Comic Book Mash-Ups: Two-Face Style

Haven’t done any comic mash-ups in a while, so I figured I’d throw a few up this week. I went a little DC heavy combining a few frames from the old, James Robinson, Don Kramer, and Leonard Kirk collaboration, Batman: Face the Face (2006). Along with the single comic mash-ups I decided to blend in some Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #4 (2003), to feature the difference in styles between Killer Croc. I’ve always loved the Aaron Cash and Killer Croc story-arc within Arkham Asylum, so I figured why not show the difference in drawing styles for the reptilian maniac. The Killer Croc and Aaron Cash feud has become increasingly more popular thanks to the success of the Batman: Arkham video game franchise.

From Batman: Face the Face

From Batman: Face the Face

The cover of the graphic novel collection with a little Two-Face action.

The cover of the graphic novel collection with a little Two-Face action.

Two Face photo-FtF

Batman FtoF cover

The original photos before the mash-ups.

Batman cover Face to Face

Living Hell #4 with Killer Croc from Batman: Face the Face

Living Hell #4 with Killer Croc from Batman: Face the Face

Killer Croc FtF

Killer Croc Arkam Asylum

I’ve always loved Omega Red. He was one of the few 90s X-Men villains that stood the test of time, but I’ve always liked him better when he’s been Wolverine’s nemesis, so I figured it was only fitting to add a little Omega Red to the cover of Wolverine #128 (1998). The Omega Red portion is from Uncanny X-Men #4 (1991).

Wolverine cover wit Omega Red

Wolverine

Stay tuned, I’ll have a few more Omega Red mash-ups coming within the next week! X-Men cover #5

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Top Ten Most Hated Comic Book Characters

After watching my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers lose to those unfavorable, no-good, grey-area-living New England Patriots 28-21 on Thursday night, I was reminded how much I truly despise that organization. It wasn’t because they beat us (let’s face it our defense lost us that game) nor was it because of the recent radio headset scandal. No, I hate the New England Patriots because of the countless times the Patriots have been linked to cheating or some immoral practices towards game preparation and their actions on game day (take a look at this ESPN story released Tuesday) that force me to hate the most successful franchise of the last decade. They are to put it nicely – classless.

Yet, I digress. All my pent up disdain for the Pats has got me thinking about some other things that repulse me in this world. So, with all the extra time I have had sulking about the Steelers’ opening night loss, I’ve decided to compile a list of my ten most-hated comic book characters of all-time.

10) Deadpool (Marvel)

First Appearance: New Mutants #98 (1990)

Deadpool - Credit: Deadpool Marvel via Flickr

Deadpool – Credit: Deadpool Marvel via Flickr

I’ll be honest; when Wade Wilson first appeared on the scene I loved him. To be honest, I still love the ‘Merc with the mouth,’ but over recent years my affinity towards him has lessened. I remember him being a wisecracking, ass-kicking badass in his original mini-series, yet as time waged on he started to become a running gag rather than an off-the-cuff anti-hero. Similar, to some Patriots’ players who I use to love and then suddenly find myself cheering against (looking at you Mike Vrabel, Rodney Harrison, and LeGarrette Blount). The likable Deadpool has shifted towards my bad side ever since writers decided he was a comedy routine rather than a respectable anti-hero.

9) Superboy (DC)

First Appearance: Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy #5 (1949)

**Note the modern version of character first appeared in Adventures Of Superman #500 (1993)

Never been a fan of cloned characters let alone a Kryptonian clone. To me, Superboy was never cool. Even though he was supposed to have this edge, this ‘bad boy’ image that his predecessor (and who he is cloned after) Superman, did not. In the end, Superboy just looked like a super gimmick. Although, to his credit it is awfully tough to be a badass when you’re biggest rival is, Bizarro.

8) Mr. Fantastic (Marvel)

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

I’ve never been a big fan of the Fantastic Four especially their leader Reed Richards. For starters having elastic skin and the ability to stretch yourself out is a ridiculously absurd power. Second, having an extremely attractive wife who you ignore is equally absurd. For a guy who is supposedly one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe he can never seem to figure out why his wife is constantly visiting Sub-Mariner. He can barely keep his superhero team together and he can’t even figure out how to be a better pilot than the Thing – he’s an utter waste.

7) Captain Cold (DC)

First Appearance: Showcase #8 (1957)

Leonard Snart aka the most fearsome Eskimo ever. How an old man with a cyro-gun manages to strike fear into any one is beyond me. How the heck he can even go toe-to-toe with my man, The Flash, is beyond comprehension.

6) Sub-Mariner (Marvel)

First Appearance: Motion Picture Funnies #1 (1939)

Namor is one of Marvel’s oldest characters. He is also one of the first characters I immediately came to loathe. Being an Aquaman fan (I know that’s mind bogglingly to some) I could never get myself to rally support behind Marvel’s Atlantean King. He always came off as arrogant and overpowered. Plus, he never actually had any compelling storylines of his own. Instead, he was always a lackluster add-on to The Avengers comic plots.  His greatest claim to fame is stealing (#8 on the list) Reed Richard’s wife.

5) Mrs. Fantastic (Marvel)

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Fantastic Four Fan Art - Credit: Ape Lad via Flickr

Fantastic Four Fan Art – Credit: Ape Lad via Flickr

Does the Invisible Woman’s placement on this list need any more explanation? I don’t like the superhero team she’s a part of, I don’t respect her husband as a comic character, and I don’t care for her underwater Sancho – why the hell would I like her?

4) Mole Man (Marvel)

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

I don’t have a single clue how Mole Man has survived as a human being let alone a super villain. His powers are creepy to say the least and he is the only character I’ve ever seen receive all level-one official power votes on his Marvel Wiki page. He is an old man, who has the senses of a mole – a freaking mole! How the heck does he outwit the Fantastic Four? The fact this blind, decrepit senior citizen manages to give them a hard time is a huge reason why both Reed and Susan Richards landed on this list.

3) Martian Manhunter (DC)

First Appearance: Detective Comics #225 (1955)

Arguably one of the strongest members of The Justice League and maybe even the DC Universe, yet J’onn J’onzz never actually uses the full extent of his power. It is because of his beliefs as a pacifist that I can’t respect him. He could literally crush opponents with his strength or heat vision yet he consistently gets worked over by significantly weaker opponents. The Martian needs to learn that scared money, don’t make no money and man up.

2) Superman (DC)

First Appearance: Action Comics #1 (1938)

Credit: Michael Studt via Flickr

Credit: Michael Studt via Flickr

You either love or hate The Man of Steel. Personally, I can’t stand the boy scout. He’s overpowered, uncharismatic, and I hate to sound like Donald Trump here, but the guy is an illegal immigrant and should be deported. Interestingly enough, Superman is only a superhero because he feels that the human race needs his protection. The guy treats heroism as a mundane day job, a chore – how the heck can anyone respect a character like that? Not to mention, his greatest nemesis, Lex Luthor is an ordinary human being without any superpowers. He simply continues to outsmart the Kryptonian ensuring us all that Superman is more successful as the journalist, Clark Kent rather than his super powered self.

1) Jubilee (Marvel)

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #244 (1989)

Probably the weakest and lamest X-Men to ever cross the pages of the Marvel publication, Jubilee is just a poorly designed character. Her mutant powers allow her to create energy plasmas that she has cheerfully deemed ‘fireworks.’ Yes, fireworks. There is literally a comic book character that can produce grand, opulent displays of visual excitement for your nieces and nephews. Yet, instead of working at Disney World she was a mainstay fixture in the 1990s X-Men lineup. Kind of like how the Patriots ability to avoid NFL fines/penalties – despite their clear obstruction of fair-play – is inane, Jubilee’s creation as a comic book character is just as cockamamie.

 

Marvel Mash-Ups

So I’ve decided to mash-up a few more of my favorite comics this week. I chose to go with one of my all-time favorite 90s series, Maximum Carnage, along with a few other standalone gems. I also threw in a few mash-ups of an extremely underrated mini-series from the 80s, Kitty Pryde and Wolverine.

Cletus

Cletus “Carnage” Kasady

For this one I decided to blend two images from the same comic. In Spider-Man Unlimited: Maximum Carnage #1 (1993) I combined the issue’s cover with its opening page. I thought it was unique to take out Spider-Man and have Cletus Kasady’s human form being shadowed by his super villain self.

Maximum Carnage #1

J.J. meets Wolverine

J.J. meets Wolverine

One of my favorite scenes in Maximum Carnage #1 is when Carnage suddenly drops in at the Daily Bugle scaring Jonah Jameson in the process. As a kid I also thought it was an iconic scene; the casually sinister-looking Carnage striking fear in the often unfathomable, J.J.. I decided to replace Carnage in this picture with a very dark, predatory rendition of Wolverine that was featured on the cover of, Marvel Comics Presents: Wolverine #138 (1993).

Carnage meets J.J.Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Spellbound

Ghost Rider Spider Man Maximum Carnage

The interesting thing about Marvel Comics Presents #138 is that it had two covers. The first (shown above) featured Wolverine and the back cover featured, Ghost Rider. I decided to capitalize on the amount of red on both these covers and squeezed a beat-up Spider-Man (Web of Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage #2) in place of the red ninjas Ghost Rider was fighting. It didn’t mesh as well as I hoped, but still was pleased with the final product.

Maximum Carnage Pt 2

Marvel Comics Presents Ghost Rider Spider Man

Mary Jane Doesn't Approve

Mary Jane Doesn’t Approve

This one was a bit tough due to the different background colors between the two panels. However, I couldn’t resist inserting Mary Jane in between a somewhat romantic scene between Peter Parker and Black Cat (a former love interest of Spidey’s). Personally, I’ve always been a bigger Felicia Hardy fan than MJ fan and this mash-up just cracks me up. The images are from both from Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage #4 (1993). 

Mary Jane Watson

Spidey and Black Cat

Nightcrawler Interference

Nightcrawler Interference

I’m not sure what gave me the idea to do this, but I was pretty happy I did. Venom and Carnage have always been two of my favorite Spider-Man antagonists and Nightcrawler has always been one of my favorite X-Men, so I figured why not inject some Uncanny into Maximum Carnage. The Carnage and Venom fight is from Web Of Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage #6 (1993) and the Nightcrawler shot is taken from his fight with Belasco in X-Men Unlimited #19 (1993). For craps and giggles I decided to alter the color ratios in the second photo.

Venom vs Carnage vs Nightcrawler Purple Hue

Venom vs CarnageNightcrawler vs Azahel

Finally, for the last crop of mash-ups I decided to combine a few different titles from the cult classic 1984 series, Kitty Pryde and Wolverine. The mash-ups work well since all the covers have a split down the center. Here’s the results:

#1 and #3 Mash-up

#1 and #3 Mash-up

Kitty Pyrde & Wolverine #3 and #6 Mash-up

Kitty Pyrde & Wolverine #3 and #6 Mash-up

Kitty Pryde and Wolverien #1

Kitty Pryde and Wolverien #1

Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #3

Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #3

Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #6

Kitty Pryde and Wolverine

Enjoy guys and of course keep on nerding on!

Multiple Exposures

Aside from the editing headaches I had a lot of fun with this week’s theme of multiple exposures. I had a few landscape shots I was originally going to use for this week, but instead I’ve decided to geek out with my shots this week instead (big surprise there). I decided to combine a few of my favorite characters and comic covers with some interesting results.

First, I took my copies of Iceman #1 from the original 1984 mini series and the second series which debuted in 2001. Here are the results, along with the original covers/shots.

Iceman New Meets Old - SS 1/320, F4.5, Focal Length 55mm

Iceman New Meets Old – SS 1/320, F4.5, Focal Length 55mm

7120 - Iceman First Series 1969 (DE)7121 - Iceman 2nd Sereis 2000 (DE)

For the next batch I decided to go a little old school with my copy of Marvel Tales Starring: Spider-Man #53 (1964) and the not-so famous The Spectacular Peter Parker Spider-Man #101 (1976).

Spidey Mash-up - Marvel Presents: The Spectacular Spider-Man - SS 1/320, F4.5, Focal Length 55mm

Spidey Mash-up – Marvel Presents: The Spectacular Spider-Man – SS 1/320, F4.5, Focal Length 55mm

7122 - Marvel Presents Spider-Man (DE)7123 - Spectacular Spider-Man (DE)

For my last mash-up, I decided to combine two frames from two of my all-time favorite comics, Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One (1987) and The Killing Joke (1988). I wanted to capture two of the most iconic scenes for both Batman and The Joker. The infamous turning point when the lowly comedian known as Jack Napier turns into the homicidal maniac known as The Joker. I combined that scene with the equally memorable scene from Year One when a novice Batman crashes into the Falcone Mansion while the family hosts a dinner full of corrupt Gotham officials and utters the words, “Ladies and Gentleman, you have eaten well.”

Year One Batman Meets The Killing Joke - SS 1/320, F4.2, Focal Length 27mm

Year One Batman Meets The Killing Joke – SS 1/320, F4.2, Focal Length 27mm

7136 - Batman Year One7127 - Joker Killing Joke  (DE)

Enjoy guys!

Marvel Gems

Deadpool Series

Iron-Man Ultimo Series

X-Men Omega Red Series

Just messing around with some editing features with a few of my favorite comic series. The original Deadpool 4-comic mini-series which debuted in 1994. The Iron-Man, Ultimo series, a two-part comic featuring a new MK armor for Tony Stark along with one of his most feared villains, Ultimo. These two comics are originals from 1968 and are still two of my most prized comics. Finally, we have three of my favorite Uncanny X-Men covers from the mid 90s featuring one of my all-time favorite villains, Omega Red. Nothing fancy or special about these expect for the outstanding cover art.