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The Line It Is Drawn #29 – Presidential Team-Ups!

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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 24th).

Next week’s theme is…

A special tribute to the late, great Dwayne McDuffie. Team-up a comic book character with a creation of McDuffie, whether it be one of his many Milestone creations or one of his other characters, like Damage Control or his take on Deathlok

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

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!


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!

No George this week, so Sean will fill in!

b_granderson suggested:

black canary singing to jfk

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

BigMike20X6 suggested:

The Original Civil War — Abe Lincoln as Captain America fighting Jefferson Davis as Iron Man

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

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Clemfold suggested:

Richard Nixon *attempting* to give a questionable mission briefing to Captain America.

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

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DJDoctor_Q suggested:

My vote is Hellboy & Teddy Roosevelt vs. the Time-Travelling Nazi Menance.

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

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jhota42 suggested:

Bill Clinton on saxophone, Alison Blaire on vocals.

Michael Magtanong is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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shurwitt suggested:

Martin van Buren and Wolverine

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)!


Yes!!!! Nixon.

Hellboy/Teddy vs. Nazis and Civil War are amazing. They’re all good, but those two were so perfect.

Note Grant and Lee in the background of the Lincoln/Davis pic…. I stopped reading Marvel 15 years ago, so I can’t quite place the costumes….

My guess is Hercules versus Sentry.

Oh god, Sean, do I love that hat.

How much self-control must it have taken not to put a tell-tale stain on Dazzler’s costume…

This is currently CSBG’s best thing.

Really good work from everyone this time around.

Y’know, it took me a second to realize the full import of what JFK was saying…

Yeah, this is a good bunch.

Nitzan Rotschild

February 24, 2011 at 5:22 am

I think this is one of the best Line It Is Drawn’s we’ve had.
I love the Nixon/Cap one, and the Dazzler/Clinton one is just stunning.
Amazing job, everyone!

The JFK one made me laugh until I realized it was referencing his assassination as well. Was that necessary? Otherwise it was very clever and well drawn.

I love how the Lincoln one has the characters using antiquated shield and armor that fits the “retro” idea of the crossover.

Captain America has already met Nixon in the comics, I believe, but this one was still interesting in the way Cap’s presence alone gets Tricky Dick to realize he was doing the wrong thing.

Teddy does feel like the kind of character that would fit well in Hellboy’s universe, doesn’t he?

Clinton +Dazzler could have been more dynamic, but still, very well drawn.

Van Buren and Wolverine based on the similarity of their hair? …Eh, not so much.

I’m going to vote for the Nixon/Captain America one as best one this week because how striking it is both visually and in its dialog.

Also, I expect next week’s Line to be even better overall, as McDuffy’s work had a lot of fans and it deserves to be lauded.

Nixon/Cap was a good STORY! Well crafted writing as well as drawing.

The JFK one made me laugh until I realized it was referencing his assassination as well. Was that necessary? Otherwise it was very clever and well drawn.

I thought it was referencing the classic Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck “Rabbit Season” episode, but you’re probably right.

Great work as always everybody.

Why does the Dazzler one make me think of Jem and the Holograms?

OK, from here on out that Abe/Cap costume is totally canon. And Teddy/Hellboy looks just perfect.

And I dig the muttonchops tangle. Now all that’s left is for it to be heavily implied for years that they’re somehow related without actually exploring it, and for Van Buren to get an adamantium upgrade. Because Wolverine’s the best he is at what he does, and what he does is impossibly tangled backstory (and joining every superteam at once, and inserting himself into other people’s origin stories after the fact).

I don’t think the jfk one references the murder. Saying “Somebody shoot me now” is a standard way of reacting to something that embarrasses you or that you don’t like.

These were some of the best ones yet.
The last two panels of the Cap/Nixon one absolutely made it the best of the day though.

I don’t think the jfk one references the murder. Saying “Somebody shoot me now” is a standard way of reacting to something that embarrasses you or that you don’t like.

But it’s said by someone who WAS shot later on. I mean, if Daniel comes in and says “oh my god, I never intended that!”, fine, but I think it was definitely intentional. A bit tasteless, but it IS funny. Like I said, it took me a bit to get the full import, but it’s amusing.

Tasteless would be having Abe Lincoln going to see the SpiderMan musical. Hasn’t that guy suffered enough at the theater? :)

ha! clearing things up: yes, i made a JFK assassination joke. Yes it was in poor taste, but admittedly, i have very poor taste. As seen from some of my previous entries, i’m not exactly the most PC guy ever at least not when i’m joking around. that being said, I pretty much loved EVERY entry this week. really fantastic, guys!

Sean kicked major ass with his entry, bringing so much more expression and innovation to his entry than was asked of him. I really do enjoy it when any of us goes the extra mile.

Immediately followed by what was possibly the deepest, most impressive and fully realized i’ve seen on “the Line” seriously, Nick. In one page you were able to show an insecure, corrupt man that, faced with the physical representation of america, couldn’t bring himself to follow through on his dirty tactics. Amazing.

After all that reflecting upon society, Caanan brings it back to the zany antics The Line is known and loved for. seriously just plain fun this time, and i think those 2 are the most awesome team-up out of the suggestions.

Mic brings the sexy this week, and that can be a dangerous thing, when in conjunction with Bill Clinton. Mic, being of higher moral fiber than myself, managed to avoid the easy joke and decided to just make a rockin’ piece of art.

Finally chaz, keeping it wacky and colorful. More than the funny polite Van Buren Dialog, your drawing just makes me wonder HOW they got close enough to tangle their sideburns together. that might have to be left as just another one of Wolverine’s mysterious past stories.

I’m just gonna sit here and gut laugh for a while. Pay me no mind.

Yeah, that is Herc as Grant and Lee as Sentry in the background. The Herc and Grant go drinking was a close second choice for me, so I felt the need to include it in someway. Thanks for all the positive feeback, (I like to think the “A,” may stand for both America and Abe)!

Daniel: So wrong…. and hillarious. The joke has been getting a lot of attention but the overall picture is quite the stunner. I for one think you should continue to push the envelope of good taste, but that may just be me.

Nick: Goddamn it Nick, you keep setting the standard so high! This was a wonderfully written and executed vignette. Completely believable, while reinforcing the need for mythic characters like Captain America. Damn it. If you’re not working on writing something right now, you are doing everyone a disservice.

Caanan: Teddy looks gleefully deranged, which as I understand it, was the halmark of his presidency. Good Hellboy too; nice fusion of yours and Mignola’s style, definitely works.

Mic: Wonderfully luminous. The whole piece just kind of glows. Clinton in the shades always makes me laugh, but if we could see his eyeline, I wonder where it would be? (Hint: not her face.)

Chaz: I love Vanburen’s expression, as he looks tremendously worried. But this is the price you pay for dancing the tango with stocky canadian types. Again, if you blew these up and put em on canvas you could start a pop art explosion.

Brian: Good call on nextweek’s subject. That kind of talent deserves every tribute we can manage.

How on earth did we miss doing an FDR/Prof X mash-up?

I was hoping for JFK and Aquaman to be sharing a bowl of clam chowder.

Abe Cap is the best thing ever though I think Davis should have the Iron Man circle thing on his chest. Good ideas and good drawings this week.

Oh, and mole-chafing. I wonder if Abe suffers from mole-chafing in that costume.

The Nixon drawing is the most moving out of all The Line It Is Drawn sketches that I’ve seen.

I was hoping for Madrox the Multiple Man and two non-consecutive Grover Clevelands.

Nixon blew me away. Also, I second Doug – FDR + Prof. X!

Bad taste? Seriously?

It was pushing 50 years ago. Surely we’re allowed to take some humour from it at some point!

I loved the assassination joke.

Too soon?

This just made my day. Where do you get the prompts for your work?

Follow CSBG on Twitter (here is our twitter page) and tweet your suggestions to us.

I think the assassination joke didn’t go far enough. It should have had Lee Harvey Oswald standing nearby overhearing JFK’s request!

these will definitely be added to my classroom on Monday! I wish there was more! My classroom at school is all comic themed.

There will be a bonus one up in the next few days.

I have to agree with the ones loving the Nixon piece, that was a fantastic bit of storytelling. I loved them all, the Hellboy one caught the feel of Hellboy perfectly, Captain Abe is awesome. I’m glad to see I wasn’t the first one to go looking for a stain on Dazzler’s body someplace(although the microphone is close enough)

If only all of our politicians could be shamed by Cap. It would be a full time job, though, and no time left over for kicking Nazis in the face.

“Mic brings the sexy this week, and that can be a dangerous thing, when in conjunction with Bill Clinton. Mic, being of higher moral fiber than myself…”

Not by much, I assure you. :D

“managed to avoid the easy joke”

My thumbnails say otherwise. XD Alas, I opted to honor the man by celebrating a part of him that made him cool versus what made him controversial.

Thanks all for the kinds words on the “Musical Relations” piece with Bill Clinton and Dazzler! Glad y’all digs! Thanks to jhota42 for the suggestion!

I’m relieved I’m not the only gutter-minded individual ’round these parts. It took lots of “creative restraint,” but I’m glad I went about it this way. lol @ JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS! Damnit! I wish it came to me! Coulda done a “No one else is the same…!” pose.

On Bill. ;]

DANIEL :: You are hilarious, dude. I was simultaneously crackin’ up, SMH, and hugging my gut in fear of it busting wide open. If that’s so wrong, I don’t ever want you to be right! I love the grayscale palette.

SEAN :: Man… your work has so much energy. Your figures can be lying down or cold and dead and they would still be filled with life with their awesome expressions and gestures. Dope amalgam designs!

NICK :: Wonderful. Just wonderful. The Line is no stranger to the funny… so it’s outstanding that you brought in a new dimension to this feature with the gravity of dramatic inner-conflict and turmoil. Not only did you introduce us to such depth, but I also love how you masterfully framed Cap’s elements in the panels without having to show us the full-view. So iconic and powerful, you just KNOW it’s him.

CAANAN :: Is there anything that you can’t turn into something amazing? If you say yes, I’ll be forced to call shenanigans.

CHAZ :: You promised us mutton chops, and mutton chops, you delivered! They’re like mutton chops on steroids and raccoon hormones. That one’s a chuckler, my friend. (I’m totally avoiding asking where Wolvie’s right hand is.)


I thought this was kind of a lame idea for a comic mash-up, and it turns out that this is my favorite week of drawings so far. Shows what I know! Really great job by everyone, so much so that I’m having trouble picking a favorite.

I am always amazed at how good my co-contributors are.
Often they choose a subject which makes me think “How can they possibly make anything good from that?” and yet, when I see the end result, it is just beautiful.
Great stuff guys – every one a winner.

mic?, that pic is awesome… it’s pretty damned close to what i pictured, anyway. i figure that whatever his womanizing ways might be, Bill is a consummate performer – he wouldn’t let his groin screw up a public event (intentionally).

that, and Alison is far better looking than his known conquests (and therefore his demonstrable preference).

I’m glad you enjoy it, jhota!

And, yes, Dazzler thankfully doesn’t meet Bill’s cankle prerequisite for this team-up to go anywhere past the professional stage.


Cool work. When’s the bonus coming?

The scene between Captain America and the mortified Nixon actually made me feel sorry for Nixon.

Hell, it even made me miss Nixon. If that scene had been between Captain American and G. W., he’d have lied without a moment’s hesitation to Captain America and then sent him to prison if the Captain questioned him.

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