Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Batman and Longshot


This is another team up that I always meant to get to in my Brave and the Bold: The Lost Issues days. Longshot's debut stood out to me because it was also my true introduction to the artwork of Art Adams. I had seen him do a cover for Marvel Team-up, and his interiors here was even more impressive.  I was an instant fan of his work, which was highly detailed while still retaining a cartoonish flair, and made a point to seek out anything he was attached to after that.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Demon Vs. Deadpool


I had always liked The Demon, but his appearances in the Alan Moore-written issues of Swamp Thing really made me a big fan.  Moore really had fun with Etrigan speaking in rhyme, and I loved reading his dialogue.  Artists Steve Bissette and John Totleben depicted him perfectly as well, they kept his design but made him appear truly demonic with sharp teeth and claws - he never looked bettr to me.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Spider-Man and The Unknown Soldier



I hope that Stephen Spielberg really has fun with the Blackhawk movie, and embraces its comic book roots rather than make it a straight war film.  Wonder Woman and Captain America have proven that both genres can be successfully mixed.  is it too much to hope for cameos by other DC war heroes like The Unknown Soldier?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

All-Star Squadron and Guardians of the Galaxy (And More!)



This anniversary issue's tales all have their roots in earlier STF stories - Per Degaton started time-travelling in STF #2111...  The Surfer and Starfire tied the knot in STF #397, but were already facing difficulties in STF #398...  Thanos crossed the GLC in STF #1546 and Hal Jordan in STF #516...  and Adam Strange first met Captain Universe in STF #865, and first assisted The Federation in STF #2056.  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Man-Bat Vs. Baron Blood


Continued from yesterday.s cover, we finally get Man-Bat facing off against Baron Blood, a request I have received from time to time.  Don't worry, The Falcon saved his family.

I have liked Baron Blood ever since I first encountered him in an issue of Captain America during the Roger Stern/John Byrne run.  That was one of Cap's greatest story lines, and it has stayed with me decades after first reading it.

Make sure you come back tomorrow for STF #2200!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Man-Bat and The Falcon


With Chris Evans strongly hinting that he will be done with the role of Captain America soon, many are speculating that the MCU will follow the comics and his mantle will be passed to either Sebastian Stan's Bucky or Anthony Mackie's Falcon.  While either would be interesting to see, I think, Bucky is probably the better choice.  I never thought that having the wings and the shield together ever really worked when Sam Wilson took on the role, and I wouldn't want to see him give up flying.

This is only Part One of a Two-Part Epic - so make sure you come back tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ragman and Moon Knight


Moon Knight is one of those Marvel Character that I have been waiting for decades to make the leap to live action.  The superhero with multiple personalities gimmick could make for a very cool story, but I think the costume may be tough to pull off.  All-white with shadows hitting just the right places looks cool n the page but I can imagine it's a tough look to accomplish on screen.  Maybe an animated series would be better?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

James Bond and The Black Widow


I caught the second half of Goldfinger the other day, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The special effects may not be up to today's standards, but Connery's charisma is more than enough to overcome that shortcoming.  I've enjoyed movies with the Bonds that followed him, but in my mind, he is still the one true 007.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Wonder Woman and Black Panther


This is another pairing that I am surprised it has taken me so long to get to.  They both are royalty and ambassadors from heretofore hidden civilizations of technically advanced warriors as well as superheroes - not to mention the fact that they both recently had incredibly successful debut movies!  I think there are lots of stories that could be told linking the Amazons and Wakandans.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mighty Mouse Vs. Underdog


We had lots of pets growing up.  The best thing about having mice was that they fit perfectly into all of our Weeble Wobble toys.  It was almost like they had little vehicles designed just for them.  I can see why creators like to anthropomorphize them so much, remembering those days.

This cover came about from a suggestion by comics historian and Patron of this blog, Marc Tyler Nobleman.  Thank you, Mark!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ambush Bug Vs. Galactus


I remember the issue of DC Comics Presents where Ambush Bug made an early appearance, which featured Superman and The Legion of Substitute Heroes.  The story stood out for me because of it's humor.  while comics always had funny moments in them, this one was a straight up comedy, with amusing bits throughout the whole issue.  This style would become fairly common in later years with comics like Justice League International and Sensational She-Hulk, but it was quite a fresh change of pace back then.  As a bonus, that issue of DCCP also features a letter from yours truly - 14 year old me pointed out a costume continuity error from an earlier issue that featured Air Wave.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Captain Marvel and Dreadstar


Space epics seem like the next big wave in comic book movies.  The success of Guardians of the Galaxy and the now space-bound Thor (not to mention Star Wars) have given studios to green light more interstellar adaptations.  Captain Marvel is up next, then more Guardians of the Galaxy and now there's news of Green Lantern Corps,  The New Gods and The Eternals in the planning stages.  How long before Dreadsatr gets his chance?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Superboy Vs. The Kingpin


Marvel has resisted having any characters cross over from the Netflix show to the movies so far, but I hope that won't always be the case.  I think a good place to start with would be Vincent D'onofrio's Kingpin.  he's been one of the best parts of Daredevil, and in the comics I always saw him as as being a pretty big villain for Spider-Man as well as DD.  I'd love to see him inthe mix in a future Spidey film.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Starman and Iron Man


Of DC's Golden Age characters, Starman was one of the most beautifully illustrated.  Artist Jack Burnley had a dynamic, yet realistic style that reminded me of another early comic master, Alex Raymond.  He was also great at covers, I can imagine issues of Adventure Comics with his artwork on the front really stood out in the stands.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Hulk Vs. Groo the Wanderer


With each movie appearance, the effects to create The Hulk keep improving.  I just watched Thor: Ragnarok again, and was really impressed with the motion capture work, he looked great.  That said, while I like that Mark Ruffalo's facial expressions can be used to create a more emotive Hulk, I happen to like the design from the Edward Norton-starring Incredible Hulk a little better.  Yes, the CGI isn't nearly as polished as the new movies, but the appearance of The Hulk looked just like a Sal Buscema comic illustration to me.  Buscema art was featured on many of my favorite Hulk stories growing up, so that really worked for me and I wish they had stayed closer to that look.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Captain Britain and Sgt. Rock


Has Captain Britain ever made the leap to other media?  I am trying to recall whether he has had any animated appearances or showed up in any video games.  The 90's Spider-Man and X-Men cartoons would sometimes feature fleeting cameos of other Marvel characters, but I don't remember if he made the cut.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Booster Gold and The Fantastic Four


I'm sure it's still a long way off, but casting suggestions for a new Fantastic Four film are starting to come in already.  One that has me interested is the husband and wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt for Reed and Sue, which could work, I think.  Zac Ephron for Johnny maybe?  Ben should be CGI, but you'll need someone with a great Brooklyn accent - maybe Bobby Cannavale?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Where no blog has gone before...


William Shatner was retweeting some covers last night - he even sent one to Lynda Carter!


Aquaman and Storm


Aquaman in Justice League with his surfer dude attitude and shaggy look didn't remind me very much of the comic character, but I am still holding out hope for his solo film.  I am hoping the producers saw what has worked and what hasn't in the previous DCEU films, to make stronger and more faithful movies going forward.  My one main reason for optimism is director James Wan.  I really like his visual style and his action scenes always impress me.  Even if it might not be my Aquaman, it still has a chance to be a great action flick.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Wolverine Vs. Deathstroke



These two tangled before, back in X-Men and The New Teen Titans - but their encounters were fleeting, just a panel or two.  It would be very cool to see them truly go head to head for a full issue.  My money's always on Logan, but it would be a fun fight to watch.  Thank you to Joe Carey, a Patron of this blog, for suggesting this match up.

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