Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
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Alpha Flight has every right to be upset.
As the world’s most famous Canadian [non-Wolverine bracket], rapper/ actor/ walking internet meme Aubrey “Drake” Graham is bound to make some enemies. But being pitted against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes might be a fight that not even Swole Drake can win.
Ultron is so tired of the Black Eyed Peas.
James Spader brought memorable charisma and flair to his performance as Tony Stark’s bastard brainchild in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” marking one of the few times a Marvel-movie villain has rivaled the magnetism of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. In the film, Ultron displayed a natural, if extreme, extension of the put-upon condescension periodically flashed by Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, who was responsible for bringing the killer robot to life (with help from Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner). In a movie sprawling with subplots and action sequences and seeds planted for MCU stories to come, Spader’s snug fit within the role, which was both menacing and comical, stood out.
No doubt Doctor Who fans are still reeling from the events of yesterday’s Christmas special, but what if the BBC had decided to go in a different direction with the new Doctor? Former Muppets cartoonist Roger Langridge imagines another sort of regeneration for the good Doctor — and some of his friends as well.
He created this Muppets/Doctor Who mashup for the London Film and Comic Con booklet, where he’ll be a guest in March. Check it out below.
November is a month when creative people of all types set themselves all kinds of challenges, like NaNoWriMo (the National Novel Writing Month) and its junior equivalent PiBoIdMo (the Picture Book Idea Month). For artists, there’s also SkADAMo (Sketch A Day A Month), in which the challenge is to post … well, it’s self-explanatory, really. My favorite participation has been that of cartoonist Martin Hand, who’s been posting charmingly crude, Panter-esque, comic swipes paired with unlikely but always fitting quotes from literature, advertising and music. I was almost crying with laughter when I saw that Ulik the troll/R Kelly mash-up above turn up in his Twitter feed. There’s a lot more below.
Those newfangled social networks have been heaving with all manner of Breaking Bad-related nonsense over the past few days, and I’ve been trying to avoid all of it, for fear of spoilers. I did, however, come across this in my RSS feed and chuckle. It’s by mash-up king PJ McQuade (we’ve featured his Wolverine/Quint and his Walking Dead/Star Wars pieces recently), and it is so tonally pitch-perfect that I had to share it — my qualms that it’s maybe not really comics-related faded as I remembered that Star Wars has existed as a comic for essentially as long as it has as a movie franchise. So there.
Anyway, ladies and gentlemen: Darth Heisenberg. He’s available as a print (and as a vinyl sticker) from McQuade’s Etsy shop.
We’ve featured Brooklyn-based illustrator PJ McQuade before because of his frequently comics-friendly work. His latest piece, created for the MF Gallery’s 10th anniversary exhibition, is something of a show-stopper: a mash-up that seems to have struck McQuade purely because of the awesomeness of the sideburns on both Quint in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and Wolverine. Thinking about it, it was inevitable, really. The original painting is already sold, but you can buy a print of this from McQuade’s Etsy storefront.
My favorite part of the design is the tribute to that much-missed (by some of us nostalgic old farts, anyway) feature of old Marvel comics, the corner box. This lovingly rendered image of the late great Robert Shaw is also available from McQuade’s Etsy shop, if you’d like the disembodied head of a salty old sea dog semi-permanently staring you out from the cover of your laptop/dash of your speedboat/whatever. I know I do. And now I’ve got a mysterious longing for sushi, too.
It’s not that long since we featured Butcher Billy’s New Wave Justice League, but here’s another artist working a similar beat: James Zark‘s punk rock/X-Men mash-up, the X-Pistols. James is selling prints of these designs through his Society 6 storefront. Above is Glenn Danzig as Wolverine, but my favorite is the Debbie Harry-as-Phoenix one, which is also available as a pillowcase. And why not? Throw pillows are punk, too. See them all after the break.
Artist Murray Groat (aka Muz, aka Muzski) has a fondness for the dementing elder gods of H.P. Lovecraft, but lucky for us, he also digs Tintin. The result is a series of fake covers pitting Hergé’s boy adventurer against C’thulhu and his kind. I can’t help but feel bad for the hero, but I’m sure Snowy will figure out how to take those demons down. Geek Art has the entire portfolio.
Combining joy over The Avengers movie with sadness about the death of children’s book illustrator Maurice Sendak, Hannah Friederichs has created a wonderful tribute to both. You can see the entire image — including what Hawkeye is so concerned about — below.
As an animator on Avatar: The Last Airbender and the supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni is the perfect person to draw a mash-up of those two universes. And so he’s accommodated us.
(via Leigh Walton)
For his 24-Hour Comics Day challenge, Caanan Grall came up with a brilliant mashup: Muppet Thor, in which the Muppets discover the mighty hammer Mjolnir and the Thunder God himself makes a surprise appearance with Miss Piggy. Grall does a nice job drawing the Muppets, and the story has some clever twists.
If you can’t get enough of Muppet mash-ups, head over to our sister blog Comics Should Be Good for a few more.
I’d imagine that for many Robot 6 readers, there are no sweeter five words in the English language than the title of this post. Then allow me to introduce you to this variant version of a new Scott Pilgrim poster from the upcoming SP box set. Drawn by Bryan Lee O’Malley and colored by Rico Renzi (who came up with the idea of this particular version), it popped up on the Tumblr of Oni’s Douglas E. Sherwood the other day and which features Scott and the gang sporting color schemes and power sets that bear a striking resemblance to a certain set of mighty mutants. Envy Adams as Rogue to Scott’s Gambit is an inspired choice, as are Ramona Flowers as Mystique, Knives Chau as
Psylocke Jubilee, Gideon Graves as Mister Sinister…aw, who am I kidding, this mashup is a thing of geeky beauty from top to bottom. K.O.!
Kenny Keil, creator of Tales to Suffice and artist of the new webcomic Apple Bit Newton, sends word that he’s dropped more bombs in his Superhero Remix Project — “A mash up of classic hip hop album covers and various comic book characters.” Head over to Flickr to see Dr. Doom channel Kool Moe Dee and “Fear of a Green Planet,” among others.
Square Root of Minus Garfield is a webcomic devoted to mashups of the newspaper strip Garfield with various other things—if you’re looking for Garfield Unix jokes, for instance, go no further. This is a particularly awesome comic, as it combines Garfield and his Japanese cousin, Michael, from the manga What’s Michael? which used to be published by Dark Horse but, sadly, seems to be out of print.