver Sable, Dominic Fortune, The Shroud or Paladin to live action and make a corker of an espionage tale.
Friday, April 7, 2017
I am very interested to see how the underwater scenes will appear in Justice League. I have seen a glimpse of the creation of some of the effects where Zack Snyder films his actors on wire rigs, with the water and flowing hair to be added in digitally later. From the quick completed shots that I saw, it looks to be an effective process.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Usually, this is where I would include my review of Logan, but I haven't seen it yet. I thought the first solo Wolverine film was a mess and the second, while a big step up in quality, was just okay. This third outing had some nice reviews and good buzz, but frankly all of the footage I saw was of old Wolverine and Professor X hanging out in the desert with a little kid - kind of small scale action that would be more suitable for a rental. So I will ask my knowledgeable visitors - as spoiler free as you can keep it, did I make the right decision? Or should I head out to the theater to see Logan on the big screen?
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Here's another team up that I would have loved to have seen animated in my childhood. I loved both of these cartoons when I was growing up, for different reasons. The Super-Friends featured the characters that I loved from the comic books, and Space Ghost had more action. Maybe a crossover is something that DC can finally do today, at least in comic form.
Space Ghost met the Justice League of America back in STF #1249...
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Watching the episodes of Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold that feature Booster Gold really remind me how fun the character is. With all the recent DC movie announcements being Batman-related, I hope they haven't forgotten about a Booster Gold (or is that Booster/Blue Beetle?) movie, as he has a ton of potential to deliver a fun superhero romp.
Monday, April 3, 2017
I've enjoyed tales featuring these heroines with mysterious pasts, so I might be fun to see them share an adventure together. Each has had very different takes throughout the years, depending on the writers involved, and it is always interesting to see what their latest incarnations are up to.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Growing up, The Fantastic Four was the cornerstone of the Marvel Universe to me. It's sad to see that their comic is no longer being published. I am hoping that a Spider-Man type of deal can be made where Marvel Studios will ba able to have a hand in guiding any future cinematic attempts. Seeing them on the big screen alongside the rest of the Marvel heroes would be just the shot in publicity the team needs to make a go for it in comic form again.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
The Justice League trailer looked fun, but as I mentioned before, didn't really feel like the League to me without Green Lantern, Superman or The Martian Manhunter. It's no secret that Superman will be appearing in the film eventually though - and Henry Cavill has been tweeting hints about Green Lantern at least making a cameo as well. But which Green Lantern? Some have speculated Hal Jordan (played by Armie Hammer?), but the most popular theory seems to be Abin Sur, beginning the cinematic GL saga anew. I'm rooting for Chaselon, but nobody consults me about these things.
Friday, March 31, 2017
I had been hearing about a theatrical return of The Crow for a while, but the rumors seem to have stopped so I don't know if it is still in the planning stages. I enjoyed the first film, which was ahead of it's time in a lot of ways, and hope that a new project gets underway soon.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Jack Burnley is one of my absolute favorite artists of the Golden Age. His work on Detective Comics, Adventure Comics, World's Finest and other titles really showcased the heroes of the day in their best light. He had a strong sense of anatomy and also knew how to capture the spirit of a scene whether it be action packed, noirish or whimsical. His interiors impressed me as much as his amazing covers.
These two first crossed paths in STF #228...
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Has Deathlok ever appeared in animated form? I remember the Spider-Man 90's cartoon had a ton of guest stars and cameos, so maybe he showed up there. I am not up on all of the recent Marvel/Disney animated shows. maybe he's appeared on one of those as well. At any rate, it would be cool to see - I'd love an animated version of his team up with Captain America from the 80's.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
For this team, I thought it would be cool to group together heroes with a background in the circus or travelling shows. Yes, I know these guys were all performers and not roustabouts, but I liked the sound of the name so I went with it. By now I know the drill when I post a new team cover - "Nice, but you should have included captain such and such", and this time, I did it to myself! as soon as I was done, I realized that Deadman really should have been on the roster. If I ever revisit this team, I will have to rectify that!
Monday, March 27, 2017
The new Justice League trailer has been released and it looks like DC is determined to let us know that is will be a less gloomy film than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with comedic moments being almost exclusively featured - even Batman gets in on the one liners. It still doesn't really feel like the League to me with no sign of Superman or Green Lantern and the inclusion of Cyborg as a founding member, but that doesn't mean it won't be fun to watch. The big surprise for me was Aquaman's personality, which seems to have borrowed a lot from John DiMaggio's turn as the character on the animated Batman: The Brave and the Bold. When he was "surfing" the Batmobile at the end, I half expected him to shout "Outrageous!"
Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Danvers Twins are another pairing that I like to revisit from time to time on the blog - this marks their fifth cover together.
They had robot problems in Issue #1414
They were at odds with one another in Issue #763...
They played a trick on the world in Issue #520...
...and they were first revealed to be sisters way back in Issue #152
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I watched Kong: Skull Island this week and my quick review is that I thought that the monsters were cool (even if the best action scene is the first one which is never matched) and the humans were almost all completely forgettable. Still, even though I thought that this film and the new Godzilla could have been a lot better, I am really looking forward to them battling in the big screen, it should be a blast. We'll get a straight up Godzilla sequel before that, which promises some more of the classic monsters. I am personally hoping for Rodan and Gamera to make appearances.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Batman has probably had the best video games made about him, but there's something I always love about playing as Spider-Man in a game. His power seem very well suited for the experience. I even loved the old school games, going back to the first Atari Spider-Man, where he was just a few red and blue blocks climbing a wall or swinging side to side. Great stuff!
Spidey crossed paths with the first Hawk and Dove team in STF #1379...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dr. Mist is another character that I feel DC could do a lot more with. I was a fan of The Global Guardians, and as their leader I felt that he should have had a higher profile in the DCU. I remember liking that he took such an active role in Primal Force, but when that title went away. so did he for the most part. Still, all it takes is a good writer and an idea and he can return one of these days.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
It's kind of sad to see how Tim Drake has been tossed aside in favor of Damian Wayne after all the work that went into developing his character. After being a very popular Robin for years, having his own title and appearing in other media, now he seems to be a hero without a home. DC has tried using him as a member of the Teen Titans, Red Robin, even a new Batman Beyond. I am hoping that he can maintain a lasting role in the DCU going forward.
The Truants first appeared in STF #1220...
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I remember being puzzled that of all of the Legion of Super-Heroes to get a solo series, Karate Kid was the first one. At the time I would have preferred maybe Ultra Boy or Chameleon Lad. Looking back, I realize that DC was trying to get in on the kung fu/karate craze so it makes more sense to me now.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Off-Topic from the above cover - I was saddened to read of the passing of legendary artist Bernie Wrightson. Like many, I was introduce to his moody artwork in the pages of Swamp Thing, with his excellent use of light and shadow and his amazing character design. My mind was (and still is) completely blown when I saw his black &white Frankenstein project. The amount of detail he put into those images just floored and inspired me, I had never seen anything like it before, and it still stands as one of my all time favorite examples of comic book artwork. May he rest in Peace.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
I'm still holding out hope for new adventures of Leave it to Chance some day. I loved what James Robinson and Paul Smith did with that series and always have wanted to see more. It may seem like a long shot but if DC can bring back Jonny Quest and a host of other Hanna-Barbera characters and even team them up with heroes of the DCU, then anything can happen, right?
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 has released its full trailer, and I am glad that they fill it with cool shots and character moments, but do not give the whole plot away. Even so, I am trying to remain very disciplined - I only watched the trailer once, and on a tiny little screen. I know for sure that I will be seeing the film in the theater and I don't want to spoil too much for myself the way I have for far too many other movies. I hear that audience preview scores have been through the roof, so I am expecting another fun night at the movies.
Batman crossed Paths with The Guardians once before, back in my B&B days...
Friday, March 17, 2017
The above cover is of course referring to the events of STF #381...
I am very curious as to the fate of Captain America in the Marvel cinematic universe. I think that the upcoming Avengers movies will complete Chris Evans contract in the role, and I have not heard anything about a fourth solo film. I am really hoping he is not killed off or replaced somehow as so often happens in the comics. Evans is still young enough to perform the role for years to come and the Captain America series has been the strongest of the Marvel franchises so far, in my opinion.
Coming tomorow: STF #1800!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Neither of these two adventurers are known for backing away from a fight, and they both have incredible strength, so I can see them throwing down with one another. While Asterix has his potion-granted might, Popeye's spinach seems to allow him to perform all sorts of stunts, so it would probably be pretty evenly matched.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I was hoping that the whole DC Rebirth event would mean that Ray Palmer would get some exposure again, given his many new fans from DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Instead, we see Ryan Choi as The Atom (wearing a variation of TV Ray's outfit, no less) in the new Justice League of America title. Don't get me wrong, I really like Choi as a character and collected his series - but let's see the classic Silver Age Atom get some love again in the comics! He's more than due.
The Atom and The Micronauts crossed paths in STF #724...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
I was all excited when Hourman appeared at the end of the first season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, but I have to I was disappointed with what was actually done with him. Rather than become a new member of the team. he was unceremoniously killed off before he got to do anything heroic. Hopefully, given the time-travel nature of the show, the indignity can be undone some day.
Hourman faced off against the original team of X-Men in one of my very first STF covers...
Monday, March 13, 2017
Both of these bare-chested brawlers are known to be a little hot headed at times, so I don't imagine that it would take too much to spark a conflict between the two of them. Hercules has the edge on strength, Hawkman with flight, and they both can wield a wicke mace - I'd say it's a pretty even matchup.
Herc met the Silver Age Hawkman in STF #849...
Sunday, March 12, 2017
While I have been enjoying all of the DC characters included featured on The Flash, I think that Jesse Quick misses the mark a bit. Sure she's a speedster (which ne show has no shortage of), but her connection to Johnny Quick is gone. Her costume doesn't look like any of the various looks that she has sported in the comics - she comes off more as Lady Flash than Jesse Quick. Hopefully there can be some tweaks made to get her closer to her comic book counterpart.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
I recently picked up a copy of Telling Stories: The Comic Book Art of Frank Frazetta, and I was amazed at the scope of his capabilities. I was aware of his work with fantasy characters, but he did just about everything - humor, romance, war, noir, science-fiction - and did it all amazingly well. My only wish is that he had done more work for the Marvel and DC heroes that I grew up with, Still, he has a phenomenal body of work and I recommend the book to any fan of the art form.
Friday, March 10, 2017
This is a team up I would love to see in real life. I think there is even a connection there - just look at George and Fry. Red hair, a cowlick in the back, an overbite... perhaps there is a familial relationship there that we aren't aware of. I can see Bender and Rosie really hitting it off as well.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
This cover continues the League's ongoing struggles with The Dark Phoenix. She is of course referring here to the events of STF #409. She also attacked the JLA in STF #1626 and they certainly weren't saying "Bwa-ha-ha" in STF #229. Heck, she even gave them a hard time as innocent young Jean Grey back in STF #699...
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
For a while it seemed like every new superhero team created had to have a "big guy in the back", and lots of oversized strong guys kept showing up. Sasquatch was a big guy in the back before it became a cliche and I think that he still has one of the best designs of them all. Heck, I would have bought a Sasquatch solo series.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Zatanna has had a number of different looks, but for obvious reasons the top hat and fishnet look always seems to return. I will say that while the above look didn't do much for me, I did like the second new outfit she wore in Justice League of America, designed by George Perez.
Monday, March 6, 2017
One character that I haven't heard a lot about in connection to the Han Solo movie that is about to begin filming is Boba Fett. He never got the big action scene that he deserved in the original trilogy, and it would be great to see him get one more shot. I can't remember if it was ever established whether he and Han had met prior to the events of The Empire Strikes Back, though.
These two met once before in STF #1464...
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Monica Rambeau is long overdue for her live action debut. Light-based powers shouldn't be too difficult to pull off so she could easily be featured on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I'd prefer that she get the big screen treatment, though. I'm thinking that the upcoming Captain Marvel film would be a good place to introduce her character.