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The Line It Is Drawn #55 – Comic Book 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. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

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 8:00 AM Pacific, Friday, September 2nd).

Next week’s theme is…

Supervillain Team-Up! Pick any two supervillains who have never teamed up before and have them face off against any comic book good guy you like! Lex Luthor and the Red Skull against Darkwing Duck? Go for it!

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

Pick a comic book character and place him/her/them into an homage of a famous comic book cover! Deadpool re-creating Wolverine #1 with a Swiss Army Knife, stuff like that.


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 Caanan or George this week, so Sean will fill-in!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

The Watchmen vs the Squid monster on The Brave & The Bold 28

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

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Nick did an alternate version of this cover here. Check it out!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Superboy & Beppo the Supermonkey on Y the Last Man #1

Sean McFarland is the artist on this one. Here is Sean’s website.

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gammaduck suggested:

Legion of Doom (from Superfriends) in Kevin Maguire JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 cover!

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

KevinBrettauer suggested:

Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD #4 with Fantomex.

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

starpilotsix suggested:

Martian Manhunter faces his Chocos addiction in “Demon in a Snack Pack” homage to Iron Man #128

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

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Really amazing stuff this week, people! It is amazing to look back at our first cover homage theme and compare your work from then until now. It is great to see all the improvement (over what were great drawings to begin with!). Thanks to the suggestion-givers! Now go make suggestions for next week’s topic!


The artists did a great job, but that’s always a given. What’s really impressive is the suggestions. The topic suggesters should give themselves a hand.

“Double stuffed demon in a snack pack” will go down in history as the best thing to come out of The Line EVER.

Nick Perks wins the universe. Twice.


I liked the Watchman Cover.

Surprised? No.

Bravo to starpilotsix for the great idea and for Chaz bringing that cover to life.

The Fantomex cover is incredibly well done…. But Fantomex is still a boring character who sounds like a feminine hygiene product. Give me a Nick Fury (the old white guy) spy series any day.

Love that my Watchmen idea was used, and kudos to Sean for the great Y homage
Love Chaz’s work without a doubt and Mic’s just got that wicked clean style that rocks

I dare anyone here to try saying “double-stuffed demon in a snack pack” six times fast.

a The Line is Drawn without Canaan Grail is like a day without sunshine.

What I love about Chaz’s is the upper logo. I got a problem. Hee hee! Personally I’d love to read all about his problem if he was drawn in that ultra simplified, stylized way. :D

Dan’s is just perfect in every way. Style. Execution. Everything.

Mic? has some FANTASTIC facial expressions going on.

Sean’s Superboy is a really distinctive looking dude. I like the big chin, kinda little head look! That’s a compliment, Sean, I swear!

And Nick’s, despite being the usually lovingly rendered goodness, has some funny little details. Disproved by the CCA. Rational Comics. I quite enjoy the little things… ;)

Dayumn, NICK. OUTRAGEOUS! That Squid Monster is looking stacked and SEXAH! lol Are you bald?

SEAN, it is imperative that you work in a monkey in all your pieces from this point forward. Your monkeys astound! Your Superboy kicks ass, as well, but that’s a given! Thanks for drawing modern Kon-El!

DANIEL, man. I’ve been really diggin’ your crispy line art style. And the color rendering’s extra smooth! Love the Psylocke cameo and the Comics Code bit! You nailed your texture work, my friend. Better and better each time.

hahah CHAZ is a comedic monster. I’m personally feeling the 5 o’clock shadow J’onn is sporting. It’s a good addict look.

Thanks for the fun suggestion, GAMMADUCK! it gave me a great reason to reminisce and play my CHALLENGE OF THE SUPERFRIENDS box set in the background while I worked. Filed it under “Research.”

Glad you dig this one, BIG MIKE & CAANAN! Thank you, gents.


Oh my God, these are amazing.

The quality of these sketches is incredible every single week.

Awesome. Flat out great work, everybody.


I got all excited because I thought it was one of the freaking Brothers Grimm on that Fantomex cover, but then I realized it was Hellfire Club Goon #257. Still awesome, though.

Dangit Nick, the inkblot on Rorshach’s face is a ?uestion mark. Clever duck. :p

@Jay Tea – Thanks! I much prefer my ‘white’ version – it looks sort of surreal.
@Big Mike – You ARE paying attention. Appreciated!

Only bad part was, no scans of the original covers to compare. I guess the Y: the Last Man was the only one I wasn’t familiar with though…

Man I must be slipping I only know two of the originals being homaged here

Also, after staring at the image and the original, it occurs to me that it looks like Ozymandias is saying ‘Stop fighting this thing already!’ to Nite-Owl

@Big Mike – Right again. In fact, I thought of adding a thought-balloon to Ozymandias (using Comic Sans) reading: “I must catch Nite-Owl moon-arang – or the Earth is doomed!” I think just raising Ozymandias’ hand was enough to make it look as though he is confronting Nite-Owl and riding the tentacle rather than fighting it.
I think you might be putting as much effort into appreciating the image as I did into creating it. I’m pleasantly surprised ;)

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