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The Line It Is Drawn #59 – Comic Book Characters/Pulp Novel Characters

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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 9:00 AM Pacific, Friday, September 24th).

Next week’s theme is…

A re-visiting of a Line Classic – place a notable comic book character in a genre different from their normal genre (for example, stuff like Green Lantern Noir or Romance Wolverine)

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

Courtesy of our own Chaz Folgar, team-up comic book characters with characters from pulp novels.


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 this week or next (he’s traveling), so Sean will fill in.

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Tarzan and Black Panther

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

dc2omniverse suggested:

The pulp Blue Beetle (Dan Garret) (who had his own radio show) and the modern Blue Beetle.

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

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Vixen and The Phantom

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

BFIrrerapaddyrhein7225 suggested:

Nancy Drew and The Question

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

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starpilotsix suggested:

Superman and Doc Savage fight off Cthulhu while Batman and Randolph Carter try to find a way to banish him.

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

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Nick has a bonus piece you’ll see soon!

therealAstrozac suggested:

Buck Rogers running into the Skrulls

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

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Cool stuff, everyone! Thanks to our artists for their amazing work and thanks to the suggestion givers for their ideas! Now go make suggestions for next week!


Great pieces once again. The artists are consistently outdoing themselves every week

A Tarzan/Black Panther one-shot would be a ton of fun I bet.

This has nothing to do with any of this, but I didn’t know where else to ask.

I was just wondering if Brian was planning anything for Dick Tracy’s 80th anniversary this week. There’s going to be a big celebration with a parade in Pawnee, Oklahoma, Saturday, but unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to make it.

I was hoping for one with The Shadow. Those are great though. Really cool!

Nick’s bonus piece is, indeed, a Shadow piece.

Greg hatcher is gonna be all over this!

I’m surprised that there was no Batman/the Shadow team-up.

Another classic re-do next week? Not that I mind since I must have missed it the first time, but in case you’re running out of ideas, you could always do a backwards week:

People tweet their suggestions for week themes, each artist chooses one they like and draws an ‘example’ that they come up with themselves, and those selected themes are used in subsequent weeks, with the example being used to introduce it.

Act I missed this one, or I’d have suggested John Carter and J’onn J’onz.

Nick Perks’ piece wins the prize this time. The art style is aptly pulp, the gag is funny, and he gets bonus points for using the correct-for-its-era name “The Batman”.

Blue Beetle, Nancy Drew, the Phantom: not pulp characters.

Beg to differ Ed. The Blue Beetle (patrolman Dan Garret who wore a suit of chainmail and took a ancient Chinese mixture that made him strong) started off in radio back in 1940. The Phantom started out as comic strip. If you’re limiting your definition of “pulp” to the pulp fiction of the time, you’re correct but I tend to go with a more general view that encompasses the comics, serials (film and radio) and books of the time.

“Pulp” has a specific meaning that is separate from “Golden-age superheroes”. The two have overlap but aren’t the same thing. You can have characters that are pulp-ish (the Green Hornet and Kato, the Question, Dr. Nemesis) but they are by definition not pulp characters. By your definition, it includes Superman, Batman, Flash, Captain America, Wonder Woman the term becomes too generic and meaningless. If you said “comic strip heroes” you wouldn’t suddenly expect to see the Spider or Phantom Detective and “movie serial heroes” wouldn’t include Doc Savage or Sherlock Holmes who appeared in various other popular media of the time. It has a specific meaning. Don’t dilute it.

Blue Beetle debuted in comics first (and actually looking far more “pulpish” as a more direct Green Hornet riff dressed in a business suit and driving a super car for the first two issues). It was later that he’d appear on radio and in his short-lived comic strip.

Cool pics. I have a question about the due date: “All suggestions due by 9:00 AM Pacific, Friday, September 24th”

Today is Friday, September 30th.

So… when is the due date then?

Love all of these, especially Nick’s use of the Batman and Superman of the era.

Barring circumstances due to holidays, the deadline for suggestions has always been the Friday morning following posting of the new blog

Good to see the great Cthulhu make an appearance.

thanks Big Mike, guess I must check for this column before Fridays then. hehe :p

I already put my suggestions on twitte, hope to be still on time. Thanks.

The column usually updates Wednesday or Thursday evening.

“If you said “comic strip heroes” you wouldn’t suddenly expect to see the Spider or Phantom Detective and “movie serial heroes” wouldn’t include Doc Savage or Sherlock Holmes who appeared in various other popular media of the time. It has a specific meaning. Don’t dilute it”.

In the same vein, Mr. Cronin did a Comic Book Legends Revealed column about the Green Hornet, which sadly did not actually feature any legends about the Green Hornet comic books.

Flash Gordon and the Black Hood (from MLJ) did actually appear in the pulps, but started in comic books and comics strips. The Lone Ranger had a pulp magazine, but started in radio.

Wow, I’m very late to the party this time. Sorry folks Life got on the way. :P

Anyway, my comments:

Tarzan and Black Panther: A natural crossover though not much more than swinging on trees is going on in the piece. Could have been more dynamic. (Btw anybody remember the Tarzan/Batman crossover? Now that was very cool!)

The two Blue Beetles: Nice to see Dan Garret remembered! And the art has a nice gritty look to it.

Vixen and The Phantom: Oooh, this was my favorite this time, and I’m not even a fan of either character. Mic’s art is at his best here! :)

Nancy Drew and the Question was the funniest.

Superman & Batman & Savage & Carter: Actually Cthulhu would be too powerful for even Superman to deal with (specially if it’s the Golden Age Superman, as it looks like) BUT it was tremendously well drawn. Nice touch with the half-human Deep Ones!

Buck Rogers and the Skrulls: Heh, this reminded me of how fugly the Skrulls were when they were first introduced in Fantastic Four #3. They have been drawing them as just green-skinned humans (with pointed ears and rugged chins) for decades now but Kirby’s original version were distinctly inhuman.

Overall a good show as usual, congratulations to everyone. Can’t wait for The Shadow one!

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