Saturday, October 3, 2015

Aquaman and The Phantom

This is a crossover that I would have loved to have seen back in the day.  Jim Aparo was making a name for himself with his amazing depiction of The Phantom for Charlton Comics when he moved over to DC Comics to take on Aquaman.  Those comics hold up just as well today as they did decades ago, due in no small part to Aparo's incredible artistry.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Green Arrow and Moon Knight

It has taken three seasons, but we are finally going to see Green Arrow on TV - he's been referred to as The Hood, The Vigilante and The Arrow on the show of the same name, but previews for the upcoming season have him finally going by his comic book name.  It will be interesting to see what the final phase of his transformation will be.  Now let's hope Ollie grows out his facial hair a bit so that we can see him with his signature beard and moustache!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The Walking Dead

I am looking forward to the new season of The Walking Dead hitting the airwaves in a few weeks.  I have been watching the prequel series Fear the Walking Dead, And while it has a talented cast, I do not find it nearly as exciting as the main show.  The idea of showing how the zombie outbreak began is an intriguing one, but by concentrating on such a small group of characters, the series lacks the kind of scale which  that story really demands.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wildcat and Tigra

I'm hoping that Wildcat will return during the upcoming season of Arrow, and in a more traditional outfit.  They already teased a mask from his earlier days, so it isn't without precedent.  Tigra seems like a natural character for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - not too difficult to pull off on a TV budget and and she's an Avenger that isn't likely to show up in the films any time soon.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mera & Namorita

Mera is the next big DC casting that I am really curious about.  It's hard to imagine that the character will not  be part of the Aquaman film, and DC will certainly want another  heroine aside from Wonder Woman to help populate their cinematic universe.  Perhaps Jessica Chastain would work well in the role?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Green Lantern and The Thing

I'm guessing we won't be hearing any definitive news on the cinematic future for the Fantastic Four until the underperforming reboot is released on home video.  Hopefully once that is done, common sense will prevail and Marvel will regain the rights.  Not only will we have another chance to get the property right, the path will be cleared for what every comic fan would love to see - a big screen Thing Vs. Hulk brawl!

Hal Jordan isn't faring much better here than the last time he met The Thing...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Wasp and Insect Queen

Like many readers I always kind of preferred Lana Lang over Lois Lane as a love interest for Superman.  Maybe it was because she treated him nice even when he was in his Clark Kent guise, whereas Lois could often be cruel and dismissive.  I'm not sure how much she has to do with the Supermine line of comics these days, now that his time as Superboy has been written out of continuity.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Elongated Man and The Avengers

I remember fondly the issues of Justice League of America in which "Metamorpho says 'No!'" and Black Lightning calls the JLA "turkeys" when asked to join the ranks.  It was shocking that anyone would not want to be a member and those made for great stories.  Nowadays nobody turns the Avengers or JLA down, and they are bursting at the seams.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Magneto Vs. Doctor Polaris

I think that Magneto holds the distinction for most film appearances by a comic book villain.  X-Men: Apocalypse will mark his 6th time as part of an X-movie.  Lex Luthor is hot on his heels though, with his 5th film appearance coming up - and if rumors of his appearing in Suicide Squad are true, he will have his sixth turn as well. Doctor Polaris is still waiting patiently.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Hulk Vs. Ragman

The Hulk is the latest Marvel character to change identities - Like Thor and Captain America, there will now be a new character assuming the role of the gamma blaster hero - Amadeus Cho.  I actually liked Cho in his adventures with Hercules and felt he was an interesting enough character in his own right, and didn't need to hijack a higher profile hero's gig.  Ah well, I can't believe this will be a permanent change, and I predict that Bruce Banner will reclaim his title by the time his next film appearance rolls around.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Chewbacca and the Fur Force

It's going to be great to finally see Chewbacca in action again on the big screen.  I didn't realize until I saw the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that Wookies had such longevity - he seems so be holding up pretty well!.  I'm glad that it will still be Peter Mayhew underneath the makeup all these years later.  Hopefully Chewbacca will be a part of the young Han Solo movie that is being developed as well.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Batman & Robin and Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot

One thing I used to love about the classic Batman comics was the use of oversized props.  Whether it was the dinosaur or giant penny in his Bat-Cave or some diabolical death-trap set up by one of his villains, it always made for an interesting visual.  The Batman TV show took note of the trend and featured some live action giant-sized items of its own from time to time.  Unfortunately, now that Batman is portrayed as a far grimmer character, such things are largely part of his past.

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Flash and The Beast

The Flash was a pleasant surprise last season and I am looking forward to the new season beginning in a few weeks.  After years of watching comic based TV shows that too often tried to distance themselves from their four-color roots, here was a show that happily embraced the comic book nature of its character.  This season promises to be even more fun, helping to kick off the Legends of Tomorrow series and promising appearances by characters like Atom Smasher, Doctor Light, Jesse Quick, Professor Zoom, and Jay Garrick.  The last season left off in an interesting place and it will be fun to see how Barry Allen and his team move on now that their mentor's true intentions have been exposed.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Voltron and Shogun Warriors

Shogun Warriors were some of my favorite toys as a kid.  Well before Transformers hit the scene, these were the giant robots that sparked my young imagination.  I liked that they had spring loaded projectiles and you could have them battle one another.  Voltron was a little after my time, but from what I read, it looks like a property that appeals to kids much in the same way.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Iron Man and Hitman

I usually don't go for comics which try to parody and make fun of traditional superhero stories.  Often I find them to be more mean spirited than humorous.  Garth Ennis and John McCrae's Hitman was a definite exception.  I thought that they struck just the right balance, and I have to admit I found the series pretty darn funny.  When mainstream DC heroes would show up, they were part of the humor, but never too much at their own expense.  Hitman himself had a great personality and was entertaining to read.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Batman and the Outsiders and The Black Knight

The Outsiders is one team that I would like to see make a comeback.  There have been a few revivals over the years, but most made the mistake of not including enough of the founding members.  I'd prefer Batman to be in the mix, but i would be happy with just Geo-Force, Katana, Halo, Black Lightning and Metamorpho.  DC doesn't really seem to know what to do with those characters anyway - why not let them join forces again?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mockingbird and The Secret Six

When Tony Isabella, comic legend and creator of Black Lightning among others, suggested this team-up, I had to smack my head because I had never thought of it!  Every incarnation of the Secret Six took orders from a mysterious figure known only as Mockingbird after all... It's a natural! I have been enjoying seeing Mockingbird in live action on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and with word of a spin-off, it looks like we will be seeing even more of her.  Perhaps if the Suicide Squad film is a big hit, we will see the Secret Six hit the silver screen as well one of these days.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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The Human Torch and Hawkman

Hawkman and Hawkgirl will be appearing on the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow TV series and pictures have been released of them in costume.  It's hard to completely judge without seeing them in action or with their wings, but they look ok so far.  I would have tweaked the helmets a bit, especially the eyes, and given them a bit more color - but at least they aren't too far a radical departure from the comic look.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The New Teen Titans and The Avengers

This is a team up that I have been wanting to tackle forever, but never had anything come together to my satisfaction, so I am glad to finally be able to present it.  The New Teen Titans and The Avengers were both firing on all cylinders in the mid 80's and I would have loved to have seen a meeting between both teams featuring the line-ups from that era... with George Perez art, naturally!

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