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The Line it is Drawn #143 – Superman Team-Ups!


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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 2pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

In honor of the new season of The Venture Brothers, team-up or mash-up comic characters with Venture Brothers characters.

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

In honor of next week’s opening of The Man of Steel, let’s do something basic. Team-ups of Superman and another comic book character.


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! Click on any image to enlarge it!

BeccaDannysWife suggested:

Captain Barbell figures if he can get Billy Batson to eat balut, Clark Kent should be a pushover.

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


BeccaDannysWife suggested:

Nu52 Superman wants to tell Steven Colbert where he was wrong about underpants…

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Amanda will be there for you, when the rain starts to pour. Amanda will be there for you, like she’s been there before. Amanda will be there for you, cause you’re there for Amanda, too. Be sure to check out Amanda’s website here.


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Superman & Men in Black

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Superman & Bravado

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.


BigMike20X6, LuciferanHeart, originaldayfan and Thiefofhearts suggested:

Superman and Invincible

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


dc2omniverse suggested:

Superman and Miracleman

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


Ecovore suggested:

Superman and Razor of GL Animated

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


JohnnyUnusual suggested:

The Wasp makes a new costume for Superman

Chaz is the artist for this one.


rodtownsend suggested:

Superman and the other movie Supermen

Robert Rath did the art for this one. Here is his website.


shurwitt suggested:

Superman & Hopey Glass

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.


shurwitt suggested:

Superman & Flaming Carrot


Paul Hostetler did the art for this one. Here is his website.

therealAstrozac suggested:


Nick Perks is also the artist for this one (which he uses as a chance to return to his previous piece based on the idea of Superman as Spaceboy). Here is his website.


Thiefofhearts suggested:

Superman solves the Walking Dead in a single page.

Nelson Flores did the art for this one.


Great stuff, folks!

Okay, the readers now make suggestions for next week!


Woo! Not one but two of my suggestions used, and one of them as the teaser image! I like ‘em both a lot, and the Flaming Carrot one made me laugh out loud.

I’ve never even heard of Bravado, Razer or Captain Barbell. I feel so undereducated!

I’ve never heard of those three either.

Can everyone comment now?

You guys finally broke me! I just signed up for Twitter *shudder* so I can follow CSBG and submit suggestions. So excited for next week. GO TEAM VENTURE!

for shame, buttler. You get your TLiiD card back after you catch up with Bravado at Bill Walko’s The Hero Business. http://www.theherobiz.com

Comments are still not working… oh, wait.

Re: “The Wasp makes a new costume for Superman” Sorry, but that get-up looks more like something Kitty Pryde would have designed back in the early ’80s when she was changing her costume every other issue.

And now I want Henry Cavill to appear on Colbert for the interview wearing the Supes costume…

Razer is a Red Lantern created specifically for Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Most of his character development revolved around Aya, the artificial intelligence of the Interceptor, the hyperfast ship Hal and Kilowog travel in. The kicker is that Aya’s appearance is based off Razer’s dead love, whose passing was instrumental in his becoming a Red Lantern.

And to complete the “who the heck are these partners?” trilogy:

Captain Barbell is a Filipino hero that Mic? had previously used in a Marvel Family theme week. Instead of the contractually obligated (see The Hero Business) brawl, Mic? figured that Barbell would deal with his analogue in the traditional Filipino manner by feeding him.

There are some odd things in that cuisine, though, such as balut — where a duck’s egg is allowed to mature almost to hatching, THEN cooked — so the embryonic duckling is clearly visible, if edible. And I have no idea what he has Supes eating to draw him into trying the balut.

But then, I live in a place that serves soft-shell crabs (too young for the shell to have hardened), so who am I to say what’s weird?

Oh, and Stephen Colbert is the brother of a woman who just ran for Congress in South Carolina — but he seems like a funny guy, so I thought it’s be a hoot to suggest him.

(I changed my Twitter handle the day of the Boston Marathon — if I could change it here, I would.)

Unless I miss my guess, that’s Halo-Halo that Supes is trying. I’ve had Ais Kachang in Malaysia, which is similar but doesn’t always include the ube…


Now that I take a closer look at that Razer cover–wait, is Aya a Rigellian? All my comic universes are colliding!

@buttler: Nah, Aya’s a robot. She’s the AI of Green Lantern’s spaceship taken form, or something. I’d tell you to watch the show, because it’s good, but I also think it’s dead….

Gee, this is the lowest amount of comments I have ever seen for the “Line”… was “The Man of Steel” that bad? Or maybe the glitches last week allowed time for the commenters’ passion to ebb… Let’s see what I can do about that…

Mic?: Glad to see a sequel to “The Gastronomical Adventures of Captain Barbell”. That is Halo-Halo, right?

Thea: Love the detail… and Colbert makes a very valid point.

Axel: This is what KidsWB! bumper that followed this theme back in the early naughties should have done. Funny stuff. So that’s what happened to the under(over?)wear…

Bill: This is great. I actually contemplated doing this Superman Battle Cover homage for my piece as well (either this one or World’s Finest #201). The “marketing projections” line was my favorite (with “cop-out conclusion” a close second).

Steve: I unfortunately have not read Invincible and probably do not get the entire joke in his response, but I liked the Tom Selleck line.

Nick: This would make an awesome comic cover. Are you still on sabbatical? I cannot tell anymore…

Note to Self: How does a former manhua background artist get away with using a video game screenshot as a background to save time? Answer: He doesn’t!

(Just because you are over 50 doesn’t mean you can slack off. Cheese!)

“Cheese?” I meant “Cheese.” Cheese…

(We’ll, will, wall… autocorrect strokes against.)

And Buttler, Aya is not Rigelian, Brainiac is. Yeah… that’s the tick set.

(Darn autocorrect!)

And Buttler and Charlie: All of GLTAS will be on DVD next week when the second half of season 1 is released. All episodes are available on iTunes in 1080 HD as well. It’s a great show. Well worth watching. Every single episode is what the Green Lantern movie SHOULD have been.

Chaz: Love the “Cool-El” look. Just what I need to shake up my wardrobe now that I am 50. And it has the red underpants, so it must be Colbert-approved.

[To the tune of the Superman: TAS theme:

Superman…. Superman….
Wears on the outside his underpants

Superman… Superman…
Maybe they should be called outerpants!]

Sorry, I seem to tend to ramble lately… now where was I…?

Robert: Welcome to the fold. Yet another Liner that is really good at likenesses… and digital painting (both are weaknesses of mine). I need to up my 1970s color separation game and bring it into the 1980s…

Josh: You have captured this style perfectly – and I like your “realistic” take on the Metropolis Marvel.

Paul: More zain-tensity goodness. I know this portrayal of Superman is so “not Superman” that I should be protesting this, but I am laughing at it instead. I’m a bad Fanboy…

[And no, I have not seen “Man of Steel” yet (it doesn’t release until August 30th here), but unfortunately the Internet is virtually unavoidable…]

Another note, Paul: I could actually hear Danny Dark as “Universe of Evil” Superman delivering that line… great stuff.

Nick II, The Sequel: A sequel from the sequel. It’s fun revisiting past TLIID concepts, isn’t it?

Darn “smartphone” with the return key and enter key too close together…

Anyway, Brilliant stuff, Nick II. Can’t wait until you are back on the “Line” full time…

Nelson: Welcome to the “Front Line.” Good to see another “old school colorist” (unless you are doing that gouache painting effect digitally, and if you are… wow!). I like the fluidity and motion in this piece, and you capture it all so efficiently. Nice job.

There. 37 comments. That’s more like it.

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