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The Line it is Drawn #6 – Comic Book Character/Sitcom Mash-Ups

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 9th):

This week’s topic is pretty simple – team up a comic book character with a notable historical figure (Wolverine and Theodore Roosevelt fighting in the Spanish-American War, stuff like that).

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

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).


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!

Okay, so I didn’t know that Twitter got rid of the replies after a week. So I lost the names of the followers who gave three of the six suggestions. Feel free to write in to get your due credit!

Those that were not credited…

One person suggested:

The Superfriends as Friends.

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

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One person suggested:

M.O.D.O.K. and Mindy

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

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One person (was this Donald M?) suggested :

The Wonder (Woman) Years

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

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Next, hanselthelost got THREE of his suggestions drawn this week! First off he suggested:

Nick Fury as Walker Texas Ranger.

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

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Then he suggested:

‘Jim Gordon and his mustache. Magnum P.I.

Rafael Desquitado is the artist for this one.

Finally he suggested:

Peter Parker, Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy. Three’s Company

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

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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!

Also, while I will remind you Thursday as well, if you want to participate in our first monthly Reader Art Gallery, be sure to get your drawings to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com by next Thursday, September 9th by 2pm Eastern!


Great job everyone!

Brian, it was ‘Jim Gordon and his mustache. Magnum P.I.”

Interesting pics this week… didn’t know Walker Texas Ranger, Magnum P.I. and The Wonder Years were sitcoms

Great work once again from everyone.
I really like the Superfriends one. In particular I love how Batman is apart from the pack.

The Wonder years one makes me think of how often I hear “did you know Winnie Cooper is a mathematician?” whenever I mentioned that I am a mathematician. Really good drawing.

Being a Spidey fan, I had a nice laugh at the Three’s Company drawing. Great job.

Spider Jerusalem

September 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm

No Daredevil cast in Community? I thought that would be a hit!

Once again while everyone else just literally drew the described mashup, Canaan went the extra mile and did a cool little twist on it. Everyone else was good too on a technical level, but the thought Canaan puts into getting extra mileage out of the suggestions given continues to impress me.

I agree with T, Canaan is rocking it.

The Gordon PI is good stuff too.

I suppose pedantically some of these aren’t sitcoms, but jeez, who cares when you get neat pics like this?

By the way, I don’t want it to seem like I’m crapping on any of the other contributions. They’re all quite wonderful as well.

Zapatta’s Nick Fury is awesome! :)

I dunno, if you pay attention to the details within what may appear to be “simple” images, you’ll see quite a few nice touches:

Aquaman doing the splashing, Robin looking positively horrified, and Batman being grumpy; The Dark Knight most certainly doesn’t want to be in that fountain with those (evil) shennanigans.

M.O.D.O.K. wearing Mork’s suspenders.

Obviously the WONDER WOMAN YEARS speaks for itself; the pic looks like a still from an Alternate Universe’s tv show.

FURY: TEXAS RANGER doesn’t really need any special touches, besides of course the modified uniform; this is just oozing machismo…

…As is GORDON, P.I. whose moustache both terrifies and humbles us all. Also, his car.

Peter Parker must have done everything in the book with those two by this point to look THAT bored in THAT situation. That’s all I really have to say about this pic, other than amazing job…no pun intended.

Someone Awakening From a Coma He Slipped Into In 2002

September 8, 2010 at 2:26 am

Why isn’t Nick Fury in the “Nick Fury as Walker Texas Ranger” one? Also, great job on improving the internet, and I can’t wait to find out what all my favorite Marvel and DC characters have been up to the last decade!! Dum-dee-dum-dee-dum, off I go, chipper as can be.

The Three’s Company one should be a poster. Soon to be hung in college dorms nation wide.

You know, what impresses me most about this is how *good* these fan artists are. Usually such pinups look, well, unprofessional, but these look like they could very well belong to actual comics! I hope they all get the chance to have their work published (assuming they haven’t yet) because they deserve it.

As for my favorite this week, it’s VERY hard to decide because they’re all so different (you can’t compare Super Friends and Wonder Years for example) so I’ll go with the one I felt was the best drawn: The Spider-Three’s-Company one. Though I don’t remember the girls in that show ever having a hair-pulling catfight. Whatever.

The Superfriends as friends was suggested by me. Long time reader of the blog from India here.

I’m the guy who suggested the M.O.D.O.K. one… and, yeah, technically some of these aren’t sitcoms but that’s no big thing either.

My “winner” this week goes to the Three’s Company one. Although how you can overlook a catfight behind you on the sofa is beyond me or, as someone else suggested, you’re in some serious doo-doo. :)

Good work everyone! Now I’ve got to go throw on my thinking cap to come up with suggestions for next week!

@Someone Awakening From a Coma He Slipped Into In 2002 (wow that’s a long name haha)
I used the Ultimates Nick Fury (though even with that I took some liberties).

I love the Super-Friends. The coloring came out great. Reminds me of someone but can’t put my finger on who at the moment

Thanks, Everyone!!

As Leroy Hart suggested, Peter is way beyond the point of intervening in that situation.

Sijo, I took some liberty with the theme.

Thanks to the artist. The three is company drawing is better than i imagined. Thank you for choosing my suggestions.

I really love the Wonder Woman Years.

This is the most eclectic batch yet, style-wise, I think. Brilliant job, guys!

As for my own, the quote is from the pilot episode. As is the setting/clothing/etc. As an artist, research is important! Even better when it’s fun research like watching the Wonder Years. ;)

Good job everybody. I particularly like Daniel’s.

Canaan, I recognized the quote. I thought the especially creative part was the lesbian angle with Wonder Woman in the Kevin Arnold road. I think most artists wouldn’t even have considered that and would have inserted Wonder Woman in the Winnie Cooper role and had her hanging with Kevin Arnold. The lesbian angle wouldn’t even have crossed my mind. It really worked well.

Man, M.O.D.O.K. is KILLING ME. Major Kudos to Brad.

everyweek everyone seems to just up the ante, huh? kudos to everyone.

Fury would kick Chuck Norris’ ass. yeah i said it, and George’s pic proves it. Modok would probably be slightly more annoying than Robin Williams, but atleast he’s done less coke. Modok’s expression is priceless on this one! Wonder Woman swooning for winnie cooper isn’t shocking, since anyone with a heart would swoon for her, but Caanan really made it a sweet affair. The Gordon PI submission has design sense out the whazoo! seriously great color choices and an eye for design. and lest but not least, Three’s company is just plain ol’ goodness all over.

next week’s theme sounds fun!

“Also, while I will remind you Thursday as well, if you want to participate in our first monthly Reader Art Gallery, be sure to get your drawings to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com by next Thursday, September 9th by 2pm Eastern!”

I had not heard about this.
Is there a specific theme or is this just any art we have to submit?

This is my favorite feature at CSBG.

Nice work, Caanan!

I considered Wonder Years to be a comedy… and you have to wonder if Winnie in that universe after being spurned by Diana became Cheetah?

The Super “Friends” looks good even though I didn’t care for the team….

This is the second place where I saw the MJ/Peter/Gwen triad as fan art… This one is much “cleaner” and “cuter” though…. (if you catch my drift)

Big ups to Millette because that M.O.D.O.K seems to leap right off the page…

Great work by all.

M.O.D.O.K. is pure insanity, just awesome.

I had not heard about this.
Is there a specific theme or is this just any art we have to submit?

I’ll have another piece on it tomorrow, but any Line It Is Drawn topic from August is open to use (so intercompany crossovers, DC/Warner Bros. mash-ups, Marvel/Disney and Comic Book/Cartoon mash-ups).

I misspoke – the deadline IS tomorrow. Oops. Sorry about that, folks. There’ll be another one next month, though!

I don’t twitter, so I can’t go to the source, but I would have liked to see:

The Mary Tyler Morbius Show
Mockingbird and Hawkeye Pierce (talk about your MASH-ups)
Conan O’Brien the Barbarian
Reading Rainbow Raider
Adam Strange-12
X and the City
MisterSteveRogers Neighborhood
WKRP in Sin City
ABC Wide World of Sportsmaster


I think WKRP in Sin City just made my day, even if I can’t see it brought to life.

These are just awesome. :D

I love coming up with ideas for these blogs every week. It makes me glad I signed up for Twitter so long ago ^_^

1 – Loved the “Fury: Texas Ranger” bit (…and YES ‘Walker’ was totally a sitcom whether or not it was intended as such [snicker] …and YES, I do like the show anyhow…).
2 – The Super FRIENDS just had to be in there of course!
3 – The ‘Spider-man/Three’s Company’ bit is HIL – ARIOUS!!

The Spider-Man/Three’s Company mash-up is good.
What would have made it even better is having the classic half-Peter/half-Spidey Spider-Sense head.

Great work by all. :-)

Great job, everybody!

I can’t get over Caanan’s piece, however. It really captured the feeling of whiling away a summer day with your friend. As T. pointed out, you could see the characters as having a lesbian relationship, especially casting WW in the Kevin Arnold role, but they don’t have to be. There’s a sense of innocence about them. The picture sparked up instant nostalgia (as the show did for boomers, I would imagine). Very well done.

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