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The Line it is Drawn #89 – The Great Powers Theft of 2012!

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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 this Friday).

The topic is…

In honor of the late, great Adam “MCA” Yauch, mash-up a comic book character(s) with famous Beastie Boys videos.

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

The Case of the Stolen Superpower! Name a comic book character and then give that character the powers of another comic book character. Batman with the Flash’s power, Wonder Woman with Black Canary’s power, etc. Idea courtesy of our own Yukinori Xum.

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!

B_2quared suggested:

Hellboy with Zauriel’s angelic powers.

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Spider Jerusalem with the powers of Superman

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

The Hulk gains the power of The Phantom Stranger

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Lobo gains the power of The Watcher.

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

‘Mazing Man gets the power of Thor.

Yukinori Xum drew this one. Here is his website.

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Ecovore suggested:

Streaky the Supercat with Aquaman’s fish-talking powers

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

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KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Super Goof with the power of Thor

Daniel Cox drew this one. Here is his website.

KLJ3 suggested:

Squirrel Girl with the Infinity Gauntlet.

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

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MarkPaniccia suggested:

Hulk with Matter Eater Lad’s power. “Mmmm. World tasty.”

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website.

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mercuryeric suggested:

Jean Grey / Resurrection Man.

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

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ozmendoza suggested:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with X-Men powers.

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

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ozmendoza suggested:

The Punisher with Dazzler’s powers.

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

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a href=”http://twitter.com/ozmendoza”>ozmendoza suggested:

Sabrina the Teenage Witch with the Scarlet Witch’s powers.

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.

starpilotsix suggested:

Rick Grimes (the Walking Dead) with Luke Cage’s powers.

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

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Hawkman with Wolverine’s Adamantium skeleton and claws

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.

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Great work by our artists! Thanks to them and thanks to our suggestion-givers!

Now go make suggestions for NEXT week!

51 Comments

Daniel Cox stole the show this week. That’s such a beautiful illustration.
Also, I believe ozmendoza suggested the TMNT/X-Men thing, but I suggested that one would have Wolverine’s claws, Cyclop’s eyebeams, and Psylocke’s powers. I did not come up with Colossus, though. Oh well.
Great job everyone!

Donatello is totally Beast. That is all.

Travis Pelkie

May 10, 2012 at 12:54 am

I’ll do like Sijo and comment on everyone!

I don’t know all the BPRD characters, so I can’t enjoy how well drawn Nick’s Hellboy piece is. (Oh, snap!) (j/k, it looks great)

Axel’s Transmet piece is sweet. When’s Hoax Hunters 1 out?

Trumbull’s Hulk Stranger and Lobo Watcher are pretty fraggin’ sweet.

‘Mazing Man!!! How cool! But I don’t know if ‘Maze would be quite so aggressive, but I guess Thor’s power makes you a jerk. Nice one by Xum.

I would buy a series by Brendan of fish-talking Streaky. Make it happen, DC!!!

Daniel’s Mighty Goof is awesome. Wonderful colors, great detail, even got the cover logo (a scan, perhaps?). So cool.

Hm, I like the Squirrel Girl piece, but what would she do with the Gauntlet? (I mean, we know she bitch slapped Thanos to get it.)

Phillip’s Hulk piece is cool, and any ref to Matter Eater Lad rules.

Doesn’t Jean already have Resurrection Man powers ;) ? Thea did a nice job with this piece, though. Nice atmospheric rain.

Marco’s X-TMNT is sweet looking. IDW should do something with this with Marvel. I like the light reflections and stuff. Master Splinter X is cool too. I assume that Donatello will tell us about the focused totality of his powers to “do” machines.

(side note, in the old TMNT cartoon, in the theme song, it said, iirc, “Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines” (“does”?). I can’t remember what Raphael did, but I know “Michaelangelo is a PAR-TY DUDE!” Anyone help me out?)

Oh, Sean’s Dazzling Punisher piece, with the overwrought War Journal entry, to the roller skates to the disco ball necklace. So good!

Bill’s made me think: “No More Archies!”. I love Bill’s style, and his cute girls rule. Is that “date” some character I just don’t know from Sabrina, or what? (Oh, no, I pulled a Sijo!) And Salem’s comment…ha!

Steve’s Walking Dead piece is Sweet (Christmas!). I’d imagine, though, that even with rock hard skin, nipple biting might still sting. Otherwise, what does Jessica Jones do…um, never mind.

And Josh takes us out on a beautiful note. Such a well drawn Hawkman, and the joke with Comic Book Guy is wonderful.

Although I must disagree. This is by no means the worst TLIID ever. Great work everyone!

Eric T. Barcelon

May 10, 2012 at 1:01 am

Seriously Perks, how do you manage to come up with two entries of awesome for this week? Your Hellboy-Zauriel/Spaceboy/Roger the Green Lantern Homunculus was really great and Squirrel Girl with the Infinity Gauntlet was equally good as well. The other entries this week weren’t slouches either. Hilarious entries from Trumbull, Tobin, Sevy, Cox, McFarland and special mention to Gowdy for including Comic Book Guy in his piece. Fun pieces as well for D’Alfonso (TMNT-X-Men was cool!), Howard(useful power to have around zombies) and especially Thea Rodgers’ Jean Grey-Resurrection Man (nice idea and it’s great twist to her history of cliche of coming back from the dead). Medellin and Xum’s entries were also well-drawn although I’m not too into the characters they chose. Anyway, great job everyone!!!

@Travis
“Raphael is cool but crude! (Give me a break)”

Travis Pelkie

May 10, 2012 at 1:15 am

Cool but crude? Wow. At least he doesn’t “do” machines like a pervert.

Thanks, M.Moth!

I’m now toying with the idea of including Spaceboy EVERY WEEK until DC/Dark Horse take up the idea. It would write itself! Naturally, I could be persuaded to draw it.

Wow, some of my suggestions got picked! Well done, guys, I’m smiling! I laughed hard at the Punisher one, and of course I love the Turtles and Sabrina. I also laughed a lot at the Rick Grimes/Luke Cage mashup. That’s brilliant. Jean Grey/Resurrection Man makes a lot of sense… probably should be her real mutant power!

Yes! Hellboy looks brilliant as Zauriel! I’m so saving this as a background for my computer. Nick wins the week for me!

Some great ones this week.

And Super Goof with Thor’s power looks way better than I imagined it could. :-D

Great pieces. Loved them all, but especially loved Super Goof for going the extra mile in recreating the old Gold Key style.

One quick question: Why is Jean Grey so known for dying and resurrecting. I’m pretty sure she’s died an average amount of times for a superhero. I’m sure there are other X-Men even who have died more often, or at least tie her.

@Travis, thanks, and Hoax Hunters 1 is out in july. BTW, the hefty Elephantmen vol 5 collection is coming in july, too! Oh, double plug…

Hah, the Infinity Gauntlet just had to be the one power I didn’t think to suggest for Squirrel Girl. *smh*

Beautiful SG piece, by the way Nick. Loved seeing Spaceboy make a return.
Lots of fun pieces this week as usual.

Disappointed with the Squirrel Girl piece; great, she has the Gauntlet, but what does she do with it?

Love that Rick is showing off he never lost his hand.

Wow, so much great humor and storytelling this week!

Xum really captured that ‘Mazing Man feeling. Phillip Sevy’s Hulk piece is very nice. Thea found an excellent way to illustrate what I thought was a sorta pointless mash-up — it looks stunning. Marco’s Ninja Turtles are so much fun. Steve Howard’s Rick Grimes looks PERFECT, along with a super gag (my second favorite this week!). Josh Gowdy’s Hawkman is drawn quite well, with some hilarious commentary.

But Cox’s Super Good wins this week. Great gag and awesome rendering! Bravo!

@Travis: Sabrina is unknowingly conjuring the Impossible Man, a trouble-making alien who clashes with the FF. He’s the Marvel Universe’s Mister Mxyzptlk. Also, I considered “No More Redheads” with Archie disappearing, but it was a little too much going on for a pin-up. ; )

@Squashua – “she has the Gauntlet, but what does she do with it?” is *exactly* what she is thinking…

SImple. She brings peace and harmony to the universe. Puts squirrels into public office. Brings in Big Mike as her consort. It could happen.

It’s not that Jean has died or come back more than any other superhero. It’s that dying and coming back (and dying again) is the only noteworthy thing about her.

Donatello is Gambit.

“Excuse me, I am looking for a Miss Jean Grey.”

“She’s dead. Come back next week.”

Ba-dump-bump. Quiche!

Raphael is “cool, but rude”

Xum, a Baker classic indeed.
http://i50.tinypic.com/1o1yqv.jpg

Yes. That is the one. There is nothing like an old joke…

Xum

The art is fantastic as always, but I don’t know that we’ve ever had such a strong week for dialogue. I was especially blown away by Axel’s take on Spider. That IS Spider Jerusalem talking.

“Come with offerings and devotion, my filthy assistants!”

(Note I’m still having some odd connection problems, let’s hope I can post this soon!)

Stealing powers is an old, old comic book gimmick (which rarely makes sense, but its usually cool anyway.) Let’s see what our modern contributors and artists came up with!

Hellboy with Zauriel’s angelic powers: Perks always goes the extra mile, which is one of the reasons I like his pieces so. Much. We get not just Hellboy-as-an-angel, but also some of the DC/Helboy mashups he made the other day! (Can’t tell if the monster is a mashup too, though.) Now, what can his other piece this week be?

Spider Jerusalem with the powers of Superman: Yeah not a fan of SJ, so I’m probably missing a joke here with the girls. An SJ himself just looks like when Luthor with had Superman’s powers (and sounds like him too.)

The Hulk gains the power of The Phantom Stranger: Ok this one I wasn’t expecting. And I have to admit that I LOLED. Lobo-Watcher was a great foil to Hulk Stranger too. (And I think the word Hulk really meant to use was “pretentious”. Yeah PS annoys me sometimes. Funniest one so far.

‘Mazing Man gets the power of Thor: I know little about Mazing Man, other than he seems to be DC’s answer to Marvel’s Forbush Man. So mixing him up with Thor does not feel that original. Nice touch with the Olde Englishe, though.

Streaky the Supercat with Aquaman’s fish-talking powers: Was this inspired by last week’s Aquaman talking to Catwoman’s fish? Pretty neat, though I find stories with one characters threatening to eat another gross (now, anyway. As a kid I was a big fan of Coyote and The Roadrunner.)

Super Goof with the power of Thor: Ok, my first reaction: “SG already has Superman’s powers, how different can this be?” *sees the piece* *ROARS IN LAUGHTER*. Plus, this is such a perfect homage to the old Gold Key comics I used to read as a kid! Thank you Daniel!

Squirrel Girl with the Infinity Gauntlet: Meh, SG has (supposedly) defeated SO many villains (including, allegedly, Thanos) that she would not even need the darn Infinity Gauntlet. It’s a gag taken too far. Honestly I liked her better when she was just a silly cute wannabe teenage superheroine.

Hulk with Matter Eater Lad’s power. “Mmmm. World tasty.” I would find this funnier if not for Marvel allowing some dick writers ito turn Hulk (in Ultimate Comics) into a CANNIBAL. Not to mention the damn Marvel Zombies. -_-

Jean Grey / Resurrection Man: Doesn’t she already have this power? (lol). Nice art though. She just needed a word balloon saying, “Scott! You kissed with WHITE QUEEN right over my grave!?” (Cuz that happened, I hear.)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with X-Men powers: Wow, this one feels really natural. Wonder why I haven’t such fanart before. Too obvious?

The Punisher with Dazzler’s powers: Another one that made me go, “did they pull this suggestion out of a hat?” The roller skates are funny, if illogical touch.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch with the Scarlet Witch’s powers: This actually feels like a powering DOWN since Sab can do far more things than Wanda can… unless you use NO More Mutants Wanda. But once again, Walko’s art (and his use of obscure but fun characters!) makes me love it.

Rick Grimes (the Walking Dead) with Luke Cage’s powers: I don’t watch The Walking Dead. (Yeah, not a big fan of zombies.) So I have no idea who Grimes is supposed to be. I will say this, though: as gruesome as this is, it’s still amazingly well drawn, and even funny. Nice going, Howard.

Hawkman with Wolverine’s Adamantium skeleton and claws: Wouldn’t they weight him down? XD Ok let’s look at the piece: *Bwa ha ha* The Comic Book Guy answers my question but also points another problem with the idea. Yeah!

Hmm. Some of the pieces this week seem to have gotten “swap powers” confused with “merge characters” but overall, this was a fun week where I liked nearly everything and the artists came out with great shows of talent. Thanks everybody!! :)

Great work again, everyone!

The art is fantastic as always, but I don’t know that we’ve ever had such a strong week for dialogue.

That’s funny that you say that, because I actually cut some of the Hulk’s dialogue for space. If you’re interested, the full speech was:

“Whatever. Hulk no have time for this. Hulk have to say something portentous to Justice League at 5 and shoot Easter Egg for Avengers Blu-Ray at 6. Then Hulk renegoiating contract at Marvel studios. Agent say Hulk ‘hot’ right now.”

“I’ll do like Sijo and comment on everyone!”

Nice to see I’m having a positive influence! ;)

“Oh no I pulled a Sijo!”

Careful, that bruises easily. XD

The Hulk gains the power of The Phantom Stranger: Ok this one I wasn’t expecting. And I have to admit that I LOLED. Lobo-Watcher was a great foil to Hulk Stranger too. (And I think the word Hulk really meant to use was “pretentious”. Yeah PS annoys me sometimes. Funniest one so far.

Nope. I meant “portentous” as in “ominous”, since the Stranger would often give the JLA mysterious warnings: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/portentous

Glad you liked the piece, Sijo! Great to hear it inspired some laughter!

No, he meant “portentious” — full of portent and foreboding. An extremely funny piece for the total mismatch of characters, down to the ill-fitting white wig. (FWIW, it looks like DC is heading for the third rail with their new origin for the Stranger – -making him Judas Iscariot himself, instead of an observer who could have stopped the Crucifixion and didn’t.)

I defy ANYONE to stick a word balloon in the awesomeness that is Jean Resurrection Woman Grey. Between the glow in one eye and the hint of the Phoenix chest symbol coming out of the ground, that’s all the portent (couldn’t resist) of big trouble you need. Not to mention the WAY cool death’s-head symbol in the rain puddles — I know I praise Thea every week, but DAMN, girl!

I’ve never read Transmetropolitan — if Axel has caught the characters properly, I will, though!

Mr. Walko, Nick Bakay on line 2 — he hasn’t had that good material in years!

I have a friend who lives in Flushing — he WISHES ‘Mazing was around to punish litterbugs with Mjolnir, is all I can say — thanks, Xum!

And look, Josh Gowdy stuck Sijo in the corner of his panel!

FWIW, it looks like DC is heading for the third rail with their new origin for the Stranger – -making him Judas Iscariot himself, instead of an observer who could have stopped the Crucifixion and didn’t.

Yeah, I think giving the Stranger a single, definitive origin would be a mistake. I loved that old issue of Secret Origins back in the 80s that gave him 4 completely different origins but didn’t favor one over the other. Come to think of it, that might’ve been a cool thing to do for Wolverine!

Yeah, I think giving the Stranger a single, definitive origin would be a mistake. I loved that old issue of Secret Origins back in the 80s that gave him 4 completely different origins but didn’t favor one over the other. Come to think of it, that might’ve been a cool thing to do for Wolverine!

Ooo yeah, that would have been a cool thing, especially because the one they settled on with Wolverine having originally been Little Percy Poopenpanz seems like the one they might have thrown in just for fun.

I love that extra dialogue for Hulk, John! “Ruffalo Head make Hulk hot! Hulk has NEW best friend!”

No disrespect to A. Yauch, but I was hoping to get a Maurice Sendak tribute next week — I can settle for that awesome “Beast joins the Wild Things” mash-up from a few months back, I guess.

No disrespect to A. Yauch, but I was hoping to get a Maurice Sendak tribute next week — I can settle for that awesome “Beast joins the Wild Things” mash-up from a few months back, I guess.

There’s been discussion of that, too. The problem is cool people dying too fast for us to keep up with!

I have all their albums, but amusingly enough, the only Beastie Boys video I can actually remember at all is “Fight for Your Right to Party.”

Totally brought the “unbreakable skin= best defense against zombies” thing when talking with other store customers about zombies today. For that, my favorite this week is Steve’s image of Rick, especially for the thumbs up.

@TJCoolguy, thanks!

@Sijo, Spider Jerusalem took down a president, which automatically makes him able to take down Luthor. And that with no powers. But don’t take my word for it, read Transmetropolitan, it rocks big time.

@Becca Blast: We are all Comic Book Guys, fess it. ;)

@Medellin: Your word is good enough for me, really. :P

Re: Phantom Stranger’s new origin: …Oh I just don’t care anymore. Seriously, I don’t. I’m done with DC. They respect neither the characters nor the fans. Screw them.

(The comics, anyway. The cartoons, movies etc, still range from good to great.)

Oh My God! I totally forgot Super-Goof existed! I feel so ashamed.

I would’ve preferred the classic Sabrina. I haven’t read any recent Sabrina books, so they may very well be better for all I know, but it’s just not the Sabrina I have in my mind. Oh well.

@One-eyedjake
You’re totally right. Donatello is Gambit. I just see bright pink things and think Psylocke.
I guess ozmendoza and I had the same idea, but his got picked up. It’s still an awesome piece either way.

@Mary Warner: It IS Classic Sabrina…. platinum blonde hair and orange Salem. I dunno… other than updating her outfit… what’s not classic?

I meant the traditional Archie-style art– the way she was drawn in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Sorry. Maybe you always draw characters in your own style, so I shouldn’t complain. It’s just that every time I’ve seen Sabrina since the ’90s, she’s had a different look, and it just never looks right to me.

Travis Pelkie

May 12, 2012 at 12:19 am

Walko would do an awesome Sabrina series.

Archie has been doing neat stuff with art, but the manga Sabrina isn’t one of my favorites.

And Impy! Of course, now I see it. I should have known, but I didn’t connect that she’d conjure him up.

If your Sijo persists for more than 4 hours, see a doctor!

And remember, it is pronounced “she-JOE” (??). Otherwise the doctor might think your problem is seeing… girls.

Ah, this board can’t take Korean characters, I see (hence the “??”).

Not very funny, “Xum”… whoever you are.

I’m Japanese-Chinese BTW, not Korean. So I wouldn’t know.

Xum Yukinori

@Mary: Gotcha. I’m a HUGE fan of Dan DeCarlo, so I actually refer to Archie comics and his art quite a bit. But my style is my style… cuz otherwise, I’d just be drawing someone else’s style, y’know?

Everyone’s work was flat out, dead bang, frickin’ awesome. Sijo, just wanted to throw a bit more of Dazz’ on Frank, and what’s more fun than rollerskates?

Bill, people always say your style is wild. You’ve got gall you’ve got guile….

I may be getting ahead of myself.

IMPOSTER XUM!?!? Shocking!

Simply brilliant. I’m struggling to understand why every single one of you artists aren’t big, BIG names in comics right now. Not only do you make the pretty pictures, but you’re creative and clever and junk too!!! If Liefeld can get a job, then you should be his freaking bosses.

Oh, and the winner for me this week was Spider Jerusalem as Superman. Just so you know. But it was close!

(DISCLAIMER: If you ARE, in fact, “big, BIG names” I apologize for being out of the loop and would like to know what you all work on so I can buy it.)

punisher w dazzler for the win!

No “Infininutty Gauntlet” jokes? Internet, I am disappoint.

As for what she would do with it, that points up the Gauntlet’s fundamental flaw as a plot device. It’s just a thing to GAIN or to LOSE, there’s zero dramatic tension in HAVING it. Therefore the obvious answer to “What would Squirrel Girl do with the Infinity Gauntlet” is simply “Misplace it”.

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