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The Line it is Drawn #80 – The Wide World of Sports, Comic Book Style

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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 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 choices picked 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 6:00 AM Pacific, Friday, March 9th).

The topic is…

In honor of Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist for Star Wars who passed away a few days ago, this will be a Star Wars week. Team-up or mash-up Star Wars characters with comic book characters!

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

Comic book characters playing sports! Batman shooting hoops, Captain America throwing a touchdown pass, etc.

Enjoy!

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!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

X-Babies T-Ball

Marco D’Alfonso drew this one. Here is his website.

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Galactus playing Mini-golf

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Matter Eater Lad vs. The Blob in a hot dog eating contest.

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.

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ithinkyoureok suggested:

Scarlet Witch, Zatanna, and other super-magicians playing Quidditch.

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website.

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ithinkyoureok suggested:

The Legion plays volleyball with Bouncing Boy as the ball.

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.

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KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

The Watcher as a play-by-play announcer

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.

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KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Atom & Antman racing ants like horses

Daniel Cox drew this one. Here is his website.

therealAstrozac suggested:

Superman playing for the Kansas City Royals and they still can’t win

Steve Howard is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Dr. Doom skiing

Brendan Tobin is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Emma Frost Head Cheerleader

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Superman in Casey at the Bat

Nick Perks is the artist for this animated one. Here is his website. This is the first of two pieces from Nick this week!

Tim_Meakins suggested:

The Thing and The Hulk figure-skating

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

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Tim_Meakins suggested:

Plastic Man playing basketball

Yukinori Xum drew this one.

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VictorLizcano77 suggested:

Hulk as a Luchador

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

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Great work, people! Okay, folks, go tweet us your suggestions!

50 Comments

Chris McFeely

March 8, 2012 at 4:42 am

Lots of comedy this week, but the sheer randomness of Doctor Doom skiing and the laugh the picture got out of me makes it my winner for this week. :) Marco’s X-Babies one is fantastic, too, really in the spirit of the sort of thing Caanan brought to the table each week!

X-Babies, Galactus, Superman/Casey and Emma for the win!

But truly great pieces by all!

I especially love the little detail in Bill Walko’s piece with Duo Damsel’s reaction.

But really, every one of these has been superb.

Hulk and Ben Grimm skating killed me – awesome stuff

Doom pizzaed when he should have french fried. He’s gonna have a bad time.

Hey, the Royals are gonna have a good team this year.

Re; Ant-Man – show, don’t tell.

“Curse You, Richards..!!” LOL

Also, like the Hulk/Luchador, the “Super-Magis” Quidditch Match and the X-Babies T-Ball.

I enjoyed Thea’s drawing and can really sympathize with John Trumboll’s Thing regarding announcers that love to talk about everything but what’s happening on the field.

Fyodor Kuzmich

March 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

I could’ve sworn Ben was a Mets fan…

I could’ve sworn Ben was a Mets fan…

I’d no idea if his team allegiance had ever been established anywhere, so I just made him a Yankees fan for funsies. :)

Nice. These were much more enjoyable than I thought. Loved Ant-man/Atom (Squashua, I think the artist was going for a 50′s feel with the dialogue). And the Watcher would have fit right into a What If? 34 issue.

Yep, Ben AKA The Thing is a Mets Fan…..for I found the recent Issue of him where he’s wearing the Mets shirt from X-FACTOR #200.

Dr. Doom takes the cake. That would make an excellent poster.

Yes, the Ant-Man dialogue is very old school.

I gotta say: the new artists for this feature have really transformed things for the better. This went from kind of a “meh” part of CBR to one of the most enjoyable parts of the site every week. These new guys are great.

Missed a golden opportunity to suggest Rorschach giving play-by-play!

Best Legion costumes ever. Cockrum was a genius, and Walko captured them beautifully.

John Trumbull’s Watcher is a clever piece.

Yep, Ben AKA The Thing is a Mets Fan…..for I found the recent Issue of him where he’s wearing the Mets shirt from X-FACTOR #200.

I stand corrected. Oh, well. I’m sure that sort of thing changes back & forth a lot depending on the preferences of whichever artist is drawing him at the moment.

Uatu and Plastic Man were funny, Dr Doom is indeed poster material but the biggest laugh was still for the cheerleader pic. Also loving Ororo’s hairstyle on that :)

Great pieces as usual, but just realized… no Chaz or Mic? this go ’round. I love those guys ^_^

These are all awesome as usual. I’m so glad all the tryouts got to stay.

Someone on Twitter please suggest Chewbacca, Man-thing, Swamp Thing and Yoda for next week.

I am surprised nobody mentioned the subtle but funny joke with Matter Eating Lad and the microphone- pure gold there!

ithinkyoureok

March 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thanks to Bill Walko and Phillip Sevy doing such terrific jobs with my suggestions! You guys are awesome!

And the best joke is Element Lad being the only male Legionnaire to lack any interest in the women’s volleyball game.

Hahaha! Awesome job by everyone this week.

Scot and ecovore: spot on — a “No-Prize” for each of you!

Great stuff by everyone — what a great week?!

The x-babies made me all gooey and nostalgic.

LuciferanHeart

March 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I also suggested the Quidditch one…just saying, of course it’s a pretty obvious suggestion

Thanks for the compliments, guys! This was a lot of fun – I only wish I had more time every week! Man, these are just too much fun.

Loved the X-babies’ matching bumps on their heads!

Forgot to mention the great Dr Doom picture – it looks so Kirbyish

Spectacular art this week! I giggled the whole way through. Kinda hard when I’m trying not to wake the gf…

OK I’m amused by Matter-Eater Lad casually nibbling on his microphone in Walko’s piece.

aboynamedposh

March 9, 2012 at 4:45 am

Oh wow. These are all great but the Doom and Uatu ones are just absolutely amazing.

AverageJoeEveryman

March 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Yeah I was going to post about Thing being a Mets fan as well. Like with Peter and Uncle Ben they probably did it so that the characters wouldn’t be thought of as snobby elitest jerks ;)

Another great detail from the Legion piece — all the other women players are focused on the “ball” except Light Lass — Ayla has eyes only for the caroming Shrinking Violet. Also love the Tex Avery-style Timber Wolf.

My favorite, though, again is Thea’s. (Seriously, she has brought the A game every week!) TLiiD has more fun with Galactus than Marvel has in ages — Galactot, Law & Order with Darkseid, dieting with Pluto and a salad — but this may be the best yet. Even an omnipotent destroyer of worlds deserves a little down time, right?

And check out what Element Lad is reading…

Xum

Lots of AWESOME entries this week!!!

Thanks for the kinds words on my Legion piece for those who commented — and for catching all the little in-jokes and refs… you guys are GOOD! :) With 25 characters and multiple costumes and composition-figuring, this was my most exhausting TLID to date, I think — so I’m glad Legion fans noticed the details!

Excellent yet again guys. Special props to Bill’s Legion pic.

And…and…I hate to be like this, but boy it’s bothering me…in John Trumbull’s, in the Thing panel, it’s misspelled as “UTAU” instead of “UATU”. It’s such a nifty joke otherwise that it just bothers me that it’s misspelled.

Why must I have typo-vision?! (I sure hope I didn’t ironically misspell something myself.)

And hey, Phantom Girl’s cheating…

And…and…I hate to be like this, but boy it’s bothering me…in John Trumbull’s, in the Thing panel, it’s misspelled as “UTAU” instead of “UATU”. It’s such a nifty joke otherwise that it just bothers me that it’s misspelled.

Aww, MAN, did I really get that wrong? Rats! Ah, well… At least it’s a relatively quick fix for my DeviantART page…

Thanks for pointing that out, Travis. Typos bug me too (But no, I’m not changing the Yankees jersey over to a Mets one! That’s WAY too much work just to conform to one back issue I don’t even own).

Actually, wait! I DIDN’T get it wrong — that last panel just contains a look into YET ANOTHER alternate reality. Yep! In this one Ben Grimm is a Yankees fan and the Watcher spells his name “UTAU”, but it is otherwise COMPLETELY INDISTINGUISHABLE from the regular Marvel Universe we all know & love.

…That’s got to be worth a No-Prize, right? :)

Ah, you found an out, John! I’ll give it to you. Nice way to cover it up.

Eeh too busy this week to post my careful anaylisis of everything, sorry folk. I’ll just take the chance to say that I liked them all, that:

- I feel Phillip Sevy ‘s was the best drawn (even if the comics sorcerers would sweep the Hogwartz crew like a tidal wave (in sheer power I mean),

-Thanks Bill Walko for bringing back the Legion of Super Heroes I grew up with in such funny, sexy art (definitely my favorite of the week) ;)

-The Watcher’s was probably the most clever (and extra points for including The Recorder! :D)

-and Drat! Perkins’ animations are back! (I don’t hate them, they ARE funny and very well drawn, but I often miss the whole thing for skimming by too fast. Grr.

See you all next week!

Thanks Sijo! That’s really flattering. And yeah, Hogwarts would have been a pile of rubble in all reality…

X-Babies may be tough for anyone else after all those great drawings from Caanan…

Anyone else getting a SHS vibe off of it to boot?

Wonderful stuff. I didn’t dislike a single one.

Oh, and Sijo: You’re wrong. Harry and his friends would gain some key piece of information during their classes that year that would miraculously enable them to take out the comic book magicians. It’s kind of the law in Harry Potter world.

Wow! TWO of my suggestions were used? Thank you guys, I’m honoured!

Marvelous (and DCous) work on this one. Lots of great little references, like the Watcher talking about “Kurtzburg” being at bat (that being Jack Kirby’s original last name). And two instances of Superman striking out, which you wouldn’t think possible unless you read that old 1970′s story where the superheroes play the supervillains in a game of baseball. After the story, they print the entire play-by-play of the game and at one point the PBP has an inning ending with “Superman strikes out.” I forget the exact year, but Dick Dillin did the artwork so it was during the time he was the lead artist on JLA (this particular story wasn’t in an issue of JLA, though, I think it was a one-shot).

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