This write up will contain spoilers, my friends, so if you want to retain some mystery, don’t continue beyond the poster and the break below it.
Back in the mid-90s, DC comics had a single page feature touting upcoming series or bits of news or random, silly items.
I came across this one in Guy Gardner: Warrior #19, cover dated April 1994 which shows a TV listing featuring various titles along with some interesting casting choices:
There’s a few things there that caught my eye, not least the Batman Drama Anthology where Brad Pitt, Cary Elwes and Peter Horton all play Batman!
However, I thought these few worth highlighting:
Keifer Sutherland as Aquaman (at least in the mid-90s) sounds like great casting!
Similarly, mid-90s Christian Slater as Guy Gardner? Perfect!
But it was coming across the mention of Bill Paxton so soon after his death that really prompted this little post:
Bill Paxton as Lobo. Your initial reaction might be “what were they thinking?” but here he is in Near Dark from just a few years before this article:
So yeah, I can see it.
How things might have been, eh?
Or at least miniature pictures of characters. Sort of.
Looking back at some old copies of Justice League America and Justice League Europe recently and I remembered the little pictures of characters that used to appear in the issue number box on DC comics back in the early 90s. Oddly, despite the larger membership at the time, the JLA only had two pairs:
JLE fared a little better:
and even managed to get a few more in after their revamp and new members:
I’d thought for a while that JLA/JLE were the only titles with those but a quick look through my collection turned up these from Green Lantern:
A couple from the Justice Society
(There was a Wildcat one but he was largely obscured by the cover art) as well as some odds and sods:
A little detail on the cover which always appealed to me for some reason.