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The Line it is Drawn #162 – Crisis on Infinite Munchs!

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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…

For our annual Halloween edition, place comic characters into famous horror stories, whether they be novels, short stories, movies or television shows

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

Because John Trumbull demanded it, it’s Detective Munch Week! Richard Belzer’s Detective Munch retired earlier this week from Law and Order: SVU. His retirement ends an impressive career for a fictional character, as he has the record for appearing in the most television series by a single fictional character, appearing on nine different TV series as Detective Munch over 22 years. Now we’ll celebrate his retirement by extending his crossover streak to comic books, as well! Name a comic book that you’d like to see Detective Munch crossover into!

Enjoy!

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

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BeccaDannysWife suggested

“Who watches the Watchmen?” John Munch, that’s who

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

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BeccaDannysWife suggested

Without Munch, it’s Crisis on #DwayneMcDuffie’s Snowglobe Earth.

BigMike20X6 suggested

Det Munch & the Superfriends. The 70s were a weird time for everyone.

FrankieVit suggested

Munch/comic book mashups I’d like to see Det. Munch and Ice-T looking into allegations of abuse between The Comedian and Silk Spectre.

GreenLuthor suggested

Detective Munch and DCAU Question discuss conspiracy theories…

robstaeger suggested

Munch questioning Lex Luthor about the whereabouts of Otis. (Why does that guy look so familiar?)

Solid_Muldoon suggested

Munch investigating a Joker Fish killing at the docks for Baltimore Homicide.

tako1337 suggested

Detective Munch should clearly be a legacy character – Detective Munch as part of the Science Police in the 31st century!

John Trumbull drew ALL of these suggestions in this one. Here is his website.

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BigMike20X6 suggested

Munch & Detective Chimp

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

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happysorceress suggested

Munch is Judge Dredd.

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

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happysorceress and hundbot suggested

Munch fills in for Jim Gordon in Detective Comics/Batman.

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

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happysorceress suggested

John Munch – Green Lantern.

Xum Yukinori used this suggestion to springboard into a larger piece. Here is his website.

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originaldayfan suggested

Detective Munch is really the Martian Manhunter and that’s why he keeps popping up everywhere.

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

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Too many people to name suggested

Munch/Chew

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

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Good stuff, folks!

Okay, everyone, go make suggestions for next week’s scary Halloween Line!

38 Comments

Definitely liked the MUNCH/CHEW Team-up; for I’ve read the CHEW Series and it’s in character for Detective Munch.

Fantastic tributes — and John T. *nailed* both Belzer and Beatty’s likenesses! Both covers, in particular, are jam-packed with goodness!

I think I prefer “The Munch-an Manhunter” more than the other way around.

I love these so much I want Munch Week to be an annual thing, like March M.O.D.O.K. Madness.

After that, I want it to be a national holiday.

I’ve… never heard of this character. *blush*

(Mind you, I’ve never seen the Law and Order franchise.)

Hey Squasha — yeah, I went back and forth on that for a while. Munch-an? Munchian? Munchan? Finally felt making sure the word “Martian” was clear helped sell the idea and “Munch-hunter” was easier to read than “Munch-an”. But it could go either way….

That’s okay, David. Neither did I. But from what I can tell by looking at him, he’s the Senior Detective who takes no guff and always has a snappy answer for anyone who gets in his way of solving the case within the 44 minute time window.

He probably also has a soft side that only his closest confidants know about, though his job is his life.

Anyone know how close I am?

Well, Munch DOES always have a snappy answer. But yeah, Paul, Munch is a lot odder of a character than that. He’s a wise-ass conspiracy theorist with a bunch of ex-wives. He’s a weird, funny and awesome character.

One I thought of far, far, too late:

Munch arresting the GA/Batman villain Onomatopoeia, who makes the Law & Order “Dun-dun!” sound.

Ha! That’s a great suggestion, Peter. See, Brian? We already have a suggestion for next year! :)

You can read more about Munch and all the shows he’s appeared on here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Munch

All winners this time! I can’t pick a favorite. :-D

Familiar with Munch, but had no idea he was on as many TV shows as he was, though I did recall the cute cameo he had on The Wire. I really should get around to checking out Homicide: Life on the Street.

You really should, Martin. In a lot of ways, it’s almost a more impressive TV show than The Wire, if only because Tom Fontana and crew were dealing with 1990s network television standards and still managed to put out a product that bore a good deal of a resemblance to The Wire. Simply remarkable.

Please do NOT make this a recurring bit. I don’t watch “Law and Order” so this was a complete and total waste of space (and talent). This is nothing more than a worthless niche week. Why not have a week of comic book characters as the stars of obscure 1960s Polish arthouse films? It would be no less boring for people who like “The Line It Is Drawn” but are forced to muddle through a week when there’s little to interest them.

Shit, now I have to make it a recurring bit.

Perks’s bit follows up on his After Watchmen one, doesn’t it? I didn’t realize how much Munch’s character took from Belzer himself, but I do know that Belzer is a conspiracy guy, so putting him with Watchmen is inspired. (Ah, it was Becca, that’s why!)

You didn’t let Thea do one this week because you weren’t able to work the Law and Order “duh-duh!” noise into applicable lyrics, huh? ;)

Can we do comics characters as the stars of obscure ’60s Polish art house films? Can we, can we?!

Applicable lyrics for Amanda, of course. Curse me for not proofreading!

And just to say, I never watched anything with Munch, but I figured out enough from contextual clues to enjoy this week anyway. Oftentimes themes that don’t sound like they’ll produce interesting things turn out to be the most interesting ones after all.

I…I kept looking for the take off on The Scream. Am I too dumb? ;)

This free page of artwork is a “complete and total waste of space”? You were “forced to muddle through a week when there’s little to interest” you?!? Jesus, you know, this guy’s hardly unique, but gah!, can’t people just take a breath and get a little perspective before complaining about something that shouldn’t affect their lives negatively in any way shape or form? This is like a parody comment, good lord. Anyway, if you’ve never watched Homicide: Life on the Street and are unfamiliar with one of its characters, then that’s what should be corrected. I’d take Danvers going up against Matt Murdock, G hanging out with Jim Gordon, Kay Howard’s chagrin at Power Girl, and Col. Barnfather teaming up with that other bureaucratic titan, Henry Peter Gyrich, and I’d be just fine.

There are often times when one week I have no clue about a certain comic character that’s focused on, or even a theme is built around, but I can still enjoy it. Homicide was on for seven years, and Law & Order SVU for 15. He’s not THAT obscure. I didn’t watch Breaking Bad, but I got enough of the pop cultural context to enjoy it.

Since one or two people here have said they should go back to watch Homicide, let me throw in a…

SPOILER WARNING for Homicide

The bit on the docks with the Joker fish… is that victim intended to be Crosetti, a Homicide character found in the water like that early on? You know, without the smile.

SPOILER WARNING for Homicide

The bit on the docks with the Joker fish… is that victim intended to be Crosetti, a Homicide character found in the water like that early on? You know, without the smile.

Yeppers. :)

Please do NOT make this a recurring bit. I don’t watch “Law and Order” so this was a complete and total waste of space (and talent). This is nothing more than a worthless niche week. Why not have a week of comic book characters as the stars of obscure 1960s Polish arthouse films? It would be no less boring for people who like “The Line It Is Drawn” but are forced to muddle through a week when there’s little to interest them.

…Can we all please have a moment of silence for Joseph W., who has had to bear the UNBELIEVABLE hardship of being FORCED to look at a page of free artwork of something that (shudder) does not personally interest him? My God, how in the Hell do you even go on living in such an unfair universe that doesn’t cater to your exclusive wants and desires?

Thank you for your inspiring service to this country, Joseph W. Your noble sacrifices shall not be forgotten, sir.

Brian, you can remove the luger from Joseph W.’s temple and release his family from captivity now. Thanks. :)

These are awesome. Love the multiple Munch’ s.

I feel sympathetic towards those who don’t know who Munch is, there have been multiple weeks when I haven’t got much out of this feature, mainly due to not being American. That said I can’t help wanting a Homicide week, something which would be fairly obscure. Maybe Pembleton could meet Rene Montoya…

Heh. “Obscure.” One of the more significant franchises in TV history and one of the more highly regarded TV series in TV history. And a character that spans not only these two but many other series.

I can’t help but see that this page is MADE for Munch…..

I bags Namor in ‘Knife in the Water’ for 1960s Polish films week.

Great work guys.

How does Mr. Trumbull manage to convey sarcasm via text so effortlessly without needing emoticons (even though he uses them, he doesn’t need to

Oh, and I call for the potential suggestion of “Pasazerka” with Paula Von Gunther…

Say, Josh, would Reed and Sue be the couple in the boat?

Actually, you could do a ‘pretentious art film’ week with everyone pledged to do something in grainy black-and-white and I bet that would be a lot of fun. Think what some of the regulars could do with Wile E. Coyote or Scrooge McDuck or Spider-Man using that premise.

How does Mr. Trumbull manage to convey sarcasm via text so effortlessly without needing emoticons (even though he uses them, he doesn’t need to.

Years of practice and a charred black heart where my soul should be, Xum.

Munch as Robin is just…wrong. So, of course, I loved it. Best page of free art I was ever forced to look at.

This here? This is a thing of beauty.

Munch as Robin is just…wrong. So, of course, I loved it. Best page of free art I was ever forced to look at.

We can free DC Sheehan’s family now, too.

I don’t watch Law & Order every week either. Never seen a single episode of Homicide: Life on the Street. Yet, I am still very much aware of John Munch. I kind of look at stuff like this as horizon-expanding, so yeah, do more stuff like this. Challenge me a little. Who the hell knows, I might actually go and check out something I haven’t read/watched/listed to before based on that which I see in this column.

I enjoyed it. Thanks.

Indeed. I remember “Community” week. I had never seen a single episode and yet enjoyed it immensely. I still have not seen a single episode (just enough evil Abed clips to get the gist for my piece)… but I intend to when I find the time and a box set to borrow…

Please don’t bother trying to kill me John. I’m sure my ninja assassin neighbor can totally have your mercenary…

Say, Josh, would Reed and Sue be the couple in the boat?

Xum — that would be perfect!

Make it a real thing Brian!

Indeed. I remember “Community” week. I had never seen a single episode and yet enjoyed it immensely. I still have not seen a single episode (just enough evil Abed clips to get the gist for my piece)… but I intend to when I find the time and a box set to borrow…

Yeah, I had a similar experience with our Breaking Bad week a while back. And I always found Beavis & Butthead really annoying, but it was kind of a fun challenge to draw them on-model for our music video week.

Gak! Brian, any chance you can fix the HTML coding I forgot in the second paragraph there? Thanks!

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