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The Line it is Drawn #146 – Amazing Heroes Tribute


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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 late Richard Matheson, the theme this week will be mash-ups of comic book characters and Matheson stories. Here is Matheson’s bibliography.

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

In honor of the late Kim Thompson, the theme this week will be cover homages to Amazing Heroes (whihc Thompson edited for over a decade). Pick comic book characters and pick an Amazing Heroes cover (all you need to do is give the issue number) and our artists will draw a cover homage of that issue with those characters. It’d be nice if you suggested some Fantagraphics characters, but any character you’d like to suggest is fine! Here is a cover gallery of Amazing Heroes covers.


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!

B_Granderson suggested:

amazing heroes #11 with pagus from tales designed to thrizzle

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


B_Granderson suggested:

#17 with enid

Chaz is the artist for this one.


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Rorschach on Amazing Heroes 48

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Amanda should’ve been gone, knowing how she made you feel. And you should’ve been gone, after all your words of steel. Oh, you must’ve been a dreamer and you must’ve been someone else. And you should’ve been over…oh, Amanda, her colors holds on, holds on. Oh, Amanda, herr colors, holds on, holds on. If you want to see these colors, check out Amanda’s website here)


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Franklin Richard, Howard the Duck, & Rocket Raccoon on Amazing Heroes #51

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


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Daredevil & Kick-Ass on Amazing Heroes #146

Nelson Flores did the art for this one.


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Dark Phoenix on Amazing Heroes #66

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


Ecovore suggested:

#56 with the same heroines but recent costumes

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


JohnnyUnusual suggested:

Amazing Heroes #27 with the Yellow Streak from David Boring

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


JohnnyUnusual suggested:

#62 Superman, Spider-Man and Archie enjoying Fantagraphic books

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.


KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Issue 91 Archie, Veronica, Jughead with other Archie characters in the background

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


TheHeroBiz suggested:

Young Avengers on AZ#50

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.


therealAstrozac suggested:

Present Day Grant Morrison on #176

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


therealAstrozac suggested:

Astro City characters on #97

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.


R.I.P. Kim Thompson, a true comics great!

Wonderful tributes, folks!

Now you readers go tweet us suggestions for next week’s tribute to the late, great Richard Matheson!


Awesome stuff! Everyone of these are fantastic. It’s really hard to choose a favourite, although I am partial, of course, to the ones I suggested. I just love the idea of comics biggest characters enjoying the independent stuff. The Yellow Streak one looks pretty great too, But my favourite might be that Archie heroes one. Ooh, ooh, or Chaz’s Enid is great and Cynthia’s Rorsharch is great. Jeez, this is a phenomenal week!

I have a complete run of Amazing Heroes… I miss that mag.

Well, I like the homages, even if I’ve never seen the originals.

(I followed the link to cross-reference the first few, but that’s pretty tedious and a lot of the originals are missing. But I looked at enough of them to determine, yep, never seen ‘em before.)

So can we find out why Amanda Rodgers thinks the squid would have made the movie…?

Archie, put that down! You’ll go blind!

I love ‘em all… but special props to

Axel’s blurbs — hilarious!!

Xum’s Attention to detail with the odd “alternate universe” Archieverses, like the pre-historic one and super-hero one (I wish I thought of THAT!!!!) — and Sabrina as Harbinger…. nice.

John Gowdy’s piece, which is about bigger guys reading indies… nice to see and wonderfully rendered!

Love all these, and special props to Robert for a dual cover homage, nailing the AH cover with a great nod to X-Men 135. Spot on
And Sean there needs to be a Franklin/Howard/Rocket teamup book. With Spider-Ham and Squirrel Girl… yesssss…

I guess John Gowdy is the amalgam version of me & Josh. :)

That crazy Ben Walko never gets nuthin right. :P

Amazing Heroes was the right zine at the right time. Just its size, same as a standard comic, made it easy to have it slipped into your standard pull bag.

These tributes often show one of its fun features, covers with cross-company mashups (especially by artists who had been around and were known for the various characters).

For depth of content, I really liked the tabloid version of CBG, but at least with AH the ink never came off on my fingers! :-)

Amazing work all! :-D

My favorite has to be the Archie “Crisis on Infinite Earths” homage cover by Xum Yukinori. I’ve got the Superteens four issue mini back in the 90s plus the Pureheart the Powerful tpb. I even remember a short lived series where the teachers of Riverdale High became superheroes themselves (read a lot of Archie comics before graduating to other titles). If there was ever a time to bring back Pureheart the Powerful, Superteen, Captain Hero, Evil Heart, and Miss Vanity into the Archie Universe, it would be now imo. It would be nice to see a superhero series outside of the big two that didn’t take itself seriously.

LOL, sorry JOSH and JOHN, that’s what happens when you type too fast. Of course, I meant JOSH Gowdy, who is no Trumbull. ; )

Thanks, Tomer.

It’s sobering to see how many of the outfits on Axel’s tribute have, um, not improved since the original cover, but the saddest thing is the disappearing Donna Troy.

R.I.P. Mr. Thompson…,. These are great Guys and Gals. A fitting tribute to one of the greats!

@M-Wolverine: Yes, actually! I was just incredibly disappointed not to see the squid at the end of the film. I love Cthulu-like Lovecraftian monsters that cause so much chaos and destruction that it makes everything seem insignificant. It’s my favorite sort of horror. It was really the WOAH moment in the comic for me and I think it was a huge turning point that made the story special in a way that was above and beyond normal.

That being said, the movie was amazing in its own right. I am in no way saying that the lack of the squid made Watchmen a bad film, because it was great and I enjoyed every moment of it, including the new ending.

I’m just saying. That squid, yo. That squid.

Awesome stuff

Amazing Heroes Preview Issues were always my favorite.

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