Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Blue Beetle

Here's a commissioned drawing of Ted Kord, the late Blue Beetle. He was a fun superhero; part of DC's now-extinct "Bwahaha" tradition, he made jokes and took himself lightly. I especially liked a recent portrayal of him as a middle-aged man with a possible heart condition who was still donning the tights more out of fellowship than any lingering passion for superheroics. So, of course, the present editorial policy over at DC had to spend 80 pages denigrating him before shooting him through the face.

Well, such is the way of funny-books. He'll be back, if he isn't already.

My take on the character is more of an Eggplant-and-Slate Beetle, skyboarding on a miniature version of his personal transport, "The Bug."


Anonymous said...

How much do you charge for commissions?

april said...

ooh, i like it.
i'm a big fan of more muted colors, generally.

Matt Goldey said...

This looks fantastic, Joel. I can't wait to get it up on the wall of my home office!

chrishaley said...

Oh, wow.
That's excellent.
Superheroes being my ultimate soft spot, it's always exciting to see you delve into that area.

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Everybody. It was a fun piece to do.


Yeah, muted colors are nice. So many Superhero costumes were designed when comic book coloring had all the subtlety of bush-hog. It's fun to tweak them in our miraculous new world of high quality digital elegance.


I'm not really sure how much I charge for something like this. Matt caught me at the perfect moment: a slow, rainy morning when I already itching to draw something, but wasn't sure what. And the subject appealed to my mood at the time. So, money was an incidental consideration. If you have something in mind, drop me an email, and we'll hash something out.


Glad you like it! I'll drop it in the mail tomorrow.


I've got a few other super-heroey things coming down the pike. Enough so that I'd better pace them out so that I don't lose any more of my indy cred.

The Ichthyophile said...

"before shooting him through the face."

If soap opera characters can come back from worse, then surely the BB can?

Pulpatooner said...

I think the only question is whether he comes back as:

a) a vengeful cyborg
b) a vengeful angel
c) a vengeful clone
d) all of the above

The Ichthyophile said...

or a vengelful evil twin ex-brother-in-law oil tycoon with a penchant for rare art and krispy kreme donuts.