Friday, July 25, 2014

The Spectre and The Avengers

One of the coolest things about the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron is that we will get to see Cap's Kooky Quartet in action.  Set photos have indeed confirmed that there will be at least one scene with these four fighting side-by-side.  But will anybody actually call them by the nickname Stan Lee provided so many years ago? My hunch is yes, and Tony Stark is my guess to utter the term.

The upcoming Constantine series is said to include a police officer by the name of Jim Corrigan!  Is this just a tease, or will we eventually see the Spectre appear on TV?  I hope so, because I've always felt that the ghost of vengeance had great potential in live action.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Moon Knight and The Badger

These two have each had similar psychological issues, so I think they would find kindred spirits in one another.  Pity the poor hoodlums that get in their way, though!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

STF: The Lost Issues on Compton After Dark - Now Available on Podcast!

I had a great time chatting bout the blog with Dean Compton on Compton After Dark this past Sunday.  The Podcast of the episode is now up, which you can listen to here:

I call in at the 45-minute mark and we talk for about an hour.  We even had a caller with some questions, it was a lot of fun!

Spider-Woman and Wonder Girl

Both of these characters have had their past rewritten, leaving th em to wonder where they really came from.  What if they came from the same place and their murky past was part of some grand design?  I think that might make for an interesting tale.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guy Gardner and The Rocketeer

I remember thinking it was odd that DC Guy Gardner was featured in Crisis on Infinite Earths rather than Hal Jordan (famously the only DC hero not to appear in the classic maxi-series).  I liked him in the early days of Justice League, but felt that he turned onto a one-dimensional jerk of a character after a while.  Fortunately, later stories would flesh out his personality, and Guy definitely grew on me. I always liked his uniform as well, he is one of the sharper looking Green Lanterns.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Space Ghost and Nexus

I love the artwork of Steve Rude.  He has the ability to combine an old school sensibility with slick modern inking techniques and a cinematic style of storytelling.   His design for Nexus looks like it would fit right in next to Alex Toth's Space Ghost, and I would love to see them share an adventure together.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

STF: The Lost Issues! TONIGHT on Compton After Dark!

I am very honored tonight to be asked to appear as a guest on tonight's episode of Compton After Dark with Dean Compton to discuss Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues!

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The Teen Titans and Ghost Rider

I have spoken before about how Nick Cardy is my favorite DC cover artist.  Even so, while it was great to see his take on so many different characters and genres, I wish that he had done more interior work. I loved what he did on titles like Teen Titans and Aquaman, and I wanted more  I'd have loved to have seen him do a run on Justice League or Legion of Super-Heroes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Mighty Mightor Vs. The Mighty Thor

These two have more than a little in common with each other, so I think that a match-up between them could be pretty cool.  I checked out some Mightor episodes and wow did it bring me back!  Early Saturday mornings watching Hanna-Barberra's world of Super Adventure with a big bowl of cereal?  Those were the days!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Captain Marvel and Tintin

Billy Batson and Tintin look like they might belong to the same world, so I think this is a team up that could work.  Out of all of the potential DC movies (hopefully we will find out if the leaked movie film slate is the real deal with Warner Brother's Comicon announcements), Shazam! has me the most curious.  The character has gone in so many directions in the comics, I wonder what the film version will draw its source material from.  I say go straight back to the original stories, and keep the sense of whimsy that sets cap apart from Superman and other heroes.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flash Gordon and The Flash

I have a nice over-sized book containing Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon work, and it is really something special.  His illustrations are beautiful, full of lush landscapes, futuristic cities and characters that have facial and body types all of their own.  It's no wonder that these cinematic images inspired so many over the decades.  What makes the work even more incredible to me is when it was produced - the early 30's.  I'm used to golden age artwork by and large being somewhat cruder than more modern styles, but Raymond's art can stand up next to any artist that has come since. It must have really made an impact on readers back in the day.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Superman and Colossus

The first official picture of Henry Cavill from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released, and other than some minor tweaks to the wrists and belt, it is pretty much the same costume we saw in Man of Steel.  Cavill's hairstyle has changes, and while it suits the character better, I still would like to see the classic spit curl.  An "S" on the cape would be nice to see as well.  The colors look a bit dark still, but the picture looks like a nighttime scene in Gotham City, so I will hold out judgment on that. It's a little strange to be seeing promotional images for a film two years away.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Plastic Man and Howard the Duck

These two characters each seem to work best when their stories embrace the absurdities of life, so I imagine that a tale featuring them together would be filled with plenty of crazy antics and plot twists.  Comics are getting a bit too grim and serious for my tastes these days, so I hope these guys return soon to bring some of the fun back.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Flash and The Whizzer in "Fatal Finish Line!"

With characters like Firestorm slated to appear, the upcoming Flash series sounds like it will be fully embracing its comic boot roots, and I think that's a very good thing.  More than any other character, The Flash has always been involved with Earth Two, so I hope that the original Flash, Jay Garrick, will play a part in the series eventually.  Parallel Earths would be a very cool concept to explore in the series.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Batman and the Outsiders Vs. Darth Vader

Darth Vader's character arc seemed to come to an end with his redemption and death in Return of the Jedi, so I assume that Star Wars: Episode VII will feature all-new villains.  Vader will be missed though, he has such a great look and presence onscreen.  I suppose another character could take up the mantle, but that could really misfire if not done carefully.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Batgirl and Daredevil

Batgirl is the latest character to have her self titled comic experience a change in creative teams, and from what I have seen so far, I like the sound of the new direction.  I am not sure how it fits in continuity wise, but Barbara Gordon will be back in graduate school.  Writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher have indicated that the title will feature a lighter tone and I think that's a welcome change after all the angst the character has gone through in the last couple of decades.  I also quite like the costume redesign, which you can see here:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Metamorpho and E-Man

E-Man was another one of those comics that I was aware of through comic magazines, but never seemed to be sold anywhere around me.  I remember liking what I saw though, Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton looked like they were having a blast on the series.  It resurfaced every few years under different publishers, so it certainly had a following.  One of these days I am going to have to catch up with those early issues.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Krazy Kat and The Yellow Kid

I featured these two as a text-only team in one of my early anniversary issues, and the idea has rattled around in my brain ever since.  I figure that these two pioneers of the art form deserved a cover all their own.  Without them, who knows where comics would be today?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Marvel Boy and Captain Marvel Jr.

I have always preferred Freddy Freeman's Captain Marvel costume to Billy Batson's.  The original is a classic, but there's something about the color scheme on Captain Marvel Jr's outfit that really makes the design pop to my eyes. Marvel Boy didn't have quite the same fashion sense, but it has been cool to see how the character and concept have been handled over the years.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wild Dog and Judge Dredd

I'm guessing that the only way a by-the-books character like Judge Dredd would team up with loose cannon like Wild Dog is if he found himself on the wrong side of the law as well.  It might be fun to watch these two forced to depend on each other while battling a government organization out to take them down.

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