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John Byrne
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 9:48am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

11" x 17" illo of the Fantastic Four vs. MODOK, Arnim Zola, and his Doughboy. Details are:

- Portrait orientation - Background: on the villains turf (castle, lab, dungeon, whatever you feel is best as it's on the villiains terrain) - Please draw the FF in the black uniforms you designed - Please draw Invisible Womans hairstyle similar to to this commission:

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- Please have clear views of the faces of Arnim Zola's and MODOK

- Please include some damage being done to Doughboy's dough

(Looks like I missed a bit of "texture" on the Torch's left forearm.)

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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 9:58am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Fantastic job, JB! I wonder what brought my favorite comic book team into
conflict with Arnim Zola and MODOK...
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 9:59am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Cool. I'd never seen this Doughboy character before; seems sort of a "DC-ish" character.
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Doughboy was a creation of Arnim Zola's, who appeared during Kirby's last run on CAPTAIN AMERICA. This is the shot I printed out from Google.

(Note the little clipped headshot of Sue I lifted from the referenced commission, to be sure I got the hair right.)

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I wonder what brought my favorite comic book team into conflict with Arnim Zola and MODOK...

Can't imagine it would take much!

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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:04am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Your MODOK always looks very angry and very scary.

I like the way you have the Torch captured in some villainous contraption -- really makes you feel you are jumping on midway through a story. And I want the back issue that lets me read the story!

I know nothing about Doughboy, but you've drawn him very Kirbyesque.
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:07am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I always thought Doughboy was pretty creepy.  You've certainly captured that!  Love the detail on M.O.D.O.K. and Arnim Zola. Evokes Kirby to a "T".
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John Byrne
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Incidentally, looking up reference for Doughboy on Google, I came across this image:

Can I really be seeing what I seem to be seeing? The relentless drive toward SAMENESS at Marvel has resulted in even Arnim Zola donning a black leather jacket??

(Hard to imagine the Red Skull admitting he'd need anybody's help to make any plan succeed!)

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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:09am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

As if zipping it up would make him look inconspicuous!
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:11am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

 JB wrote:
Can I really be seeing what I seem to be seeing? The relentless drive toward SAMENESS at Marvel has resulted in even Arnim Zola donning a black leather jacket??

Yeah; it's fairly absurd, imo. I see the artist left the scrap of cloth (or whatever it's called) under his belt; which makes the jacket even more absurd.


Edited by Paulo Pereira on 15 January 2012 at 10:12am
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

As if zipping it up would make him look inconspicuous!
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Well, when he adds a Yankees cap...
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:18am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

All he'd need is one of these and his disguise would be complete.
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:18am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I can't believe this is 11 x 17!  So much going on that I'd swear it was 20 x 30....or more!  The backgrounds are insane, a huge achievement given the number of characters!  Really like this one!
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Can I really be seeing what I seem to be seeing? The relentless drive
toward SAMENESS at Marvel has resulted in even Arnim Zola
donning a black leather jacket??

(Hard to imagine the Red Skull admitting he'd need anybody's help to
make any plan succeed!)

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JB, this is from the previous Captain America series. The series was
well written, but for a 25 year old. Also, the attempt to make the art
look realistic made this series look a little dull and dark.

It's nice to see you return Arnim Zola to his former glory. You draw the
creepiest M.O.D.O.K. around and ALWAYS make the Fantastic Four
look great. Wallace's comment is definitely shared by me in that, I
want to read this story. Which makes for my favorite type of
commission. Congrats to the commissioner, this one is AMAZING!

Edited by Stephen Churay on 15 January 2012 at 10:35am
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:29am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Boy, that is really something.  I always like seeing M.O.D.O.K. especially drawn by you.  Seeing Johnny held captive in that tube device reminds me of the other Torch from a Alex Schomburg cover of Young Allies or All Select. 
Congrats to the owner.
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:30am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Love this! The pleats in Arnim Zola's sleeves have a particularly excellent Kirby look.
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:30am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Very nicely done, JB.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:34am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

It's funny, but it seems like every time I've drawn MODOK lately, I have found myself wondering how Mark Gruenwald was able to resist, during his time as writer on CAPTAIN AMERICA, the urge to fuse MODOK and Quasimodo into QuasiMODOK. Is it possible it simply did not occur to him?

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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:36am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

The pleats in Arnim Zola's sleeves have a particularly excellent Kirby look.

Zola is one of those characters where I am compelled to surrender completely to my urge to channel Kirby. This is not a character who lends himself well to a "realistic" interpretation. (See above)

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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:42am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Nice piece!
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:43am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Modok just rocks!  I really wish I had a Byrne Modok!
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:43am | IP Logged | 22 post reply



Always good to see Fantastic Four - excellent, JB!!


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John Byrne
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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:43am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Speaking of Zola, I was about to add him to the Character Count, being convinced this was the third commission in which he has appeared, but when I checked the Gallery, I could find only THIS.

Is there really not another?

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Posted: 15 January 2012 at 10:46am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

dang, that's great.
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Fantastic commission! For some reason this commission looks bigger than 11x17, way to make everything fit so well
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