Monday Mashup 9: A Step in Time

Today I’ll post another attempt at taking one (and only one) panel from ten randomly selected comic books and making a coherent story out of them. In a bit of a departure, though, this week I’m going for something rather more serious than silly; we’ll have to see if it works. With that, buckle your time machine’s seatbelts, kids, as we’re headed off to the future!


The leader of a hidden cabal attempting to take over the world is challenged by one of the costumed, super-powered board members who’s having second thoughts about the entire evil enterprise.

You’re a parasite! Have you no regrets?

But he has misjudged the other members, and quickly finds the meeting turning against him.

We’ve been wrong to involved costumed bozos.

Seeing that he has no chance of stopping the planned slaughter of super-human heroes, the lone dissenter slips away from the meeting to plot his own course while the others continue to argue.

He slips into a Star Labs jet and is gone!
I sense his revulsion at the sight of his fellow beings, spending their days in the pursuit of endless, vapid pleasure.

His plan is to use the services of a hunting club that provides the unbelievable opportunity to travel back in time to hunt the great dinosaurs, only his prey will be the other crime syndicate members while they are too young to stop him!

Time Safari, Inc. Safaris to any year in the past. You name the animal, we take you there. You shoot it.

One of his guards tries to reason with him to abandon the foolish plan, grasping at anything that might dissuade his boss.

Sir, you know this is illegal. It could jeapordize our government contracts!

Unpersuaded, he steps towards the time portal, only to be struck down by one of his own super-powered enforcers who’s been turned by another syndicate board member!

Surprise, dirtbag!
Since when do you champion an outsider against one of your own!

Her new traitorous sponsor steps from the shadows where he’d been lurking, gun leveled at the costumed crusader.

Your ways are of the past. I fight for the future.

And yet when he pulls the trigger to dispatch his rival …

Jammed! The weapon malfunctioned. Did this have a meaning?

Tune in next week to discover what mysterious power the costumed crime lord holds over his enemies, and whether will he be able to wield the time traveling device to stop the annihilation of Earth’s super-heroes!*

*Not actually continued next week.


The images contained in this mashup are, in order of appearance:

  1. “Anarky”, No. 2, ©1997, DC comics.
  2. “Suicide Squad”, No. 38, ©1989, DC Comics.
  3. “Millennium”, No. 4, ©1987, DC Comics.
  4. “Dr. Strange”, No. 31, ©1991, Marvel Comics.
  5. “Ray Bradbury Comics”, No. 1, ©1993 Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc.
  6. “The Butcher”, No. 4, ©1990, Mike Baron and Shea Anton Pensa.
  7. “Angel and the Ape”, No. 4, ©1991, DC Comics.
  8. “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons”, No. 28, ©1991, DC Comics.
  9. “Dr. Strange”, No. 25, ©1991, Marvel Comics.
  10. “Batman: Sword of Azrael”, No. 3, ©DC Comics.

3 Responses to Monday Mashup 9: A Step in Time

  1. William A. Peterson

    Much, much, better this time, Jeff!
    Comic books tend to be inherently ‘goofy’…
    Trying to make them more so is almost always a case of overkill!
    This made for a much better story (despite the rather inconsistent artwork!)…

  2. Time Safaris… wasn’t that Ray Bradbury’s “A Roar of Thunder”?

  3. Close, it’s “A Sound of Thunder”. Interestingly there are two separate adaptations of it in the same issue, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. Later this week I am going to post a page from each of them to show how you can get two totally different layouts from the exact same source material, it’s kind of neat.