X-Men / Shazam: Clash of the Multiverse [Fan Art]

X-Men / Shazam: Clash of the Multiverse mash-up by Paco Taylor

Respects (and apologies) to Alex Ross, the artist whose beautiful imagery was taken from two different comic book covers to create this mash-up idea that zinged me like a baby lightning bolt on Halloween eve. (See: Sugar rush) 

What you see isn’t the original idea that hit me, calling for a Storm Halloween cosplay mash-up of some sort. But I’m very happy with the more organic place the creative process took the original idea and what came out of it. 

As you can see, Storm of the X-Men stands in for Mary Marvel (aka Black Mary, circa 2007), striking an electrifying pose in front of Black Adam and Mighty Isis. The lighting bolt on the torso is a perfect complement to the little gold lightning bolt earrings that Storm was given in the early 90s, when her look from the previous decade was given a makeover.

If DC and Marvel were ever to revisit their Amalgam imprint of the 90s, which saw heroes from both comic book universes merged to create new ones, Storm––as is quite apparent here––would be a natural (and gorgeous fit) for the Shazam comics universe. 

I'll leave it up to someone else to come up with a cool name for the new character. I needed a creative distraction from my writing duties, but now I've got to get back to work. 

Oh, yeah! And shout-out to AsylusGoji91 for the Clash of the Multiverse logo. It was a perfect fit for this comic book cover-style fan art.



Original art: Alex Ross 
Digital composite: Paco Taylor 

Storm and Uncanny X-Men ™ & © Marvel Comics • Black Adam and Mighty Isis ™ & © DC Comics

Uncanny X-Men NOW #29 (Variant cover by Alex Ross)

Justice Society of America #25 (Regular cover by Alex Ross)


Did Stan Lee Base Magneto and Professor X on Martin Luther King and Malcolm X? [Hot Linked]

This idea about the influence of MLK and Malcolm X on Stan Lee's creation of the mutant leaders in X-Men comics has been circulating on the interwebz for years now.

Amusingly, I even saw it mentioned in a short film recently.

So I decided that it was finally time for Professor XXL to weigh in on whether or not this one is fact or fiction.

Oh, but do know that I've known the answer all along. And now you––if you don't know already––will, too.

You can check out the essay posted over on Medium by clicking here.


[Press-N-Play®] Momoiro Clover Z vs Kiss - "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na"


Despite my not owning any records, CDs or a even single mp3 track by the legendary rock group KISS, I still have a soft spot for 'em that dates back to my days as a lil' crumb snatcher. This is mainly because––aside from their super cool-looking visuals and superhero-like alter egos––the band had a series of toys made in their image, and also a comic book published by Marvel (Marvel Comics Super Special #1, 1977). 

In addition to that serious soft spot for KISS, I have a fanatical love for anime that dates back to my childhood. I've mentioned before how old school Japanese import shows like Prince Planet, Speed Racer, Starblazers, Battle of the Planets, and others helped make me into the big ol' otaku that I am today. 

Well, the video for "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na" ("Try to Bloom in a Dream about the Floating World") is giving me all the feels. The Japanse idol group Momoiro Clover Z did this rockin' lil ditty as a collabo with KISS back in 2015. I didn't actually know about it, though, until maybe 10 or so minutes ago. So I'm postin' it here, cuz I know that I'm not alone. 

And no, it's not subtitled in English. Deal widdit.

I mean enjoy!


The Incredible Hulk vs Man-Thing!

Incredible Hulk issue 197 (March 1976). Cover by Bernie Wrightson.

One of the great things about comics is that somehow––even having lived through the Bronze Age––there's still so many cool books that I've never even seen. Wow.


Did I mention that I wrote letters to Wesley Snipes while he was locked up? [Hot Linked]

No, I never mentioned it before? 

Really, are you sure?

Hmm. That's actually surprising, considering all the Wesley Snipes fans who keep my "Blade: Blood War" fan art piece in the 'Most Viewed' column over there on the right.

Oh well, True Believer, you can read what I wrote about it (and two of the actual letters) over on Medium by clicking here.

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