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The Line It Is Drawn #65 – Comic Book Characters and Musicians

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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 SEVEN 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 7:00 AM Pacific, Friday, November 11th).

Next week’s theme is…

Along the same lines of our recent Simpsons week, team-up or mash-up any comic book character with a character from the animated series Futurama!

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

Team-up or mash-up a comic book character with a notable singer and/or musician!


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. Look for bonus pieces from Nick AND Sean later today!

gijoerice suggested:

Dr. Strange/Janelle Monae

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

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LuciferanHeart suggested:

Dr. Strange & Ronnie James Dio

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

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MFJ72 suggested:

“Ziggy” Stardust!

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

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thefarlander (otherwise known as our own Sean McFarland) suggested:

David Bowie(ziggy stardust)/Martian ManHunter

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

therealAstrozac suggested:

Buddy Holly as the Spectre

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

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Beyonce as Storm

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

Check it out, if you click on the Storm image above, it will take you to an ANIMATED version of the drawing! Awesome!

Awesome work, everybody! Thanks for the neat suggestions! A ton of suggestions this week!

Now everyone go make suggestions for next week!


That Dio one is outstanding. Made my morning.

Animated Storm is a hoot! Dr. Strange/Dio is awesome!

These are all great. Wow. Yay, glad Janelle got in there!

Thought the Storm one was weak till I clicked through to the animated version. Nice.

Ok, I’m at a HUGE disadvantage this week because I just don’t know that many musicians (in the Anglo market anyway- Latin America, now that’s more my area.) Who is Janelle Monae, for example, and why is she worthy of teaming up with Dr. Strange? Also (despite being well drawn) I found that piece dull. Doc is just dancing!

OTOH, while I have also never heard of Ronnie James Dio, THIS piece does make use of the wonderful weirdness that is part of Strange’s world. And Dio’s album covers, presumably.

I HAVE heard of Stardust, however, and while the Ziggy pun is a bit too easy, this one wins as weirdest one this week.

Manhunter as Bowie is a bit better joke. Didn’t he star in The Man Who Fell To Earth?

Buddy Holly as The Spectre? It couldn’t have been the non-serial-killer-of criminals version? I hate this take as you might guess. But otherwise very well drawn.

And Storm as Beyonce… well, I find both very hot, but Storm has had so many sexy costumes, what’s one more? I really prefer pieces where the characters are doing something more than just posing too.

…Overall, a somewhat dull week for me, thought mostly no fault of our regular contributors. Do try to have more action in the pieces though.

For next week (no I’m not going to Tweet this, I’m done with that as I explained before, if anyone likes this then post it OK?) Magnus Robot Fighter vs the evil robots in Futurama eg. Robot Devil, Robot Santa etc.


Edit: Oops I didn’t notice that the Storm one was animated, sorry. (Then again it isn’t prominently indicated.) Nice touch Mic! :)

Animated Storm is great. Monae / Strange should have been something like OMAC / Janelle to play off the craziness of the Metropolis art.

That’d be J’onn’s lesser-known brother, Deh’Vid J’onnz.

Janelle is an afro-punk headliner, really kind of beyond genre description. Check out “Tightrope” on youtube or what have you and enjoy.

I enjoyed all of the drawings this week and think you all did great.
The Spectre/Elvis Costello one is the standout for me! Beautiful, Nick Perkins!

The Dio and the Ziggies made me happy. Kudos!

@sterg – D’oh! Worst compliment EVER! It’s meant to be Buddy Holly! Oh well… got my name wrong too… lol
Back to the drawing board I guess…

No Bowie + DC Starman? :(

Ha! I love the adapted lyrics for Buddy Holly/Spectre.

Very, very cool edition. But why just 6? I want to see like a hundred of these.

A lot of great pics this week. I love the Dr. Strange/Dio pic the most though.

Martian Manhunter as Ziggy Stardust is a close second. Always loved MM and this pic is all sorts of awesome.

Agreed with Michael P that the Buddy Holly lyrics are funny and a nice touch.

I wasn’t super impressed with the Storm pic until I realized it was animated, at which point it became awesome.

I must be old. I never heard of Janelle Monae.

Ed (A Different One)

November 10, 2011 at 7:41 am

The Doc Strange/Dio mashup is to die for.

“Ride the tiger
You can see his stripes but you know he’s clean
Oh don’t you see what I mean”

Yes RJD, we do, at last, see what you mean . . . .

And the Beyonce/Storm mashup reminds me, once again, that there were just so many better choices for casting Storm in the X-Men movies than Halle Barry. Halle’s a great actress and all, but you could just not find an atractive woman of african descent who looked less like Storm . . . .

Dio has rocked for a long, long time.

Wasn’t thinking, guess I should have added Jay-Z as the the Black Panther…

Nice animation, but Beyonce is not even worthy of licking Storm’s boots, let alone impersonate her.

I think IAM FeAR has predicted the next comics internet meme.

Oh my god, I know the Dio/Strange piece has aready gotten a lot of praise, but I’m going to heap more on it. I am a huge metalhead/Dio fan, so I really appreciated the subtle references: riding the tiger, swinging a sword like the “Holy Diver” video, the sword trailing a “Rainbow”, etc. Awesome job by everyone this week, but that one touched my black headbanger heart.

“A ton of suggestions this week!”

I kind of assumed Etrigan the Dylan was a shoo-in no matter how many good suggestions there were, but it looks like I was wrong ;P

See, I felt that way about my Mad Hatter’s tea party with the Dread Dormouse-u last week, but one never knows.

I hope it’s a theme that will pop up again. I suggested Tom Petty as the Mad Hatter having one last dance with Mary Jane Watson-Parker. It was not quite as straightforward or funny a proposal as yours.

I’m guessing “riding something bareback” doesn’t have the same meaning as it does in the UK….

@Nick Perks – I am a dope on both counts. My apologies.
Still, yours is my fave and you are the clear winner here! :)

I agree with Sterg–Nick Parkinson’s Rivers Cuomo Spectre piece is great.

The Buddy Holly/Spectre one is great… mostly because of the lyrics.

Awesome Canaan…for those who don’t know Ms Monae, I’d also recommend looking up on youtube the performance that she, B.o.B. and Bruno Marz did where they traded lead singing and playing instruments during the performance. I want to say the Grammys was were it happened and to boot, they did it in a 1950’s Rock-a-billy B & W TV vibe…. Talented stuff….

Sean definitely got the late 70’s early 80’s angel dust album cover craziness of Dio down pat. Doctor Strange is a natural for these mashups huh?

Chaz and Daniel both got Ziggy Stardust on the head albeit in different ways…and ironically I am doing this as I am watching Bowie on The Venture Bros.

Buddy Holly as The Spectre… I think Nick just stumbled upon the next Crow franchise…or at its very worse The Wraith….. (Charlie Sheen..BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! lol)

Finally Mic? that was inspired and I wonder how long you had to ice your hand to almost perfectly “St-yonce”

Inspired Work Gentlemen…once again…..

You know, I would LOVE for that to be Storm’s new look in comics…with maybe a little less cleavage being shown, lest a bird or something get stuck and suffocate in there while Storm was flying off to save the world.

Not that most folks would have seen it, but the Martian Manhunter/Ziggy Stardust connection was made quite a few years back in the infamous (and soon to finally be printed in the US) Elseworlds 80-Page Giant, in a story that makes a lot rockstar/super-hero mash-ups.

The winner is Martian Manhunter/David Bowie.

I_Captain Blanco

November 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

I had been hoping for a nuSuperman/Bruce Springsteen mash-up, but I guess it’s probably redundant.

Ronnie James Dio and Dr Strange together are awesome!!!

Chaz- is the Dylan cover world gone wrong available in some kind of print media?

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