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The Line it is Drawn #171 – Dream Comic Book Movie Casting…From the Past!

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…

An oldie but a goodie – mash up comic book characters with famous paintings!

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

Based on a suggestion by twitter followers Ted and Lisa Dahlman, we’re doing a twist on dream casting for a superhero movie. Now, instead, pick a comic book team or character and a YEAR and our artists would have to come up with dream casting for that character/team for that particular year. To wit, who would be the dream casting for Wolverine in the year 1939? 1957? 1968? 1985? 1992? You get the picture.


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

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BigMike20X6 suggested

Green lantern, 1930s

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


BigMike20X6 suggested

Sister Voodoo, 1974

Cynthia “Thea” Sousa drew this one. Her website is here. Let us live ‘neath Amanda’s spell Do do that voodoo that you do so well, For you do something to us that nobody else could do. Part of Amanda’s voodoo involves coloring the above piece. Check out Amanda’s website here.


deadvicsage suggested

1939 Barbara Gordon Batgirl

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


RomeBrendan suggested

Avengers Late 70’s/Early 80’s.

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


Axel added a cast list:

Michael Biehn- Steve Rogers / Captain America
Tom Selleck- Tony Stark / Iron Man
Dolph Lundgren – Thor
Bill Bixby – Bruce Banner (Not messing with success, me.)
Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk
David Rasche- Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Courteney Cox- Janet Van Dyne / The Wasp
Tanya Roberts- Natasha Romanoff / The Black Widow
Bruce Boxleitner – Dr. Henry Pym / Ant Man / Giant Man
Pierce Brosnan- Prince Namor / The Submariner
Timothy Dalton- Loki
James Earl Jones (of course)- Kang the Conqueror

therealAstrozac suggested

1979 Power Man and Iron Fist

Chaz is the artist on this one.


Thiefofhearts suggested

Deadpool 1993

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


Thiefofhearts suggested

Cyclops 19594 [I lowered the year a bit to make a certain “Died too young” star eligible for this one. Nick suggests that this was just an alternate reality where Dean survived his car accident but had to make a comeback doing B-Movies like this one. -BC]

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


Thiefofhearts suggested

Marko and Alana (from Saga) 1989

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


And now, for our NEW artists! I couldn’t help but add FIVE new artists (I felt like taking even more but it was just getting ridiculous how many good artists applied, so I had to stop myself at five. I initially only wanted two-three new artists!).

BigMike20X6 suggested

The Tick, 1980

This one was drawn by Rachel Ordway. Here is her website.


deadvicsage suggested

Hawk, Duke, Scarlett and Snake Eyes, 1949

This one was drawn by David Branstetter. Here is his website.


Futabakun suggested

Capt. Carrot & the Zoo Crew in 1945, when animation may have been at its peak!

This one was drawn by Derek Langille. Here is his website.


KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Adam Strange 1977

This one was drawn by Mike Rooth. Here is his website.


(Mike, as you can see, went with Harrison Ford, fresh off of Star Wars, as Adam)

Thiefofhearts suggested

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1960

This one was drawn by Fernando Pinto. Here is his website.


Great stuff, everyone! A big welcome to our new artists!

Okay, folks, now go make suggestions to us on Twitter for next week!


I want to see Zamarons from Space….SO bad.

Welcome to the fold, dudes. Let me get the soy sauce and goldfish and the Initiation Paddles.

My favorite is Captain Carrot.

I LOVE Marco D’Alfonso art so much.

CC&HAZC win.

welcome new artists. good work from you all.

i hate to admit it, but the jim carey as deadpool…that could have almost worked

Oh my god, Joe ’49 would be hella awesome.

I think I have to give my nod to Frank Oz as Lying Cat. But these are all wonderful; I would love to see any of them.

Another vote for Captain Carrot here.

Charlton Heston as Magneto. Always.

Green Lantern also gave me a Toho 50-60’s sci fi flick vibe. Cool.

Props for making “him” Sister, and remembering Maureen O’Hara.

Have to admit, I’m not seeing half the faces in the Avengers. Particularly the former Bonds. (And if you’re going to have Timothy Dalton, doesn’t HE have to be Tony Stark? I mean Selleck makes perfect sense, but you don’t trump him in your own movie.)

Power Man and Iron Fist – didn’t know this one was supposed to be labeled NSFW. Which makes it not very movie poster like. Though fitting the era/theme, Power Fist sounds like a porno.

If it was Jim Carrey and a movie made back then, they’d find some way for his mask to be off 90% of the time.

Stan Lee almost had to base Professor X’s look off of Yul Brynner, right? That would have been the all-time, alive or dead dream casting. (Which might be fun some day for one of these things…casting across eras or dead people who should play someone today). I’m sure in this movie Charles Bronson is playing Wolverine. (And lowered the year to “Cyclops 19594″? How far in the future was it BEFORE? ;-) )

Talisa Soto call out. I’m impressed.

The Tick has a hell of a cast.

Not sure Jimmy Stewart works as Duke. Duke is more generic leading man material. Who are our Cobras?

Captain Carrot is just flat out pretty.

Took a second with Adam Strange, but the more I loook at it the more I see the very 70s Ford in it.

And TMNT is so flat out crazy it has the perfect director.

I see Rick Moranis as Arthur, personally

that Adam Strange looks like the incomparable Ricardo Montalbon

Captain Carrot for the win. DC should seriously consider a 40s-style all ages book with that style.

The 70s-80s Avengers was my second favorite, but with one quibble: Courtney Cox was born in 1964. In the late 70s-early 80s she was only a teenager.

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My suggestions are never chosen. :(

@Hank, late 70’s-early 80’s gives us a lot of leeway, up till 1984-1985, so she could have easily been 20-21. She looked the same for 15 years from the Springsteen video on, anyway, so she could have said any age.

@M-Wolverine, Dalton has the evil/aristocratic persona spot on, Selleck is more as a reliable touchstone, which would make him a solid public face for Stark Industries. Besides, Alex Ross already had said Dalton, and I didn’t want to copy him…

Great work, everyone, and welcome, new Liners!

Captain Carrot & Crew a’la old school Looney Tunes characters is brilliant! WB should jump on that for a comic book, an animated series & eventually a full length movie! It is a DC product correct?

Somehow I was expecting Alan Alda as Hawkeye.

Wow! Fantastic work everybody! :-D

Brian, are you going to put up a post showing all the submissions you received for new artists?

Happy 2014 Liners!

My favs are Axel’s Avengers and Derek’s Captain Carrot!

And a big welcome to the new Liners. Hope you survive the experience! ; )

I WILL find a way to go back in time and make a 1970s “Blaxploitation Marvel” movie. Pam Grier as Sister Voodoo, Fred Williamson as Luke Cage, and Bruce Lee as Shang Chi are PERFECT casting. I’m not 100% sold on Norris as Iron Fist, but we could make it work.

@Axel…I think it works for Ross because Dalton is the only guy to ever really pull off the Stark helmet hair….that and his Flash Gordon obsession.

Come to think of it though, Brosnan didn’t become Bond until the 90’s…wouldn’t Remington Steele Pierce make for a skinny Sub-Mariner…? ;-)

1960 would be a mite too late for James Dean to do a Ninja Turtle film. I’m still trying to figure out what year “19594” is supposed to represent for the James Dean/Cyclops one.

Artist Paul Gulacy, in the 70s, used Bruce Lee as his model for Shang-Chi when he was drawing “Master of Kung Fu”.

The Line it is Drawn is my favorite part of my Friday evening winding-down time. It’s always great to see the excellent interpretations of the suggestions – all of the artists deliver such amazing work. The five new artists have all started strong too.

Thanks to all the artists for keeping Friday fun!

@Benn – I think the suggestion was 1959 and Mr. Cronin crossed out the 9 and wrote a 4 after it to accommodate the great interpretation with James Dean, who had already died by 1959. The strikethrough doesn’t show very well on the 9.

I figured as much.

Btw, does Chaz mean Bruce *Li* or Bruce *Lee*? They are separate people.

Maureen O’hara would have been amazing as Barbara Gordon.

“Come to think of it though, Brosnan didn’t become Bond until the 90?s…wouldn’t Remington Steele Pierce make for a skinny Sub-Mariner…? ;-)”

Not to mention a HAIRY one!

that 70/80s Avengers is great especially David Rasche has Hawkeye though I thought Kang looked liked Peter Weller

Welcome to the Line, new artist types! Great way to start the year off, Brian!

And for those unaware, Sister Voodoo /is/ a character, albeit one that rarely appears ever :D

Sister Voodoo is the winner this time.

Adam Strange is really good, too.

I’ve always wished we could get some superhero movies set in other eras instead of having to make everything “modern”. The closest we’ve gotten is X-Men First Class, but that isn’t really the same things. Imagine a Batman set in the 1940s or a Fantastic Four set in the ’60s.

What about Captain America, Ethan?

Frankie Addiego

January 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I’d like to see a 1984 Justice League film.

Superman: Christopher Reeve
Wonder Woman: Lynda Carter
Batman: Timothy Dalton
Robin: Michael J Fox
The Flash: Mel Gibson
Aquaman: Don Johnson
Hawkman: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Green Lantern: Tom Selleck

Lex Luthor: Gene Hackman
Brainiac: Voice of Leonard Nimoy
Joker: Jack Nicholson
Penguin: Danny DeVito

David Rasche! That’s awesome! How did I miss that?

@Bill Walko: You’ve never seen “The Man from Atlantis,” have you? In that show, Patrick Duffy was relatively hairless. Which sort of surprised me when I saw the first shirtless scene featuring Duffy on “Dallas.” Duffy admitted that he shaved for “Atlantis.” (Then too, William Shatner must’ve shaved for “Star Trek” because he was sporting a fair amount of chest hair on “The Barbary Coast” but I’ve never read anything that confirmed the shaving point.) Plus Duffy plenty of experience with underwater filming–even learning how to swim like a dolphin (keeping both legs together while swimming; if you’ve never seen it, you really have to).

On that point, Duffy would’ve probably been a casting director’s first choice to play the Sub-Mariner for an Avengers film in that period (even though he would’ve probably said “Hell no!!!!”).

If Pierce would have been a hairy Sub-Mariner, one can only image what the 60’s Marvel Avengers would look like with Sean Connery as Namor….

Jim Carrey actually had a minor role in the last Dirty Harry movie called “The Dead Pool”

These are so great.

Love Batgirl and GIJoe.

Maureen O’Hara would have been such an amazing Batgirl.

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