Monday, January 16, 2017
Towards the end of Jim Aparo's career, DC paired him with a variety of different inkers, with varying degrees of success. One combo I really enjoyed was the Aparo/Bill Sienkiewicz pairing. I wouldn't think the two styles would mesh at all, but I thought the result was pretty effective.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Poor Spidey. His marriage was wiped away because of concerns that it made him seem too old, and now a new young, hip Spider-Man swings into town, making Peter Parker the "old" Spider-Man anyway. Does that mean that he will get his bride back? Not while Marvel is about to introduce a new teenage Peter i the movies, I suspect.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
I have to confess that Captain Caveman freaked me out a little. I mean, what is that he is wearing? Is he attached to his clothes or naked with a really long beard? Either way, kind of creepy. Oh well, it didn't seem to stop him from attraction beautiful women, so what do I know?
Friday, January 13, 2017
One of the first comics I remember reading was an issue of Justice League that features a JLA/JSA/Earth "S" crossover, Spy Smasher was just one face in the crowd but he must have made an impression on me. When I would play "superhero" I would often imagine myself as Spy Smasher in addition to some of the more traditional heroes like Captain America ar Batman.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Every time I see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan on The Walking Dead, I am more convinced that he would make the perfect cinematic Kraven The Hunter. Come on, Marvel - make it happen!
Batman tangled with Kraven before on a couple of early MS Paint covers - once with the aid of The Falcon, and once against the entire Sinister Six...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
I recently picked up a copy of Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini and Joe Quinones on a whim and found it to be a blast. It did a great job of spotlighting the differences between the two heroes and the story moved with action and humor at a breezy pace. I am a big fan of Joe Quinones' art and he impresses again here, both characters have rarely looked better. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes Zee or Dinah.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Geoff Johns has been hinting at a soon to be revealed new DC TV series, and I hope that it will be the recently rumored Black Lightning. Jefferson Pierce is long overdue for a live action treatment and I think that he would be a great character to build a series around. I can definitely see him crossing over into established shows like Arrow as well.
Monday, January 9, 2017
The Marvel movies have had a lot of hero vs. hero and hero team vs. Bad Guy with an army action lately and I think it is time for an honest to goodness villain team to show up. Let's see The Sinister Six finally unite or The Wrecking Crew or Masters of Evil making life a pain for The Avengers.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
DC's Elseworlds stories were usually a lot of fun, even if a few began to be a little repetitive. A few really rose above the rest for me - Batman: Holy Terror, Flashpoint (the first one, a 3-issue mini-series), Gotham by Gaslight (which started it all) and of course, Superman: Red Son.
Thanks to Journeyman Studios, a Patron of this blog, for the inspiration behind this cover!
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Black Panther is of course a key member of The Avengers, but I thought it would be cool if he had his own home-based team as well. I liked the glimpse of Wakanda that we saw at the end of Captain America: Civil War, and I look forward to seeing that setting explored in the Black Panther solo film.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Ever since 1933 folks have been intrigued by the pairing of an oversized ape with a beautiful woman. Maybe its a statement on the male/female dynamic by focusing on extreme versions of each, or maybe it's just for the cool visual it provides. Or maybe King Kong made such an impact that future generations of creators were inspired to follow suit. Probably a combination of the three, and I have to admit, I usually enjoy tales with the set-up.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
I'm loving that Jonny Quest is again in the spotlight with Future Quest. Even better, the title is used as a springboard for bringing back many other Hanna-Barbera action heroes. And even better still, those characters will be crossing over with some of DC's most popular heroes in an upcoming series of annuals! Those promise to be fun comics.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Gil Kane and Sal Buscema - few artists could depict a hero throwing or getting hit by a punch with as much power as they did. They really knew how to instill the maximum amount of action through body language.
Let's hope that GL can stop Ultron before he wreaks as much havoc on the JLA as he did the last time... or even the time he put both the JLA and JSA in a tight spot...
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Even though I am a huge Hellboy fan, I always love it when Mike Mignola works on characters from Marvel and DC. Gotham by Gaslight, Cosmic Odyssey and Dr. Strange/Dr. Doom are among my favorite works of his. He has done a ton of great cover art for both companies as well.
You know that it must have taken a lot for these two to work together considering how their last encounter turned out...
Monday, January 2, 2017
I think that Hoppy the Marvel Bunny is the first cartoon animal-type hero that I ever saw cross over with the "real" superheroes. It was a two-parter in DC Comics Presents in which Superman teamed up with the entire Shazam Family, and Hoppy came in to save the day at the end. It worked out better than I thought, and I still remember that tale fondly today. Spider-Ham has made the leap as well recently, teaming with other versions of Spider-Man on more than one occasion.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
There have been rumors of an Avengers member or two being killed off in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, and with so many characters involved, there are plenty to choose from. Most of the main players are coming to the ends of their contracts, so this might be a way for someone like Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. to bow out of the franchise. Then again, The Vision is powered by one of the Infinity Gems, so he well may be in for a rough time when Thanos comes looking for it. Or maybe Hawkeye, who we all though was going to get it in Age of Ultron, will finally meet his maker.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
I remember thinking that The Omega Men were going to be the next big thing. They were introduced in the pages of the then red-hot New Teen Titans in one of their coolest story arcs after all. I think the reason that they never really got a chance to catch on is that their series was only available in DC's direct format. I got my comics off the newsstand, so I never saw an issue for sale. I still think they are a cool group and I am glad that DC has found a way to bring them back from time to time.
Friday, December 30, 2016
I am glad that Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch have become part of the Marvel cinematic universe, but my favorite roles to see both of these talented actors in are Holmes and Watson. So, I am very happy that we will finally be getting some new installments of Sherlock on the BBC in the new year. I will watch anything Sherlock Holmes related, and I consider their show to be among the best (right after the just about perfect Jeremy Brett series). Elementary has been tiding me over, but it just isn't the same
Thursday, December 29, 2016
This cover comes about as a suggestion from my brilliant and talented Sister-in-law Melanie. She told me that she came up with an idea that I would have never thought of on my own, and she was right! Chester Cheetah always seemed to be the "Poochie" of food mascots to me and I can see him snapping one day and lashing out at Tony the Tiger and the rest until HKP chops some sense back into him.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
I was very sorry to hear of Carrie Fisher's passing yesterday. She, along with Leonard Nimoy, Robert Vaughan and so many other icons of my childhood that have left us recently will be truly missed. It's especially sad in Fisher's case, as she was still so young. I am glad we will get a chance to see her once again in her most famous role. I was a fan of her comedy chops as well - as a writer and in appearances on 30 Rock and When Harry met Sally.
If you are wondering how such a scene depicted above could take place, it is a direct continuation from STF #1077...