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The Line it is Drawn #178 – Comic Book Music Album Homages

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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…

Our own Daniel Cox really wants to do a Hanna-Barbera piece, so we’re revisiting that topic, only a little more broadly. Now it is comic book characters teamed-up or mashed-up with Saturday Morning cartoons in general!

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

Every fifty installments, this will be the theme! Mash-up a comic book character and a famous music album cover!


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion (although I made one slight edit in the order to prevent the same album being homaged back-to-back).

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BeccaDannysWife suggested

Ultron and the Avengers — Queen’s News of the World

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

Nextwave on They Might Be Giants’ NO! album

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

Batman on the cover of Michael Jackson’s Bad

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

Steel on the cover of They Might Be Giants’ John Henry

Chaz is the artist on this one.


BigMike20X6 suggested

The Joker on the cover of Steve Miller Band’s The Joker

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

BigMike20X6 suggested

Morpheus on the cover of Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


BigMike20X6 suggested

Batman, Ace, and the Batmobile on the cover of Weird Al Yankovic’s Straight Outta Lynwood

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


DerekHandley suggested

Francine and Katchoo (Strangers in Paradise) on the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors

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


Ecovore suggested

LadyHawke’s self-titled with Catwoman

Cynthia “Thea” Sousa drew this one. Her website is here. One journey for you but it’s worth it, one piece colored here by Amanda and it’s magic. Go check out more of Amanda’s magic at her website here.


JohnnyUnusual suggested

Scrooge McDuck in Nevermind by Nirvana

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


therealAstrozac suggested

the Hulk on The Clash’s London Calling

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


Thiefofhearts suggested

The Mouse Guard fighting the Owl on the cover of Rush’s Fly By Night.

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


Thiefofhearts suggested

MLP’s Rainbow Dash and Princess Luna – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


Thiefofhearts suggested

Daredevil – Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division

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


Ted_LisaDahlman suggested

Modok – Nirvana’s Never Mind

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


Great work, everyone!

Okay, folks, go make suggestions for next week!


I’ve never seen have the albums these are based on but there are some great graphics this week.
Love the “Straight outta Gotham” one. DC should buy that for a “Batman B&W” cover.

That’s a brilliant pick for Unknown Pleasures with Daredevil.

I found the “No” album very confusing because it looks like a New Radicals album and the characters are saying a line from one of their songs

Amazing work by Thea and Xum as always!

I always remembered this from when I was young Marvel Treasury #18 – 1977 The cover was based on Paul McCartney Band on the Run Album cover

I found the “No” album very confusing because it looks like a New Radicals album and the characters are saying a line from one of their songs

Compare the They Might Be Giants cover to the New Radicals cover. It’s not even close. The homage is not confusing at all.

Sigh. It all seems so empty and meaningless without Bill Walko…

Oh, and, uh, you guys! Good job!

Good work guys. I only know five (and like 1) of these albums but they’re pretty good. I’m going to have to say the Daredevil one is the best.

This proves I’m not a good judge of my own work. Almost didn’t submit the Daredevil piece.

BigMike on fire! Bat is perfect in every way.

Nirvana, Rush, Queen, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Vincent Furnier’s Band, Fletwood mac, Joy Div. Great Albums given great new horizons…

Never really listened to Steve Millers band , and TMBG is completely stranger to me (except for the generic of malcolm … )

Real great Work

All such fantastic work this week. I was really rather surprised to get not one but TWO They Might Be Giants albums picked. I thought the edgy ultra-violence of Nextwave mixed well with the cutesy childrens album tone of NO!
And dang Chaz, I love the way you went with a young John
And then Weird Al, because, Weird Al.

Some really inspired work this week! Love the Weird Al homage. Weird Al and Batman are like peanut butter and honey, two great tastes that go great together!

Back on topic. Cool work, everyone. I also have to give a shout-out to my seven-year-old daughter and in-house-while-I’m-away-from-home Pony expert Aika. Those were international long-distance phone charges well spent.

All great, as usual! Robert Rath’s London Smashing is my favorite, combining two of my favorite things (Hulk & The Clash) so artfully.

Weird Al/Batman is the winner this time. Steve Miller/Joker is good, too. Love that Joker’s wearing a Batman mask! :-D Nice touch.

Aw, the grawlix in the Nextwave one should be skull and crossbone symbols. So close to perfection!

Shouldn’t MODOK and Scrooge McDuck’s wangs be visible on the Nevermind mash-ups? Y’know, to make the homages completely accurate…?

The Daredevil cover needs to be real.

Jumbotron, I’m glad I’m not the only one disappointed by the lack of duck penis. However, when I saw that would mean we’d need M.O.D.I.C.K. too, I’m didn’t mind as much.

Seriously, there could be a whole column to just comic characters in that Nevermind cover.

Great round everyone but that Clash/Hulk cover is the most awesome.

Ladyhawke is one of my favorite musicians and I never thought I’d see her here. Awesome.

The Scrooge McDuck one was quite in character.

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Frankie Addiego

May 16, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Man, I wish I’d known about this one. Incidentally, Michael Jackson actually had a dummy of himself dressed as Batman.

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