Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ten of a Kind: Comic Books I Would Like to Write!

Pretty self-explanatory, right?

1. Krypto the Super-Dog: The pitch for this is that this is the original Silver Age Krypto, who thinks in complete sentences and is a member of the Space Canine Patrol Agency. He arrives on the current DC Earth, thinking it's his Earth-1 home, and finds that nobody seems to know who he is, and everyone looks and acts weird. This sends Krypto on a quest that leads him to discover the true nature of the multiverse (that, despite what you may have heard, did NOT end with "Crisis on Infinite Earths," because Infinity minus One is still Infinity, so there's no way the Anti-Monitor could've eliminated all the other universes... and that there's variations on existing Earths, so that what we thought was Earth-1 in Crisis was really like Earth-1D), reunites him with his fellow Super-Pets, and eventually gets him to set up a space headquarters in a nexus of realities that lets him, his fellow super-pets, as well as his analogues from other universes meet and go on their own missions. Along the way, we'd encounter universes very different from those we've seen before!

2. Hanna-Barbera Super TV Heroes: I'd need a better name for this, but it would be a super-team comprised of Hanna-Barbera heroes like Space Ghost, Birdman, the Galaxy Trio, Mightor, and so forth, brought together by the power of the genie Shazzan across time and space to battle the forces of evil (which would sometimes be a team of villains of the aforementioned characters). There would be a sense of humor about this series, so that someone can notice that Space Ghost and Birdman like yelling their names when they go into action (OK, I know, Space Ghost only did it in his theme song, but give me a break). Guest-stars could include Frankenstein Jr., the Impossibles, and pretty much any H-B human characters (I don't really think that bringing in Yogi and the other animals would work here).

3. The Amazing New Adventures of Superman: This would be the book I had hoped that All-Star Superman was going to be, but wasn't -- an entry-level Superman title that would be based mostly on the Silver Age Superman, with its own continuity. I wouldn't be retelling the origin, just providing a recap on the splash page of each issue. Retro but fun, and I could pull in elements from any version of Superman I wanted to!

4. The Fantastic Four: A book I've long been interested in writing, even if I don't have any big plot ideas in mind. The main thing I would want to do with the book was to remain true to the characters and their relationships, and bring a nice mix of the cosmic adventure as well as hometown problems. Of course, I have no idea what's going on with the title these days, so I'd need to get caught up to see what I would need to change or correct as soon as I started to get where I want to be.

5. Marvel Universe: Realtime: This would be a mini-series of mini-series, answering the question "What if the Marvel Universe really started in 1961 or so with Fantastic Four #1, and everyone aged at a normal rate?" This would mean that by 2012 (or whatever the current year would be), everybody would've aged at least 50 years, meaning that most of the characters would've been retired, and someone else would need to take over for them. Major plots would occur at the time they were published, but would occur somewhat differently because of the ages of the characters. The titles of the mini-series would be the old Marvel reprint titles, i.e., Marvel Triple Action, Marvel Tales, Marvel's Greatest Comics, Marvel Super Action, Fantasy Masterpieces, etc., with the appropriate characters' adventures taking place in the appropriate title (so that the FF stories would be in Marvel's Greatest Comics, and so forth). The issues would be numbered according to the year they're covering, and probably be larger than usual in order to accommodate more than one story per issue. A special feature in the back of each book would be a cover gallery of the issues of that character's title that were published in the year being covered. Obviously, this would take some work to figure out what major events happened to the characters each year, and it would take some very excellent artists to pull it off (ideally, artists whose style evokes that of the original artist who drew these books way back when).

6. Godzilla: But only if I could use ALL the classic Toho monsters to tell new stories! Because what's the point of writing Godzilla comics if you can't have him team up with Rodan and Mothra to battle King Ghidorah?

7. The Mighty Crusaders: Longtime readers shouldn't find this one to be much of a surprise, given that I've posted before some ideas for how I'd write this title and what I'd do with some of the characters!

8. Universal Monsters: I'd love a chance to write a comic based on the classic Universal monsters (i.e., Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon), continuing their stories and filling in details between some of the movies (I still think there's missing continuity between House of Dracula and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein). It would probably be anthology style for the most part, with individual tales of the various monsters, or rotating features.

9. Popeye: Just because I'm a huge Popeye fan. Amazing adventures on the high seas, Popeye speaks in character, all the classic supporting cast is there!

10. Guardians of Justice: I know, you've never heard of these guys, have you? That's because they're my own superheroes in their own superteam! LaserAvenger, Avian, Dynamo, The Ace, Nightstar, Battlestar, and more!

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