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John Byrne
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 10:49am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

11" x 17" illustration featuring The Freedom Brigade vs. Nazi menace (giant robot/war machine); the details are as follows:

- portrait layout with cover logo and price ("Freedom Brigade" #84, September 1983, cover price 60 cents.)

- World War II background of your choice.

Characters include:

- Black Terror -- LINK1

- Daredevil -- LINK2

- The Flag -- LINK3

- Grim Reaper -- LINK4

- Nelvana --LINK5

The commissioner was hoping for a battle of "normal" sized heroes vs. a large villain, so please draw it along the lines of this commission:

LINK6

Standard Comics logo: LINK7

Freedom Brigade masthead: LINK8

Threw in some gray tones to make the robot "pop" a bit more.

One Year Free Membership in the JBF to the first who names the reason for my thread title!

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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 10:58am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Wow!   Super Cool!  Love the Black Terror!!  the robot is amazing!  I love it!
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:07am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Great work, JB! That giant robot is awesome!
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Philippe Negrin
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:08am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Not familiar with these characters but I do love this piece and the robot ! Also, no idea about the title...
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John Byrne
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:13am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Not a lot of enthusiasm for these these folk, I guess! Can't help but think if this was the Invaders there'd be a LOT more comments!!
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:13am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

There are grown men at Dynamite Entertainment weeping that you
don't draw these characters for them. That robot looks amazing!

Not sure about the title, though. I'm sure when I hear the explanation
it will be a Homer Simpson moment.
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:15am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Nazi robots are always fun! Beautiful commission.
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Laren Farmer
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:16am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Is the title due to Snowbird's mom there? 

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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:17am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Is the title due to Snowbird's mom there?

And we have a winner!

Nelvana is a Canadian character, from the black and white comics published up there during WW2 when there was an embargo on foreign publications. Pretty poor stuff, for the most part, but when I was creating Alpha Flight I decided Nelvana (which is the name of a "real" Eskimo goddess) was Snowbird's mother. A little nod to yesteryear, and the reason for my thread title!

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Stephen Churay
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:18am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

D'OH!
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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:19am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

AMAZING!
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:21am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

JB, that is amazing! I think the commissioner made a wise choice with asking for the villain to be huge. I love the tones as well. Really makes the piece I think. 
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:26am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Incidentally, despite her "family history", this is the first time I have drawn Nelvana -- or any of these guys, for that matter!
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:31am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I only recognise Daredevil and Black Terror. Both have had new series through Dynamite. Very impressive piece. The robot does indeed "pop". 
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:34am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Holy crap that robot is most excellent. The gray tone was a great idea
here.

BTW I wasn't quite clear from your description, but is the robot your
design? I like the "eyebrows", ala your Dr. Doom.

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Benny Hasa
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:34am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Wow!!! I honestly think my favorite commissions are the ones I know little to nothing about the characters. (with the exception of this Daredevil, I know almost none)

This is easily my favorite commission of 2012-2013. Whoever owns this is one lucky fellow.

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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:40am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

We are not Worthy.

A website I visit almost every day is this
http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php
most of those characters are on there and I've read a ton of comics on that site. The stories are sometimes silly but there is some really good stuff on there too.

Anyway I'd love to see a comic on these guys, Alex Ross and others have done stories on them but yours has the right tone.


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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:43am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Very nice!
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Stuart Somershoe
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:50am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I don't really know the characters....but if I saw this cover on the newstand....I would buy it!
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 11:51am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Holy sweet freedom that is nice. I am not familiar with these guys at all, but that is one heck of a great "vintage" cover.
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Trevor Smith
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 12:00pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Cool! I've liked the look of the Black Terror ever since I
saw a picture of him in one of those hard cover coffee
table history of comics type books. Just jumped right out
at me.
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 12:03pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

BTW I wasn't quite clear from your description, but is the robot your design? I like the "eyebrows", ala your Dr. Doom.

Yes, that's "my" robot design -- tho I made it pretty much of the period.

Originally, the request was for this guy, also a giant figure:

THE CLAW

I told Jim Warden that, historical accuracy notwithstanding, I wasn't in the mood for being crucified, so I asked for a change of villain.

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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 12:09pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

The face of the Nazi-bot kinda reminds me of a crazed Iron
Giant.
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Posted: 27 January 2013 at 12:09pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Fun piece.  I've never heard of any of these characters -- they seem obscure even by obscure standards -- but now I find myself wanting to read this story!
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This is very nice. Love the way the robot looks.

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