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The Line It Is Drawn #49 – What If…?

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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 Pacific, Thursday, July 13th).

Next week’s theme is…

Make up your own five character super team, using the following guidelines:
1 DC Comics character
1 Marvel Comics character
1 character from any other comic book company
2 wild card characters – characters from any work of fiction (movies, TV, video games, novels, more comic book characters, whatever you’d like!)

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

Come up with a “What If…?” scenario and our artists will draw the end result of that What If…?


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 today, so Sean will fill in!

ciscocosta suggested:

What if Tony Stark had never had any money?

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

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DavidGallaher suggested:

what if the JLA was the JLUSSR?

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

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DavidGallaher suggested:

What if jack kirby created Batman?

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

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Nick also has a black and white version of the above piece. You can check that out here.

Phantomlunchboxr suggested:

What if… Julie Power and Karolina Dean were a couple instead of Xavin and Karolina being a couple.)

Michael “Mic?” Magtanong is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

thefarlander suggested:

What if the X-men looked more like the Morlocks?

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

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therealAstrozac suggested:

What if Superman was sent to New Genesis instead of Earth?

Daniel Irizarri 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!

Now go make suggestions for our big FIFTIETH edition next week! It should be quite interesting!


No disrespect to your other works, of course, Mic, but this is my favourite of yours so far. Probably my love of the Runaways has something to do with it.

Also, Chaz, your White Queen, once she popped out at me, made me laugh! Hee hee!

Sean, your piece kinda reminds me of Dean from the Iron Giant – I guess it’s the scrap yard that does it – and I imagine all his battles would be considered performance art.

Nick, truly a unique take on the Bat and the Cat. Especially the Cat… I can see an issue in the future titled Catwoman Vs PETA.

Dan – Kirbylicious. Spot on.

Nice job, guys! Now let’s get our biggest suggestion pool ever for week number FIFTY. :D

Ohmigod, I *love* these. Nice touch with the Detective Comics, Canaan, and well done with the heroic Soviet style. That Kirby Bat-Man is pretty hilarious, Nick, and Mic?’s piece is just lovely. I got a good cluckle out of Daniel’s Kal-El as well. Great job all around.

I’m also dazzled by next week’s theme. The possibilities are endless!

Somehow……I knew that somebody would bring up that particular moment within the Runaways Series.

Nevertheless, an excellent piece of artwork by “MIC?”

david gallaher

July 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Brilliant work — everyone involved added something nifty or unusual.

LOVED that Julie Power/Karolina Dean piece. Well done, “Mic?”! Sean’s was cool as well.

Looks like I’ll be joining Twitter, because I’ve got some ideas for next week’s topic…

Holy crap, Chaz has officially out weirded himself. that piece is AWESOME. I really dig the grotesque you managed to pull off in it. Sean, your make-shift iron man is really bad-ass too. what sells it for me is the beers. He’s not a billionaire but still an alcoholic. i kinda love it, man.

Caanan, I love propaganda work and now you have me itching to do some high-contrast work myself. seriously great, man. I love how most of them are almost unrecognizable except for one or 2 things that set them apart. it really brings in the idea of communist monotony of the old USSR.

Nick, you went in a completely different direction with yours which is awesome. you really went for the old 30s and 40s Kirby from around the time he created Cap with Joe Simon. I love your takes on joker and catwoman.

Mic. I’m going to be honest here. That drawing is beautiful. strictly talking about colors here, GREAT work. of course the idea would be great on its own, but you make it that much better.

The Cyrillic letters on the JLUSSR piece are a nice touch.

Awesome work all!

I especially like the X-Morlocks :)

Oh man, I love Caanan’s costume designs here – I wish they weren’t in the shadows!!!

lol I love how broke Tony gets down w/ the Pabst Blue Ribbon. I’m sure he splurges on the Four Loko when he’s on a roll. The piece makes me feel warm and tranquil. Good stuff, SEAN!

Very cool, CAANAN! I’m a fan of propaganda poster aesthetic. You kept it rightfully minimal while giving just the right amount of information for us to know who’s who. Inspirational as always!

Nice encyclopedic visual, NICK PERKS. The Clown’s face remains fearsome under any guise.

I love how Emma Frost is deformed in all the right places, CHAZ. HOT! Until my eyes settled on the boils on her inner thigh. hahah YIKES!

(“thefarlander” sounds familiar!)

Oh, DANIEL. NaAaAaAailed it. As expected! Excellent marriage of Kirby and Daniel-mode style. Yours would be a terrific “What If…?” if handled by the Great Irizarri.

In regards to my piece…

Many thanks, Caanan! I love the BKV/Alphona RUNAWAYS w/ a passion as well. Very glad you digs this one, Daniel! Thanks for the love, buttler, Pax, and Steve! Thanks for the awesome post, Brian! And a BIG thank you to Phantomlunchboxr for the sweet, sweet suggestion!

As always, thanks to everyone for the comments! I’m hella anxious to read everyone’s ideas for our big 5-0 edition! Celebrate w/ us! Blow up CSBG’s twitter feed! I’m definitely throwing my hat(s) in the ring! :D


Sean: Tony Stark without money is… THE TIN MAN!! :D Extra points for the beer cans! My only complaint would be that the background looks a little empty, but then again, it would probably only have junk in it.

Canaan: Hmm, the Russian JL doesn’t work for me because I can’t tell who everyone is supposed to be (Superman and Batman are obvious, the rest, not so much.) Still, nice touch on doing it propaganda-poster style (you ARe a master at adapting styles, just like Nick.). And err, what is that it says?

Nick: I have a similar problem here as with Sean: the background looks TOO empty. Where is this taking in place? Still, great ideas and attention to detail, especially the text. I judge this to be the (overall) best made piece this week.

Mic: …However, Mic’s is my choice for BEST drawn one. Good lord! I love it!! And I’m not even a fan of Runaways or of slash!! It’s just gorgeous! Everything from the designs to the colors to poor Xavin’s reaction! Way to go! :)

Chaz: … and then we go the other way with Chaz’s piece. One thing of note is that, according to at least one story, not all Morlocks were naturally deformed- rather they were transformed by Masque as the prize to pay to be accepted in their ‘colony’ (God I hate that character.) Funniest piece this week, especially for the ‘No pretty soap stars here!” line! :D

And Daniel: Admit it, you used Kirby’s design for Desaad for your piece! That makes it funny because it makes it look like the Darkseid’s pathetic lackey has turned superhero! (Also, note that there WAS a story -by Kirby no less- where Superman traveled to New Genesis and felt right at home, but still decided to return to Earth, so this is very apropos.)

Next Week: Five Man Bands, eh? Somebody besides me has been reading too much TV Tropes! http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FiveManBand But still, neat idea, I’ll let you know what I come up with soon.

As usual, thanks to everyone for their ideas and art!

Boys, you never cease to amaze.

Chaz! Haha! You nailed it! Soo glad you took my suggestion, they are so creepy it’s amazing. Boils for all!

Mic you beautiful monster, I don’t know how you get your colors so shiny! Luminous is the word, great piece of work chief.

Dan, I love the take on the man of steel, less inhibited and free to pound some Apokolipian super chumps into grey jelly.

Nick, can the Kirby Batman join Batman Inc at this point? as he is way hard-core. Also, your Pagliacci styled Joker is deeply disturbing. I hate clowns…. Seriously.

Caanan, in another life you would probably be plastering every visible surface with the struggle of the proletariat. Harnessing that much communist bad-assery is almost un-American…. er, un-Canadian.

I am so looking forward to everyone’s suggestions for next week… Bring on your craziest most schizophrenic super teams internet…. I dare you.

I got a kick out of the “historical” back story on how Simon and Kirby created the Bat-Man instead of Cap. Nice work, Nick!


July 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Love the Nintendo Power Glove that scrapyard Iron Man is using. This week has the strongest entries yet!

I think I love the text on Nick’s Bat-Man more than anything else. It’s pure genius.

Caanan did a great job with the Communist style. I wish I could read Russian. The only thing I could decipher was ‘Detective Comics’ written on the right.

As for Mic Magtanong, I love the art itself, especially the colours, but I have absolutely no idea who Karolina Dean or Xavin are. Why is the Super-Skrull there?
And how old is Julie Power nowadays?

“Canaan: Hmm, the Russian JL doesn’t work for me because I can’t tell who everyone is supposed to be (Superman and Batman are obvious, the rest, not so much.) Still, nice touch on doing it propaganda-poster style (you ARe a master at adapting styles, just like Nick.). And err, what is that it says?”

The WW symbol on Wonder Woman’s belt, The “X-sash” of the flying guy on the right is the Martian Manhunter, the lightning bolt on the leaning Flash… I’m not sure on the other two, I would assume the other flying one is Green Lantern and I’m not too sure about the other one, maybe a fisherman Aquaman?

@Mary: Those are characters from Marvel’s hit “Runaways” series about, uh, runaway superteens. Xavin is a good guy superskrull who fell in love with Karina… who is an alien, and a lesbian. And Julie is in her late teens (in the main Marvel Universe, not on the recent Power Pack miniseries.) This event was inspired by their meeting in an issue of Runaways (Julie isn’t Lesbian *that I know* however.)

Thanks for the comments everyone! The other bit of Russian says Justice League. Of course, this is just English Russian – the letters needed to make the English sound of the words in Russian, not actual Russian. To my knowledge, at least.

I used blue for Supes, the sea and the sky. Martian Manhunter is coming down from the sky, and Aquaman is rising from the sea. You can see the A on his belt (kind of). The guy with the goggles is GL (you can see a little balled fist with a ring on it behind Flash’s head). My theory is that by wearing green-tinted goggles, much like everyone who entered the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, it makes his power stronger. If all he can see is green, it tricks his mind into thinking he can manipulate real things, so he does. It’s easier to lift a real building if it’s already green, for example. :)

I love propaganda work and now you have me itching to do some high-contrast work myself. seriously great, man. I love how most of them are almost unrecognizable except for one or 2 things that set them apart

I think my fav part of this entire thing was the Bit of Alt-history under the Batman one. I mean don’t get me wrong I liked the art it was great even grand in places but that Alt-history just sealed the deal for me. I love shit like that.

Daniel, your piece is amazing! I also like Caaan’s. Wow, great week!

Love them all.


Just some addition info……Julie’s 17 (and mentioned about still feeling ‘confused’ within the LONERS Miniseries)…….Oh and the moment between Julie & Karolina was within RUNAWAYS (VOL II) #3 (And was interrupted due to Molly’s/Bruiser’s action of throwing “Chamber” {later revealed to be a time-displaced Geoffrey Wilder} into Lightspeed).

Canaan love the prop piece…. I got nearly all of the team….Aquaman and Flash stumped me….

Sean, “Beer/Aluminum Man” had me rolling once I figured out what the suit was made of… I also like that the suit is similar to the Mayor’s from Ex-Machina…

Nick, the “backstory” you crafted was almost better than the Bat-Man pic itself. You could work for Amalgam Comics dude….

Chaz, nice one! I always agreed with Callisto’s early philosophy about the “pretty” X-Men in contrast to her “ugly” Morlocks. This is an interesting take…..

Daniel the the truth… you communicated with the ghost of Kirby through a seance before doing this pic right? Very authentic…

Mic? takes this round for me by combining two of my favorite teams, a “forbidden” love according to some, Xavin’s shocked look and the little gem of intertwining the energy trails to create an enduring picture. This is my new desktop background.. Thankyouverymuch! Now Marvel, when are the next Runaways and Power Pack series?


July 14, 2011 at 10:16 am

Love all of them this week!

Daniel, how do you get the old-school print tones in your art? Is there a Photoshop plugin or filter you use? I’d love to use it in some of my work!

Chaz’s contribution might also be entitled: “What if the X-Men were created/drawn by Paul Pope?”

I especially love the text piece which details an alternate history wherein Captain America was never created, and therefore the US didn’t enter the war in Europe, and Europe ended up being divided by the Nazis and the Soviets. (I wonder if there are any Jews left. Probably not.)

Thanks to all the people that have liked my piece!

@JeromeyShannon, to answer your question, yes there’s a filter in photoshop that give it that handy halftoned look. if you look for it, its: Filter> pixelate> color half-tone. i usually do so on a duplicate layer and then play with the transparency so that the tones aren’t too bothersome to the eye. in this case i left them pretty evident since i wanted that old comicbook charm.

hope that helps!

That Kal-El/Kirby costume is nowhere near ugly enough to be a New Gods design.

Thanks for the love, Sijo, Sean, & Mary!

Right on for providing the background, Sijo & Pax!

If any of you here like comics… ;] … I HIGHLY recommend getting on Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s run on THE RUNAWAYS if you haven’t yet. It’s one of my 2 top gateway recommendations.

Daryll, I’m honored. Thank YOU, sir.

Thanks to everyone for the comments on all our pieces!


Irizarri killed it this week.

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Ha, nice! If Iron Man doesn’t have money, he’s Mitchell Hundred.

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