Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Six Million Dollar Man and Cyborg



Both of these guys have feature films on the horizon - Steve Austin in a Mark Wahlberg project and Victor Stone as part of the JLA with  a solo outing to follow.  I haven't heard much beyond the initial announcements, but I hope that both of their cinematic futures are in the right hands and do the characters justice.  It will be cool to see a modern version of The Six Million Dollar Man, I think there is more potential in that property than for many TV remakes.  Cyborg has been steadily raising his profile and his film should be a nice culmination of that.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Batgirl and The X-Files



I am really looking forward to seeing The X-Files in their upcoming return to television.  I remember hearing a lot about the show when it first aired, but having missed the first couple of seasons, I was hesitant to try and get into it.  Finally I picked up some recordings of the show and caught up quickly over the course of a month or so.  It was the first show that I really "binge watched", years before that became a common practice.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Shazam and Shazzan



I remember watching Shazzan on Hanna-Barberra's World of Super Adventure and thought it was a clever cross between the Aladdin myth and super-heroes.  Still, I thought the "young masters" were a bit stiff and lame.  I would have rather have seen Shazzan as a solo act.  OK, he could keep Kaboobie around, he was kind of cool.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Captain America and Uncle Sam



It's crazy with Captain America reaching an all time high level of popularity through his film appearances that Marvel seems to be determined to keep him out of his costume.  After the events of the comic book Civil War, he was killed off, to be replaced by Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier.  He finally regained his mantle, but did not hold onto it all that long.  These days, Sam Wilson/The Falcon has stepped into the role.  Not a bad idea, but he should have chosen to go with either the wings or the shield - using both just seems so wonky to me.  With Steve Rogers heading up another huge summer film next year, will he be able to assume the title of Captain America again in time for the premiere?  Or will that film spell the end for Steve as Cap on screen as well?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Mars Attacks The Phantom!



I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Earl Norem.  Through making this blog and regularly checking out comic images, I have become a huge fan of his work.  No matter what genre he was working on, Norem always found a way to present a lushly detailed cover to draw the casual reader in.   His painted work is a feast for the eyes, and always has a great pulp feeling to it.  He will be missed.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cat-Man Vs.The Black Cat



Cat-Man is a perfect example of a character that just needs the right direction and writer.  He always seemed like a C-list member of Batman's Rogues gallery - he didn't even have an original motif.  I was surprised to see him as a member of Gail Simone's Secret Six relaunch.  Simone really fleshed out his personality and background, and quickly made him one of my favorite members of the team.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wolverine and Han Solo



Hugh Jackman has announced that his next Wolverine movie will be his last appearance as Logan (following a turn in X-Men: Apocalypse as well).  While that was probably inevitable after so many outings as the character, the rumor that he will be portraying the "Old Man Logan" version of Wolverine is pretty interesting.  Originally I passed it off as pure speculation, but Marvel seems to be giving Old man Logan a huge push in its upcoming comic books, so maybe there is something to it.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stupendous Man Vs. Venom



Here's a pairing that I would never have thought of, but I really liked the Skottie Young Venom image and wanted to find a place to use it.  Young's art fits in well with Bill Watterson's.  Both have the ability to create a cartoonish world in which the characters and objects still have a definite weight to them.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Nick Fury Vs. The Creature Commandos



The Creature Commandos from Weird War Tales was one of those concepts that pulled from multiple genres - superhero, war and horror - and somehow worked for me.  I liked them even better when the G.I. Robot joined their ranks.  They may not have had the name recognition of some other groups, but they were definitely one of the cooler looking teams out there.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Superman and Darth Vader



In preparation for the new installment coming out this month, my brother and I decided to watch the original Star Wars last night.  It is amazing to me how well that film holds up almost four decades later.  It is perfectly paced, beginning small, and constantly expanding until culminating in the final Death Star battle.  I hope the new film finds a way to present a villain worthy of following in Darth Vader's footsteps, that guy is a tough act to follow.

Darth's claim on this cover was explored back in STF #282.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

She-Hulk Vs. He-Man



With William Hurt slated to appear again as Thunderbolt Ross in Captain America: Civil War, rumors have been swirling about an appearance by the Red Hulk.  I think it's crazy that he would get a live action turn before Jennifer Walters.  Hasn't she paid her dues yet?  I still feel like a TV show would be great - half courtroom antics and half superhero action.  Heck, it might even be fun if they include the twist that She-Hulk knows she is a fictional character by having her address the camera directly like Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood does in House of Cards, evoking her series by John Byrne.

Thanks to Marc Tyler Nobleman, comics historian and author of Boys of Steel and Bill the Boy Wonder,  for suggesting this match up!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mister Fantastic and The Atom



I always had a soft spot for super-heroes that were also scientists.  That profession always made for interesting story lines and they seemed like the the type who would be heroes even if they did not possess any special powers.  Plus, it was fun for me to see the different devices and machinery that would spring from the brains of the scientists by way of the imagination of the writers and artists that worked on them.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Vision and Magnus: Robot Fighter



Like many, I felt that The Vision was the best part of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Even though his origins differed from the comics, I enjoyed how he was depicted in appearance and performance.  I look forward to seeing him in future films, fully utilizing his abilities - we only got the quickest glimpse of him phasing this time around.  We also got a quick look between him and Wanda, and I hope that was a hint that the romance from the comics will make its way to the movies.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Batman and Shadowman



DC looks to have a huge presentation ready for this year's San Diego Comic Con, and with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad sizzle reels ready to go, it seem we will get our first real looks at Ben Affleck in action as the Dark Knight.  I am sure there will be some more surprises as well - maybe more word on casting for Green Lantern or Shazam.  I really hope we will get an Affleck-directed Batman solo film eventually - he seems to have the right feel for it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cloak and Dagger and Nightwing



I'm trying to remember if Cloak & Dagger have made any appearances on Marvel's various animated shows.  The 90's Spider-Man series had lots of guest stars, but I don't think these two ever made the cut, unless it was a quick cameo that I have missed.  I haven't seen all of the current Spidey series, which also is guest star-heavy,  so I don't know if they have made an appearance there.  At any rate, I hope they make the leap somewhere soon because they would be perfect for animation.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Iron Man 2020 and The Future Flash



Continuing off from yesterday's cover, I finally get a chance to feature the cool costume that Wally West of the future wore in a memorable story line from The Flash.  There have been many alternate looks for the Scarlet Speedster, but this one is my favorite,  It is still clearly The Flash, but with a nice modern feel that still manages to evoke the original Jay Garrick outfit.  I was kind of hoping Wally of the present day would graduate to this costume once Barry Allen returned but, alas, DC had other plans.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Iron Man and The Flash



Iron Man is one of those characters that artists make their mark on through various armor redesigns.  It's cool to see the different interpretations over the years.  Still, the classic red and gold suit that he wore for most of my youth will always be my favorite - even if it doesn't look as high tech as his recent armors do.  I still hope we will see a version of the above suit on the big screen one day.

Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion to this story tomorrow!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Daredevil Vs. Bane



I have watched the Netflix Daredevil series twice now and enjoyed it just as much the second time around.  It gives me high hopes for the other Marvel shows on the way - Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders... but especially for Daredevil season 2.  With characters like Elektra, Bullseye and The Punisher (perfectly cast with Jon Bernthal) slated to appear, it sound like it's going to be a wild ride.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Robocop and Deathlok



I want to love Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on TV, I really do.  Instead, I only just like it.  Mainly because they keep teasing cool concepts only to present them in a lackluster way.  They had been hinting at Mr. Hyde all season, but when Calvin Zabo made his transformation, he looked like something out of the 70's Hulk TV show.  The worst offence is with Deathlok.  I have always been a fan of the character, but the watered down version they present on the show is a real disappointment.  At least they did an OK job with The Absorbing Man.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Spectre and Spider-Man



I recently picked up the complete Blu-Ray series of the animated Spectacular Spider-Man.  I had only watched the first season when the show had originally aired.  I was glad that I made the purchase because it was a joy to watch the series in full.  The character development of the villains as well as Peter's classmates was handled very well and the action scenes were fast paced and inventive.  I have seen a handful of episodes of the new Spidey cartoon that replaced it, and in my opinion it is a pale comparison.  It's too bad that Spectacular was moved out of the way to make room for it.

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