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John Byrne
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 6:35am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

20" x 30" illo of the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Spider-Man, and She-Hulk vs. Dr. Doom, Red Skull, Dr. Octopus, and Hulk (11 total figures).   City setting; your choice of rooftop or street level setting.

The details are:

- vertical layout- Captain America (and shield) most prominent
- please have Thing vs. Hulk other matchups are up to you

- Please draw Hulk as shown in this commission:

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- Please draw Red Skull as shown in this commission:

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- Dr. Octopus in costume from Amazing Spider-Man # 296
- Fantastic Four in black costumes and Sue in hairstyle shown on the cover of FF # 259
- She-Hulk in Fantastic Four uniform and hairstyle as shown on the cover of FF # 285
- Spider-Man in classic costume with webbing under arms
- textured cloak on Dr. Doom

- please include the number 40 somewhere (this is a 40th birthday present)
- please personalize the piece to "Dan" near your signature (use your discretion on personalization "For Dan", "Best Wishes to Dan", "Happy 40th to Dan", whatever you feel like)
- if you can fit it in, please include a cat somewhere in the background

As of this piece, Reed and Sue each start a third line on the Character Count.

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Brad Monje
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 6:39am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Awesome work.



Edited by Brad Monje on 26 December 2012 at 6:40am
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 6:41am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Marvellous! 

I think we don't get to see the Hulk often enough in commissions. Thing vs the Hulk with She-Hulk thrown into the mix is a great idea.

You don't come much better than these characters drawn this way.
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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 6:45am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

OO-kay. Time to say it again:


BEST ONE YET!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 6:52am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

OO-kay. Time to say it again:

BEST ONE YET!

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Well, at least I'm going in the right direction!

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Darren Taylor
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:01am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

They are all brilliant but the Hulk steals the show. Great form he looks solid! Great use of thick and thins to infer bulk.

-D
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Shawn Kane
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:01am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

GREAT agile Spider-Man! You own EVERY one of those characters! Wonderful!
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:04am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Love it!

I'm regularly impressed, JB, that you really aim to please -- consistently hittin' the mark on what you allow as a pretty fair number of specific requests.
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Stéphane Garrelie
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:12am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Sweet!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:19am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

…consistently hittin' the mark on what you allow as a pretty fair number of specific requests.

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It comes down, really, to the nature of the requests. Notice that the customer here did not attempt to actually choreograph the piece. That's where trouble often arises, since so few people seem able to fully visualize an image in their minds, and will often ask for elements that require multiple camera angles. Here, a short list of things to be included -- like an emphasis on Captain America, the number 40 and a cat -- presented no difficulty.

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Bill Catellier
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:20am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Great work, JB!  The Hulk interaction is my favorite, but I do love how you draw Red Skull.  He always comes off so sinister.
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Chuck Wells
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:29am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

The commissions that JB turns out are always impressive, but for me the true testament of their high quality is when he closes out a year with - possibly - the best of the 2012 batch (thus far).

This is really outstanding!
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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:30am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I shy away from saying "You draw the best [etc.]" because so much of it is subjective, but you really do draw the best Red Skull.  There's no question in my mind about that.

What a great birthday present this is going to be!



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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:30am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

That's really something!  Quite a birthday present!  Congratulations to Dan!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:35am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

…you really do draw the best Red Skull. There's no question in my mind about that.

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Thanks! I've been fascinated by the architecture of skulls since I was given Renwal's "Visible Man" model kit as a child, so there is a degree of gratification to hear that some consider my work on so iconic a character as "definitive"!

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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:39am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Red Skull is probably my favorite part of the commission so I concur with Robert's sentiment.  I also really love the choices you made with Doc Ock's arms!  Fantastic! 
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Aaron Smith
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:39am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Fantastic commission with so much going on that it's hard to decide which part is my favorite.   
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:41am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

It just occurred to me that the piece really works as two complete commissions stacked on top of each other!  Hulk/She-Hulk/Thing/Sue at the bottom and then everyone else at the top!  I'd love to see this one in person!
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Clint Ludwick
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:47am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

REALLY loving  the Hulk in this  one!
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Dan Marcoux
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 7:49am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Full-size scan is in the Gallery...

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DW Zomberg
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 8:00am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

That might be JB's best Hulk ever.

And Byrne and Perez remain my favorite Cap artists.

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Andy Mokler
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 8:04am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I hate it!

It only makes me regret you not staying on FF, Hulk, She-Hulk, etc. for 100's and 100's more issues.

Great work, JB.  One of my favorites of all the commissions you thankfully share with everyone.
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Joe Smith
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 8:06am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Cap swingin' on a web!?!?!   Yeah baby!!
Bravissimo!!!
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Michael Arndt
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 8:11am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Dan is one lucky dude.
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 26 December 2012 at 8:19am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

I wonder...was this a surprise commission for Dan or a birthday present to himself?
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