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The Line it is Drawn #5 – Comic Book Characters in Different Time Periods

Let’s get the standard stuff out of the way.

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Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our SIX blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the top six choices from the previous week.

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (all suggestions due by 11:59 PM Eastern on Thursday, September 2nd):

This week’s topic is pretty simple – mash-up comic book character(s) with a sitcom from the past or present (Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn as Laverne and Shirley, stuff like that).

Read on for the six sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge:

Put a comic book character into a time period other than their own (think Return of Bruce Wayne, with Batman as a pirate, Batman as a caveman, etc.)


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion.

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners!

adampknave suggested:

Victorian Adam Strange

Brad Millette is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

donmilliken1976 suggested:

Swamp Thing at Woodstock

Rafael Desquitado is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

donmilliken1976 also suggested:

Hulk in Ancient Greece

Erich Owen is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

(click on image to enlarge)

donmilliken1976 also suggested:

Scott Pilgrim and Sex Bob-omb on the Ed Sullivan Show

Daniel Irizarri is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

manyfacesart suggested:

Green Lantern in the Hyborian age

George Zapata is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

(click on image to enlarge)

the_malefic joined Twitter just to make his suggestions, so it is good to know that his suggestion got in! He suggested

Dazzler as a jazz singer in the 1930s

Caanan Grall is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

(click on image to enlarge)

Great work, guys!

Thanks so much to the artists and the suggestion-givers! Now everyone head off to Twitter and give them some good options for next week!


Wow, Canaan KILLED it.

This week I wasn’t as excited about the concept as other weeks but we still got a lot of cool stuff. It was funny to see Swamp thing in Woodstock.
My favorite this week was Canaan’s, it is really good. It seems like he is very good at drawing stuff that could be on a movie poster.

The “kiss of light” kinda hides the starburst shaped beauty spot on her upper lip. :o)

I love the Swamp Thing pic. The hesitation expressed as he’s dragged down the hill is a beautiful setup for my imagination to run wild with what might happen next. “Come on, Swampy. You’re gonna love the mudslide! Ee!”

Another brilliant week.

The Sullivan Bob-Ombs made me laugh.

I love Sex Bomb-omb on the Ed Sullivan show. Brilliant concept, great execution.

I suspect Swampy is afraid he’ll be smoked away! :D

Another wonderful batch of ideas and fanart. I definitely would not mind seeing this as a regular feature.

My favorite this time was Dazzler; extremely well drawn! :)

Man, Canaan, why didn’t you have that print at FanExpo? It’s soooo awesome.

All of these are amazing.

man! next week’s topic will probably yeild some insane results.

this week’s were insane! Erich’s Hulk is looking classy and greek! so awesome. Thanks to george, now i can imagine the whole green lantern in that period properly. (i had no idea how that topic would work out.) and caanan’s piece is OBVIOUSLY amazing.

good work all around!

Canaan going all graphic designy on us, and it’s classy and awesome!

Another great week with great work by everyone :)

On to the next…

Oops, that Anonymous way up there was me.

The Dazzler picture is incredible!!

The Swamp Thing one is very Sandman-esque, like the Midsummer’s issue.

Okay, Marvel. Give Canaan a Dazzler title.

Heck, ANYBODY give Canaan a title! I’d buy it!

All winners this week and, yeah, next week is gonna be nuts!

That Dazzler is brilliant!

Probably the strongest set so far!

Utterly mind blowing. I’ve complimented these pretty heavily before but this set in particular is just…wow. You guys are incredible, and I don’t say that lightly.

I want Canaan everywhere on everything.

Canaan actually had a book solicited on Previews on August. It is titled Celadore. This is the Amazon link. When Googling the title the first that opos up is Zuda comics, but clinking on the link doesn’t take you to information about the book. I would suggest to Canaan to make a little website for that book or at least mention the book in the website that Brian links here.

I guess the link didn’t appear in my comment. Oh well, it is easy to find.

Holy Darkseid, these are wonderful! I for serious said “That’s awesome” after noticing ‘Censored Bob-Ombs’ on the drum set. These past few weeks have been great stuff, but as has been said previously, this is the strongest collection so far, top to bottom.

I want to read Victorian Adam Strange, immediately. The moustache makes the whole thing beyond fantastic.

Swamp Thing is in for some good, good times, I do believe. At least, the story that picture inspires in my head is just ALL great.

Greek Hulk just speaks for itself, and Mr. Owen, I would purchase eleventy-gadozen copies of a book featuring this concept and your artwork. Make it so.

Hyborian Green Lantern is METAL. I want a painting of that on the side of a van, yesterday.

Mr. Caanan Grall, the first second I set eyes on your Dazzler, some excellent music from that time period flooded my mind, and your artwork became animated the more I stared at it. Kudos, sir. That is a damn fine piece, and Marvel should pay you for it to make posters.

Please, please, PLEASE keep this going, Brian. I have enjoyed this more than anything on the internet lately, and you know…I spend far too much time on the internet. So that’s a compliment.

I think.

Have I given the indication that this feature wasn’t a regular thing? If so, that’s my bad. I asked people recently about a separate “anyone can send in their art” monthly bit, but that was something different. This feature is a regular one.

Wooo, thanks Caanan.

Excellent job all round, Swamp Thing is fantastic, as stated, you can see that hesitation from the character, works really well. Extremely effective.

This makes up for being on holidays and not being able to buy comics this week.

The artist that did the Hulk missed a great opprotunity….Hulk’s robe should have been purple!!

Excellent work, Caanan.

Celadore is great, I recommend that anyone who is enjoying Caanan’s art here pick it up.

These came out great. Yeah I had no idea once I chose it how exactly I was going to present it. I was just in the mood to draw Kyle Rayner (and originally Jade as well) which ended up working out great since his original costume had gauntlets and such which I modified to fit that age. That sword is probably way to heavy to hold how he is holding but I’ll just make believe the ring helps him hold it in this piece.

I love the Sex Bob-omb illustration. It really worked out well.

for more commentary on my thought process as well as seeing it without the colors you can check it out at-

B&W (kind of)- http://fav.me/d2xrj1r
colored version- http://fav.me/d2xrj8w

Gotta echo other comments and just say that these are all great.

What I like about Canaan’s stuff is that he just doesn’t literally do the concept like the other guys and stop there, but he really tries to be a little more clever with it. Like rather than just show Dazzler dressed like a flapper and leaving it at that, like many would have done, he goes the extra mile with the advertising poster and the time-accurate font. It’s those little touches that make him really stand out.

That’s my favorite Scott Pilgrim-related thing ever, right there.

Oh, man, that Dazzler is so my new desktop. Hey, Marvel, never thought I’d say this, but how ’bout Dazzler Noir?

Several great pics here, but the Dazzler one…wonderful.

Good stuff, thanks.

Talk about responding to fan suggestions! Erich has now updated his Hulk piece!!!

haha the purple looks much better especially since we recently found out those guys actually had some real colorful clothing and it had just degraded to white over the centuries

I agree, it does look much better. Thanks,sackett, for the suggestion!

Canaan – wow, that is stunningly gorgeous! Seriously, that dress alone is awe-inspiring. The way it is draped, the floral pattern and the sash…and on top of that, the fun way the spotlight shadows hides bits of the dress…wow! (I wish I could be more articulate than that) Like Kathryn, I’d love a print of it.

Love them all this week but my favorite has to be the swamp-thing at Woodstock. Absolutely briljant!

Wow! Thanks for the comments, everyone!

T. – thanks for the great words! I guess it comes from me not being able to draw just a standard pose type pic. I need context. I need logic. If there’s no concept, the end result is always going to come up short. For this reason, I refused drawing Iron Man for someone at Fan Expo last weekend because his armor just isn’t logical. You look at how it’s designed and while it may look cool, it just doesn’t work. How does he articulate? I look at those joints and wonder how many times he’s pinched his skin between two bits of metal when bending his knee too far! … I just can’t do it. (Of course that could just be my total failing, not having an engineer’s brain. It probably works fine.)

Kathryn, Mer… Prints, you say? Hmm. NYCC is coming up… :)

This is fast becoming the Erich & Caanan show for me. How the hell do you do that to DAZZLER?!

Hulk and Dazzler for the win….

Come to think about it, that would be an awesome updated version of Beauty and the Beast for Marvel…..

(Trademarking idea now) =)

I keep coming back to look at these to see if they’re still as awesome now that I’ve already seen them, and yeah, they are. There’s a great little touch on the Kyle Rayner one (aside from the excellent design) where the skull by his right foot is looking up at him like “Oh shit, it’s on now.” I love that.

They all look great. I really think this is a fantastic blog feature, and I hope you end up doing the monthly all-inclusive one as well. There is so much fun to be had with these themes.

I love that Kyle is the GL in this pic. it’s the most appropriate choice.
Also, all of these are just amazing. Kudos artists!

And the longer i look at it the more I like about the Victorian Adam Strange. I think it’s kind of pushed to the background (when compared to the others) because it is in black and white but that is some really funny character design.

Really? Canaan and that awful Hulk are just photoshop images. Granted both of those people are really good at photo shop use, and I have no experience with the rest of their work, I just don’t want to see pictures like that get further into my comics. We already have too much photo shop in comics. With Bluewater, Boom, and even Marvel (see Namor: The First Mutant) allowing this kind of tripe to get into their pages I can only see comics getting less relevant. I’d like to see what someone who can draw would do with those images, again those people might be artists who are able to draw. They just did not do so here so I do not understand them getting lauded as the best of this amateur collection. Victorian Adam Strange is excellent, as is Swamp Thing at Woodstock…


Your comment is disgustingly rude and ignorant.

I suspect you don’t know much about art in general or about photoshop specifically.

Do you think that somehow those artists didn’t draw those pictures?
How does using a computer to color an image or to add a slight visual effect
have anything to do with how well the line art drawing is crafted?

Do you know anything about the process by which comics are made?
What do you even mean by “just photoshop images?”

Do you imagine that photoshop draws images for them?
Or that it somehow auto creates the composition or something?

There is literally the same amount of lineart drawing used in the dazzler and hulk drawings
as there is in the adam strange and swamp thing pictures.

I love GL and the drawing, but Green Lantern the Barbarian has already been done (and done well). See Green Lantern 164 for HALJOR the Barbarian! The inside is much better than the cover.

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