The Line It Is Drawn #150 for 8/2/13: Comic Book Cover Homages! I chose the suggestion "Action Comics #252 (The first appearance of Supergirl) with the original Captain Marvel and the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel." I was all set to draw a simple two character homage, when it struck me that Marvel had had a LOT of different Captain Marvels over the years, and we were off to the races!
The Line It Is Drawn #105 for 9/6/12: Superheroes get new teen sidekicks! I chose the suggestion "Ozymandias’ new sidekick, Gordy the Knot-Boy" by Mike Shirley just because I love the name "Gordy the Knot-Boy." This cover is a parody of the famous "Speedy is a JUNKIE" cover to Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85 by Neal Adams: [link]
You can check out all the other great kid sidekick pieces that the Line It Is Drawn crew did here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #106 for 9/13/12: Comic Book Cover Homages! I chose the suggestion of X-Men #141 as a parody of DC's new 52. You can see the original cover by John Byrne & Terry Austin here: [link]
I should also note that the heads in the corner box are not by me, but were done by the great Neal Adams for DC Comics in the 1970s.
And check out all the other great cover homages at the Line It Is Drawn here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #93: Cross-Company Team-Ups! The suggestion I picked was Batman & The Rocketeer. I combined this with a suggestion from back in January of the Rocketeer fighting the Red Skull. I always thought it was a neat idea but I never got to draw it until now.
I'm pretty happy with how the drawing on this one turned out. My only regret is that I didn't have enough time to color it. Keep an eye on here my Deviant Art page for the color version!
(BTW, if you ever want to be put in your place, artistically-speaking, looking at Dave Stevens and Jack Kirby art for reference will certainly do the trick. MAN, those guys were good!)
You can check out all the other great pieces from this week (Our Best Yet, IMO) here: [link]
Special thanks to Todd Klein for the Golden Age Batman logo from Batman #11. If you're on Facebook, be sure to check out his Logo of the Day feature, with tons of great comic book logos: [link] Or check out his website here: [link]
6/8/12 UPDATE: This piece is apparently starting to make the rounds on Tumblr, too: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #117: The Dark Knight Shills!
This week's theme was "A Fond Farewell to Hostess". Ads for Hostess cupcakes, Twinkies and Fruit Pies were ubiquitous in comic books in the 70s and 80s, so a tribute to them seemed like an obvious theme for TLIID. I was honestly going to go with a Star Trek suggestion where Capt. Kirk defeated the Klingons with Hostess products, but then the line "Real Fruit Filling. Honest." popped into my head and I knew I had to choose the Dark Knight as my top pick for the week. I flipped through my DARK KNIGHT RETURNS trade paperback from the 80s for some additional inspiration, and VIOLA -- I had a rough script! This one was a lot of fun to do & I hope you like it!
Check all the other funny & dementedly brilliant entries here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #107 for 9/20/12: Stephen King Week! Can't your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man take his girl Gwen out for a nice drive in the Spider-Mobile without the semi from MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE coming by to ruin it all?
Someday, I'm going to draw Spider-Man for one of these things doing something more Spider-Man like. So far I've drawn him in the style of Dan Clowes, eating a sub with the Green Goblin and, out for a Sunday drive in the Spider-Mobile. Remember when he just swung on his web over New York City? I barely can!
The Line It Is Drawn #120 for 1/10/13: Lesser-Known Marvel Now! Titles! I chose everyone's favorite Justice League analogues, The Squadron Supreme! The cover is an homage to Kevin Maguire and Terry Austin's classic cover to 1987's Justice League #1. Hope you enjoy, folks!
The Line It Is Drawn #98 for 7/12/12: Comic Book characters mashed up with Star Trek! I took the suggestion of the Mirror Universe Kirk & Spock mashed up with the Crime Syndicate (an evil, parallel-universe version of the Justice League).
Lots of fun drawing the villains from "Mirror, Mirror" --my all-time favorite ST episode-- along with JLA artist's Mike Sekowsky's great designs for the Crime Syndicate! I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out. I downloaded a whole mess of screencaps to draw the Mirror Universe uniforms as accurately as possible (I still forgot Capt. Kirk's phaser sidearm, though -- RATS!).
The face of Superwoman is modeled on ST guest star Marianna Hill (aka Dr. Helen Noel from "Dagger of the Mind"): [link]
You can check out all the other great ST/Comic Book Mashups here: [link]
My entry for the third tryout week for The Line It Is Drawn on the website Comics Should Be Good! The theme for this week was Cover Homages.
The suggestion that really caught my eye was "TINTIN IN TIBET with Rorschach, Nite Owl, Ozymandias and Bubastis from WATCHMEN." As soon as I read that idea, I immediately saw the potential humor of juxtaposing the humor & innocence of TINTIN with the seriousness & darkness of WATCHMEN. The fact that Hergé and Dave Gibbons both have nice open, clean-line styles made a fun challenge, too.
BTW, if Hergé ever used word balloons on his covers, Ozymandias would DEFINITELY be saying, "I did it 35 minutes ago."