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The Line it is Drawn #155 – What If…?

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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…

With the news that J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman are leaving Batwoman, we thought it would be interesting to have you come up with all-time dream runs that would never happen on various superhero titles and our artists will try to make it come to life as best that they can. Ernest Hemingway/Steve Ditko on Superman? Bill Watterson on X-Force? James Joyce/Pablo Picasso on Spider-Man? Feel free to get weird!

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

The theme is “What if…?” You come up with the description for an issue of What If…? (whatever comic book company you’d like) and our artists will come up with what they think the end result of that What If…? would be.


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion.

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What if Kal-El’s Rocket had landed on Tatooine?

Nelson Flores did the art for this one.



What if Batman Beyond had been a 1930’s Flash Gordon style movie serial?

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



What if Space Ghost had joined the Super Friends?

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.



What if Squirrel Girl became the new Ghost Rider?

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



What if Captain America saved Dr. Erskine?

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



What If comic heroes aged realistically?

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



What if Charlie Brown was the one chosen to be Green Lantern? GOOD GRIEF.

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



What If Captain America and Wonder Woman met during WWII?

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. When Amanda Rodgers throws her mighty shield, all those who choose to oppose her shield must yield! If she’s led to a fight and a duel is due, then the red and the white and the blue will come through, when Amanda Rodgers throws her mighty shield! Her mighty shield aren’t the only reds, whites and blues this colorist uses! Check out more from her at her website here.



What If Magneto and his family were saved by Captain America in WWII?

Nick Perks is also the artist for this one, as well. Here is his website.



What if Captain Mal Reynolds ran the Enterprise?

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.



What if Robin was actually just Batman’s imaginary friend this whole time?

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.


Great work, everybody!

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


loving Charlie Green Lantern

All of them are good, but my favorites are Space Ghost (love the parallels with Jan/Jace, Wonder Twins, Blip, and Gleek) and Cap/Wonder Woman.

Kevin B. Madison

September 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

That Magneto one is terrific on so many levels! I want to read more about that world NOW, Mr. Perks!

I agree with both Fury (about GL Charlie Brown) & Bryan L (about SG & WW), especially with the Wondertwins shown. :D

Every single one.

The ‘Cap saves Erskine’ and ‘Cap saves Magneto’ would make great ACTUAL What If? Stories.

Instead we get What If AvsX. *sigh*

Cap saving Magneto was really cool! I completely agree will Rollo.

‘Cap saves Erskine’ *DID* make a great ACTUAL What If? Story: http://www.comics.org/issue/49991/cover/4/

The Magneto comic may be the best thing ever.

I always liked the idea of Steve Rogers rather than Steve Trevor landing on Paradise Island, so the WW/Cap cover was my fave!

The Magneto comic is probably the most amazing What If Issue that could happen. Holy crap that last line.

The Magneto one and the Capwonder one are both great, but my favorite is Bill Walko’s Robin and Batman interpretation.

Sorry to be picky but the Magento piece has the same problem the First Class Movie did. Bullets are Lead…Lead is not influenced by Magnetism. Yes I know we’re talking about a world with mutants etc but basics physics should still be in play.

All great this week, but the Magneto one is A++ work. I would read that What If? in a heartbeat.

I kept hearing Matt Vaughn wanting to start off X-Men First Class Part II (prior to Singer’s involvement) with Magneto being the one who shot Kennedy with a magic bullet.

I like Perk’s work better.

Actually lead is supposed to be diamagnetic. A diamagnetic material reacts much much less than iron, and it repulses instead of attracts, but with a large enough magnetic source you should be able to repell it.

Wow…some really great ones this week.

Best concept: “Kal-El’s Rocket had landed on Tatooine”. Heck, with all those suns burning bright, he would dominate everything.
Best Art: Wonder Woman and Capt. America. Simply LOVED this. If DC and Marvel ever wanted to have a mini “classics” series, this would be it.
Just AWWW: CalvinMan and Robin Hobbes.

I want the Captain America / Wonder Woman WWII comic!!! They team up to stop The Red Skull and Captain Nazi on their quest for the Spear of Destiny. Throw in The Haunted Tank and Namor for good measure.

As for Charlie Brown, I think he would be better fitted to be a Blue Lantern. He never gives up hope to kick that football or fly that kite.
Heck, have all the Peanuts gang as Lanterns. Linus would be Indigo (compassion), Lucy would be Red (rage..minus the blood of course), Snoopy would be Green, Sally could be Violet(Love)…not sure about Orange(Avarice) though…maybe Peppermint Patty? Fear(Yellow) could be Woodstock. If only because he is all yellow anyway :)

If you REALLY want to get technical about bullets and want to make assumptions. I think you would know that not all bullets are made of just lead. Even in the 30s they were reinforced with tin or jacketed with copper. Especially if they were fired from a high powered rifle, which if we are thinking Kennedy was the case. Hair split. Excellent work everyone! Thanks for taking the time to do this every week and impress us with your talents. I know its free entertainment and know that some of us really appreciate the time and effort to do them. Sans the annoying critical bullshit comments.

I think Peppermint Patty would be a good Orange Lantern; always bothered my how self-centered and selfish she was in that Thanksgiving special.

Yeah, that Cap saves Magneto and his family during WW2 drawing is really outstanding. And, as others have noted, it would make a really great mini-series.

Good point kneelB4zod. Marcie could be her Orange Lantern construct.

*cough* that was actually a what if that had a cameo of magneto.
In this what if, Cap America saved magneto and his family, before nazis started holocaust.
The result was that magneto never became a villain.
It was an old issue. Maybe some fan can find it for me…

ALL were awesome this week, especially the Firefly closing comment on Kirk. After a string of less than inspiring weekly themes, I’m looking forward to next week’s!

What If v2 #28… What if Cap lead an army of Super-Solldiers
Cap saved Erskine, and liberated a camp holding young ‘Magnus’ (though he becomes a villain Anyway }

Hey, you used mine! Thanks!

… And I duly discover they actually did that one. Well, I suppose it was fairly obvious. :)

to Big Mike:

thanks for finding it for me, but are you sure that he becomes a villain?
I do remember that Cap America gives him speech that completely changes his worldview.
Something about the unity.

Anyway, it’s just a nitpicky me.

Magnus becomes a villain because the Red Skull impersonates Cap and takes over the world. And has all the young mutants at Magnetos school murdered.

The “Ghost Squirrel Cycle” is awesome! And I love the Wonder Woman/Captain America piece – that could be a great mini-series.

No way the Cap’n would just bite into an apple like that. Not without checking it for Griswolds.

The Bill Walko one may be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.

Captain America and Wonder Woman supposedly did meet… in a 1940s “Tijuana Bible.” But this version seems more wholesome and hopeful.

I imagine that the story involving Wonder Woman (Queen Hippolyta, according to the most recent pre-52 timeline written by John Byrne) and Captain America would center on the invasion of Normandy, since DC’s version of Hitler had him bearing the the Spear of Destiny, enabling the Fuhrer to take control of super-powered heroes who set foot on German soil. If I was the one doing plot on this premise, though, I’d stick to the 70s TV version of Wonder Woman (and Steve Trevor), sans the Justice Society…ditto ditching the Invaders for a focus on Cap and Bucky. It would be interesting to see the alliance of Baroness Paula Von Gunther and the Red Skull, or most aptly Baron Zemo, since von Gunther would probably regard the Red Skull as nothing more than a common thug in Hitler’s employ.

Any true Browcoat knows you don’t just bite into an apple!

Good stuff all around, but Nick Parks was really on a roll this week – I love Green Lantern Charlie Brown, and that poster of an army of Captain Americas spreading an empire is creepy as hell.

Nick *Perks*, I apologize for the unfortunate typo.

I have to take issue with Nick Perks’ piece. Historically, the US would not have sought to build an empire because a) the US had made the European powers give up their colonial ambitions as a prerequisite for the US’ help in rebuilding Europe post-WW2, b) the justification for having client states was in response to Communism and Soviet influence, and, c) the American people would not be interested in having the US be a global power, due to being sick of war in general and desire to be less involved in global affairs. At the very least, the US would allow for American companies and corporations to get an unfair advantage in commerce and trade in Latin America and Africa (within a client state situation). But again, without the use of the Communists as bogey men for Americans to rally against, I seriously don’t think American foreign policies would be depicted as expansionists in and of itself. I also don’t think that racial minorities, women and homosexuals, as depicted in the propaganda parody, would be included in “Pax America”, since there isn’t a Soviet Union use American internal matters as a propaganda tool to be used against the American government. That is, unless Captain America was around to make sure that there is fair access to American society and governance for all Americans.

Still, in spite of my nit-picking, the poster is a good piece…

Robin was not named after the bird. He was named after Robin Hood!

They’re all good this week! Can’t pick just one, although Squirrel Girl is a standout, right down to the front teeth. And I like that in the Wonder Woman/Captain America piece, Wonder Woman is drawn in the style she was back in her earliest days.

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit I teared up a little at that last line in the Magneto piece.

Marvel, continue your one-sided outpacing of DC by letting Perks do that mini-series!

Actually, the What If story with Captain America saving Dr. Erskine is a two-parter , What If #28 and #29, with Captain America forming the Avengers. I wish I still had those issues.

Such talented artists all of these people, such wit, imagination and style. Keep up the good work.
Shannon Farnon, voice of Wonder Woman


Superfriends was my first introduction to comics, so I very much appreciate your comment, Shannon. Thank you so much for your recognition of all of the work on the line!

Loved them all, especially the Magneto one, what an amazing piece of world-building in just a short paragraph. and what a fantastic world that would have been.

the batman/robin calvin/hobbes one is not getting nearly enough love here.

the magneto one is the best the whole Idea of magneto becoming a hero and mutants being welcomed and not feared and hated and jfk being saved by him wow just wow really love that also it was sad as hell

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