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The Comics 8 Ball 3.31.14: Top 8 Creative Dream Teams
Posted by Anthony Kennedy on 03.31.2014


Welcome back to the Comics 8 Ball in the Movie Zone! Per usual, your esteemed host Anthony Kennedy and as always, we will be tackling a topic and providing you the top eight selections related to comic books. Feel free to disagree and I'll freely admit you're wrong (no hard feelings right?) With that in mind, let's get right in to it.


Ryan_Fitzpatrick: How does Stryfe not make the list? He literally is a clone of Cable and an agent of chaos for mutants.

Big oversight on my part, that's an excellent choice that I egregious omitted.

CyberVenom: I gotta disagree with a few things. The Squadron have had a much bigger impact in Marvel than just the maxi series. Originally they were just stand ins but became more fleshed out. And while I agree that Capt Marvel has a different origin, his move set at the time of origin was clearly modeled on the success of Superman. Not necessarily as copied as DC claimed against Fawcett Comics, but the Superman archetype was everywhere.
On to the list! Great idea! Last week, I think Steve on the other great comics article here at 411 has the same topic and gave you much earned kudos! I'll post my list here as well:
HM: Kid Miracleman (Miracle man)
10. Zombie Fantastic Four (Ultimate Fantastic Four/616 Fantastic Four)
9. Carnage (Venom)
8. Prometheus (Batman)
7. Zoom (Flash)
6. Sinestro (Green Lantern) (Side Note: I'd almost say all the non-Green Corps)
5. Sabretooth (Wolverine)
4. Black Adam (Captain Marvel)
3. Bizarro (Superman)
2. Crime Syndicate of America (JLA)
1. Venom (Spider-Man)

Venom came in first for me. I know. Shocker, right? :D

And unfortunately I'l have to disagree with Captain Marvel as those powers were derived from a different source and his day-to-day was completely different from Clark Kent.

Top 8 Comic Creative Dream Teams

Through the years, there have been a number of great writer-artist tandems that have come along and had, dare we say, iconic runs with some of our favorite comic series. Then, an epiphany hit me, what if some of these same great writer-artist teams put together for a ‘Dream' run on other famous books? I mean we've seen what Morrison and Quietly can do with X-Men and the JLA. Can they bring the same level of storytelling to Fantastic Four? With that in my mind, I present the Top 8 Comic Creative Dream Teams.

*Caveat: The selected writer-artists could not have worked together on the selected book before as and additional I selected a certain time period, where applicable, that would best represent their work.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Grant Morrison-Frank Quietly: Ultimate Fantastic Four would be my choice for this duo. It would allow him to go as crazy as possible without worrying about continuity.
  • Jeph Loeb-Tim Sale: Would love to see them put their retro tales to the first class of the X-Men.
  • Joss Whedon-John Cassaday: This a pretty easy one since he's currently guiding the Avengers film universe, why not get his take on the comic version?
  • Robert Kirkman-Charlie Adlard: Bronze Age run with the The Avengers would suit their abilities well.
  • Stan Lee-John Romita Sr.: They told some of the best Spider-Man tales after Kirby departed, they would be perfect for a similar character in the Wally West Flash.
  • Walt Simonson-Sal Buscema: I know Geoff Johns brought Hal Jordan back, but if there was anyone up to the task it would be this team with Green Lantern.
  • Warren Ellis-Bryan Hitch: Call me crazy, but I'd like to see them handle G.I. Joe.

    #8 Brian Michael Bendis-Mark Bagley

    Best Known for: Ultimate Spider-Man
    Dream Comic Assignment: Copper Age Batman

    I loathe to give Bendis much credit, but his 125 issue run with Bagley on USM was truly epic. Which makes me clamor to see what he could do with the post Frank Miller era Caped Crusader.

    #7 Frank Miller-David Mazzucchelli

    Best Known for: Batman: Year One
    Dream Comic Assignment: 100 Bullets

    Their take on Dark Knight's night first year is regarded as one of the definitive takes of Batman and we know that Miller can do anthology with his successful Sin City series, thus Brian Azzarello's masterpiece would be the perfect book for this creative team.

    #6 Neal Adams-Denny O'Neill

    Best Known for: Silver Age Batman
    Dream Comic Assignment: Bronze Age Amazing Spider-Man

    Trading one solo comic series with a dynamic personality for another was too easy to resist. They had a chemistry together on the Bat-books and feel they could duplicate those efforts with the vast world handed to them in the mid-70's.

    #5 Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons

    Best Known for:The Watchmen
    Dream Comic Assignment:The Walking Dead

    The Watchmen duo was able to take brand new characters and craft a dense and diverse back story while counting down to the end of the world. How could they not go crazy with the zombie apocalypse and our favorite characters from Kirkman's book.

    #4 Peter David-Todd MacFarlane

    Best Known for: Copper AgeThe Incredible Hulk
    Dream Comic Assignment: Copper Age Fantastic Four

    Peter David's excellent writing with teams along with with sci-fi themes in X-Factor brought to Marvel's first family paired with the awesome drawing of MacFarlane, sign me up for that!

    #3 Stan Lee-Jack Kirby

    Best Known for: Creating Marvel 616.
    Dream Comic Assignment: Silver Age Action Comics

    While we got the atrocious Just Imagine Stan Lee… and Jack Kirby wrote a few Superman issues, it would be amazing to have the peak Lee-Kirby tandem working on Superman during the Silver Age.

    #2 George Perez-Marv Wolfman

    Best Known for: Bronze Age New Teen Titans
    Dream Assignment: Bronze/Copper Age Uncanny X-Men

    If they could work the same magic that they brought to The Avengers, JLA and New Teen Titans we could be in store for some amazing storytelling with the roster and villains of the X-Universe.

    #1 Chris Claremont-John Byrne

    Best Known for: Copper Age Uncanny X-Men
    Dream Comic Assignment: Bronze Age New Teen Titans

    While Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde have become iconic, they started off as third-tier characters at best who became the great characters we've come to know and love. Putting this duo with that early 80's Teen Titans line-up would be something to behold.

    Well that's my list. Agree, disagree, did I miss someone that deserved to make this list? Let me know! Bit of housekeeping. Who's going to New Orleans for WrestleMania and has two thumbs? This guy. That's right I'll be in attendance for, what I hope will be, Daniel Bryan's coronation as the face of the WWE. If any of ya'll will be there let me know and let's get a couple drinks and take in some indy shows. Have a great week and don't forget to read the many other great columns, news articles and more here at 411mania.com! I'm done.

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