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The Line it is Drawn #105 – Superheroes Get New Sidekicks!

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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 this Friday).

The topic is…

A return of one of our regular bits! Comic cover homages! Name a comic book character you’d like to appear in an homage to a classic comic book cover!

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

Based on a suggestion from our own Xum and in honor of the news that Spider-Man appears to be gaining a sidekick, come up with a sidekick for a superhero who has never had an official sidekick!


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!

almostahermit suggested:

Wolverine’s sidekick, the Honey Badger

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

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B_Granderson suggested:

black panther and the panther kid!

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

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B_Granderson suggested:

black canary’s new sidekick, white…something. up to you!

Nick Perks is also the artist for this one. Here is his website. Longtime Nick Perks fans might notice the previous piece this current piece is referencing.

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B_Granderson suggested:

falcon gets a new sidekick – a young lady who wears his old costume

Jason “Gonzo” Gonzalez drew this one. Here is his website.

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

ALF becomes Spider-Ham’s new sidekick. ALF-a

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Ozymandias’ new sidekick, Gordy the Knot-Boy

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.

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drfab suggested:

Green Lantern gets a new sidekick

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

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joehennes and KeithWTSMorris suggested:

hourman and minuteboy

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

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JonShanks suggested:

Skully the Kid Punisher.

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website.

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KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Magnus, Robot Fighter and Qwerty, Computer Hacker

Daniel Cox drew this one. Here is his website.

therealAstrozac suggested:

Deadpool auditions to be Spidey’s new sidekick

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

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Tony Stark/Iron Man uses an army of models for sidekicks

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

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tonybell73 suggested:

Silver Surfer should have a girl sidekick called Surfette

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.

Amazing work from our artists this week!

Okay, everyone, get thee to tweeting!


I’m blown away that Xum did a full-fledged Who’s Who entry. WOW.

Man, and the hero history he wrote reads like it was an actual Silver Age GL story. Well done, sir!

I love what all my fellow Liners came up with, but Gonzo crushes it two weeks in a row!


I always thought there could be a Kid Lantern. With Flash being Hal’s pal, it would make sense for him to name his sidekick that way.

That said, I always imagined him a contemporary of Wall, Dick, Donna, etc. So he’s also got to have a grown-up name like “Nightwing”. And all the good “light-shining” names have really been taken already.

Honey badger looks like the girl from “Boo Boo Honey Child” Give her some go go juice!!

I really love the Surfette image. great stuff all round.

Xum really demolished the park this week.

oh yeah, and ‘here parents’?

@fury – Oops. I’ll just fix that – thanks for mentioning it.
Gratifying that you took the trouble to read it! :)

Also, loving Cox’s retro Gold Key Magnus cover. Xum did an amazing job with “green inked” back story illos and the Who’s Who layout (amazing amount of work in a small amount of time). Funny stuff from Trumbull, Marco, Axel, and Walko. Great work all around.


Thea’s made me laugh out loud

Damn, now I want a new ALF comic.

So, Bs & Cs indicate an above average intelligence these days? I probably shouldn’t be surprised, but it still hurts my brain a little bit.

Michael P: Word. People can say what they will about the sitcom, but the comic was great. Looking back at my old issues now that I’m an adult, it’s actually amazing how well a lot of it holds up.

Another great week, but Nick’s second piece KILLLLLLLLLSSSSSssssss.


September 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Such an incredible week! An entire Who’s Who entry, Surfette and Honey Badger put huge grins on my face, and everyone’s was just plain awesome. Thanks, folks!

Darn; my suggestion for an artist to develop a thematically relevant sidekick for Ennis’s The Pro got set aside. Was hoping someone would create “The Amateur”. Good week, regardless.

Gonzo, loving that retro vibe. Just screams 70’s!

Great job guys!

Damn, every time I scroll through these thinking that I’ve found my favorite of the week, there’s another great one. We are truly blessed here, every one.

Think I’ll go send ‘em all around the web without attribution ;)

Any week we get Perks drawn Maggie and Hopey is damn good.

How does Xum do all them things with fonts and logos and stuffs from original comics? That Who’s Who entry is dead on! Must be some Photoshop skillz that are way beyond anything I’ll ever have. But that would totally work as a “manga” version of GL.

There was a story in the Waid/Kitson Flash/GL Brave and the Bold mini where Wally became Kid Lantern briefly. Pretty neat.

Honey Badger and Spider-Ham were great the others not so much. I found most of them unimaginative and boring.

Sean: love the half tone, Wolvie’s big muscles and Honey Badger’s line is a winner
Nick: First of a few cover homage’s this week…love the old school feel of this and the “young girl…” bit is perfect.
Nick: Love the girls and the smoke and beers in hand.
Gonzo: Another designy piece — great! I noticed the Castle & key motif here again — what is that?
Thea: Love this one — one of your best. Alf leaping at a cat…perfect!
John: Love it. This is one of your best as well…the thick lines work really well. Great style…keep developing it.
Xum: Awesome. Just finished reading all the text…quite the effort, with backstory and everything. Your manga stuff is spot on bro!
Brendan: I’m not sure, but does this purposely have a little Darwyn Cooke to it? It looks great!
Phil: Hehe…Skully sitting on a pile of bullets. Spot on!
Cox: Again with the rushed stuff? Loosing patience with you…
Marco: Big effort in the storytelling. Like the Idol audition reference…and the sharpie joke made me chuckle.
Axel: Heh…I like the way they all have the chest arc reactors. Well done:)
Bill: Love the design of this…suits your style perfectly. Can I ask: do you draw these in Illustrator or Flash? Are they vector lines?

Another great week all!

@Big Mike and John Trumbull: I laughed. Well done.

Great work guys!

My fans this week were Sean’s amusing Wolvie/Honey Badger (although I expected a riff on the YouTube Honey Badger, “Honey Badger don’t give a sh*t…”) Thea’s Alf (oh, the cat!), John Trumbull’s Watchmen GL/GA homage with great dialogue bits, Xum’s incredible Kid Lantern entry and Marco’s hilarious Deadpool audition.

But my fav this week was Axel’s Iron Man super-model sidekicks. There were so many “obvious” things to do with this — and the idea of Stark regretting the decision was both unexpected and humorously executed! And, well-drawn, too.


Thanks, Daniel. I pencil by hand, then do inking on my Wacom Cintiq in Illustrator.

Dan, if that was rushed, you put me to shame. LOVE the brush work, the chunky lines, the symmetry, and the nostalgic vibe. Well done, sir.

Mike T! Good job buddy, that’s what I was going for!

Thanks for the kind words for everybody who enjoyed the Honey Badger.

Some great work this week!

Great job, everyone… am I the only one who misses Sijo?

Thanks Brendan, Thea and Daniel. – Great work this week everybody! Daniel, Castle & Key my company that I publish my comic through – It’s a DBA of my LLC – you have to be a publisher to go through Diamond so I established Castle & Key to use Diamond as a distributor. Thea, I was totally going for a 70s feel, glad I pulled it off.

So, Bs & Cs indicate an above average intelligence these days? I probably shouldn’t be surprised, but it still hurts my brain a little bit.

I was operating from the assumption that Cs were an “average” grade, since they’re right in the middle of the A-F grading system. Maybe I should’ve just gone with all Bs, but I thought the gag might be less clear that way.

Nothing made me laugh quite so hard this week as “RELEVANCE! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHH!”

Woohoo! Great work! :-)

“Honey Badger” sounds kind of dirty…=P

Awesome! My knowledge of lower-middle class reality tv stars paid off!

I actually tried to watch an episode of the Honey Boo Boo show last night, just to see how bad it was. I couldn’t get through more than three minutes of the show. Wow, that was some painful shit. That said, the little girl herself definitely does have a certain sense of charisma (which shows in Sean’s piece). It is the rest of the show that is so painful.

Such great work this week.
Sean’s Honey Badger is just terrible. Love it! ^_^
Nick always brings it, especially knocking out two pieces. (Not a L&R fan, but I loved the nod to the Amalgam pieces from awhile back)
Gonzo’s Falcon looks like it could be a 70s movie poster, and I would go see that movie for sure
Thea… Thea, Thea Thea… ALF and Spider-Ham? Really? Do you realize by picking this suggestion of mine it’s only going to encourage further Ham & ALFa suggestions. ^_^
Johnny T already gave me a hard time when I thought he’d picked my suggestion of ‘The Comedian & Punchline’ but I am really quite proud of coming up with the name ‘Gordy the Knot-Boy’. Glad it was well recieved.
Xum appears to be taking a break from stellar cover homages this week and is going for interior work now. For his next trick, he’s doing a whole comic book with ads.
Brendan’s Minuteboy is quite evocative of the Golden Age Robin look… we’ll have to WATCH him now. Ow.
Phillip’s Skully…. so cute and yet so deadly.
Daniel’s Magnus… wow. Wouldn’t know that was a mockup, great execution
Marco – I love your Deadpool… but Spidey’s punchline at the end sealed the dear.
Axel shows us the old adage ‘Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it’.
And Bill, like oh my god, totally. I would so like want to, you know, read about this Surfette chick and some junk. Fer sure.

Nothing made me laugh quite so hard this week as “RELEVANCE! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHH!”

Thanks, Chris! I was glad I was able to fit that in!

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Okay, every week I tune in to see the always great pieces but Xum’s Who’s Who entry is dead on. Man, do I miss those…


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