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The Line it is Drawn #242 – Golden Age Versions of Modern Superheroes!

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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 artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions 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…

I just realized that I’m way late in doing one of our recurring themes, which I like to get to roughly every 40 installments or so (it’s been 53 installments), so the theme is comic book cover homages! Suggest a comic book character (or characters) in an homage to a classic comic book cover!

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

Based on a suggestion by Brendan Tobin, we’re going back to the Golden Age! Pick a modern superhero and our artists will depict said character as if they were a Golden Age comic book character.


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

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BigBearSpeaks suggested


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


BigBearSpeaks , FutuGen , NicoleBound78 , reecetrevor and StephenMuses suggested

Ms. Marvel

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


BigMike20X6 and Ecovore suggested

Batman Beyond

The art for this one is by Daniel Dahl. His website is here.


BigMike20X6 and hammard_1987 suggested

Guardians of the Galaxy

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


BigMike20X6 suggested

doctor manhattan

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


dand66, LuciferanHeart and shurwitt suggested


Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


emblom52 , StephenMuses and Thiefofhearts suggested


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


ErichMees suggested

Scott Pilgrim as a Golden Age teen humor comic

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


JeffKeely suggested

Invincible and Atom Eve

The art for this one is by David Jacob Duke. His website is here.


JeffKeely suggested

Apollo and Midnighter

Brendan Tobin drew this one. Here is his website.


snakebitcat suggested


The art for this one is by Monica Munster. Here is her website.


StephenMuses, therealAstrozac and Thiefofhearts suggested


The art for this one is by Gene Guilmette. His website is here.


Thiefofhearts suggested

Tank Girl

The art for this one is by Philip Horton. His website is here.


worldcoolstgeek suggested


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


What an awesome return to the Golden Age, everyone!

Okay, people, go make suggestions for next week!




Wow. Some great entries this week that really captured the look and feel of old GA comics:
Batman Beyond
and especially Apollo/Midnighter’

I also enjoyed Firestorm, Tank girl and Vampirella, but I have to put them in the second tier only because the art was too “good” (read: modern).

These are perfect. I had no idea so many modern artists could draw in this style.

I loved a lot of them this week. The Batman Beyond one is a thing of beauty, and I loved Scott Pilgrim and Apollo/Midnighter, but the absolute best for me was Golden age Firestorm. I love that someone worked out an origin for him. Fair dues.

I want to read ALL OF THESE much more than any comic coming out now!

Good stuff from all involved!

All great. But in real life most frowned on Homosexuals back then, I highly doubt that would have been published in our world.

The Vampirella design is very good.

Am I alone in thinking Firestorm looks far more “manga” than “golden age?”

Love the Scott Pilgrim one!

I also enjoyed Firestorm, Tank girl and Vampirella, but I have to put them in the second tier only because the art was too “good” (read: modern).

I actually quite liked the ersatz Who’s Who entry for Firestorm, which read as very much like the sort of thing Roy Thomas would have done in All-Star Squadron. But I’m a sucker for that encyclopedic style of summarizing comics.

Guardians as Prince Valiant is just…inspired.

I want that Batman Beyond 24X36 on my wall!!

I was thinking more of Flash Gordon, Adam, but either way a great idea. I think Omac is my favorite though.

capt usa (jim)

May 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

Wow…Awesome week. This topic needs to be done again if this is the type of results it produces.

Not to insult anyone, but agree with lambenjie that the Batman Beyond was a thing of beauty. apparently I’m a sucker for anything that tries to resemble a classic cover feel, because I liked all of those. And I loved the casual golden age sexism depicted in the Guardians of the Galaxy up until the last panel. (note I enjoyed the last panel, just saying that it veered away from casual sexism that was previously in the strip) And Omac feels exactly like a 40’s comic.

These are all great, and that Batman Beyond is my favorite

I’d love to imagine what Fredric Wertham would have made of “Man Comics” with Apollo and the Midnighter.

Hitler is utterly confounded by such deviant displays of male affection!

Thank you Nick and Marco! Wonderful work all around!

That Apollo and Midnighter cover is awesome.

And that Batman Beyond looks amazing.

I think this could be my favorite week to date – so many great ideas realized!

Firestorm, Batman Beyond, and Apollo & Midnighter are my favorites, but most of the rest are top-notch too.

For a moment I thought that Apollo and Midnighter were the Ambiguously Gay Duo.

Which, actually, I think would be a great entry.

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This was cool and pretty funny.

I don’t know if it’s already been done but the opposite would be just as good; Modern age (or 90s EXTREME era) of golden age superheroes.

For The Win! I wish I could pick a favorite! The Batman Beyond and Scott Pilgrim are pretty cool; but they all are awesome!

Wow. This was the best TLIID ever.

Tank girl with the retro flat colors and plain background was awesome. But the Man Comics one is the best.

I absolutely love the Firestorm one and the Ms. Marvel one!

Just nitpicking a bit…

Heckspawn made me laugh, but the Golden Age version would totally have been Hellspawn…

I also love the Archie-styled Scott Pilgrim. But again, not really ‘Golden Age’, since it’s the Dan DeCarlo derived house style from the late-50s on.

Ethan Shuster

May 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Wow, everyone knocked it out of the park this week. Batman Beyond and Guardians of the Galaxy are the winners for me.

And note, people, that while Firestorm and Scott Pilgrim look a little more current, they can still be characters who started in the Golden Age. And I think, too, that the Firestorm one feels like a Who’s Who of an All-Star Squadron character, some of which originated way back.

Drawing in the “Golden Age” style is truly not as easy as it might look, and I applaud my fellow Liners ‘ more successful attempts at it. When I had done the Golden Age Aquaman Who’s Who entry for the Fire and Water Podcast (click my name above for the link), I had the advantage of actually “cleaning up” scans of 1940s Aquaman comic panels. Obviously restoring art in that style did not rub off on me…

So doing a page from Who’s Who, a series in which many of the Golden Age characters were redrawn by modern 1980s comic artists (especially the ever illustrious Jerry Ordway), seemed to be the best way for me to go. I did try to make the History sound more like an actual Golden Age comic story than an “Untold Tale” in All-Star Squadron, however…

I hope you enjoy it, regardless. This is actually the sixth Who’s Who page I had ever put together, but only the second one for the Line…

…and there will be a third.

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“I’m amused by the sentence construction and attention to redundant grammar in the Guardian of the Galaxies one”, posted Thok appreciatively.

Fantastic work! Nick I always see your best on gold and silver age stuff. Daniel, that steam punk rocketeer batman is killer! I’d buy that comic.

Sean how did you get lobo to look like lil abner? Amazing.

Great work by everybody, two thumbs up!


John Trumbull

May 30, 2015 at 6:41 am

Absolutely stellar week, Liners. I think my favorite is the Apollo/Midnighter cover, but these are ALL great.

StarMan, that is literally the point.

My favorite here is OMAC, which oh-so-perfectly captured the essence of the GA while still being Kirby-tastic. But great work, all!

I don’t think the Tank Girl and the Spawn one were exactly Golden Age, but, other than that, I liked the artistry.

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