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    The REMAKE/REMODEL meme is one of my favourite things. Artists need a place to show off and Whitechapel should always be It. A handful of entries will be showcased on Bleedingcool at the end of each challenge.

    Deep Sea Danny’s Iron Fish

    (Image via The Beano)

    THE RULES:

    This is for 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.

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    DEEP SEA DANNY’S IRON FISH

    Some delicious retro boys’-comic fun now.

    Way back in 1949 the world – at least, the prepubescent, British, male comics-reading parts of it – were introduced to Danny Gray: a ginger-beer-swilling delinquent with an überscientist father. A father, by the way, whose genius-level intellect for some reason didn’t prevent him cockwittedly decided A Fucking Enormous Spike-tipped Murderous Icthyoid Submersible would be an appropriate birthday present for his plucky 12-year-old spawn.

    Over the years that followed Danny’s adventures in said warweapon “would include encounters with loch monsters, web-footed Fish Men on mysterious islands, pygmies and giants, and nefarious enemies like Captain Sun, who attempted to hijack the Iron Fish, an evil Birdman, and the gigantic hornets under the control of Insect Man.”

    There’s just too much delightful campery and traditional oldskool endangerment-of-minors here for us to ignore. So let’s bring Danny into the Today. What marvellous machine – what piscine wonder – would his deranged Da create for him today? And what would compel the loony old fucker to dispatch his own son to face… well… the crappest-named villains in the world?

    Go.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2012
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    Please, someone, make an allusion to Danny Rand, Iron Fist, please. I'll love you for ever.
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    Somehow I remember this, but I've no idea where I remember it from, seeing as I'm not 75 years old.

    Aha: some googling suggests that the Iron Fish resurfaced (ho ho) in the Dandy for one story in the 90's.

    (Can't remember the surname of a girl I went out with for four months in 2003 but I can remember Danny and his Iron Fish. The power of COMICS.)
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2012
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    @si - the link to bleedingcool is bit borked there.

    Also, this is fantastic!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2012
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    Fuck, the return of The Iron Fish could be just the kick-up-the-arse the sometimes stale world of comics needs. The mind boggles as I think what the troubled Danny could get up to nowadays. His father is obviously a very sick man.

    I pledge my allegiance to The Dandy and The Beano. I'd forgotten how everyone used to read them when I was a kid in school.

    As always, I look forward to seeing the wonderful art everyone dishes out on this thread.
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    I believe that Danny and his Fish turned up in some of the supplemental material for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Of course every semi-forgotten comic character shows up somewhere in the League eventually...
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2012 edited
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    I'm kind of surprised this hasn't made an appearance on The Venture Bros, given Doc and Jackson's love of obscure pop culture and comics in general.
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      CommentAuthorFredG
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2012
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    What kind of Dad would give a 12 year old a weaponized metal sea creature? A cool turtle neck wearing Dad, that's who! Once I read the challenge I could not get this image out of my head.

    Steel prawn

    @Dbed, credit where credit is due and all that, I borrowed a little from your playbook with the acronym and numerous glowy bits, hope you don't mind.
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    ...And the bar is set...

    Fantastic start, FredG. Nice work!
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    borrowingthefish
    Borrowing a fishy sub-topus thing. Obviously AWESOME IDEA!
    -done in Paper on the ipad.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2012
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    @FredG: Looks like a sure-fire entry for Bleedingcool!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2012 edited
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    @FredG: The Prawn looks like a cool piece of subaquatic, nautical, shrimp-creature wet/hardware, and it's good to see Dad and Son happy.

    I still think there's something perverse going on beneath the surface (groan) of their relationship; Dad probably needs to bathe daily in some weird kelp to stop subcutaneous-sea-louses from feasting on his genitalia and vital organs, that sort of thing.

    @Rootfireember: Nice!
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      CommentAuthorFredG
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2012
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    Thanks for the nice comments all, i really had fun with this one.
    @rootfireember the dear dad note gave me a laugh
    @flecky, don't we all.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
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    Good stuff so far. I'm thinking on this one....something soon...
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    Great stuff so far, here's my one:
    Deepsea Danny's Iron Fish by Amalgamated Biscuit
    I've made a sort of Iron Angler Fish and made the ginger beer alcoholic.
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    @Amalgamated biscuit: nice work. Some day you're going to publish a really kick-arse kids' book.
    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
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    iron fist
    • CommentAuthorDBed
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
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    @ FredG & Amalgamated Biscuit: Great work!!

    I haven't done one of these in a while and thought I'd throw my hat into the ring...

    DBed's Iron Fish
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    I first read "...invasion from evils long trapped beneath her crust." as "...invasion from ELVIS long trapped beneath her crust."