The Line It Is Drawn #91: Jonah Hex with the Gotham by Gaslight Batman! In honor of comic book artist & Jonah Hex co-creator Tony DeZuniga, it's Jonah Hex theme week at the Line It Is Drawn!
I chose the suggestion to team up Hex with the Gotham by Gaslight Batman. Once I had that, I knew I had to have Hex meet his modern day DCU counterpart, Two-Face!
I decided to use the old, haggard-looking Jonah Hex as he appeared in the Batman: The Animated series episode "Showdown", which took place in 1883, just 6 years before Gotham by Gaslight. And for Two-Face, I decide to emulate the Jack Burnley version, since for my money, that's the best the character has ever looked. Check out Burnley's terrific Two-Face here: [link]
GREAT fun doing this one. This was one of those times when the drawing went very easily and everything came out the way I wanted it to. Very nice change of pace after all the frustration the Galactus/Planetary illustration gave me last week. Can YOU spot the obscure Jonah Hex reference I snuck into the background?
The Line It Is Drawn #117: The Dark Knight Shills!
This week's theme was "A Fond Farewell to Hostess". Ads for Hostess cupcakes, Twinkies and Fruit Pies were ubiquitous in comic books in the 70s and 80s, so a tribute to them seemed like an obvious theme for TLIID. I was honestly going to go with a Star Trek suggestion where Capt. Kirk defeated the Klingons with Hostess products, but then the line "Real Fruit Filling. Honest." popped into my head and I knew I had to choose the Dark Knight as my top pick for the week. I flipped through my DARK KNIGHT RETURNS trade paperback from the 80s for some additional inspiration, and VIOLA -- I had a rough script! This one was a lot of fun to do & I hope you like it!
Check all the other funny & dementedly brilliant entries here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #93: Cross-Company Team-Ups! The suggestion I picked was Batman & The Rocketeer. I combined this with a suggestion from back in January of the Rocketeer fighting the Red Skull. I always thought it was a neat idea but I never got to draw it until now.
I'm pretty happy with how the drawing on this one turned out. My only regret is that I didn't have enough time to color it. Keep an eye on here my Deviant Art page for the color version!
(BTW, if you ever want to be put in your place, artistically-speaking, looking at Dave Stevens and Jack Kirby art for reference will certainly do the trick. MAN, those guys were good!)
You can check out all the other great pieces from this week (Our Best Yet, IMO) here: [link]
Special thanks to Todd Klein for the Golden Age Batman logo from Batman #11. If you're on Facebook, be sure to check out his Logo of the Day feature, with tons of great comic book logos: [link] Or check out his website here: [link]
6/8/12 UPDATE: This piece is apparently starting to make the rounds on Tumblr, too: [link]
It's two milestones in one! My piece for The Line It Is Drawn #100 for 8/2/12, and, coincidentally enough, the last piece of art I drew in my 30s (I turned 40 on August 1st).
For this Anniversary piece, we did the 100th issues of previous LIID pieces. I chose Nick Perks' great Steve Ditko tribute from LIID #50: [link]
I wanted to add in even MORE Steve Ditko characters (Since most superhero groups have added more members by issue #100), so I stuck in Captain Atom, The Question, Speedball, Hawk & Dove, Staman and Shade the Changing Man! This made the piece even more meaningful for me, since Captain Atom & the Blue Beetle were both in my first regular contribution to TLIID back in Week 77:
The layout is an homage to Nick Cardy's terrific cover for Justice League of America #102, seen here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #113 for 10/31/12: Since it's Monster Mash-Up week at the Line in honor of Halloween, I chose to do Aquaman vs. The Creature From The Black Lagoon!
Man, how great would it be to have the Creature as a regular foe for old Arthur Curry? DC should revive the Kordax from THE ATLANTIS CHRONICLES & Peter David's run on AQUAMAN & make him as much like the Creature as they can legally get away with.
This piece was finished on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, despite my briefly losing power in my apartment on Monday the 29th due to Hurricane Sandy.
You can see all the other great Halloween-themed LIID pieces here: [link]
LIID #125 for 2/7/13. The theme this week was Rock n' Roll Superheroes, with comic characters replacing the member(s) of a famous band. No less than FIVE people suggested the various Blue Beetles in the Beatles, so here's Dan, Ted, Jaime and Ringo -- Blue Beatlemania! Ringo senses something slightly amiss with the other lads, though.
Check out all the other great entries here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #106 for 9/13/12: Comic Book Cover Homages! I chose the suggestion of X-Men #141 as a parody of DC's new 52. You can see the original cover by John Byrne & Terry Austin here: [link]
I should also note that the heads in the corner box are not by me, but were done by the great Neal Adams for DC Comics in the 1970s.
And check out all the other great cover homages at the Line It Is Drawn here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #105 for 9/6/12: Superheroes get new teen sidekicks! I chose the suggestion "Ozymandias’ new sidekick, Gordy the Knot-Boy" by Mike Shirley just because I love the name "Gordy the Knot-Boy." This cover is a parody of the famous "Speedy is a JUNKIE" cover to Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85 by Neal Adams: [link]
You can check out all the other great kid sidekick pieces that the Line It Is Drawn crew did here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #127 for 2/21/13: Superheroes Gone Bad! I choose to do the original Teen Titans in the style of a 50/60s teen movie. Robin's pose & the right tagline are from the poster of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, Aqualad's pose is from a still from THE WILD ONE, Wonder Girl's is from the poster of KITTEN WITH A WHIP, and Kid Flash's from a photo of the Beatles from their Hamburg days. I had fun doing this one. Hope you guys like it!
Check out all the other great LIID entries here: [link]
My entry for the third tryout week for The Line It Is Drawn on the website Comics Should Be Good! The theme for this week was Cover Homages.
The suggestion that really caught my eye was "TINTIN IN TIBET with Rorschach, Nite Owl, Ozymandias and Bubastis from WATCHMEN." As soon as I read that idea, I immediately saw the potential humor of juxtaposing the humor & innocence of TINTIN with the seriousness & darkness of WATCHMEN. The fact that Hergé and Dave Gibbons both have nice open, clean-line styles made a fun challenge, too.
BTW, if Hergé ever used word balloons on his covers, Ozymandias would DEFINITELY be saying, "I did it 35 minutes ago."