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The Line it is Drawn #8 – Comic Book Characters and Historical Figures!!

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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 23rd):

This week’s topic is either team-up or mash-up a comic book character with a famous character from prose literature. Batman and Captain Ahab, stuff like that).

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

Team up a comic book character with a notable historical figure (Wolverine and Theodore Roosevelt fighting in the Spanish-American War, stuff like that).


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

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aaronwildercomx suggested:

Professor X and Sigmund Freud discuss psychology

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Teddy Roosevelt as Captain America

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

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donmilliken1976 suggested:

Sir Isaac Newton meets Superman. So much for that “Law of gravity” thing!

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

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HAMMEROFTIM suggested:

THOR sailing with Erik the Red

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

shurwitt suggested:

Moses and Aquaman at the Red Sea

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

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shurwitt ALSO suggested:

Wonder Woman & Joan of Arc fighting off an army side by side

Rafael Desquitado 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!


Some pretty awesome pieces here. I’m partial to the Cap/Teddy one myself just because Teddy Roosevelt was the greatest badass to be head-of-state ever. Though I really like the artistry of the Newton/Supes and Moses/Aquaman pieces.

A lot of awesome sketches. Thor is my favorite.

Love the Aquaman, good sense of humour, wonderful posing.

Excellent job by all.

This batch might be the best yet. Professor X & Freud is hilarious, and I love Aquaman’s pose as Moses parts the Red Sea.

Grall’s style has me Hulking out with envy.

Great job, everybody.

Yeah, great job guys! All awesome. That professor X, always using his powers in a questionable manner…

Don’t forget to make with the suggestions over at twitter for next week, everyone! The world of books is a BIG one. To help stir the imagination engine I got some obvious ones:

Blade staking sparkly Edward.
John Carter and Martian Manhunter.
What if Superman’s capsule landed on the Discworld?
Nico Minoru enrolls at Hogwarts.
The Punisher busting up Fagin’s kiddy criminal empire.

We love your suggestions! Keep ‘em coming. :D

Mmm, there’s seems to be more variety (within the theme) this time than ever before. Let’s see:

Teddy as Cap is very apropos, though I would have preferred to see him refusing to kill a little bear (that’s where the name “Teddy Bear” came from you know.)

The Superman/Newton is either quietly funny, or another example of SuperDickery, depending on how you look at it. ;)

Thor and Eric the Red almost looks normal compared to the rest!

Ehh… I don’t get the Aquaman one. Is it a take on his calling himself “King of the Seven Seas?” “Not the Red One, son!”

The Wonder Woman/Joan of Arc one is kind of odd when you stop and think that Joan was a devout Christian (of the Middle Ages kind) and might not appreciate being helped by a “pagan”.

But I’m overthinking this. The important part is, they were all original and well-thought-out. My vote for best art this time goes to the Professor X one.

Sorry Caanan, but Twilight nor Harry Potter can ever be associated with the term “literature”.

Yes, I’m being a snobby bastard.

It’s what I do.

I see Professor X has fallen for the Treachery of Mental Images. Don’t forget the dream!

Canaan Grall’s feels like something out of All Star Superman.

The contrast between Wonder Woman’s outfit and Joan of Arc’s is noticeable, isn’t it.

All these entries were top notch. They are great concepts and good artwork that matches the concept.

@Sijo- It’s a joke at Aquaman’s expense to be honest since I don’t think Aquaman actually has the power to control water (though I could be wrong) so Moses beats him in terms of abilities heh

I love the Roosevelt one haha

Yeah, the Thor and Eric were just a PERFECT fit, so i had to do it. its not whacky or funny, but i really liked it.

This batch has some fantastic entries, from EVERYONE, wow. the teddy roosevelt as Cap would have not crossed my mind at all, but it just looks amazing. More than anything, his dialog really gets me laughing. awesome, brad!

Thank you Erich, for making Charles Xavier say what everyone in the world would have wanted to say to freud. THANK you. not to mention the coloring is top-notch!

Caanan did something great with the style for this entry, going for the old woodcut vibe of the illustration, Is it a reference to the original Apple company logo?

me? mine sucks, moving on.

I totally got the Aquaman joke, btw George, so no worries there, moses is basically being a colossal d**k to aquaman by taking away his main thing. btw your color choices on this one are fantastic!

And Rafael! If you ever ink and color your piece, let me know in an e-mail or something, because i’d love to see it! as pencils, its looks great, so i can’t imagine finishing it up!

thats my take on the week, great job all around.

Man, these are great — and I’m not just saying that because I got to see two of my suggestions realized. I love Aquaman to death, but he’s just so darned fun to make fun of, and the whole look of George’s piece is awesome, from Arthur’s deflated posture to the perplexed octopus. Rafael did an appropriately badass Diana and Joan, and I especially like how ghoulish that army is — they don’t even know what trouble they’re in.

I love the style of Daniel and Canaan’s pieces–the Superman one is funny, but also has a lovely peaceful, pastoral air about it, and the Thor one gives that wonderful taste of an untold epic, from the rain to the heroic poses. And Teddy and Freud just tickle me. Great job, y’all.

I’ve really been enjoying this feature. These are some fantastic artists doing some outstanding pro bono here. I’ve especially enjoyed Mr. Erich Owen, but thank you to all involved.

Anyway, nertz to Twitter I’m posting suggestions here.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Batman on the cover of Detective Comics (w or w/o Watson and Robin).
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Ka-Zar.

And some non-entry entries:
H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man and Invisible Woman.
LoEG and the JLA it’s a crossover everyone (except snooty Alan Moore) has been waiting for

And for what it’s worth, I’d rather see Herman Melville’s Captain Ahab with the Punisher (Call me Punishmael). Thinking about these 2 vendetta -driven crazies going after a gigantic white whale-one with a harpoon and the other with a bazooka-has made my day.

Zapata’s my favourite this time, really funny.
I think the best drawn entries are Canaan and Daniel (You’re right, Thor and Erik look awesome together, I would totally buy that comic :) )

I was originally going to suggest Teddy Roosevelt and Captain America fighting together, then it occurred to me that TR was enough of a badass to not let anyone else be Cap but himself ^_^

Thanks guy! I didn’t have time to finished it and make all nice and purdy, I’ll see about doing that soon.

Great work everyone :)

It’s too bad he’s a comic strip character rather than a comic book one, because I’d love to see Captain Nemo as Little Nemo.

Usually, there are several bad ones on here, but not this time. Wow.
The TR/Captain America is pure genius.

Great job guys.

Absolutely beautiful, everyone. Professor X/Freud cracked me up; I can hear Patrick Stewart’s voice yelling that statement. My favorite goes to TeddyCap vs The Bear, however, as it’s just all-around great, especially Teddy’s banter.

Superman/Newton looks like it could have been copied right out of a history book, though…Wow.

Superman and Newton is just amazing.

Twilight isn’t what I call literature but I can see a comic book crossover such as…

Preacher- because the Twilight crew is essentially a romanticized version of the weirdos Jesse and co kept coming across.

Watchmen- The Blair Roche kidnapping case leads Rorschach to a Native American reservation in Washington State.

@GZapata: Actually SOME versions of Aquaman have had various degrees of water powers (the one in Batman: The Brave And The Bold can make swords out of water!!) but I can see what you mean. Good job. :)

I’d love to make suggestions too but I refuse to get a tweeter account, I waste enough time as it is. So, until an alternate option is given…

Thanks for the kind words, folks, it’s really appreciated. Can’t wait for this week’s suggestions! I think this was the topic I put forth a few weeks back.

Moses is a historical figure?

@Sijo- That sounds interesting, I never actually watched the show

@Nick Evans- I guess? The suggestions can sometimes fall outside the scope of the topic but it’s all in good fun in the end and as long as the artists have fun and the readers get something good out of it what’s the harm

As the guy who suggested Moses, I just figured that enough people think so that I could get away with it. And apparently it worked!

Might have tried the same thing with Robin Hood if he wasn’t already so darned comic-booky to begin with.

Batman and Sherlock Holmes were featured on the cover in Detective #572 back in the Mid 80’s.

Always good stuff every week here, but that Superman/Newton one is easily my favorite of all the one’s I’ve suggested so far even if it wasn’t my favorite of the suggestions I made.

Keep up the good work guys, you do amazing stuff on very short notice and I have no idea how you manage it.

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