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The Line it is Drawn #150 – Comic Book Cover Homages!


Welcome to our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from YOUR suggestions!

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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 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

Ostensibly because of the 10th anniversary of the Teen Titans cartoon and of Geoff Johns’ Teen Titans #1, but really just because Bill Walko wants the theme to be this, the theme this week is the Teen Titans! Mash-up any era of Teen Titans with ANYthing – a movie (Teen Titans in the Hangover), another comic book (the Teen Titans as the cast of Saga), a TV show (the Teen Titans as the cast from Saved by the Bell), a novel (Teen Titans in Pride and Prejudice), a video game (Teen Titans in Mortal Kombat), whatever you’d like! Go nuts!

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! Click on any image to enlarge it!

anaustincampion suggested:

Elongated or Plastic Man hanging from a web of his own fingers a la Spiderman 1 (1990)

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


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Mr.freeze vs batman on spiderman 129

Nelson Flores did the art for this one.


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Amazing Spider-man #39 with Monarch and Dean Venture

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.


BrendanRome1 suggested:

Emma Frost Fables #71

Steve Howard is the artist for this one. Here is his website. Steve decided to do a little bit extra to celebrate the 150th edition of the Line…


dranj70 suggested:

Current Supergirl hugging gravestone of Crisis Supergirl, like Daredevil hugging Elektra grave pic.

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


Ecovore suggested:

Black Widow on SHIELD #4

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Hey Amanda Rodgers, What’s your game now? Can anybody play? Hey Amanda Rodgers, What’s your game now? Can anybody play? The answers to these seemingly rhetorical questions are as follows…Coloring the below piece is her game and while you cannot play it, you CAN watch more of her work at her website here).


Ecovore suggested:

Fantastic Four #1 with TMNT and a giant Krang

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


Ecovore suggested:

Fantastic Four & Dr. Doom on X-Men 1

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


JohnnyUnusual suggested:

Josephine from Fatale in a gender reversal version of Sin City: Hell and Back #6

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


KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Action Comics #252 with the original Captain Marvel and the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.


ReedBeebe suggested:

Hellboy on the cover of the first issue of Jack Kirby’s The Demon.

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


ReedBeebe suggested:

Alana, Marko, and Saga cast on Marvel Comics Star Wars #1.

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


Great work, everyone!

Okay, folks, go tweet us suggestions for next week!


Captains Marvel…there are not enough thumbs in the words to thumb that up enough.

All of them are great but that Emma Frost/Fables is my favorite!

why do i bother? everytime, i never get picked. it’s my ethnocentrism, isn’t it? I always ask for something related to the UK and no one picks mine.


Wow. This is a fantastic batch. Black Widow is my favorite, but these are all great.

So many great works here. The Emma Frost is breathtaking, and the FF ones are awesome. Love the Plastic Man and Black Widow covers. Fantastic jobs.

I saw the Black Widow one on tumblr. It broke my heart into a million pieces when I found out that it was just for The Line it is Drawn, and not a tease for Marvel Now Wave Two.

…So am I just supposed to be drawing everything with an Enemy Within twist now, Brian? :)

why do i bother? everytime, i never get picked. it’s my ethnocentrism, isn’t it? I always ask for something related to the UK and no one picks mine.


Maybe the UK references are just going over our American heads? And you know that Nick and Steve are both from the UK, right?

Totally awesome, all of them. I think that Marvel Family one is going to do some duty as my screen saver.

Mr. Trumbull, that Captains Marvel pic is just perfect!

It’s one of my favorite columns!

You know what would have made that Venture Brothers/Spider-Man cover perfect? If Monarch had been riding the actual Monarch Glider featured in one episode. Still, cool cover.

Man, Bill Walko and I were talking about which VB episode the Monarch had a glider in, but neither one of us could recall which one it was.

These are all amazing, but the Captain Marvels cover takes the cake for me. So perfect.

I’m legitimately surprised that the actual TMNT comics have never done a FF#1 homage.

“I’m legitimately surprised that the actual TMNT comics have never done a FF#1 homage.”

Especially when you consider what huge Kirby fans Eastman and Laird are.

WOW Steve, that was awesome. I thought the little tongue action was cool, but that is a cool fade. Can’t wait to see comics do that for real.

How is it that people get the work on Tumblr before I get them posted to Tumblr??? lol Thanks to all that dug the piece. BW is a personal fav, she needs more hype.

All the works this week were awesome, special shout out to my bro Nick, his initial foray into the digital art, WOO HOO!

Axel, never would have thought of that angle! Nice.

And thanks to my Doppleganger Amanda for making my piece look so retro!

Bill, you really should be making big money with CN. That is dead on.

Brendan, that imagery looks just as disturbing as I pictured in my mind when I saw the suggestion…. Bravo.

FURY (UK guy) – Mark your next tweets as UK and I’ll take special care to consider them on the next bout. :)


I’ve only made one request for anything actual Marvel UK – Dragon’s Claws. All the rest were Captain Britain or Union Jack, so I don’t think it’s a case of obscure references. It’s not like I asked for Motormouth and Killpower or… I dunno, Tangerine or something…

“Kara Zor-El had her heart and her underwear in the right place.”

Best epitaph for the pre-New 52 Supergirl.

Wow. Every single entry this week is spectacular. Excellent work, everyone.

Best yet. Everyone a winner.

So awesome, as usual. No need to repeat the praise others have already said.

Fury: If you’re making Captain Britain and Union Jack suggestions, then I agree that they should take some of them. I love those guys! Also, I am about the biggest “Excalibur” fan on the planet, so…

I love the costumes on both Union Jack and Captain Britain, so please keep on suggesting things with them, Fury! But since there’s only a dozen or so of us any given week and we typically get 100-150 suggestions, a lot of things aren’t going to get drawn.

And it can go both ways, too. I’ve had the itch to do an homage to the cover of All-Star Squadron #1 for a few months now, but nobody suggested one. :(

John, I promise that if you draw that, we will all still like it even though it wasn’t suggested. We’re a pretty agreeable bunch.

I love that, when a suggestion of mine is used, the artist almost always surpasses the image I had in my mind.

Marvel-ous work, John, and to all the other artists as well! :-)

All right, Trumbull, it was worth it… even if Carol isn’t in her “Captain” suit…

The exchange between Monica and Carol over Carol taking the name for herself — and Monica inadvertently revealing she Googles the name — is one of the most fun sequences I’ve read in comics in the past year. It’s almost enough to make me think DC did the right thing in letting go of it.


But I digress.

Plastic Man has always had a streak of “ewwwwww” to him to me, and Brendan captured that perfectly.

Nelson, nice work on the “draft” for Mr. Freeze — and RIP to Michael Ansara, who made that version of Freeze something memorable — “It would move me to tears, if I still had tears to shed.”

All right, all right — I’ll watch Venture Brothers, damnit! If only so I can get the jokes! One more late night television show — when the hell is a girl supposed to have all this sex Limbaugh keeps complaining about us making him pay for!?!??

Axel, you outdid yourself — taking the well-known image and using it to make a commentary on the way the character has been mishandled. Next time you get garbage for some of your depictions, show them this.

So, Thea, have you been able to dig out from all those messages offering you a Black Widow book at Marvel yet? One of the few things I look forward to more than your piece each week is wondering what ancient song lyric our Dread Lord will dig out for Amanda this week.

Marco and Nick both catch the same element of some “classic” covers — the just plain odd things that creep in, whether it’s Reed being tied up or Jean looking absolutely clueless. I always wondered if the X-Men #1 got to the final proof and someone said, “Hey, aren’t there supposed to be FIVE of them?”

Not knowing Sin City, Fatale or Saga, I can’t do much else but credit Sean and Paul for their skill, which is obvious.

Any week that includes a double dose of Nick Kirby — especially when you pull out a scan of Demon #1 and realize JUST HOW MANY DETAILS he got right! Thank you, sir.

And, John — any time you want to work in an homage to All-Star Squadron #1, you go right on ahead, OK?

All right, Trumbull, it was worth it… even if Carol isn’t in her “Captain” suit…

Becca, I’m gonna let you finish, but the Dave Cockrum Ms. Marvel outfit is one of the best superhero costumes of ALL TIME!!!

Meanwhile, her Captain Marvel outfit is sort of okay.

Well done, everybody! Nick, I love the Hellboy cover! Paul, I love how you got all the major SAGA characters on the cover, especially the creative placement of Lying Cat!

Thanks, @Becca! It’s great to have you back! And you should totally get into Saga, it’s guaranteed to make Russ Limbaugh cringe…

I think Black Widow and Captain Marvel are my favorites. Gotta love that Venture Bros. one though. If only the show was still good…

beautiful work everyone and that’s it Becca i’m no longer talking to you ;)

I rather like posting obscure suggestions. I’m never offended when they don’t get picked ((and on rare occasion they actually do) This is all in fun after all…

Amazing work, Mr Trumbull!

Amazing work, Mr Trumbull!

Thank you, Anonymous. I loved your work on Primary Colors. :)

Beautiful work from everyone this week – well done!

Everyone did a great job this week, but the Captain Marvel image is just fantastic!

Good stuff all, as usual. Makes me wish I had a Twitter account so I could suggest ideas….:-)

However–that’s the new Supergirl? Where’s the rest of the bottom half of her outfit? Seriously.

I love the Ninja turtles on FF #1 cover! WOW!

And the FF on X-men #1 is awesome too.

Though all of the covers were excellent this week. :)

TMNT on the Fantastic Four #1 is definitely my favorite. Not a surprise though, since I love the Turtles.

Everyone nailed it this week. Great job, everyone!

Incredible works, mates – but Steve takes the cake and the stripper inside. Wow – gorgeous AND animated. Wow. Wow wow.

I went to school in the UK, listen to Absolute Radio on my phone, and completely understand the fervour surrounding the new future king. So does that make me an honorary Brit, or just a wannabe one?

At any rate, I counted 216 suggestions for this week’s Titans theme, and Brian e-mails them to us with no names… so we have no idea who made which one (though I have a pretty good guess about the ones with Squirrel Girl and Sister Voodoo). That’s why Thea suggested the UK marker, Fury. It’s nothing personal, just Boole’s inequality in action (I think).

It’s a mystery, Xum. Must be a pretty awesome dude though.

Is New 52 Supergirl REALLY just wearing an oversized panty shield?

Brilliant. Every single one.

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