Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Task Force T



I pity the fool who wouldn't want to read the adventures of this group!  Personally I would be sold by the inclusion of Chaselon alone. Like being a sentient diamond with robotic limbs and a Green Lantern ring wasn't enough, he's got a mohawk to put his cool factor over the top!  No more jibba jabba! Here's my sixty cents!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Man-Thing Vs. The Spectre



Jim Aparo could draw just about anything, but he really shined on characters and stories that emphasized his excellent use of light and shadow as well as his knack for dramatic pacing.  In addition to the moody work he produced for heroes like Aquaman, Batman The Phantom Stranger and The Spectre, I would enjoy the occasional morality tale that he would illustrate for one of DC's horror comics. It would have been great to have seen him take on some of Marvel's more macabre characters like Man-Thing.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dick Tracy and Spider-Man



These two were the stars of my two favorite action comic strips growing up, and I would have loved to have seen some kind of crossover event between them.  When I look over those old strips, I am always impressed at how much information that Chester Gould, Stan Lee and Larry Lieber were able to include in 3-4 panels a day.  It takes a real skill to work in that medium and Dick Tracy and The Amazing Spider-Man were among the best examples of the form ever.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wonder Woman and Captain Britain



DC has released images of yet another new costume for Wonder Woman, and while most seem to like it, some have complained about the addition of strange hand spikes and the lack of skin showing.  Personally, I think it is a fine look.  Wonder Woman is one of those characters that I think would benefit from having multiple costumes anyway, depending on the event.  I don't mind when she switches to a skirt or wears a cape or extra armor on occasion.  As long as she has the trademark elements - tiara, bracelets, stars, eagle/WW and color scheme - I think it is cool for her to have a bunch of different looks.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Blue Beetle and Captain America in "I'll Take Manhattan"



Like many kids, Captain America was a favorite character to role-play as because it was easy to use a trash can lid as a stand in for his shield.  I got pretty good at hitting targets and deflecting rocks with it, much to the annoyance of my father  who just wanted to darn things to fit on then trash cans.  Hey, it's not my fault he used cheap aluminum instead of a vibranium alloy!

Cap has also shared an adventure with Dan Garrtet's successor, Ted Kord.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Han Solo and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.



Here's another suggestion from Back Issue's Michael Eury, one that I thought was from left field until the last name connection was pointed out.  Then I just had to give it a shot.  I was very glad to hear that Harrison Ford is expected to make a full recovery following his recent plane crash.  The only thing I want to see him piloting from now in is the Millennium Falcon!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Demon and The Thing



With Constantine looking unlikely to return for a second season, it seems as though comic fans will only have Gullermo Del Toro's rumored Dark Universe movie to count on if they want to see DC's more mystical characters in live action.  Hollywood seems to love revisiting the King Arthur legend, so an anti-hero like The Demon with ties to that era might be a welcome and unique addition to the silver screen's growing roster of comic book stars.

These two heroes met once before, in an all-Kirby classic during my MTIO period...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wonder Woman and Captain America in: "Cheating... with Cheetah!"



Longtime followers of this blog know that from time to time I will revisit team-ups that I have featured before, sometimes presenting them in a new adventure and sometimes continuing off from where I left them last.  There is only one real ongoing saga, however - that is the marriage of Captain America and Wonder Woman.  This is the 8th cover featuring the official couple of STF and there will definitely be more to come.  To make them easier to see all at once, I have listened to a follower request and created a new label that you can click on: WW/Cap.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Hawkman and The Falcon in "Alien Inheritance!"



I loved watching The Falcon in Captain America: the Winter Soldier and I am hoping to see a lot more of him.  It sounds like I may get my wish as Anthony Mackie is in the cast list for Avengers: The Age of Ultron and is rumored to also possible be making an appearance in Ant-Man.  I thought I might have to wait until Captain America: Civil War to watch him take flight again, but it looks as though there will be some cool Falcon action before then.

These two crossed paths once before, way back in STF #41.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Batman & Robin Get Smart!



This is a crossover that I think could have actually worked as a TV special in the 60's.  Maxwell Smart would not have seemed out of place at all if he dropped into Gotham City for a visit. Thanks to Back Issue's Michael Eury for another great suggestion!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Doctor Strange and Deadman in "Waking the Dead!"



It will be interesting to see how Doctor Strange is presented visually in the upcoming Benedict Cumberbatch-Starring film.  He has had a few different looks over the years so there is some leeway.  For me, the Cloak of Levitation and amulet are a must, and I would really miss the signature gray temples if they were absent.  Hopefully we will hear more as the production of the movie ramps up in the coming months.

This is the second time these two have crossed paths - you can see their first meeting here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nick Fury Joins G.I. Joe



When Tom Zilla, (a Patron of the site in good standing) suggested a Fury/G.I. Joe team-up, I just had to smack my head because I hadn't thought of it before.  It really is a natural pairing. With all of the comics, cartoons and movies that have come along in the last few decades, G.I. Joe has a different meaning to fans of today than when I was a kid.  I remember the large size action figures with the real hair, cool accessories and king-fu grips.  The later miniature versions that came along and became the norm always seemed to pale in comparison to me.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Doctor Fate and Magik



DC has solicited a new Doctor Fate series, which I was glad to learn because I have always thought he was a really cool hero with a great look.  Checking out the solicitations, though, it seems that they are going to have an all-new character take up the mantle rather than use Kent Nelson or one of the others who have previously assumed the role.  I know that DC has a long tradition of legacy heroes, but the way they have been switching out who is under the helmet for the past couple of decades has diluted my enjoyment of the character.  Just when I get used to one guy, he's gone and everything starts over.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Green Lantern Corps and Futurama



Futurama, in my opinion, is one of the greatest animated series ever.  It had a great cast of characters brought to life with excellent voice work and a setting that allowed the writers to fill their episodes with tons of sight gags and Easter eggs in addition to humorously inventive plots.  The episodes were often touching and thought provoking as well. The series has come back to life twice after I thought it completed, so maybe there's a chance that it may return again one of these days.  Until then I will enjoy re-watching old seasons.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Commissioner Gordon and Daredevil



The one rumor about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that I really hope is not true is that in the DC cinematic universe, Jim Gordon will already be dead.  This would be a waste of Batman's second best supporting character, especially since it would mean we wouldn't see him in future films either, save for flashbacks.  I'd love to see someone like Bryan Cranston (who has voiced the role before) acting opposite Ben Affleck in a future flick.   I'm warming up to TV's Gordon on Gotham, but that guy really needs a pair of glasses and a mustache!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Batman Vs. Darth Vader



After watching Gone Girl, I think that Ben Affleck is more than ready to take on the role of Batman.  He's got the appearance and attitude down, and we know he looks good in the suit from what has been shown thus far.  As cool as it will be to see him mix it up with Superman and then the whole Justice League, what I am really hoping for is to see an Affleck-Directed Batman solo film.  His work in Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo show he has a great sensibility for it and I be he could give audiences a great version of Gotham City.

This confrontation has been a long time coming - Vader has had a grudge against Batman since they first met way back in August of 2011.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Vigilante and The Rawhide Kid



The Vigilante stood out to me as the Earth-Two western hero.  Unlike Jonah Hex or DC's other western characters, he had standing membership in a super team in addition to his more down to Earth adventures. I liked that he was also an entertainer, it was cool that he was famous for his singing voice as well as his heroic exploits.  Imagine if Elvis or Roy Rogers moonlighted as a crime-fighter!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Green Arrow and Grendel



It's funny how Green Arrow has almost become the Batman of TV.  When Smallville was on the air, Bruce Wayne was off limits, so the -producers introduced Oliver Queen/Green Arrow to fill in as a millionaire playboy/non-powered costumed vigilante to interact with the Man of Steel-to be.  In the current Arrow series, Queen works out of a subterranean base with a close knit group of operatives, has an ongoing feud with Ra's al Ghul and has had a hand in introducing a bunch of other heroes - once again filling the role that Batman usually would.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Superman Vs. The Avengers in "Earth's Mightiest Maniacs!"



I know that I was recently giving The Avengers a hard time for losing their helmets so often in the movies, but that really is just a nitpick.  The newest trailer looks awesome, and I like that it teases the new elements like Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and The Vision without giving away the whole movie.  I have been trying not to spoil too much for myself this time around so that my viewing experience can be as fresh as possible.  All I really know is that The Avengers fight Ultron, a Stark experiment out of control, and a few characters are introduced... plus Hulk & Iron Man battle.  That's all I need, I'll be there opening night!

Superman and The Avengers have met before - and it didn't go well then either...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Shadow and V



It's been cool to see pulp heroes like The Shadow getting more attention in comics lately.  I love the character and his period setting and have enjoyed his adventures in different media.  The new comics look cool and I like how he has been crossing paths with other established characters.  The Alec Baldwin film, while not perfect, is still a guilty pleasure of mine.  But what I will mostly think of when it comes to The Shadow are his classic radio shows.  I used to listen to those on cassette tapes as a kid, and I thought they were moody and cool.

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