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The Line It Is Drawn #28 – Album Cover Homages!

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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 9:00 PM Pacific, Thursday, February 17th).

Next week’s theme is…

In honor of President’s Day, come up with a team-up of a comic book character with one of the 43 Presidents of the United States!

Read on for the six sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge (which we had over 100 suggestions for!!):

In honor of the Grammy Awards this Sunday, mash-up a comic book character and a famous music album cover!


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!

The suggestion-givers and the artists were good enough to suggest/choose TWO Dylan album covers! Well done, people! I’ll be posting the album covers along with the drawings homaging them.

Mic is sick this week, so Sean will fill-in!

b_granderson suggested:

fantastic four on the cover of weezer’s blue album

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

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KevinBrettauer had a massive week this week! First, he suggested:

Earth-1 Superman: Dylan’s Under the Red Sky

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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Then, Kevin suggested:

Thor and Jane Foster vs. Midgard Serpent: Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell III

Sean McFarland, is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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Next, Kevin suggested:

Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

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

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Finally, Kevin suggested:

Avengers: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper…

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

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sbotzakis finished us out by suggesting:

De La Soul’s 3 Feet and Rising with the Fantastic 3

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

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Thanks so much to all of the suggestion-givers and, of course, our awesome artists!

Now go make suggestions for next week’s theme!!

NOTE: If you wish to participate in March’s Reader Gallery, be sure to drop me an e-mail with a JPEG of your drawing (you can submit up to two drawings per month) by 3pm Pacific on Thursday, March 10th! Use any topic that has been featured on The Line It It Drawn (I’d prefer you use stuff from January’s editions, but I won’t hold you to that)!


These are all brilliant! Although that last one should totally have been The Warriors Three.

I love them all but something about the Superman one really gets me. It’s amazing.

best thing is the retitled songs in the Freewheelin’ image. Nice!

Future Foundation one is sweet

Hard to top Mike Allred’s Sgt. Pepper homage on the cover of one issue of Red Rocket 7

I like how it’s Moon Knight and Sentry that are all “WTF, mate?” when they see Bats and Supes are in the pic too…the two crazy Avengers…Scarlet Witch looks like she is in the know as well…

What makes Freewheelin’ Peter Parker is the song titles. Those are brilliant.

Haha, the retitled songs are awesome and I really liked Daniel’s Sgt. Pepper.

Not sure how I feel about those DC guys in the Sgt. Pepper’s homage. Kinda funny that the guys in the back right are standing next to homages to themselves, I guess.

The retitled songs on Freewheelin’ I admit are great. Another example of Canaan putting in that extra bit of work to push it over the edge. All of them had nice touches, like the nurse scrubs on the Thor one. George’s and Chaz’s one, despite having great art, had source material that was so simple I don’t think there was much room for them to add anything to it unfortunately. The other 3 original albums had so many details for the artists to play with.

Another couple of nice touches I noticed: The van behind Pete saying “Marvel’s” and Gwen’s scarf has a web pattern.

I definitely have to give a nod to Daniel Irizarri for not only being willing to take on something that requires drawing that many characters, but going the extra mile in making many of them match up in a way that makes sense with the original album.

Another great group.

George Zapta did a great job with the Weezer cover. I love the contrast between Sue’s confident body language and the more subdued attitude.

Nick Perks smoked the “Under The Red Sky” cover. The body position is an exact match for Dylan, but the Superman figure has a cool old school look.

Nice move by Sean McFarland in covering up the damsel in distress.

Canaan Grail’s “Freewheelin’ Peter Parker” is fantastic. It captures the spirit of the original while keeping Peter and Gwen totally in character.

I love the look Moon Knight is giving Batman on the “Sgt. Pepper’s” cove that Daniel Irizarri drew.

Chaz Folgar was clever in adding the Future Foundation logo to the other little symbols on his cover.

Freewheelin’ Peter Parker has brought an incredibly nostalgic feeling to my morning…

I love the look Moon Knight is giving Batman on the “Sgt. Pepper’s” cove that Daniel Irizarri drew.

Note that it’s perfectly bookended by the look Sentry is giving Superman.

Note that it’s perfectly bookended by the look Sentry is giving Superman.

Nice! I totally missed that.

Before I noticed Batman and Superman I thought that Moon Knight and Sentry were having some kind of Crazy-Off Staring contest.

Great work.

This guy has reworked a whole bunch of classic hip hop covers in a similar way….


Before I noticed Batman and Superman I thought that Moon Knight and Sentry were having some kind of Crazy-Off Staring contest.

Ah, yet another connection. Forgot that both of them are batshit insane also!

Love the Sgt Pepper homage. Daniel… is that a tiny Squirrel Girl next to Tigra’s leg?


Dammit, I’ve never had such an urge to join Twitter. But I have an idea for the next one…

100 suggestions?! I’m a little less disappointed mine didn’t get chosen now. How many do you typically get?

All awesome this week. I wonder what the De La Soul cover would have looked like if Johnny hadn’t been killed so recently, or already resurrected!

holy sh*t! what a week! A-game doesn’t even begin to describe the posts today. I think everyone was able to bring alot of their own personality into their pieces as well, which is fantastic.

George’s piece was simple, well drawn and classy. you get what you asked for, plus a lot of personality. Nick perks, instead of doing 2 drawing, decided to put alot more additional energy into his superman piece and damn if its not visible! such great touches in the drawing, the expression and all of that made things work even more.

Sean McFarland is getting into his own groove with his second submission in “The Line” I love the colors and i think it emulates that metal album vibe perfectly. way to go! Canaan brings home the bacon, as they say, walking the extra mile by actually going through ALL the song titles and making them all “spidey-like”. really clever alterations on his part. not to mention that the drawing is just pretty.

Chaz is a ninja. he’s swtiching up styles on us and we didn’t even notice! I like this new direction and i feel like it has tons of style and personality. i feel honored to watch an artist evolve before my eyes like that. : ) and Mic, you broke my heart. why’d you have to get sick, man!?

as for the comments! the one thing that fills me with joy is having people point out the easter eggs i threw into the drawing. they’re not THAT many, but still i’m glad you guys have liked them! (Yes, big Mike, thats Squirrel Girl next to tigra.) : )

And to anyone who is on the fence about joining twitter, it’s really not as painful as you might imagine. I joined shortly before TLIID started, and I haven’t gotten any extra email or other hassles since i started following CSGB. I literally just log in, make my suggestions and then completely ignore that I have the account.

I’m still giggling about Pym’s comment on the Sgt. Pepper cover.

Great work on the Sgt. Pepper’s album.

Changing “Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance” to “Honey, Just Allow Me One More Day”, on Freewheelin’ is brilliant. And the dialogue on the Sgt. Peppers cover is great.

Am I the only who thought Peter Parker as Bob Dylan looked a lot like Bruce Springsteen?

Great pieces all around
Daniel – I’ve been told I have a bit of a Squirrel Girl obsession, so I spotted her right away :P

Wow, all of these are great, but Chaz gets extra points for the De La Soul/FF album, simply because it’s De La.

Eh, I’m a bit disappointed. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of the pictures, in fact they’re all very well drawn; it’s just that I was hoping to see takes on the more visually-stunning album covers ever made. Of the ones I remember loving in my time, only the Bat Out Of Hell one was done (and is also the best drawn this time, I feel.)

Looking up tonext week’s challenge, especially if there’s any Lincoln ones (a pretty sure bet- but who to team him with, besides Captain America or Uncle Sam?)

lol, it’s the details on caanan’s

the one more day/don’t act once things are great

I just got “Don’t Act Once, It’s Your Fault.” Caanan’s is amazing, as it is every week.

is Batman the stand in for Dylan on Sgt. Pepper? It just seems so fitting.

Someone should get that David Mazzucchelli fellow to do Matt Murdock and Karen Page as the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan…

Ten bucks says that Sgt. Avengers cover is Bendis’ new wallpaper.

By the way, there will be TWO bonus editions later this week! Although at death’s dying door (okay, that is likely a little bit of an exaggeration), Mic decided to still do a piece! Plus, Nick did an extra piece! So look for them Friday or Saturday!

The Avengers/Sgt. Pepper mashup without the dialog balloons would make a great t-shirt. If there were some way for the artist to partner with Marvel and Threadless, I bet this would sell like hotcakes.

Wow….all were fantastic.

You guys killed it this week. Really impressed with everyone else’s work here.
Dan: That was a big job, but you really manned-up and knocked it out of the park. The thought and detail that went into that piece is awesome.
George: Rivers is the invisible girl! HAHAHAHAHA… somehow perfect. The simple poses really convey a ton of personality, mad props for doing so much with a simple cover.
Chaz: You bring the funk every week. Never stop.
Nick: What a wistful and somewhat melancholy Man of Steel. Something troubling happend on Mars.. this much is evident.
Canaan: As has been said, the track names make this piece, (which is already as solid as a rock). In fact someone needs to take your lead and make a Dylan inspired Spidey Rock opera using those track names! They can call it “Spider-Man: Turn up The Dylan.” … it will make a million dollars.

it will make a million dollars.

But cost $40 million to produce. ;)

The Avengers:
For a minute, I thought Ultron’s head next to the Wonder Man doll was H.E.R.B.I.E. the Robot with an “H” on the front.

Hmm… a H.E.R.B.I.E. – Ultron battle! I’d buy that totally.

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Awesome Idea. I was thinking recently that a comics based on an album would be cool. It came to me while listening to Bob Dylan’s album “Desire”. Some great stories on that album. An issue a song perhaps?

I signed up for twitter and made a suggestion, but it didn’t go under the replies for the the Line is Drawn but showed up on the main tweets list from CSBG. Can someone tell me what I did wrong?…

You did it right, Aztrozac. I get the list of suggestions from our Twitter feed.

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“You did it right, Astrozac. I get the list of suggestions from our Twitter feed.”

Alright wanted to make sure. Thanks!

Man, this was yet another amazing week. I refuse to miss out. Ha!

BRIAN :: That’s actually not too far from the truth at the time of submission. lol!

GEORGE :: The sweet simplicity brings the strength of your expressions and gesture work forward. I don’t wanna play favorites, but I gotta say… The Thing? Crazy good.

NICK :: You took the source material and improved upon it. A most difficult feat that you’ve nailed time and again. Congrats!

SEAN :: DAYUMN! Look at Mr. McFarland bringin’ his A-game! That is one awesome serpent. That’s what she said. I’m excited to see more of your work!

CAANAN & DANIEL :: The details you two inject in your pieces are the best. Not are they already beautifully drawn, but the extra touches you gentlemen add make them SUPER special. Viewing your works are like gifts that keep on giving. I can look at your pieces over and over again and continue to find something new and delightful I haven’t noticed before. Daniel, I’m excited that The Daniel-mode is in full effect! I will work up to your level and do a full-on massive group shot one day.

CHAZ :: Chaz, Chaz, Chaz… Chaz and De La… match made in THE LINE heaven. I knew you’d MURDER this piece and murder it, you did. I instantly pictured the amazing things you’d do for A Tribe Called Quest’s album covers. You, sir, are too cool for school. I’m done.


All great stuff tis week. The Thor piece is beautiful & the artist on the Avengers really went all out.

Kudos to the poster who submitted the link to other album/superhero art.

The crew never ceases to impress! Really beautiful work from everybody! I love the serenity of George’s drawing, the epic-ness of Sean’s Thor, the great use of red in Nick’s painting, and them sweet details in Caanan’s cover.

And Daniel… DAMN, dude! That drawing is awesome! You tackled that topic like an all-star. Great job!

Glad you guys dug the De La Soul homage! Much appreciated!

Can’t wait to see Nick’s second piece and what Mic’s got in store for us — that guy’s a trooper!

Just travelling through the archives catching up on this fine feature. If you ever do “Album Cover Homage 2″, could you please consider doing the Justice League version of the Sgt. Pepper cover?

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