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The Line it is Drawn #198 – What if Comic Characters Had Different Creators?

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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 Batman’s 75th anniversary this month, team Batman up with a hero he’s never had a team-up with before or have Batman face a villain he’s never fought before! Or heck, have him team up with a hero he’s never teamed up with AGAINST a villain he’s never fought before! Go nuts!

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

Based on an old suggestion by John Trumbull, the topic is character design What If? Like “What if Jack Kirby had designed Batman?” or “What if Spider-Man had been designed in the 1930s?” or “What if Archie had been designed during the 1990s?” Let your imagination go wild!


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

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B_Granderson suggested

what if mike mignola created dr. strange?

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


B_Granderson suggested

what if frank miller created wonder woman?

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

Eric Powell’s Popeye

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


CestLaBri suggested

What if Mary Marvel was created in Japan? #magicalgirl

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


docmagik suggested

What if Gary Larson had created Spider-man?

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


FutuGen suggested

What if Patrick Nagel designed Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn?

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


JohnnyUnusual suggested

What if Cable was a late 80’s/early 90’s Vertigo comic.

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


KeithAlanMorgan suggested

What if Galactus was designed by H. R. Giger?

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


kevinbrettauer suggested

What if Mike Allred had designed the Challengers of the Unknown?

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


MechanisticMoth suggested

What if Usagi Yojimbo was drawn by Jim Lee?

Nelson Flores did the art for this one.


Thanks everyone! A fine week of what if art!

Okay, folks, go tweet us suggestions for the same Bat-time next week!


Amazing! All of these are terrific. My kudos to the artists!

I thought Gary Larsen’s Spider-Man was going to be my hands-down favourite, until I saw Giger’s Galactus.

OMG, Derek Langille’s take on Patrick Nagel’s Gotham City Sirens is MIND-BLOWING and SURREAL!! A trip back to the fab 80’s.

All of these are fantastic.


Axel’s Giger-lactus is… just… W O W


That Galactus would be amaaaaaazing to see.

That is one Galactus I bet everyone would be afraid of.

The best one, imo.

Wow, they all knocked it out of the park this week. Great work guys.

oz the malefic

July 11, 2014 at 8:14 am

Axel, amazing work with a great basis on the original. Just amazing.

Giger’s Galactus is amazing and needs to somehow happen lol just too cool.

Well, so much for sleeping after seeing the HR Giger Galactus.

Must single out Nick Perks for his amazingly accurate simulation of Mignola. Breathtaking!

That Derek Langille piece is glorious! And most of the entries are spot on! Good job!

One of the best weeks ever. Not a bad one in the bunch and some truly brilliant ones as well. DC is crazy not to do a Mary Marvel manga and I suddenly realize how badly I want to see an Eric Powell Popeye strip.

Hey Fox there’s your Galactus for the Fantastic Four reboot and best of all you already own Alien so no plagiarism problems!

Jeff Nettleton

July 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

Brilliant stuff! The Mignola Dr Strange is probably my favorite; but, I have to give a shout out for the Nagel. I still have a print of “Nagel: The Book,” with the cover art to the book collection of his work. Yes, it screams the 80s; but it’s still an intriguing image, with more life than some of his work.

I have to go with everybody else and say “WOW” to the Giger Galactus. However, Mignola’s Dr. Strange is rather lavish and cool too.

Jason M. Bryant

July 11, 2014 at 9:51 am

Just the words “Mary Marvel was created in Japan” made me want to see that as a TV show. Anime would be a perfect fit for her.

Wow! These are perfect. I want Eric Powell’s Popeye, H. R. Giger’s Galactus, and manga Mary Marvel to exist!

I miss Larsen so much.

Yeah, the Far Side and Galactus ones are fantastic.

After seeing the Nagal Sirens, maybe DC should consider a “Batman 84″ comic. And while we’re at it, how about a Batman 75 comic by Neal Adams?

Herb Clerecidge

July 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Nothing by Neal Adams unless they let somebody else (pretty much anybody else) write it. Odyssey was incomprehensible.

Possibly the best version of his column ever.

The Giger Galactus Rules!

Damn – these were all winners this week, especially the Nagelized female Bat-villains and a Giger’d Galactus.

Wow. That Giger-lactus is awesome.

Anime Mary Marvel really captures the spirit of MM.
Doug Larson Spider-Man is hilarious! The Far Side ruled. :-D
Nagel villainesses are CLASSY.

Wow, that Patrick Nagel work is amazing. Kudos to Langille!


July 11, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Not much to say that hasn’t already been said. Far Side Spidey would fit right into my library of FS books, and the Giger Galactus is so wonderful.

I also love Langille’s effect of the claw marks across the Nagel Bat-villainesses. It’s like Selina was leafing through an 80s’ Vogue editorial and on coming across this spread, scratched across it with her claws just cause. :)

Wonderful work everyone! :-)

Jack Kirby’s Checkered Demon

Great work. My favorite was Vertigo-Cable. Gorgeous. I’d totally read a Cable book drawn in that style.
I’m not sure that having “what if Allred created [Any Kirby creation]” is a good choice. Allred is very much an heir (I’d really say THE heir) to Kirby’s style.

It would be awesome if Batman teamed up with Iron Man and the fight is with ozymandias (watchmen) battle of the billionaires or money talks

great stuff the Nagelwork is truly inspired and captures that look perfectly.

Galactus looks freaking amazing. Odds are, they’d still find a way to job him out to every Mary Sue that some writer adopts as their own.

Some things will never change.

If Wonder Woman had been created by Frank Miller, she would probably have been working a street corner to help feed her drug habit.

This is all extra impressive because it’s not easy to close off your natural artistic instincts and ape someone else’s style, especially when coming up with an original concept.

And yes, “The Silver Surfer” is not someone I thought would ever be terrifying.

Fantastic week, so much good work. Also, while I agree with all the Giger-lactus praise, everyone is ignoring the most important thing about it: That it is METAL.

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