Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Atomics and The Super-Friends



It just occurred to me that the heroes we ill be seeing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are the same core line up from The Super Friends.  Well, Aquaman is supposedly only a cameo and Robin appears to be dead, but still. that fact certainly underscores how dark and moody the film looks - in stark contrast to the brightly colored heroes we grew up watching.  I still hold out hope that the film has some true rays of hope and light by the end and what we have seen thus far is the dark before the dawn.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Justice League of America Vs. Doctor Doom (And More!)



Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that Doom is not done with the DCU yet!  It's amazing to look at a varied assemblage of heroes like this and realize that most of the characters are due to appear on the big and small screen in the next few years.  I'm most looking forward to Jay Garrick on The Flash and Doomsday's rumored appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's a good time to be a comics fan.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Silver Surfer in the DC Universe



I enjoy looking at Mike Allred's take on The Silver Surfer.  The Surfer is one of those characters that really brings out the psychedelic in his artists, from Kirby onward.  I still remember an awesome black light Silver Surfer from my youth, very cool stuff!

This cover leads directly into tomorrows 1200th issue, so be sure to come back!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bizarro Vs. The Hulk



I never understood why in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the writers missed a perfect opportunity to include Bizarro.  Imagine how much cooler the film would have been if  Lex Luthor created Bizarro out of Superman's strand of hair instead of Mark Pillow's Nuclear Man!  It's not like they didn't have the rights!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Iron Fist and Miss Piggy



I have read reports that there has been some trouble with Netflix' ability to figure out the proper direction to go with concerning their upcoming Iron Fist series.  I loved what they did with Daredevil, so I am confident that they will work something out.  Still, if they want inspiration, they should look no further than Matt Fraction's Immortal Iron Fist run from ten years or so ago.  I'd love to see the first year or two adapted.

Thanks to Adam Stockman, a patron of this blog in excellent standing, for the crazy offbeat suggestion for this cover!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Doc Savage and The Human Torch



I am still very wary of the new Fantastic Four reboot that's about to hit theaters, but one thing that I think they got right visually is the look of the Human Torch flamed on and in action.  There's been endless debate about Michael B. Jordan's casting as Johnny Storm, but I don't think anyone can deny that the Human Torch battle scenes look pretty authentic - from the quick glimpses we have seen thus far, at least.   Wish I felt the same way about The Thing's appearance.  Put some pants on, Ben!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thanos Vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes in :"Minions of the Mad Titan!"



Over three Marvel movies we have seen three glimpses of Thanos, and there are a lot of expectations for his full appearances in Avengers: Infinity War Parts I & II.  I really hope he has a better plan than to send hundreds of attack troops against Earth and The Avengers because we have seen that a couple of times already.  I'd like to see him get up close and personal with the likes of Iron Man and Thor and not spend most of his time sitting on his throne giving orders.

This is not the first time the LSH has been menaced by Thanos...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Flash Vs. Yellowjacket



I saw Ant-Man this weekend and was thoroughly entertained.  I liked the smaller-scale (pun intended) that this movie had, with the dual father/daughter relationship stories playing out.  I expected the shrinking action to be cool and inventive and Director Peyton Reed definitely delivered there.  What I didn't expect were two great scenes that thankfully were not spoiled for me before hand.  The ultra-cool opening sequence and Ant-Man's encounter with another Marvel hero were great surprises and the audience I was with loved those moments as well.  The cast was great all around and I hope to see Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas return in a sequel.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Seven Soldiers of Victory and The Avengers



The first really big crossover epic I remember reading was Justice League of America #100-102, in which the JLA and the JSA rescue the time-lost Seven Soldiers of Victory.  I loved this crazy story featuring dozens of heroes and became an instant fan of the SSoV.  Grant Morrison's reboot was entertaining, but I really like the original crew, and wish that they had appeared more often.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Power Man and Shaft



This would have been a fun pairing to see back in the day, either in the comics or on the big screen.  Luke Cage was always the coolest hero in the room, but he might meet his match here.  Watching them fight side by side with an awesome 70's soundtrack would have been a great way to spend a summer afternoon.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Doctor Syn, Alias The Scarecrow Vs. The Scarecrow



I had gotten a couple of requests to feature the Dr. Syn Scarecrow on the blog over the years, but I couldn't find many images and nothing ever really came together. When Jeff O'Hare recently made the request, I decided to to try once again.  Jeff is a Patron of this blog, which means that his suggestions will get special consideration, so I was happy to give it another crack.

Another reason it took me so long to do a Doctor Syn cover is that I have never seen the Patrick McGoohan film that he comes from - it's tough to do covers when I know very little about the subjects.  Still, I was intrigued with what I read on him, and I tried to find a copy of the movie on Netflix, to no avail.  I'll have to make a point of watching it one of these days.

This isn't the first time Jonathan Crane has encountered another Scarecrow...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ghostbusters Vs. Godzilla



I am not sure what to make of the Ghostbusters reboot that is currently in production.  On one hand, I think that the main part of what worked about the original film was the cast, and without them, it's hard to get excited about the project. Then again, I think they have assembled a talented cast - Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and  Kate McKinnon are all pretty funny, in my opinion.  Paul Feig has proven himself a talented director as well.  Will they be enough to step out of the shadow of the first film?  That remains to be seen.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Universe



I have to admit, when I first heard that Marvel was bringing us a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, I was hoping for these guys.  I of course loved what we got in theaters, but it would still be cool to see some of the original team get a little cinematic exposure.  Sure, we had Yondu - but he wasn't very close to the classic character that I knew from the comics.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

STF: The Lost Issues on Noblemania!

Comics historian Marc Tyler Nobleman gave the blog a nice write up on his website Noblemania - you can check it out here.

The Sub-Mariner Vs. The Shark



I liked Namor's blue outfit that he wore for a time in the 70's.  Versions of it still surface from time to time, so I know that it must have struck a chord with some of the creators who have worked on the Sub-Mariner over the years.  If a live action movie ever gets made I can't imagine they will have a guy in a speedo the whole time, so this look might make for a suitable alternate costume.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Question and The Watcher

 

These two seem to operate on very different levels, but I think that they could make for a very interesting pairing.  The Question is all about finding answers, so who better to go to than the one character that has been a witness to everything?  I imagine that a meeting between them would make for one heck of an interesting interrogation.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Deadman and Scooby-Doo



Scooby-Doo and the gang are returning to television with new episodes once again, this time on an upcoming Boomerang series called Be Cool, Scooby-Doo.  It's hard to think of another cartoon property that has been revived as many times and it is a credit to the core concept that seems to strike a nerve with kids of multiple generations.  This new version will be visually different from previous attempts, and it will be interesting to see if audiences respond to the new look.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Quarrymen



Back in STF #270, I presented the beginnings of this team.  A few commented that Bardrock from Image Comics would fit right in with the group I had assembled, and I have to agree.  So, now with their return appearance, they have added him in as a member,

Finally clear shots of The Thing from the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot have been making the rounds, and I am less than impressed.  I was happy to hear that they were going with a CGI Thing this time around because I figured they could make him look just like the comics.  Then design they came up with is way off - His size seems to change from image to image, his face is all wrong, he has too many fingers and for some reason he's not wearing pants in any of the pictures released.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Thor and Big Barda



DC has used Darkseid as a central villain on their Superman and Justice League animated shows, and a few of the other Fourth World characters have made brief appearances.  As cool as those appearances were, there's still a ton of potential in these Kirby Creations and I hope we can see Big Barda and the rest of the New Gods get some real focus in the form of one of DC's animated features or perhaps even a live action film down the road.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Daredevil Vs. The Joker



I am very curious about Jared Leto's interpretation of The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.  One thing I like about his look is the lack of any scars or facial paralysis like we have seen in previous incarnations.  The Joker laughs and smiles all the time because he is crazy, not because his face is frozen that way - It always frustrated me that the film versions didn't seem to get that.  I could do without the "Damaged" tattoo on Leto's forehead, but other than that he looks closer to the Clown Prince of Crime than any other live action version.  Let's hope his performance is an accurate one as well.

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