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The Line It Is Drawn #11 – Comic Book Characters/Musicals Mash-Up

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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, October 14th):

This week’s topic is courtesy of our own Caanan Gall, who suggested we do a comic book character/video game character team-up/mash-up. So, Sonic the Hedgehog racing the Flash, stuff like that.

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

Mash-up a comic book character with a famous musical, either a Broadway musical or a movie musical (Namor and Sue Storm in The King and I, stuff like that).

NOTE: Before I go on, the deadline to be featured in the October 2010 Reader Art Gallery is 6pm Eastern this Thursday, October 14th. So if you were planning on entering a piece, send it to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Again, it could be on any topic featured in the September editions of The Line It Is Drawn.


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!

Due to commitments at the New York Comic Con this past weekend, we’re shy two artists again this week.

andyrama suggested:

The Music Man-Bat.

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Namor meets the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine

Chaz Folgar is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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BigMike20X6 also suggested:

Poison Ivy in the Little Shop of Horrors

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

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BigTrosMan suggested:

Mephisto and Captain Marvel (Shazam) in Damn Yankees.

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!


Wow. I was real dubious about the topic this time around but, man, you guys knocked it out of the part. I’d PAY money to have a poster of the Poison Ivy one but all the others really nailed the look of the plays themselves (special kudos to Chaz for getting the Beatles look like the original art style).

Great work. Excellent Ivy. Only 4 entries?

Darn, that Namor/Beatles pic looks great. Others too, of course but that one is definitely a favorite.

These were all great. But is it just me or does Shazam look like George W. Bush kind of?

Great stuff! Especially the Ivy and Namor ones.

I must say, I love this freakin’ blog. Coming up with the mashups every week is fun, and is so awesome seeing ideas brought to life.

Great job everybody. I wish I’d been able to do a more finished piece this week, but computer problems kept me pretty busy.

Man! I’m almost feeling unnecessary here! such great entries all around! i couldn’t dare pick a favorite since they’re all so freaking cool!

i will say that i sorely miss seeing George and Erich’s works, that’s the only bummer.
but hey! i’ll be back to full speed next week! which is fantastic at least for me!

OMG, Poison Ivy’s Little Shop of Horrors NEEDS to happen!
Great round, fantastic work everyone!

Actually, in the opening of the episode of Batman: The Brave And The Bold titled “The Mask of Matches Malone” Ivy is trying to feed Bats to a giant carnivorous plant obviously based on LSOH’s Audrey II. She even has a pet name for it (“Georgia”.)

The sketches this time were for the most part, WAY out there… and yet they work!! I especially like the Musical Man-Bat, it just makes me smile. (Though once again, Canaan’s the best drawn.)

“We been living in Namor’s Submarine, Namor’s Submarine, Namor’s Submarine…” :D

@T. OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! (now I ca’t unsee it)

Great job everyone. Chaz, dude, that is some great work there.

Nitzan Rotschild

October 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

I second DC2 Omniverse – I would totally buy an Ivy’s Shop of Horrors poster and hang it proudly in my room.

I like Yellow Submarine the best, but the Poison Ivy is pretty good, too.
I don’t know if he really looks much like Bush, but he definitely doesn’t look like Captain Marvel to me at all.

I really wanted to participate this time, since I’m a theater critic when I’m not geeking out about comics, but all the ideas I had didn’t interest me that much. (Wolverine as Sweeney Todd, Latveria as Brigadoom…) But man, these are great.

These are pretty cool (I especially dig the Damn Yankees), but where’s Cats with Hellcat, Tigra and Catwoman?

Impressed with the Namor/Yellow Submarine one……but I really love the Ivy’s Shop of Horrors the most (although I would shudder if the Joker starts singing……”You can be a Den-tiiiiiist….” )

Awesome work this week, everybody!

Who could be Seymour in Ivy’s Shop of Hoorors? Hmm… The Ventriloquist, with the killer plant as a puppet on his arm, or maybe The Riddler.

Thanks for the kind words everybody! I’m having a real blast being a part of this feature!!! Keep up the great ideas!!!

I’m lovin’ all the artwork on here this week!!! Great stuff all around!!!!

Can’t wait to get started on the next one! I’d been hoping a cross-over with video games would happen soon!

As a contributor to the weekly idea farm, I really have to give a heart felt thank you to all the artists that continue to give their best for us. I love having a chance to see ideas I dreamed up, but due to a lack of artistic ability would otherwise miss out on.
I can’t wait until next week, and the week after, and so on.

We’ve got trouble–right here in Gotham City!

No Sondheim for Cronin? What’s wrong with you people?

Brad’s is my favorite this time around.

Nitzan Rotschild

October 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Wolverine as Sweeney Todd sounds awesome! I would really love to see someone take a *a-hem* stab at it.

Really happy that my Damn Yankees idea was chosen, especially by Rafael as I enjoy his work consistently every week.

Good job guys!

Buttler – I submitted a Sweeney Todd suggestion, but instead of Wolverine (which is pretty brilliant, btw), I went with the insane aspect and had Joker as Sweeney and Harley Quinn as Mrs. Lovette. Sadly it wasn’t chosen, but maybe it’s something I can commission sometime in the future.

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