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The Line It Is Drawn #18 – The Everyday Lives of Superheroes (and Villains)

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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, December 9th – a lot of extra time since next week will be a special edition of The Line It Is Drawn with the topic and who is making the suggestions being a secret for now):

This week’s topic is: Like a topic we did awhile back mashing-up/teaming-up comic book characters with famous sitcoms (which, admittedly, ended up with a few non-sitcom suggestions), this time around it is mashing-up/teaming-up comic book characters with famous TV DRAMAS! Law and Order JLA, X-24, stuff like that.

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

Come up with a scenario where a superhero is doing a mundane task. Batman doing the laundry, Spider-Man mowing the lawn, etc. The odder the juxtaposition, the better!


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!

B_Granderson suggested:

Wolverine roasting hot dogs over a campfire with his claws

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

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B_Granderson also suggested:

the x-men (any variation) having a blast watching a 3-D movie, except for cyclops, who looks glum as his glasses are useless to him.

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Magneto renting a video from Blockbuster

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

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BigMike20X6 also suggested:

Dr Strange returning a library book

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

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DocOrlando70 suggested:

GL Kyle cleaning the fridge.

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

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plees13 suggested:

Power Man and Iron Fist selling lemonade

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

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Thanks so much to the artists and the suggestion-givers! Now everyone head off to Twitter and give them some good options for the next installment! Look for the drawing from our back-up artist, Nick Perks, in the next day or so.

NOTE: If you wish to participate in the Decemer Reader Art Gallery, you have a week to do so! The deadline to send your artwork (based on any of the previous The Line It Is Drawn topics, although I’d prefer you choose ones from November) to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com is 6pm Eastern time on Thursday, December 9th! We received a lot of drawings last month – I’d like to see a bunch this month, too!


Holy crap, that is some good stuff.

The very IDEA of Kyle cleaning the fridge is just so wrong! But it works!

Of course Canaan rocked out that great XMen piece. I like the bit with Wolvey getting (Jubilee?) ice off Iceman’s head. So cool!

And Wanda and Pietro badgering their dad is cute and funny.

Great work, guys!

I really like the DocStrange-Pic, just for literally hearing the silence of this library.

And “Kyle Raynor cleaning the fridge” is just cruel.

Wow these are all do well done. I love the Dr. Strange pic!

Some nasty ideas there (Cyclops +3D, Kyle cleaning the fridge), and lovely execution (Dr Strange pic going for completely mundane and understated, Wolvie cutting ice cubes, Lil Wanda and Pietro…)

Not as impressed as I have been on previous editions. Chaz Folgar’s Magneto and Daniel Irizarri Heroes for Hire were comedy gold though :)

“Kyle Raynor cleaning the fridge” Can’t believe I didn’t get that joke untill just now. I’ll go and be ashamed of myself now.

I know virtually noting about Green Lanterns. Can someone explain the fridge to me?

For some reason I would like to see an edition with some of the traditional Pulp characters meeting up with the Marvel superheroes. It feels like the DC characters have met up with some of the Pulp heroes already throughout the years.

Ka-zar and Tarzan?

Monk and Ham with Thing and Human Torch?

Doc Savage with Iron Man?

I can’t think of anything else at the moment…..but I’m sure you guys can!!!

Great job, everybody.

I know virtually noting about Green Lanterns. Can someone explain the fridge to me?

That particular Green Lantern’s girlfriend was murdered and then stuffed into a refrigerator.

Thanks Brian. I Googled it straight after I asked that question. Should have done that straight off.

This may honestly be the best LiD yet.

the subtlety in Raf’s makes that one work wonders for me. it really is the most mundane act ever but for some reason it still looks interesting. It reminds me of a Farside panel or something, i dunno. i was almost expecting some farside-like text under it.

Every other pieace was fantastic anyway, Caanan’s X-men look fantastic with a mix of old and new characters ALL with there own personality. I personally am i cyclops fan, and I think he doesn’t get enough love, but oh well.

Brad, that is exactly what wolverine looks like in my head.

Also, no matter what Chaz folgar chooses to draw, it always ends up being this awesome party. i think thats makes him a pretty cool guy. Having Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as annoying babies is hilarious.

…And George. once again he spins his work into the darker side of the spectrum, and screw it, I really like his drawing. Its like everyother piece is ‘ha ha’ funny and then George reminds everyone that this character’s girlfriend got chopped to pieces and put inside a fridge. Classy business, people.

good week?


Oddly enough, Kyle’s girlfriend wasn’t chopped up. IIRC, the editors made sure the artist didn’t show too much of the body in the refridgerator, but the lack of details made a lot of readers assume the body was in pieces. Either way, the scene is ugly and shameful.

George’s piece is very strong, especially Kyle’s body language. The act is neither sensationalized nor trivialized (and, let’s face it, it’s easy to get black humor out of the situation), and the viewer really feels for Kyle. Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

I love Beast in Caanan’s X-Men piece. Brad’s fat Wolverine and Daniel’s Heroes for Hire are hysterical.

Great pics this week. I feel abit bad for laughing at ‘Green Lantern cleaning his fridge. Canaan’s X-Men are great as well, and who couldn’t love Luke & Iron Fist as ‘business men’
What thrills me this week about getting my suggestions used are that both ones chosen were exactly as I envisioned them. Figured the Magneto damaging tapes was a given, and I imagined the Strange library visit just as serene as Raf nailed it

I loved the suggestions for the theme. The artwork was great. I loved them all.
I liked Caanan’s the best. Seeing Lockheed with glasses did it for me.

Oh and Chaz… adding Wanda and Pietro was a brilliant touch. Well done.

Hmm, this is the first Line is Drawn where I haven’t liked all the entries. Wolverine looks terrible, Doctor Strange’s was boring (and it had such potential too!) and Kyle’s was just in bad taste (the basic idea not the art.) Fortunately, the X-Men related ones were wonderful (do people still rent VHS movies? I thought it was all DVDs now) and the Heroes for Hire was a riot! Canaan’s was the best in my opinion.

Oh well they can’t all be winners. Thanks for the effort anyway guys! :)

Such great stuff guys, I particularly liked Chaz and Daniel’s.

Thanks for the compliments guys!

Sijo, that was the whole point, it IS boring :)


December 2, 2010 at 8:45 am

I LOVE the Green Lantern one. I am a sucker for cruel humor. The Doctor Strange one is great as well, I kept looking for the punchline then I figured out that there was none and that in itself was the punchline (like an episode of Sealab 2021 I saw that was played completely straight).
Daniel brought up a great idea for a topic a couple posts ago probly without even thinking about it. Super Heroes done in Far Side style. I’d love that.

I think Rafael really got the idea of this week’s theme across the best.

I love when Caanan draws the X-men because it reminds me of the style he uses for Celadore. Celadore is one of my two favorite Zuda Comics. I should be available through Comixology.

Thanks for clearing that up, Mike Loughlin! I always just assumed she was dismembered. ah well. its nice to see DC is so compassionate with their dead characters.

Thanks for the feed back, everyone! lets hope next week we all do even better, then.

A particulary clever batch this week, in my opinion.

All of them are hilarious, but the best of show is Canaan Grall’s lovingly detailed depiction of the X-Men in a 3-D Movie. Cyclops’ tears of envy are priceless.

All of them are hilarious, but the best of show is Canaan Grall’s lovingly detailed depiction of the X-Men in a 3-D Movie. Cyclops’ tears of envy are priceless.

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I’m going to be beside myself when DC and Marvel snatch you guys away from us.

It’s redundant, but I need to gush about the great week everybody had.

And I need to make fun of Kyle crying over spilt milk.

Is Strange finally returning the Book of the Vishanti? I’ve been wanting to check that one out for ages.

Marvel really should hire Canaan sometime. At least for a cover, if nothing else. (I’d love a whole issue, though. How long has it been since the last light-hearted X-Men story? They’re overdue for one, and he’d be perfect to draw it.)

Didn’t a What The–? cover years ago show Wolverine toasting marshmallows on his claws? Over the Human Torch’s head?

Despite my love for Canaan, I think Irizarri is the best this time. The art is really good, and it’s got the best joke.

I laughed at pretty much all of ‘em, but I think the one I DIDN’T laugh at, Doctor Strange, is definitely my favourite out of this week! There’s such a wonderful, silently mundane feel to it.

Brian this is one of my favorite features on CSBG. They are all great in their own way, running the gamut of serious to funny to mundane.
Agree the Dr. Strange is my fave. Its seems to best capture the theme with its stark depiction of the mundane.
Also, am I the only one who thought the blonde kid in the orange shirt at the video store as a young Aquaman?

I think the idea was to be funny by having extraordinary heroes do mundane things. NOT boring ones. Looking for a punchline that isn’t there isn’t funny. That’s just my personal opinion of course.

mundane – adjective. common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.

Wow. Poor Kyle. He must never want to use the fridge. It’s pretty sad.

Power Man and Iron Fist gave me a chuckle. Perfect to have them in their 70s gear because I could see them doing that back then.

Great work everybody, and thanks for the kind words!

@Robby – You know, I didn’t intend it to be Aquaman, but hey, why not? Guy’s gotta watch movies, too!

Planet Soundtrack

July 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Dr. Strange: Overdue!?! By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!

Wolverine: Snikt-kabob? Anyone?

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