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The Line It Is Drawn #45 – Comic Book Characters/Muppet Mash-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 6 AM Pacific, Friday, June 10th).

Next week’s theme is…

Our artists liked all of your DC suggestions from two weeks ago so much that they wanted to do the same topic with Marvel! So come up with a tweak on a Marvel hero or team and our artists will draw a #1 cover for that character/group. Like emo Spider-Man, Iron Fist and Power Man as women, vampire Hawkeye, whatever your heart desires!

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

Mash-up muppets and comic book characters!


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!

Everyons showed up this week, so we’ll see Sean’s piece later on!

Aoide_Muse suggested:

Lobo vs Big Bird, the barbecue war!

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

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caanan suggested:

Bunsen and Beaker attempt to clone Superman with hilarious results

Nick also worked in a suggestion from SeanNathanLloyd to have “Statler and Waldorf as Prof. X and Magneto ”

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DocOrlando70 and BigMike20X6 suggested:

bert and ernie as apollo and midnighter

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

joehennes suggested:

Muppets as the Lantern Corps. Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Kermit, Grover,
Abby Cadabby, Telly as ROYGBIV. (Or whoever the artist wants to draw)

Michael “Mic” Magtanong is the artist for this one. Here is his website (and yes, Mic used the leeway given in the suggestion ;) ).

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LuciferanHeart suggested:

Kermit Thor Frog

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

Cool piece by Caanan, right?

Well, guess what, that is actually just ONE PAGE from a TWENTY-FOUR PAGE COMIC that Caanan did mashing up Thor and the Muppets as part of his participation in Australia’s 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge! Check out the full 24-page comic book here (hey, Marvel, you own the Muppets and Thor now, so maybe you could use this? Hint hint! ;) ).

therealAstrozac suggested:

Cookie Monster in a 1950’s Marvel or Monster comic

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

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Thanks to all of our suggestion givers and, of course, our awesome artists! Come back tonight to see Sean’s drawing!!

Now go make suggestions for next week!!


Needless to say, I love my suggestion being drawn, but the real win here was Guy Smiley as a Yellow Lantern.

Holy crap, that Canaan Muppet-Thor comic is good! It’s funny and even manages to put in some genuinly emotional moments (in a Muppet-Thor comic for crying out loud). Marvel, what are you waiting for?!

Sesame Street characters are officially not Muppets anymore, yet are featured here far more than the actual Muppets.

This makes me sad.

I adore Canaan’s Kermit piece. It’s perfect.

Oscar the willfully grumpy Grouch as GL is perfect, as is Grover as a Blue Lantern.

Nick – Yes, legally, “Muppets” are the ones owned by Disney, and the rest of the characters on Sesame Street, etc. are licensed. But they are all Muppets by design and Muppets in our hearts! :)

That Muppet Thor was awesome.

And Elmo as a red lantern, perfect.

Some of these hurt my heart. Lobo eating Big Bird?? And can we please stop with the Bert and Ernie Are Gay jokes please? (It’s not the gay part that annoys me, it’s that they’re BROTHERS! Eww!) THAT said, I find Daniel’s piece the best drawn this week. Congratulations!

The one I enjoyed the most was Canaan’s HOWEVER since it was mostly for the off-site material, I don’t think it’s fair to vote for it here. (But DAMN, that Muppets meets Movie Thor was PERFECT, and there’s even a Frank Oz tribute in there! THANK YOU! :D )

So I’ll vote for Nick’s piece as best, for adapting TWO suggestions and doing both hilariously well. Even if now I’ll have to go and find what Jimmy Olsen # 103 was all about. Curse you! ;) The Cookie Monster was a close second, though, what with neat little details like “brought to you by the letter M(arvel) !” Hah!

Now to think up suggestions for next week before the deadline…

Oh, Sijo… that’s Jim! But, thank you! Clearly, I love the Muppets. ;)

I have to agree brought to you by the letter M made me laugh. It’s the simple ideas that are often the best! Great muppety goodness, everyone!


Since when are Ernie and Bert brothers? They were always presented as having different siblings and parents in any skits I remember seeing. They always refer to one another as “friend” or “buddy” but never as “brother.”

The lantern corps is cool.

Caanan’s Muppet Thor is beyond all epicness.
The Sesame Street Lanterns were nice too, reminds me of a piece my friend did of various Muppets as the Lanterns

heh, actually Bert is Dominican and Ernie is Puerto Rican, so they’re not really related. Just “roommates for life” you know?

as for this week, its pretty flippin awesome. George massacred big bird, and Nick’s piece is going to give me nightmares! seriously i don’t want to imagine what they cooked up in that egg. Mic’s sesame street guardians are amazing for putting elmo, the most loving thing ever into the rage-red lanterns. its just hilarious.

Then Chaz does his own thing like a boss with the cookie monster piece. half-hilarious, half monstrous just like the campy monsters comics it draws from.

Now if you’ll excuse me i’m off to read Caanan’s comic. I’m one page in and i’m already depressed because of his talent.

Oscar as GL is so awesome I wouldn’t be surprised if someone snuck him into a massive GLCorps drawing before.

I just saw the Muppets’ Being Green / Green Lantern trailer – hysterical. I’m wondering if they’ll do a Pig with the Frog Tattoo parody?

They have stated over and over since tthey first created them that Burt and Ernie are the Mupper version of Frank Oz and Jim Henson and their friendship is based on that of their real life friendship.

Not brothers, not lovers- just best buddies.

I love all of these without exception or reservation. Funny and well executed seemed to be the order of the day, and I think every piece fill this measure easily. I have deep wells of affection for all things Henson and Muppet, so Caanans work hit me right between the eyes. Good lord. Who would think a Muppet Thor cross over parody, created in 24 hours no less, could get me all misty? There’s a reason this guy got nominated for an Eisner.

You gotta make your suggestions on Twitter, guys! Do it, do it, do it! :D

lol Wow… up until now, I never thought of how delicious Big Bird could be slow-roasted. Thanks, GEORGE. Xo

Kudos to NICK for the twofer-in-one! So awesomely bizarre… it looks like something out of a future Lady Gaga video in her attempt to one day be kid-friendly. I could already hear little children screaming. XD

Looks like Ernie’s been working out. It’s the quintessential Muppet/superhero mash-up and you nailed it, DANIEL! Even educated me on top of it. I didn’t know they were Latino! Or maybe I did and I forgot?

CHAZ brought it w/ the nice unexpected touches as always! Now I wanna see that Cookie Monster battle a series of kaiju over a giant It’s-It.

Eisner Award Nominee CAANAN CAANAN CAANAN… I’ll say it: after this comic you made, if editors aren’t blowing up your inbox, then Jason Aaron is wrong. There really MUST be a conspiracy to keep new and fresh talent out.

Thank you all for showing love for the Sesame Street Guardians (ty DIO!) ! Very glad y’all dig ‘em! I enjoyed putting that together way too much. I couldn’t stop chuckling when I got to Elmo. Shout-out to BRIAN and many thanks to joehennes for the awesome suggestion (and the leeway, which I took full advantage of!). :D

Can’t wait to read your awesome suggestions for next week!

Keep that smile goin’!


Robin in Alaska

June 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Loved Kermit Thor.

Suggestions for next week: Marvel’s Mutants/Superheroes as Cryptids. It could be really Pulp inspired in style. ie. Daredevil is The Jersey Devil, Spider-Man is a Mothman Prophecies like thing, Wolverine could be El Chupacabra.

Wolverine as the Cookie Monster. Somebody make it happen.

:D Thanks so much to caanan for including my suggestion :). They were all amazing again this week! xx

Woah woah woah….sorry about the mistake. Thanks to Nick for working in my suggestion, and sorry again about that :) xx

Brian from Canada

June 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Kermit as Thor was moving.
Muppet Lantern Corps was totally keeping with the Sesame Street feel of old — fantastic.
And the Cookie Monster… well, it’s CM. Who doesn’t love the googly-eyed glutton?

Thanks to all the artists on this one. It really brightened my day. :-)

Apollo Ernie and Midnighter Bert is sheer perfection.

Mike Loughlin

June 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Great stuff! If anyone has not followed the link to Caanan’s Kermit Thor, please go read it. Very touching, and funny to boot.

I hate you all for making me join Twitter. But I joined Twitter.


seriously i read Caanan’s story and i was just THIS close to bawling. : (

@ Canaan: Whoops! Of course I knew it was Jim Henson, but somehow I wrote Frank instead when I posted, probably because I was in a hurry this morning. The gratitude is still the same. :) I was in fact going to suggest Kermit as Throg but didn’t get the chance, I’m glad someone else did! (and you NAILED everybody. When I saw Naked Thor was in it I almost choked on my coffee! :D )

As for Bert and Ernie, MY childhood memories say that they are brothers (otherwise why would they sleep together?) I don’t recall any skits with their families in it but it’s been a looong time since I’ve seen the show (also note I’ve seen both the American and the Mexican versions of the show, which are not identical, so maybe it varies there.) Nevertheless, isn’t it annoying to project these kind of fantasies on them? I’m pretty sure if SS ever decides to have a gay muppet they will create a new one instead of ‘outing’ Bert and Ernie.

Forgot to comment on Mic’s piece! Once again, your sense of design is amazing, and yes Elmo as a Red Lantern is hilarious. You know, the Rainbow Lantern Corps concept is strangely fitting to SS- doesn’t it sound like something they’d use to teach kids about the colors of the rainbow or how they combine to form white light? I remember when I learned that fact as a kid, and it blew my mind (science was my favorite class. ;) )

@Personamanx: LOL I like that suggestion! For those who don’t know, those are all *actual* international versions of Spider-Man who have had their own comics, movies or TV shows. Add Danish Spider-Man in too!: http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/spidermannl.htm

Yeah, the Bert and Ernie gay jokes are old, but they’re still funny.

And the Muppet Thor comic was outstanding. Nice work.

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@sijo: why would bert and earnie being gay would necessarily be a projection of fantasies? Being gay is a natural part of life and many people build their social relationships around their loved ones, so its not only a wild sexual ride all the time. And I have just had enough of this “create a new character if you want gays” crap. Gay people are all around you and they don’t just pop out of nowhere! It might really happen that people whom you have known for years and years didn’t come out as gay, or you have simply been in denial.

First you spourt “it’s not their gayness, they are brothers” thing as if that was a fact, than you retort with the good old “leave them alone, if they want gays, they would create new characters” crap! Stop being so ignorent, for goodness’ sake!

I’m with Dreamer and I’m with Sijo in the sense that Dreamer has a very valid point about being gay and the fact that some people really ARE gay and come out much later in life as could happen with 2 ‘life-long roommates’ like Bert and Ernie. but the bottom line is that they are muppets that have never had sex at all, and any connotations we give them are just that.

On the OTHER hand, Apollo and Midnighter definitely ARE gay characters and even if Bert and Ernie hypothetically are NOT, by crossing the two pairs of characters, i chose to make them gay.

regardless this brings up some very interesting debates on character sexuality and right now i’m almost a little worried about whats gonna happen with Apollo and Midnighter in their new roles as members of storm-watch in what could possibly their worst outfits yet.

what characters would one not mind seeing come out as gay or lesbians?

well, that was a part of my point though.. of course they are muppets and also aimed at a younger audience but being gay, or having romantic affections to people other than the hetorosexist codes necessitates should not always be automatically equated to sex, although it is no doubt a part of it. I mean, ms. piggy is obviously very much into kermitt the frog, but no one seems to claim they had sex, etc. :)

Way to misread me, Dreamer. Not only I’m not against gay rights, I HAVE gay friends. I explained why I believed that B&E are brothers and if that’s true, then any relationship between them other than brotherly love is *wrong*, no matter their orientation. Not to mention that really, these are kids characters. It’s like having sexual fantasies over Lisa Simpson. Don’t we have more than enough grown up characters for that? Like the actual Apollo and Midnighter.

The topic of outing characters (as anything, not just gay) is a valid one. But it only makes sense if it’s based on already-known facts. Example: there were hints Northstar was gay long before they outed him. Wonder Woman, in my opinion, must be at leat Bi given where she grew up. But if you want gay Superman and Batman, then create new characters for that (and they did! ;) )

Caana’sn was awesome, Im not really a huge muppets fan or anything but that comic was amazing, especially considering the time constarints it was done in. I really need to catch up on his web series.

Travis Pelkie

June 18, 2011 at 2:06 am

Sweet group this week. I like the look of the Muppet Corps, and the Cookie Monster mag is cool.

Must read Canaan’s story, too.

What I like is that people had to travel back in time to give suggestions for next week. It says the suggestions had to be in by the 10th. Oopsie. Somebody talk to Kelly, she can time travel :)

sijo, you HAVE gay friends, eh? wow! how tolerant and benevolent of you to befriend such oddities.. *rolleyes* call me back when you realize how that is not a very good thing to say when discussing issues related with discrimination. and you just ignore the whole point about homosexual affection, relationship and being gay is not a ‘sexual fantasy’.. ahh, it’s just like speaking to a wall..

“it’s just like speaking to a wall..”

Funny, I was getting that same impression too. Don’t worry, I won’t discuss this with you anymore.

Another suggestion for New week.

Alpha Flight as a ragtag group of misfit 12 year olds who form a Hockey Team.

@sijo: Thanks, I’m surprised Marvel has not actually tried to work the International Spider-men into continuity. Sounds like a fun Mini eh?

Noel Schornhorst

July 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I know this is like a month late to the party, but I have to say– Sijo, Ernie and Bert are not brothers. Bert has a brother named Bart who looks like him. They also do not sleep in the same bed. Each has their own bed with their corresponding initial on the headboard. I remember it from the show and had the toys when I was little. Just wanted to clarify that.

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