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The Line it is Drawn #190 – Comic Book Cover 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…

In honor of the new X-Men film, depict various fictional groups as the X-Men. So the Justice League as the X-Men, the cast of Cheers as the X-Men, the cast of Little Women as the X-Men, the cast of My Little Pony as the X-Men, etc.

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

It’s the theme I like to get to at least once a year – comic book cover homages! Suggest a comic book character (or characters) 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 (I made an exception this week so that one artist wouldn’t be going back to back).

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners! Click on any image to enlarge it!

NOTE: Due to an e-mail error on my part, I’m currently missing Rachel Ordway’s piece (and perhaps someone else, as I can’t access my CBR e-mail account). I’ll hopefully have Rachel’s piece up soon!

BigBearSpeaks suggested

All Star Superman 1 – Starring Streaky (who’s in the middle of cleaning fur).

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


JohnnyUnusual suggested

Daredevil #182 with Deadman

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

Hulk, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, & Wolverine smashing through the Fantastic Four, Giant Size X=Men #1

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

Rorschach standing over a beaten and bloodied Vic Sage/Question on Question #17

Cynthia “Thea” Sousa drew this one. Her website is here. Where do you go with your broken heart in tow? What do you do with the left over you? And how do you know, when to let go? Where does the good go, where does the good go? Well, we know that the good colorists go right here, like Amanda Rodgers! Check out Amanda’s website here to see her work!.


BigMike20X6 suggested

Batman Beyond vs Hulk 2099 on Batman vs Hulk

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

Darth Vader on Secret Wars #10

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

Amazing Fantasy #15 with Batman

This one was drawn by Mathieu Parent. Here is his website.


BigMike20X6 suggested

Sabra, Captain Ultra, Overmind, El Aguila, Shamrock, Paladin, American Eagle, Sunfire, & Scott Lobdell on Justice League Europe Annual #2

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


jp_jordan suggested

Calvin and Hobbes homaging Amazing Fantasy #15

Nelson Flores drew this one.


KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Strange Adventures #207 with Casper

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


KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Action Comics #1 with Astro Boy

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


therealAstrozac suggested

Hellboy on Fastastic Four #51


Thiefofhearts suggested

Green Lantern & Young Justice’s Artemis in Uncanny X-Men 141, in front of a poster of cancelled comic book shows.

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


Thiefofhearts suggested

The Rat Queens in Fantastic Four #1

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


Good stuff, everyone!

Okay, people, go make suggestions on our Twitter account for next week!


Xum’s piece was brilliant.

Blown. a. way.

Nick, Thea, Marco, the uncredited Hellboy. Wow.


May 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

Yukinori’s piece is one hell of a zinger!

And Hostetler’s Rat Queens cover gave one hell of a case of the giggles.

Good one!

Look to the bottom left of that Casper cover and his origin is revealed at last. Casper is the ghost of Dennis the Menace! Mr. Wilson had enough of his crap I guess.

Kind of curious what Xum put as the reasoning for Avengers: EMH.

Love Love LOVE Xum’s piece, especially the posters and the message “It takes a Weisman to create intelligent programs”.

“Too different from the movies”

@Jeff: Yeah, I wish the EMH poster had been in a more visible position. Reason could’ve been Not Movie Avengers? :p

LOVE the Rat Queens cover (and the Rat Queens).

Thanks to Xum for the clever reworking of the wall — and for having Hal be the only male on the cover. “Regressed” was my particular favorite.

Hostetler’s Rat Queens had me laughing for a solid 5 minutes. I almost feel sorry for the monster.

Can’t trust either Akbar or Jeff, Casper; that’s all I’m saying…

Excellent riffs by Axel on Hellboy and Marco on Star Wars — either of those could have easily been actual covers, and thereby show up in another column on this blog.

But Nick on Deadman — I fully expect that to be on a trade someday. Awesome execution of the concept.

Hey Xum, can you post the rationales unblocked? Love the “Baby Plas” for Plastic Man.

Also love the appropriate use of empty-eyed-style Spectacular MJ.

Marco D’Alfonso’s homage to Mike Zeck’s classic Secret Wars battle-damaged Dr Doom is incredible.

The reason on EMH: “Loeb”

(Fair or not, I still blame him. ;))

@JoshDM, that’s actually Gwen.

ARGH, Peter beat me to the Loebed joke. I feel like people will be looking at Xum’s piece for years though.Someone should send that to Dini.

A lot of great stuff, as usual! I absolutely adore Streaky’s expression, Marco’s Vader looks very dynamic, and much love to Nick Perks for including a wonderfully appropriate Nick Cave quote.

Loebed is the equivalent to Liefelded, from Trumbull’s take? I can go with that.

I also want to think the one behind Artemis is for Gargoyles, which in my mind is the only show that came close to JLU in both its reach and its grasp — “Chronicled”. I’m pretty sure that’s “The Batman” behind Hal; you can see their Barbara’s hair flip.

Wow, how did I miss Rachel’s take on Astro Boy?

Not to nitpick, but one of the All-New All Different FF covers was, essentially, the above.

Throw me on the bandwagon for Xum. That one pushed all the right buttons for me.

I particularly love the cancellation reasons for Plastic Man and the Super Friends.

I gotta say, both those Perks pieces are brilliant too. I’m guessing Ted Johnson is the murderer.

@buttler – No it isn’t Ted Johnson, but it is one of the characters on the cover…

What a great week! I loved Yukinori’s, Parent’s, and D’Alfonso. It is a tie for me on whether I like Yukinori’s or Da’Alfonso’s better.

Ah, well, if we’re going with the distinguishing characteristic of the original killer, I think I getcha.

@buttler – Exactly.

Star Wars (Vader as Doom) and Hellboy were my favorites, with the CCC a distant third (far too many homages to that cover lately).

Marco D’Alfonso great artist is.

Streaky is perfect!

Ah, look at all that Fantastic Four love! And Doom too.

(And in case Spidey fans get riled up, him too.)

Agreeing with you Ray! Love those FF and Secret Wars tributes

I enjoyed every one of these. (And I know who Casper’s killer is too… clever.)

The last detail I added to my piece was the lettering, so I actually had no determined “explanations” for the ceased production of The Batman, Fantastic Four, and Shazam. Plastic Man was indeed “Baby Plas”, Wolverine and the X-Men was “Funding Cut”, and Avengers: EMH was “Rebooted” (if you want to see it as “Loebed”, I cannot stop you).

I’ve just posted the unobscured wanted poster on my blog — so you can see how these comic-book programs are represented — as well as a disclaimer that these “taped” explanations should not be taken as fact.


Willie Everstop

May 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm

These are all excellent.

Those last three are all beautiful pieces of inspired genius, and I love them all.
…and i would buy the crap out of that Obscure Marvel team if that was a real comic!

Fantastic work everyone!

These are pretty fantastic pieces but there are no words that can adequately express the awe and wonder of Brendan’s Obscurity Legion piece…

Xum’s piece only missed Beware the Batman, which makes more sense than some of the other picks.

Pretty good otherwise.

The Darth Vader Secret Wars Tribute was pure gold. Pure gold!

The Justice League Europe Annual #2 ISN’T the right cover for this one. The RIGHT cover is the Justice League “Guy Gardner” cover http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Justice_League_1_DC_1987.jpg complete with the “Wanna make something of it?” line.

The Justice League Europe Annual #2 ISN’T the right cover for this one. The RIGHT cover is the Justice League “Guy Gardner” cover http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Justice_League_1_DC_1987.jpg complete with the “Wanna make something of it?” line.

No, it’s definitely the Justice League Europe Annual from 1991. That was the inspiration for the 1987 Justice League #1 cover.

Heh. I love me a snarky Cronin.

Thanks for the love, y’all. Wish I had had the time to color it, but it was late enough as is (thanks for posting it, Brian).


Wait. So the 1991 cover inspired the 1987 cover? And this was done with WHAT TARDIS?

Travis Pelkie

May 19, 2014 at 1:29 am

Actually, if you’d read the JLE Annual, you’d know what time travel was involved.

Considering the level of the characters, maybe a Justice League Antarctica tribute was called for. Though I guess JLE wasn’t much better.

Some great work, love the Secret Star Wars cover, and the cancelled comics one (though I agree the New FF one wasn’t enough of a departure). But how in the world did we not get a superheroes with Godzilla set of covers this week??

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