Monday, July 30, 2012

2010 Zatanna art by Ron “Doctor Pretorius” Nelson

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Doctor Pretorius Art

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2011 Marvel Two-in-One: The Lost Issues: The Thing and Zatanna

Some of my favorite comics as a kid were character jam books like DC Comics Presents and Marvel Team-Up. The blogger known simply as Ross must have enjoyed the same books, and quite a bit more than I did, since he devotes insane amounts of time creating new crossovers through MS Paint. ...The Lost Issues! sees him manipulate libraries of images into proposals for team-ups that never happened in such long cancelled titles as The Brave and The Bold, Marvel Two-In-One and Super-Team Family. Here, he takes a Brian Bolland Zatana and an Alan Davis Thing to cast his enchantment. Click here for more!

...The Lost Team-Up Issues...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

2010-2011 The Justice League of America 100 Project charity art by Dave Bullock

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Woo-hoo! Front and center Martian Manhunter out to tell the world "I was The stand-in for Superman, momma truckers!" The Founding Five battle Starro in a dynamite interpretation of plucking out thine offensive fish-eye!

In late 2000, a consortium of comic publishers came up with the idea to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery. By March of 2001, the federal government approved The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative (Formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.


Please enjoy this gallery of ALL 104 original Justice League of America #50 Hero Initiative covers!

Hardcover and softcover versions of a book collecting all the covers will be available in December, 2011. AND all the originals will be auctioned off according to the following schedule:

• December 3, 2011, Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA: Display of all 104 covers and auction of first one-third
• Jan. 20-22, 2012, Tate's Comics, Lauderhill, FL (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area): Display of remaining covers and auction of second one-third.
• Feb. 17-19, 2012: Orlando MegaCon, Orlando, FL: Display and auction of final one-third.

All covers will be sold via LIVE AUCTION on-site at the venues above. If you cannot attend but wish to bid, proxy bidding is available.
Contact Joe Davidson at:
Deadlines for each grouping are below, and each cover carries a minimum bid of $100.

Special thanks to Firestorm Fan for the notice!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Aquaman in DC Special Series #1 (September, 1977)

From out of the underwater decaying remains of World War II era ships emerged a one-man "jetsub," formerly owned by the Black Manta. Aquaman had confiscated it after defeating the villain who had murdered his young son. The Sea King dreaded telling his wife that he had sent Manta to prison rather than executing him. "At the time, I called it mercy... but I wonder... was it really weakness?"

The Marine Marvel's internal torment shifted to an external one, as the jetsub crashed shortly after departing the water. The act was intended as a display of power by the new super-villain Sunburst. Aquaman instinctively called on some finny friends for help, who were swiftly sautéd. "Amphibian, you disappoint me! I chose you for my sacrifice because I knew you would be an easy target for my newfound powers-- yet I'd hoped for some contest between us-- not a pathetic route!" The dolphin demolition enraged Aquaman, who lunged at Sunburst, only to be caught at the wrists and burned until he fell unconscious. Sunburst then lifted the jetsub with heated air and carried it to desert in the desert. How that helped demonstrate his power to the world, not to mention his common sense and stomach for killing, is a question that a DC editor really needed access to a No-Prize to answer.

Aquaman woke up at sundown, and to combat falling temperatures, mixed sand with aviation fuel to create a slower burning source of heat that he ignited with "wires from the flier's transmission." That taken care of, he then used a sheet of metal from the craft to shovel the sand between two dunes until he reached life-sustaining water. This was back when he could only survive for an hour out of water, so he soaked it up with a rag and carried it with him in a gas can. The next morning, with a makeshift ghutrah on his head, Aquaman trekked the desert. Spying a plane, the Sea King managed to be spotted by reflecting sunlight off a mirror.

Traveling to Bakushi, Iran, Aquaman caught up with Sunburst and slugged him one. Dodging retaliatory energy blasts, our hero whipped out his trusty mirror, redirecting a blast back to its source, and destroying the means of Sunburst's power. Iranian authorities carted Sunburst away, while even his friend Ambassador Karhum called his plot to revive the Persian Empire mad. Aquaman noted that Sunbursts plot came about "The same way a city like Bakushi happens... Wealth and poverty... People living in extremes... Call it human greed... the dream of empire..."

"A King Without A Sea!" was by Gerry Conway, Dick Dillin & Jack Abel. It was an odd beast, promoting the short-lived revival of Aquaman's solo series by an entirely different creative team who would ultimately support the Sea King far longer in Justice League of America. Two pages were spent on the origin of Sunburst, five on their pair of battles, and four on desert survival techniques. That's quite the scope for twelve pages, with the plot holes to be expected under the strain.

Friday, July 6, 2012

2012 “JLA Jan. - Vixen - 205” art by Robert Q. Atkins

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"This is a character that I've only really been introduced to in recent years. I know she's been around awhile, (early 1980's) but I was first reading her in the Brad Meltzer run on the JLA books. Then I noticed her more and more as she appeared on the various DC animated cartoons. She was in Justice League Unlimited and again in Batman Brave and the Bold. It's interesting how that Batman cartoon was all but a full on Justice League cartoon by the end of it.

Vixen's power is to appropriate the attributes of whatever animal she can think of. It used to be limited to what animals were around her, but it has since expanded globally. Also she can combine these animals attributes. This is often shown in comics as a ghosted image of the animal she is channeling.

It kind of makes you wonder how powerful that can really be, and it's only limited to her imagination. Personally, I'd prefer to avoid a backhand slap from her with the power and strength of the tail fin of a Blue Whale....WhaPOW!"

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Steel II Schematic

Henry "Hank" Heywood III
Justice League of America Annual #2 (1984)
The New Teen Titans #4 (1/85)
Justice League of America #233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238,239, 241, #242, #243
DC Retroactive: JLA - The '80s #1 (October, 2011)
JLA Classified #22, #23, #24, #25
JLA: Incarnations #5 (11/2001)
Infinity Inc. #19 (10/85)
Justice League of America #244 (11/85)
Justice League of America Annual #3 (1985)
Crisis On Infinite Earths #8-12 (11/85-3/86)
Justice League of America #246, 247, 248, 249, #250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, #257
Legends #1, #2
Justice League of America #258, #259, #260, #261

JLA: Incarnations #5 (Third Story, Nov. 2001)
Justice League #1 (May, 1987)

JLA Annual #2 (1998)
Green Lantern #43 (Early September 2009)
Blackest Night #1, #3

Discredited Stories:
Detroit League in JLA/Avengers (2003)

File Photos:
1984 DC Sampler #2
1984 Vixen, Vibe, Gypsy, and Commander Steel Postcard by George Pérez
1986 Who's Who Vol.XXII: Steel
2006 Dale Eaglesham Steel Sketch
2009 Black Lantern Steel II design by Joe Prado
Mike Vosburg "Identity Theft" Commissioned Art
Pérez/Ross on Justice League Detroit in Crisis On Infinite Earths!

1985 Steel Fan Art by Carl W. Taylor and Henry Mayo
1990 Mayfair Games DC Heroes The Justice League Sourcebook: Steel - Deceased
2008 The Vixen & Steel Mego-Style custom figures by Alberto Malnati
2011 DCU Movie Fan Casting: Robbie Amell as Steel: The Indestructible Man II
Colección Super Amigos: Liga de la Justicia de Detroit
Colección Super Amigos: Zatanna & other Liga de la Justicia de Detroit Mini-Comics
Comic Book Movie Casts the ENTIRE 108 Members of the Justice League!
Doodles: Detroit & JLA Eyeline
Justice League Animated Style Steel Custom Figure
The Top Ten Steel Covers (Heywood Family Edition)

Designed By: Chuck Patton