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John Byrne
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 7:15am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Approx 8.5x11 inches

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David Ferguson
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Is that character obscure or is it just me?
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Carmen Bernardo
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 7:25am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Wow.  Looks like one of those Silver Age DC villains to me.
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Clock King? Interesting choice...but always well executed!
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Looks like one of those Silver Age DC villains to me.

Yup. First appeared (at least by name) in 1960.

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Dwayne Gassmann
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 7:34am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Unusual request, but I like it.
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Jamie Grey
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I like the way the hands on the face look like eyes
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Peter Martin
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What an odd character!

I like the pose, which gives it a real sense of movement as you capture him mid-turn, and how lithe the limbs look. Nice drawing of the hands as well.

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Brandon Pennison
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The pose is a great choice!  Never heard of the character, but looks interesting!
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I can honestly say that's the coolest rendition of The Clock King ever!!!
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 9:13am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Ok, the silver age geek in me loves that.

JB, odd question for you, the time showing on his face, was that the time you finished the piece?

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JB, odd question for you, the time showing on his face, was that the time you finished the piece?

It's the time on the reference I used.

This being a DC "gimmick" character, and assuming the hands on his face don't actually move, panel to panel, I would not be surprised to find this is based on an old tradition of displaying watches in advertising and on signs with the hands set at 10:10 or 1:50. Evidently this was done to ensure the brand name of the watchmaker was nicely framed by the hands.

(There is an "urban legend" that the hands are set to show the time Abraham Lincoln died, but since he died at 7:20am. . . )

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Brad Brickley
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Fun one.  His costume is goofy, but the face is scary.  I like the face, seems vacant and robotic, like if you were trying to reason with him you couldn't.  Almost like if you were the victim, you could see the seconds ticking down on your life if you didn't co-operate.  Kind of scary if you were in a hold up situation.
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Robert Cosgrove
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 9:39am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I remember a Clock King, but not where I saw him.  Was this an old Green Arrow villain?  Batman?
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Eric Smearman
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Three words I never thought I'd use together: Awesome Clock King!
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Matthew McCallum
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Clock King was a Green Arrow villain.

Robin fought a villain called The Clock -- a story reprinted in the Robin DC Archive Volume 1 -- but I don't think there was any connection between the two characters.

What I love about that picture is the sense of movement. It's like we've walked up behind Clock King and startled him.


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Jason Mark Hickok
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Awesome rendition of Clock King.  A neat character to pick for a commission as well.  I love the hands on the face set where they are since it gives the sense of eyes being there.

Great job, JB!  Congratulations to the commissioner.
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Paul Greer
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That is a cool Clock King! I'm really enjoying these obscure character commissions.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I always thought the 1.50 position was to show a subliminal smile,thus making you happy to purchase!
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Stephen Churay
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Awesome JB!.
I think a lot of the reason people don't know this version of the character is the fact that most people today think of the look from the Timm-verse. There he was just a weird looking guy in a suit.
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Joe Smith
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Awesome!
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Brad Krawchuk
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 11:25am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

The hands on his face clock's clock face make it look like he's scowling at the interruption! 

Awesome (time) piece!
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Joe Martino
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 11:28am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

His real name is William Tockman. Love it! And I love this piece!
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Conner Dinkins
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 11:31am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

With a costume like this the pose makes the character work. He's wiry and sneaky looking. I wonder what a 50s comic drawn by Byrne would be like.
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Posted: 10 July 2010 at 11:32am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Clock King!  Nice.  He's shown up recently in the "Brave and the Bold" animated series.  So, strangely, your average child is more likely to know this character than many people on this forum.
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