Monday, November 1, 2010

What if DC published Marvel characters in the 1960's?

Have you ever noticed that early Marvel covers typically showcased a superhero fighting a villain, while during the same period, DC covers presented mostly outrageous, character scenarios? I started wondering what DC would have done with the Marvel characters back in the 60's.

Then, I felt compelled to create a couple. Click to enlarge.


54 comments:

Duy said...

I approve, sir!

Citizen Justice said...

These are great, what a bizarre era at DC.

Pop-Monkey said...

Brilliant and hilarious! I want to see more! I've got several of these odd DC 60s books in my collection simply because the covers are so odd. Love 'em.

Anonymous said...

You need to invite people to do these like that guy who does the cover redos.

These are great.

Ron Salas said...

Absolute genius. Love that Cap cover. More please!

dnwilliams said...

Genius. Moar.

Anonymous said...

Post of the forever!

Paul Salvi said...

You wonderful man.

Moeskido said...

And thus the legacy of Julius Schwartz humiliates us all once again.

discord_inc said...

Those look amazing. I like how you made them look frayed as well.

Bunche said...

More of this sort of thing, please.

Robert Goodin said...

Very nice. Sign me up for the Essentials collection.

Anonymous said...

Yup, sad but very true. DC was bonkers insane there for a while (a few decades!). From Lois walking around with a lead box on her head to hide her secrets from Superman to Batman's wardrobe filled with rainbow-colored bat-costumes, it's pretty obvious the DC office LSD vending machine was constantly in need of restocking.

Adam L. Garcia said...

Awesome job, sir.

Mark Lambert said...

Please, please, please do more of these! I haven't laughed that hard in years!!!

A_Train said...

More, please!

Richard J. Marcej said...

You've opened the box Kerry. Time to get back to the drawing board, no more slacking off!

Solo500 said...

Perfect.

Mikeyboy said...

MORE WE MUST SEE MORE!

Klaus said...

Those are hilarious!! Wanna see more...

Kerry Callen said...

Thanks for the nice comments. I do plan to draw more. :)

Kevin said...

amazing. spectacular. invincible.

buttler said...

Oh, well done. These just make me love Silver Age DC even more, if that's even possible.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog through thedailywh.at and I must say EVERYTHING is amazing! It's all beautifully illustrated AND hilarious.

JL Cancio said...

JAJA!! Cool!
Excelent blog!

Gorillamydreamz said...

These are hilarious.

DC probably would have gone all out added a bib and cutlery to the Captain and showed him at fancy restaurant table with a snooty waiter and Bucky as a shocked busboy.

Spidey they'd likely have contented themselves with him busting a scale or at a guess your weight carnival.

I want to read these stories.

Mitchell said...

Really enjoy your re-imaginations!

geekteevee said...

hilarious! i would love to have read these!

Anonymous said...

These are great. Please do more. I normally don't collect silver age DC because the odd covers. Nice to see a little humour from them.

Joe Willy said...

I'm kicking myself hard for not thinking of this. Very funny.

Hard to believe it was the same era in comics but I guess each had their niche where now I think the Big 2 are almost indistinguishable (lots of creators cross over to the other one).

Flinthart said...

That's astonishingly clever -- and remarkably well executed. Thank you.

Online Penny Auction said...

Spidy is lookin fabulous.

Dean said...

These are fantastic. I'd love to see the opposite as well.

Steve Does Comics said...

Great stuff. It captures the futile lunacy of those old DC mags beautifully.

Michelangelo said...

Genius. I concur with Anonymous #1's suggestion.

Anonymous said...

I love those covers. I'm bookmarking your website. Keep 'em coming!

Charlie B said...

I remember those stories! Of course, they were not as interesting as the covers promised.

In the Spidey story, Gwen and Mary Jane tried to get proof that Peter was Spider-Man by tempting him with cake and pie, then watching Spidey in action to see if he’d gained weight. Peter had to go into extreme action in private to work off the weight before getting into costume. The cover was just a “what if this goes on” dream sequence. There was a funny final scene of the girls on exercise bikes; trying to work off the extra pounds they gained pursuing their scheme.

The Cap story was about a surprise birthday for Bucky. The shield was an edible party favor replica, but when Zemo attacked, Cap was forced to hold him off with only a marzipan shield.

Kerry Callen said...

Ha! I had no idea what was inside of those!

Btw, I have sketched out a couple more covers. It may be close to Thanksgiving before I have the chance to finish 'em...

Bobgar said...

Love the Cap one!

Davis Dewsbury said...

OH MY GOD!!! MORE! MORE!!!

Cecil said...

Nice try on those plots! I <3 this work Kerry and hope you get something commercial noticed in exchange for your humor and generosity.

The aging effects get especial high marks.

vishalresource said...

Dear All,

May I please know which character is actually there in costume of Spiderman in this parody?

I am not really into comics but this is kinda curious thing for me. Please I am waiting.

Thanks

Bob Dobalina said...

Given that the character's thought bubble references "aunt may", it must be Peter Porker. Yeah, I went there.

Anonymous said...

i have read and this may or may not be true that dc did a survey in the 1960's and the results showed that dark blue or purple covers with a gorilla on them out sold all of their other titles.

mike r. baker said...

Perfect!

Dave M! said...

Great work. Thanks for the excellent, well-researched satire.

David Marshall, Comics and Art Guy
Cartoonist
Comics Teacher
Creative Services Consultant

surferjoe1 said...

I am humbled by your genius.

Please do more of these, and don't forget the ones where the hero is being a total jerk for no reason. "A bus load of children are driving over the cliff! Why are the Fantastic Four standing there laughing?" FF: "Har, Har! Let 'em die!"

Lex10 said...

My comic book guy said "Broken home: Marvel - Happy Home, DC."

Benny said...

Great work!

Anonymous said...

Incredible work! Aces!

inkdestroyedmybrush said...

oh man, i want the fat spidey one on the spinner rack in my living room.

Rap said...

More covers!!! These are great! :D

SallyP said...

I just have to say...that Fat Spidey fills me with unholy joy.

Anonymous said...

You just made a sad, jaded man laugh like a little girl. Bravo!