Saturday, August 20, 2011

Liberty Belle, Issue 1 (not really)

Joel Priddy's Liberty Belle, a fake first issue cover
As the creeping hand of totalitarianism stretches its covetous grasp across Europe, one peerless woman dares toll the resounding, clarion peal of freedom! With the oppressive forces of darkness encroaching around her, Liberty Belle lives only to fight and to let her message ring: let us live to make men free!

PLUS: Back on the home front, matchless Ma Hunkel cleans up the mean streets like an unstoppable cyclone of blue-collar justice!

Jon Morris, all-around creative dynamo, wrote with this fun project idea:
Once DC started releasing the cover images of what the New DC Universe would look like, it got me wondering what the New DC Universe would look like ... if it were out of DC's hands.

And, well, this is where I went. Benito Cereno was kind enough to carefully craft some fake solicitation text for the issue.

I enjoyed drawing this so well that I immediately drew a second issue's cover. I'll post it after it goes up on the DC Fifty-Too site.

The composition is based on the poster below. Hopefully, this reads as informed reference and not as low-down swiping.
The original is, of course, a much better piece of design, but mine has Ma Hunkel hefting a giant wrench.

DC Fifty-Too
DC's actual Fifty-Two
Some thoughts on the design choices for the new DC 52 [1, 2, 3]
Liberty Belle
Ma Hunkel
My previous take on Liberty Belle (Man, sometimes I draw noses waaaaay too long, but can't see it until it's too late)
My previous take on Bell of Splendid Awakening, who is vaguely referenced above by one of the small figures to the left of Libby
My previous take on Ma Hunkel
Jon Morris


E. Will said...

This is all kinds of awesome and I'd buy it in a heartbeat. :D

Daniel said...

As would I. What's the point of having 52 earths if there's not room for something like this?

Roberto said...

Great costume for Liberty Belle. Loved your Bell of Splendid Awakening as well. How about incorporating the latter's Nao with a mechanism to strike the bell?

Joel Priddy said...

E. Will,

Thanks! There's been some interest in prints of the two Belle covers. We'll see if that happens.


I agree, entirely. The thing that I don't get about the reboot is how similar all the titles seem to be. Dan Didio even mentioned that they added OMAC so that they could represent every kind of comics storytelling. I was flabbergasted. They're not even scratching the surface. Even if you substitute the word "comics" with "superhero," there are so many more kinds of stories they could tell. DCFifty-Too is a pretty clear example of this.


Nao's don't have clappers, so you have to hit them with something. This is why Bell of Splendid Awakening has that wooden mallet. Although, she has enough kung fu that she can probably ring it just fine with her fist.

Roberto said...

Thanks for the reply Joel. I mentioned a mechanism since I knew that the Nao doesn't have a clapper.

I guess what I'm thinking would look rather steampunk and would have to sketch that idea since I haven't found anything similar :)