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The Line it is Drawn #193 – G.I. Joe Mash-Ups!


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…

Next week is Father’s Day, which reminded me of the dramatic reveal that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s father. Which made me think that it would be neat to do a theme we did in the early days of the Line – dramatic reveals! Come up with a dramatic reveal involving a comic character and our artists will depict it! Some examples from last time were “Donald Duck is Howard the Duck’s father!” “Mystique is a Smurf!” Stuff like that.

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

Suggested by Steve Gerding – In honor of the passing of the creator of the G.I. Joe action figure, Donald Levine, team-up and/or mash-up comic characters with G.I. Joe characters.


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

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BigMike20X6 Ecovore and RomeBrendan suggested

Coulson’s Agents of SHIELD & the Joes

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


deadvicsage suggested

Shipwreck and Aquaman

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


Ecovore suggested

Snake Eyes and Michelangelo

Chaz drew this one, which might have been a different Michelangelo than the one Ecovore had in mind…


Ecovore and Thiefofhearts suggested

Deadpool and Snake Eyes

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


JohnnyUnusual suggested

Mr. Terrific (the man of 1000 talents) Vs. Serpentor (the man crafted from world conquerors)

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

originaldayfan suggested

Snake Eyes vs. Lady Shiva

Cynthia “Thea” Sousa drew this one. Her website is here. She’s Amanda Rodgers, you’ll be joining her soon! A band of vipers, playing her tune. With an iron fist and a reptile hiss she shall color and rule! Check out Amanda’s work at her website here.


ScottFury78 suggested

Fantomex and Storm Shadow

This one was drawn by Tsubasa Yozora. Here is his website.


Thiefofhearts suggested

A mash up of SHIELD and GI JOE

This one was drawn by Uncle Woofie.


WillieEverstop suggested

Captain America punches Cobra Commander

This one was drawn by Nelson Flores.


WillieEverstop suggested

Baroness and Mystique

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


Thanks, everyone! Great work!

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


How about mirror universe versions of every pop culture character?


June 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

Those were ALL great!

The coloring on Cynthia “Thea” Sousa’s pic really sets a claustrophobic mood.

Seeing Cap smash Cobra Commander in the face is deeply gratifying.

Ethan Shuster

June 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

Great stuff! A fun week for a G.I. Joe fan.

That Captain America bit reminded me of the G.I. Joe comic cover based on Capt America’s Hitler-punching first issue:

The names on that Agents of Shield thing were top notch and 100% accurate to boot!


There’s some weeks I scroll through these pretty quickly (except for Perks’s work, always impresses me), and weeks like this where every piece is gorgeous.

I’m not even a huge G.I. Joe fan but the artists really heated up with the summer this week!

I don’t know what worries me more, that Brian snuck a Cold Slither reference into Amanda’s intro this week…

or that I got it.

I slogged through an entire season of AoS to find that Paul Hostetler nails it perfectly in one panel. (What would Patton Oswalt be? Lanyard?)

I don’t know if Nelson channeled Ethan’s comic or the finale of Siege — meh book, but that scene of the shield reflection getting larger and larger in Norman’s faceplate is memorable.

Woofie’s piece is fine, but it has quite a Hero Business vibe to it, which just makes me miss Walko. SOB.

Thea and Tsubasa drew pieces that Larry Hama should see — or whoever writes the book now.

I’m as big a feminist as you will find out here — but I love Axel’s work and always have – -and it’s because of the humor he shows in pieces like this, where he points out how ridiculous the costuming can get. Destro will be running out of family homes to get destroyed at this rate.

Great suggestion on Fantomex and Storm Shadow. How I didn’t see the similarities before…

I really want a Cap/GI Joe crossover comic now. With a flashback with Joe Colton.

And considering their relationship, I’m guessing that’s not the first time Baroness has worn something like that for Destro….

Thanks, Becca, I can always count with you getting the point.

And, if you’ve still not got enough Cobra, go on youtube and look for the rapper “Wordburglar” and his video for “Rap Viper” – the video and lyrics are great (and the song is from a concept album, “welcome to Cobra Island”)

Drawing the Cap stuff this week, I was tempted to
Lightbox the Hitler cover but decided not to

Mad skills this week everybody! Tsubasa, that was kick ass. LOVED your entry. You have my vote for the win. Fernando, I really love your lines. U got a close second just for the force on the piece, really awesome.

Thanks for the props Lou and Becca. Lou you made Amanda smile. Bec’s got great points as always. I miss Bill too. Crap. Well, we can still see his masterful art on Hero Business. :)

I’m not what’cha would call a mainline G.I. Joe fan…but I was favorably impressed by all the entries this week. I’m sorry I made Becca miss Bill Walko (…and YES I checked out “Hero Business” since I hadn’t seen it before, just to get educated) but as a fresh-face here, I’ll take even “left-handed” compliments involving apparently former contributors, lol.

Love Aquaman and Shipwreck!

Captain America punching out Cobra Commander is good, too. I like how in the last panel, the soldiers are all just standing there, too stunned to react.

Loved all of these! Simply amazing work from all artists. I especially liked Joe/AoS since the names were so fitting and well thought out! Scarlet/BW catfight was funny/awesome too. And boy how I wished that the artist would have depicted Storm Shadow decapitating Fantomex!

I really wanted to fit Coulson’s name into his code name, just so I could stage a fake episode called “Coulson Kree-water Revival.”

Maybe for the next album cover Line.

I only wish there was more character variety–I mean come on, there’s more to Joe than just the gang of usual suspects.

I’m very disappointed that CATFIGHT FOR COMMAND was published here. It started as SHIELD/GIJOE; the end result is to say the least quite a filter, and I don’t believe that it’s anywhere near as “meta” as supporters are likely to argue.

Like Becca, I can place the BARONESS/MYSTIQUE piece on the right side of the line, though it skirts pretty darn close as well.

OK, I’ll just sit back and wait for the hate.

Ethan Shuster

June 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I’ve been told that Larry Hama shared this article on Facebook.

By the way, did anyone suggest “Cobra vs. Kobra”?

As far as Larry Hama goes, I suggested an Nth Man the Ultimate Ninja/GI Joe crossover that would be an insanely epic book. Marvel and IDW need to do that :D

Great idea Ethan. It also needed to have Serpentor in it.

Props to Basara for bringing up WordBurglar’s Welcome To Cobra Island. It is a definite must get for fans of the Larry Hama Marvel run….

Nick, I loved the 3D quality of the “Terrific Punch-Out”…..

Like others, Fantomex vs Storm Shadow? Can I get that series now? Talk about awesome….

I think it is hard to mess up a Snake Eyes picture but all the artists here got him (and his stances) just about perfect….

Slightly off but still on topic: what did the Joe fans think of the Community Homage that aired in March?

The Community Homage was pretty awesome.

Hydra and Cobra are pretty alike in the whole “conquer the world” thing.

The Community episode was phenomenal — I cringed at the thought at first, but they turned it into something that worked on a lot of levels.

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