Friday, December 30, 2011

Legion of Super-Heroes, Psyche

Art from the cover of the very first issue of Legion of Super-Heroes! Art by Keith Giffen!

And Psyche from the Wanderers by Steve Lightle!


Wrath of the Spectre

Art by the great Jim Aparo!


Teen Titans Redux

This art (although great) always bothered me because it seemed off center...

So, I decided to use my meagre skills to fill in a few gaps in order to complete the picture, centered it, and Voila! I'm happy with it!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Ray and Faust

Art by Joe Phillips!


Aquaman, Aqualad, and Mera

One of artist Jim Aparo's last drawings of the Aqua-Family (inked by Bill Sienkiewicz!)



Art by Philip Tan and Jim Lee!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Enterprise

The new Enterprise from the new ongoing Star Trek series!


Geoff Johns Interview!

According to this interview, there's more Aquaman on the way!
Aquaman may be one of the most well known superheroes, but that doesn't mean he's one of the most popular. Though his fans know he's among the most powerful and fearless characters in comics, the general public has been laughing at the orange and green clad hero since his days on the 1970s Super Friends cartoons. Long derided because his main superpower seems to be his ability to "talk to fish," and due to his perceived uselessness out of the water, Aquaman is more associated with punch lines than punches.

But the hard luck hero has been steadily working his way onto the pop culture A-List over the past few years, and his new comic book series has turned into a best seller. "I really thought the character had tons of potential," says Geoff Johns, DC Comics' chief creative officer, who is writing the book. "Having Aquaman be the king of Atlantis but a joke on land, that's a great dichotomy for a character."

As part of a relaunch of DC Comics' entire line this fall, Aquaman was given a solo series for the first time since his last book was cancelled in 2006. Ironically, that was just as his mainstream image makeover was beginning. A guest appearance on Smallville (played by American Idol semifinalist Alan Ritchson) in the fall of 2005 was a hit with fans, and on HBOs' Entourage main character Vincent Chase got his big break starring in a (fictional) blockbuster Aquaman movie directed by James Cameron. More recently the sea king became the breakout star of Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold thanks to an unabashedly jolly (while still plucky) reinterpretation of his personality.

Still, Johns felt that the new Aquaman comic needed to address the hero's laughingstock history. "You have the fans, like myself, who always root for the character, and you're always on the defensive immediately," says the author, who has previously rebooted other dusty DC franchises, like the Justice Society, Teen Titans and Hawkman. "And I wanted to take that approach in the book, that he's the ultimate underdog of superheroes. He becomes much more human and relatable by being underestimated." In the first few issues, police officers have mocked him to his face, and in a recent issue of Justice League of America (also written by Johns) Green Lantern, on meeting him for the first time, says, "I thought Aquaman was a sketch on Conan O'Brien."

This honest take on the character has won raves from old fans — and brought in new ones. The first issue has sold more than 100,000 copies (an impressive number by today's standards) and with issue No. 4 going on sale this Wednesday — in comic book stores and online — the book ranks in the Top 20 for sales, according to Diamond Comic Distributors. Still, a recent cameo in an SNL Digital Short illustrates what he's up against. "It's going to take a long time to make Aquaman the coolest superhero there is, but I love fighting against that tide," says Johns, who confesses that water-themed puns are inevitable when talking about the character.

Given that much lesser known heroes like Iron Man, Thor and Green Lantern have turned into Hollywood stars, could a screen-version of the King of the Seas be far off? "You will see Aquaman in a lot of different things beyond comics," Johns promises, but, "that's all I can get into now."

One place where he could conceivably show up is Cartoon Network's upcoming DC Nation programming block, a partnership with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics slated to launch in 2012. Sandwiched in between shows like Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series will be animated shorts showcasing DC's enormous library. "Some are reinterpretations of characters that we know," says Johns, "some of characters that we never thought we'd see animated."
That DC Nation block does look interesting. I think a regular Aquaman series in the top 20 is a darn good Christmas gift for this fan!

Aquaman and Mera

More beautiful artwork by Ivan Reis!



Art by Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan Jr.!

An alternate!

Art by Stephane Roux!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011


The cover of Superman issue 8. Art by the always incredible Ivan Reis!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Superboy, Aqualad, Teen Titans

Superboy from Teen Titans volume 3 issue 2's cover! Art by Mike McKone!

Aqualad from Teen Titans Spotlight issue 18, art by Art Thibert!

Teen Titans from volume 1 issue 53, art by Rich Buckler!

Teen Titans old and new by Dan Jurgens!

Aqualad lays into the Teen Titans, art by Nick Cardy!


Krypto, Legion Redux

There's just something about Krypto I can't help but like!!

I couldn't stop working on this one! It's weird how inspiration can strike many days after I've figured I was done...


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Green Lantern, Supers, Teen Titans, DC's Big 3

Hal Jordan by Doug Mahnke!

Superman and Supergirl fight by George Perez!

The Fab Five by Dan Jurgens!

The new Big 3 of DC! Art by Jim Lee, Adam Hughes, and Andy Kubert!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Super Friends Aquaman, Wondertwins, and Aqualad

Aquaman from the opening credits of two of the Super Friends shows!

Zan and Jayna, the Wondertwins!

Aqualad art by Art Thibert!


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Aquaman and Aqualad, Superman and the Legion

Classic Aquaman and Aqualad by classic Aquaman artist Jim Aparo! (inked by Bill Sienkiewicz)

Superman and the Legion by Gary Frank!


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Teen Titans

Old school Teen Titans from a variant cover by Mike Allred!

And a version without so much red.


Saturday, December 03, 2011

Justice Society and Dawnstar Redux

Couldn't help changing a few things...


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

All-Star Squadron, Crisis, the Legion of Super-Heroes, and the Justice Society!

All art by George Perez!



It's finally over! People said I looked like Freddie Mercury... I'm not sure if that's a good thing.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Aquaman Sales Figures!

According to this article at The Beat, Aquaman issue 1 sold more than 100 000 copies!
09/2011: Aquaman #1 -- 80,302 [108,545]
10/2011: Aquaman #2 -- 79,156 (-1.4%)

First-month sales are holding level, while Aquaman #1 sold another 28,243 units in its second month — more than any other “New 52″ debut issue apart from Justice League #1. This seems to be one of the titles that retailers underestimated the most.
Underestimate Aquaman? People have been underestimating him for years! Phenominal! Even the second issue drop really isn't that bad. (Although, why would anyone want to drop such a good book??) I wonder if issue 2 will see reorders like issue 1? I guess we'll find out in a month. In the meantime, it looks like Aquaman will be around for a while! In the Top 20! Whoooo-hoooo!

Aquaman and Mera Redux

I originally thought that sizing this picture to fit my resolution would be too much drawing for artistically-challenged me, but looking at that gorgeous picture made me want to try...

I'm glad I did!


Friday, November 25, 2011

Batman, Booster Gold, Flash

Batman by Greg Capullo!

Booster Gold by Aaron Lopresti!

Flash by Jim Lee!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Aquaman and Mera

Another issue of Aquaman is released and once again, artist Ivan Reis fails to disappoint! This time he draws a beautiful full page of Arthur and Mera diving into the deep!

And another page showing how Mera can take care of herself!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Baby Dolphin Update

A while back I posted on my Google+ account a link to pictures taken of a female baby dolphin who was found with her umbilical cord still attached, but no mother. It looks like she's getting along ok! The people caring for her have an incredible opportunity. Can you imagine being able to raise this sweetie to adulthood? But I imagine as soon as she's big enough, they'll introduce her to other dolphins so she can learn from her own kind. I would hope, anyway. I don't know what the protocol would be here.