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    Warren’s REMAKE/REMODEL meme is one of my favourite things. I plan to keep it running – a fresh one every Monday. Artists need a place to show off, Whitechapel should always be It. A handful of entries will be showcased on at the end of each challenge.

    The Red Bee


    This is ART ONLY. Any pen-portraits, or crappy scribbles padded-out with words, will cause a deployment of the newly-trained Urethral Attack Maggots. And a banned account.

    No stock-photo manipulation. No half-arsed bollocks. Anything deemed to be piss-takery will be nuked from orbit. Original photography is fine.

    No more than ONE submission by any one person.



    A simple, classic Golden Age character this week, to avoid too much Batshit Burnout. That said, this guy’s not without his very own whiff of Chiroptera cack:

    “The Red Bee's secret identity is Rick Raleigh, assistant district attorney in Superior City, Oregon. His superhero modus operandi is to put on a red and yellow costume and, with his trained bees and "stinger gun," fight Nazis and gangsters.”

    I like that he lives in Oregon. I like that Nazis and gangsters are considered interchangeable. I like that he has a “stinger gun” – presumably he doesn’t die every time he uses it a lá his chosen namesake – and above all I like that his Super Power is the enslavement and reckless endangerment of innocent Apoideans.

    “His favorite bee is named Michael and lives inside his belt buckle for use in special circumstances; the feature's writer was presumably unaware that male bees do not sting at all.”

    Ahhhh, Wikipedia snark. The best snark of all. The full entry is HERE.

    So there you have it. A gender-confused bugnut who keeps his diminutive Best Friend inside his – hahahah – belt buckle, and styles himself after a waggle-dancing flower-bothering supermatriarchical gestalt. I think we can safely assume the poor chap has Issues.

    Note that DC have already done the obvious and reinvented him – via his grandniece – as a superheroine with, apparently, “a mechanized battle suit and two robotic bees that can fire electricity.” That is NOT the character we’re playing with, and I shall consider it an act of Urethral-Maggot-Baiting laziness if you take inspiration from the SheBee instead of the HeBee.

    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
    Bees. My God.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011

    But it had to be done.
  2.  (10213.4)
    Oh man I already have some great ideas for this one.
  3.  (10213.5)
    Alan Tyson:

    He's covered in beeees....

    That out of the way... looking forward to this one.
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
  4.  (10213.7)
    He fights anti-Semites, his gimmick is bees, and they didn't have the guts to make his civilian name Hyman?
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    Not much time for this, so other than taking guidance from a period-appropriate reinterpretation of his name, I decided to play this one straight. -ish.

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    Here's mine. For some reason the Red Bee wiki description made me think like Wu-Tang madman with a rifle:
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
    He needs to upgrade:

    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
    The Red Bee, by Oxbrow

    Usual unduly large version here. All in less than ninety minutes.
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011 edited
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    @brunorubio...dynamic pose and loce the colours.

    too tired but had enough juice for this...
    • CommentAuthorDronecraft
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011
    @mojokingbee thanks! Your piece is awesome. I could see this on Venture Bros.
  8.  (10213.16)
    mojokingbee -- I knew yours would bee sweet! You did the art-hive proud! They're buzzing with jealousy!
  9.  (10213.17)
    @mojokingbee I second brunorubio, but I think your piece would fit better on the Tick Animated series
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011 edited
    FINALLY got the time do do one of these!

    I went a little RLSH with this one, an urban avenger type with a few psychological problems. I figure you'd have to be a little nutso to do someone, even a skinhead, execution-style with an injection gun full of bee venom.

    Invader Zim fans, there's a little treat in there for you.
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    Trained bees, huh? Lots and LOTS of trained bees. Yeah.

    EDIT: Aaaand after looking at the description again, I realized it was a little too close to the she-bee thing. Grah. Spandex to the rescue! Makes more sense than having bees carrying someone armored anyway.

    • CommentAuthorDBed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011
    I missed the last few of these challenges but I had time this week so I threw this together!

    Red Bee by DBed