Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Trading Spaces - Comics Style

The following twenty writer/artist combos (or single "auteurs") are responsible for some of the most notable comic runs in comic book history.

Here is the game, pick what established comic book title that you think the team would be best utilized on - but it CANNOT be a title that they actually worked on together!

I will follow each one with my personal pick. Feel free to choose to answer as many as you want...pick two...pick ten...heck, feel free to add your own combos and place them on a book.

But no doubling up picks!! Make your pick count!

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby - Justice League of America. Let's see what they can do.

Stan Lee and Steve Ditko - They would do the most bizarre Superman ever! Let's see it!

Will Eisner - Who here WOULDN'T like to see Eisner try his hand at doing Batman?

Chris Claremont and John Byrne - Teen Titans. I think they could switch pretty easily.

John Byrne - Lord...what HASN'T he written? I guess he can try Thor.

Frank Miller - Imagine how trippy of a Hulk Miller could do? It would be dark, like the source material (Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde).

Walt Simonson - I would like to see Simonson have a shot at doing Spider-Man. I don't believe he's ever had the opportunity.

Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli - Based on his cameo in Born Again, I think these guys should do a Captain America series.

Marv Wolfman and George Perez - Uncanny X-Men. I think they could switch pretty easily.

Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen - New Mutants. How would they handle the youth of Marvel?

Alan Moore and Steve Bissette - Sandman. Let's see what they come up with.

Jack Kirby - The Flash. He'd love it, because he'd be able to make changes on it.

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely - Green Lantern. Morrison was born to do Green Lantern.

Dave Sim - Swamp Thing. Let's see what he could do with a free hand.

Roy Thomas and Neal Adams - Legion of Super Heroes. It would be great seeing Adams draw them all, and think of all the continuity for Thomas to memorize!!

Roger Stern and John Buscema - I think Stern would loooove working on the Defenders. He's written good Doctor Strange AND good Hulk comics. And Stern loves his minor characters. He could have Monica Rambeau join.

Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan - I think they would be interesting on a book like the Walking Dead.

Stan Lee and John Romita - I think a book like Noble Causes would be trippy to see Stan Lee and Romita do, because it's so similar to the 60s stuff, but just current.

David Michelinie, Bob Layton and John Romita Jr. - I'd say Hulk, but JRjr was on the Hulk. So why not...hmmm...I guess I'd like to see them try Invincible.

Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire - Maguire draws nice woman. So why not a Wonder Woman run? There's basically a blank slate for Giffen and DeMatteis to work with, so they should like that.

Now you make your picks!


Blogger Brad Curran said...

"Walt Simonson - I think Simonson would do well on the Hulk. And it's one of the few books he's never done."

I have an issue of the Rampaging Hulk (a magazine size comic Marvel published to tie in with the TV show in the '70's) where Simonson did the art. So he has at least drawn the Hulk (and the original X-Men). It was pretty cool seeing his stuff in that format and in black and white.

"Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan - I think they would be interesting on a book like the Walking Dead."

Wasn't that called Tomb of Dracula?

"Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely - Green Lantern. Morrison was born to do Green Lantern."

I'd love to see their version of the Corps, if nothing else. Morrison creating his own wacky alien GLs would be worth the price of admission, especially if Quitely was desgining them. He was supposed to be doing a run on the Kyle GL series at one point, if I remember correctly. So much for that.

"Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire - Maguire draws nice woman. So why not a Wonder Woman run? There's basically a blank slate for Giffen and DeMatteis to work with, so they should like that."

That would be cool, just to see what kind of humor they could work in to stuff with the various gods Diana encounters.

Now I'll play along:

Darwyn Cooke on Marvel Team-Up- Okay, this is an oddball choice, but it gives him a chance to play around with the Marvel Universe the way he did with the DCU in New Frontier, by using anyone he feels like throwing out there. This is a comic where you could have Daredevil and Dr. Strange fighting Dormamu one issue and the Fantastic Four meeting Rawhide Kid in the next.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips on Nick Fury- They have the espionage thing down on Sleeper, and I really want to see a good Nick Fury comic out there.

Gail Simone and Mike Allred on Spider-Man- Gail writes good comedy and can pace an issue well, and I think Allred would be wonderful on Spidey.

Peter Milligan and Mike Allred on Doom Patrol- They do weirdness well, and Milligan could probably work some of his favorite themes in to the concept.

Garth Ennis and Dave Gibbons on Sgt. Rock- The War Story one shots were excellent. This team's was the closest we got to a Sgt. Rock story in that bunch. I'd like to see what they could do with the genuine article.

Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow on the Punisher- Now that it's a Max book, he could do all of the insane violence that made Hard Boiled worth reading. Miller could probably have some fun doing a more cynical, satirical, Ennis-esque take on the character than he did in Daredevil years ago.

Andy Diggle and Pascual Ferry on Green Lantern- They're doing so well on Adam Strange, and GL is a similar book, in the sense that it works well as a space opera/action series.

Paul Grist on JSA: He did a good job with a large cast of characters from various eras in the Jack Staff that I've read, and it would get Joe to stop hating the book, which is something worthwhile.

Mike Mignola on Swamp Thing- It's the closest big 2 franchise to Hellboy that plays to his strengths.

Eric Powell on the Hulk- I think this could be a riot.

Alan Moore and Steve Rude on the Fantastic Four- Because I need something strong to end on.

1/11/2005 04:32:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Blast you, Curran!!

They have to actually be notable creative teams ALREADY!

You're ruining everything!!


1/11/2005 06:20:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

The choices where you played by the rules WERE good, though.

1/11/2005 06:21:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...



Chris Ware on: Jim Corrigan, Smartest Spectre on Earth. It's natural.

Robert Kirkman/Cory Walker on Teen Titans. Let's make that title readable for the first time EVER.

Adrian Tomine on Peter Parker (Oh, Yeah, He's Spider-man, Too). Really focus on the man behind the spandex.

Frank Miller on GI Joe. I think I just made a happy.

Jaime Hernandez on Mary Marvel: The World's Mightiest Girl (Or just a straight up Marvel Family book).

How about Dan Clowes on the New Mutants? Weird youth!

(Just so you know, I like a lot of the others I've read, so I'm not repeating them).

Oooh, if not Xaime, how about Vaughn/that Manga style guy who did a few issues of Runaways on Marvel Family? Push it to the kids.

1/11/2005 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who wouldnt want to see Will Eisner on Spider-Man?

Errr...me. Batman maybe, Spider-Man, no.

The Question maybe, Spider-Man no.

Superman??? hmmm... No.

Fantastic Four??? hmmm... maybe... ok, yeah.

Dave Sim on The Spirit? NOW yer talking...

1/11/2005 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger thetechnocrat said...

John Byrne - Battle Pope
I've lost all love for Byrne's artwork & writing. Stick him on a title I'll never read.

Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli - New Invaders
A great pairing to show the tales of the new as well as flashbacks from decades past.

Marv Wolfman and George Perez - JSA
Bring it on! Who better to write a multifaceted team than Marv. Who better to draw 1 zillion characters.

Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen - Silver Surfer
This would be totally awesome.

Alan Moore and Steve Bissette - Planetary
If Ellis & Cassaday ever take a break, these two could definately give us some good issues.

Roy Thomas and Neal Adams - Titans
Take out the "Teen" and focus on the members young and old. This would be good considering Roy has experience with the 2nd generation types with Infinity Inc.

Roger Stern and John Buscema - The Authority
I've seen vol.2 & Revolution with some less than spectacular art. Let's up the ante.

Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire -Avengers Left Coast all the way! It'd be like JLI but waaaaay better. We could get members like Crimson Dynamo, Hank, Simon & a host of other great characters.

David Michelinie and John Romita Jr. - Spider-Man (whoops not that one) Green Lantern
Take JR JR back to his earlier style and put him into the world of n'er do well Kyle. They could spin some good stuff.

Frank Miller (& Klaus Janson) - Nightwing
I think these two could produce a fantasticly edgy street version of his comic.

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely -
Noble Causes
They are perfect to continue with the edgy goodness that is always expected from this title. I also feel Morrison can come up with the wide scope stories that I like in this title.

1/11/2005 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see Gilbert Hernandez given his own X-Title in the vein of Unlimited. he could do stories on any characters he wanted with no editorial interference.

I think the Jaime Hernandez's Legion of Superheroes would be the best comic book ever.

Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's 100 Bullets would be interesting.

Roberta Gregory's Wonder Woman would sell about two copies- but I'd be one of them.

I'd love to see Warren Ellis and Lee Bermejo's take on Spider-Man.


1/11/2005 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"Who wouldnt want to see Will Eisner on Spider-Man?

Errr...me. Batman maybe, Spider-Man, no."

Therein lies the challenge of the game. A lot of these people would be perfect choices for Batman, and not work so well on other characters.

And since Ditko couldn't be used for Spider-Man, I thought it only fair to give him Batman (as Lee/Ditko really don't fit a LOT of genres).

And I wanted to give Eisner something famous - so Spider-Man it was!

1/11/2005 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Garth Ennis and John McCrea (of Hitman fame doing Incredible Hulk. McCrea does wacky violence well, and Ennis writes wacky violence well, and he has a nice human side for the Bruce Banner parts. That would be neat to see.

1/11/2005 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Ennis did "Hulk Smash" a few years ago. That might have even been with McCrea.

1/11/2005 05:48:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

"Blast you, Curran!!

They have to actually be notable creative teams ALREADY!

You're ruining everything!!"

I pee on your rules. Mainly because I have a bad bladder.

1/11/2005 06:22:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Crap, I forgot about "Hulk Smash," mainly because I didn't buy it. Curses!

Greg Rucka writing Moon Knight. Yes, I know Bendis and Finch have a hard-on for the character, but Rucka would work. If only they could get Sienkiewicz back on the art ... but barring that, someone like Bradstreet (if he did interiors) or Pugh might be a good artist. Definitely Rucka writing it, though.

1/11/2005 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alan Moore and Steve Bisette on Sandman Mystery Theatre. Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz on JLA. Grant Morrison and Chris Weston on Captain America. Brian Azzarello and Richard Corben on X-Men. Simon Bisley on Spider-Man; I don't care who writes it.

2/11/2005 09:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Howard Chaykin on Robin. Art Speigelman on the Incredible Hulk. Steranko on Flash. Paul Levitz and Kieth Giffen on Green Lantern. Hernandez Brothers on Legion of Superheroes. Frank Miller and Klaus Janson on Animal Man. Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee on Fantastic Four. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster on Batman. I'm done.
I think that's a pretty good list.

2/11/2005 09:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would totally buy all those titles. You?

2/11/2005 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damnit! My picks on Legion and Green Lantern were already mentioned. Sorry.
I'll go with Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill on Legion of Superheroes, and take a coalition of artists for GL: Frank Frazetta with background assists by Geoff Darrow and Seth Fisher(we're making this up, right?), some character and prop design by H.R. Geiger and written by Morrison. (My last pick breaks the rules, but the hell with it. Sorry.)

2/11/2005 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steranko on Flash - you have my attention. Likewise Hernandez on JSH and Thomas/Adams on Teen Titans WHAT A WEIRD COMIC THAT WOULD BE! And Darwyn Cooke on MTU - sheer brilliance. But there's some stuff you're missing. Like:

Lee/Kirby GREEN LANTERN! You think you wanna see Grant's Corps? I wanna see Jack's! And Stan writes such beeoootiful soap opera stuff for Hal and Carol...


Gerber/Colan BATMAN!

Moore/Gibbons HULK! Shake out all the cobwebs.

Julie Doucet WONDER WOMAN! Damn it I'd buy that...


Busiek FF!

Once you start, you can't stop...

2/17/2005 10:16:00 AM  
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