Oh, look, month old art. This was already on my Tumblr. Submitting this is like cheating, but EH, WHATEVER. School project taking up all my art time. Lloyd, from one of my stories, The Funeral Home. I was thinking of doing one of the chapters for this stories during homework breaks, since I have not been working on any comics since school started. It should be simple enough, I think!
This is the first Suicide Squad Cover Commission I did in the Fall of 2011. I posted this on DA before, but the file picture never seemed to load correctly. This is me trying it again!
I did this for Bill Cox, an art collector and a fan of the original SUICIDE SQUAD from THE BRAVE & THE BOLD comics of the early 1960s. The SUICIDE SQUAD were a paramilitary group who fought giant monsters, dinosaurs and aliens. This is a cover commission not based on any previous published SUICIDE SQUAD cover. I made up the layout myself, and reinterpreted the characters into the animated style as the client wanted. Bill asked for the Squad to be fighting a giant snake in Paris! I had the idea to have the snake wrapped around the Eiffel Tower, and I chose to draw it from an birdseye POV. It took me about a day to figure out the perspective of the tower on a scrap piece of paper, and another day to figure out the foreshortening on the snake's scales! Heh. I originally considered having the Squad parachuting in, but parachutes take up too much layout real estate, so I opted to have them flying in on the Hiller Flying Platforms, which REALLY existed in the 1950s! They were to be used in the U.S. Army, Marines and Navy during the Cold War, but they cost too much, and the pilots were sitting ducks to gunfire on the ground. They were also too hard to stear, and their central fan was very, very loud, making them a liability as a recon weapon. The program was eventually scrapped. They do appear in the opening of the JONNY QUEST animated tv show though, and I thought they added a nice sci-fi/historical touch, since the Suicide Squad characters existed in the same era. Hope you like this, and I appreciate your faves!
See the color version with colors by here! Suicide Squad #2: Suicide Squad #3
A few weeks back I finished another SUICIDE SQUAD cover commission. I finally got around to cleaning up the 600dpi scan of the cover and I uploaded it to my website. I figured I'd post it in my DA gallery as well. This cover features the original SUICIDE SQUAD members (from DC Comics original Brave & the Bold series) in Paris, squaring off against the prehistoric terror, GOROSAURUS (from the film DESTROY ALL MONSTERS)!! The Arc De Triomphe has been torn in half already, and our are just arriving on the scene. The Squad is wearing Bell Rocket Belts-- nifty 1960s era tech that really worked and still exists! You can see one of the Bell Rocket Belts on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center branch of the SMITHSONIAN AIR & SPACE MUSEUM, in fact.
I really enjoy drawing the Suicide Squad characters. They're always fun, and since they are always fighting giant monsters near famous landmarks and monuments, it's always a challenge to figure out an interesting layout that tells a clear & exciting story, while maintaining a good sense of scale.
Sure wish comics were still only 10 cents!!
Hope you enjoy!
By the way...Bill Cox is the client who commissioned this piece. I hid Bill's first name in this drawing someplace. See if you can find it!