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The Line it is Drawn #106 – Comic Book Cover Homages!

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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…

As per an Axel Medellin suggestion, it’s Stephen King Week! Team-up/mash-up comic book characters with Stephen King novels or stories. Like, as an example, Squirrel Girl as Carrie. Now that I’ve given that example, no one else has to actually suggest it.

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

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!


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_Granderson suggested:

invincible on the original superman #1

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

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B_2quared suggested:

Bane smashing the Batmobile into Batman but in the style of Action Comics #1.

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Squirrel Girl on Dark Knight Returns #1

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

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Ecovore suggested:

Guardians of the Galaxy/Giant-size X-men 1 homage

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

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Ecovore suggested:

Earth-1 and New 52 Flashes in Flash 123

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

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Ecovore suggested:

Marvel NOW All-New X-men homage to Giant-Size X-men (so basically the opposite of the original)

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website.

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Kholdstare21 suggested:

Watchmen on Detective comics #233

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

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starpilotsix suggested:

UXM 141 as a DCNu parody: various poster characters listed as Rebooted, Never Existed…

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.

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thepmann suggested:

Amazing Fantasy 15, starring Hellboy

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Mandarin in homage to Green Lantern vol. 2 #49

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

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Great stuff, folks! If you’re reading this post early on Thursday morning, do note that we’ll be having two more pieces added to the column later on today, so be sure to check back in later this afternoon!

Okay, everyone, go make suggestions for next week!


And Bane beats Squirrel Girl by a hair. Good job guys.

I LOVE THE X-MEN ONE. It’s so accurate. I couldn’t say it better

I really like Xum’s inclusion of the Green Lantabed cover in the Flash cover.

Couldn’t get a mint condition copy of the Action Comics homage? ;)

It’s perfect though. I love the touch of Batgirl as the crook who is freaking out.

Bane is my favorite, but I also love the take on the two Flashes, previous LiiD covers on the ground was a nice touch.

Hooray! Someone used my idea! And it looks great!

Okay, wow, guys – AWESOME job to all! Probably my favorite week so far!

Gonzo – I KICK myself for not noticing this suggestions! Such a cool idea and I love how you pulled it off.

Marco – What? No Deadpool or Boba Fett? ;) Great job, though. I love the Bane figure. He’s got a great simplicity to his shape that works so much better than muscle upon rob liefeld muscle.

Thea – Mike better print this one out and frame it. A piece of art.

Xum – This piece really helps illustrate how much better the old Flash costume really is.

Nick – “That painted whore” is the name of my new band, I’ve decided. Great job.

Axel – Love this one to death. From the Hellboy to the Lovecraftian buildings in the background – great execution and thinking.

Chaz – Love the styling and colors – perfect choice!

Woo, I think my brain just imploded. Awesomeness, really.

Is it my imagination…or is that young Wally West on the Flash cover? Not one of the Flashes, but the one with the comic books. The red hair and the red and yellow shirt?

Also, that is a nice touch with the brick wall being replaced with long boxes.

Such great work as always. Love the nods to past covers on Xum’s piece. Can never have too many Watchmen themed cover homages. And poor poor crushed-skull Batman. Knightfall indeed.
Needless to say, I love how Thea’s SG cover came out. (And really, Bri? You’d deny me a Squirrel Girl/Carrie suggestion? No worries, I’ll manage ^_^)

The X-men cover really is perfect in light of the fan-fiction, what if-style of x-men stories Bendis is giving us this fall. Awesome. And after watching the Bane craziness in the Robot Chicken DC Special this past weekend, that Bane cover is even funnier. Great job by everyone.

Wow. Let me say that again, wow! These covers are great on so many levels. I love the elements of parody and homage in each, but my favorite has to be the Breaking Bane–love it!

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Love it! This is always one of my favorite sections of CBR.

ONE thing, though:

What the hell is it with Squirrel Girl?

I don’t get it.

I look forward to Bane starring in Breakin’ 2: Electric Superman.

Thanks for the late addition, Brian! Looks like there’s a wee bit of coding missing from the link to my Deviant Art page, though. :)

John, yours is freakin hilarious! I love it. Well done (stands up and slow claps).

Oh my god, John. That’s magnificent, and so very apt. Worth the wait!

John – that cover rules! the text over the pics are hysterical!

Y’know what makes Thea’s my photo-finish favorite this week? All the little squirrels. Awesome.

Great contributions this week, although Chaz’s style is definitely not for me. But I know a lot of people like it, and that’s what makes comics great, right? But I loved pretty much all the rest.

awesome work again guys and gal can’t wait to get back into the swing of it this week :)

Is it wrong that I am now expecting a page where he get an eldery SG explaining how Tippy-Toe “honored” her?

John Trumbull & Philip Sevy — how can two such accurate depictions of the state of modern Big Two comics as so wrong be so right? I fully expect these to be viral (and properly credited) by the end of the week.

Chaz made the freaking MANDARIN look awesome!

Axel’s Apocalyptic Fantasy got everything down perfect — even the editors note! Bravo, sir.

How many Xums are there? I’m beginning to think he has little clone Xums churning out all these covers week after week — so he can create sly little bits like this — with even a Wally West guest appearance!

Did I mention how Chaz made even something as ridiculous and lame as the Mandarin look awesome?

But Wally and Donna staring down DiDio (I just know Scandal Savage, Catman, Ragdoll, Jeanette and Knockout are on some of the posters covered — so, DAMN YOU, DiDIO!) that’s a keeper, John — Thank YOU!

Bill tells me that Phil Jimenez shared my piece on his Facebook wall today. The nearly 100 shares in 6 hours, dozen friend requests and the interview request I got would all seem to bear that out. My Deviant Art and tumblr pages are getting some play, too.

It pays to plaster your name all over your art, kids! :)

Becca, for whatever reason, I see an elderly Doreen being not all that different than Slappy Squirrel of Animaniacs fame… in fact… hmmm… Squirrel Girl Beyond… yes!

Thanks, Philip and Becca! We say this every week, but this is the best one yet… this better goes viral!

I’m still missing Sijo…

Doreen: “What’s the name of the band there?”

Tippy-Toe: “The Who?”

Doreen: “THE BAND!”

Tippy-toe: “The Band isn’t scheduled today.”

Doreen: “WHO’S the band playing up there?”

Tippy-toe: “Yes” (Squirrel is very hard to translate with all the inflections; 12 different words for “nut”.)

Doreen: “The name of the band is Yes?”

Tippy-toe: “Nah; Yes played earlier.”

(Turn and bow to the reader.)

This is probably why none of my suggestions ever get picked; my brain occasionally makes leaps that even I wonder why….

Well done to Trumbull… twas my suggestion, and (save a different two people up against the wall), it’s almost exactly the type of thing I had in mind, although with only 140 characters I couldn’t give many specifics on what kind of text to use on the posters, you pretty well anticipated me on them anyway!

Oh, and great job by everybody else, too. ;)

Love the Squirrel Girl cover. Classic!

Thanks very much for the suggestion, Peter! Sorry I didn’t use Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown like you suggested. I’m more of a Bronze Age guy, so Wally & Donna are more my generation. :)

I think the greatest story of all time would be Wally West and Donna Troy taking down Dan DiDio and fixing the DC Universe. I would literally shout for joy.

Slutty!!!! Great stuff all around.

[…] entries in this week’s The Line It Is Drawn feature at Comics Should Be Good. This week’s theme was cover […]

People see what they want to see…

Awesome stuff this week Liners!

Gonzo: way cool — totally believable design!
Marco: Love it…great design and hardcore at the same time with Batman getting his head crunched. Loved that batmobile..my favourite of all-time.
Thea: simple and powerful, like the original. The Dark Rodent Return…snicker:)
Brendan: Wowzers…that looks fabulous. WTF? Hahaha.
Xum: Great! Like the style you’ve developed with these (very think lines) and look at all those cover homages you’ve done. Awesome!
Phil: Can’t get enough Giant sized! This is different that your normal muted colours and I dig it. Solid stuff brohiem!
Nick: Hehah…eyeball spotlight. There a real minimalist feel to some of your cover mockups.
John: Wow — looks great. Without doubt you are the nerdiest of the liners. And I mean that in a good way!
Axel: Apocalyptic Fantasy = awesomeness
Chaz: Love it — just crazy about that indie style you naturally draw in. Mandarin looks just insane!
Cox: Where the hell is your piece this week, aye? Slacker.

[…] of artists (including myself) chooses a piece based on Twitter feed suggestions around a theme. For Cover Homage week, one fan suggested “Uncanny X-Men #141 as a DCNu parody: various poster characters listed as […]

OK, in the new 52 X-Men 142 cover, who is that behind Wonder Girl that’s “nakeder”? Catwoman? Can she get nakeder? Not that I’d put it past New 52….great satire, and one of many great works on this page.

[…] algo de tiempo circulando en la web, realizada por John Trumbull, como parte de un artículo de Comic Book Resources, en ella podemos ver a Kid Flash y Donna Troy en una pose de resistencia al Nuevo Universo […]

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