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    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009 edited
    There was, way back in the mists of... 2007... a recurrent meme among several comics art blogs. Reclaiming characters from their owners, I guess it could be broadly described as... people were reimagining abused characters (chiefly Supergirl) as artistic call-and-response in various places, chiefly LiveJournal. In the aftermath of that, I did a similar thing on old messageboard The Engine, called REMAKE/REMODEL. They were embraced as technical exercises, bits of fun, ways to get the brain moving. I think most people's favourite was the dear late Mike Wieringo's wondrous retro-aristo Buck Rogers...

    I thought it might be an interesting thing to bring back here. So, once a week, I'll call a character, and you art types here can post images of your reinterpretation of that character.

    Photography and digital art is also fine, before anyone asks.

    The point is REinterpretation: remake/remodel.


    A nice easy one, after the break: THE BLACK TERROR.

    The Black Terror is one of the Nedor Comics characters who somehow fell into the public domain. Over the last 25 years he's been revived by Eclipse Comics, Alan Moore's ABC, and Dynamite Comics. So long as your interpretation of The Black Terror stems from the original design, and not subsequent redesigns, you're actually inside the rules for PD use.

    "The character first appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books in Exciting Comics #9, published in January 1941 by Nedor Comics. He was one of that publisher's most popular superhero characters, operating until at least 1949.

    "His secret identity was pharmacist Bob Benton who formulated a chemical he called 'formic ethers' which gave him various superpowers. He used these powers to fight crime with his sidekick Tim Roland, together known as the Terror Twins."

    So here you go. A pharmacist gets hopped up on drugs, dresses in a black leotard with a skull on the front, calls himself The Black Terror and beats the shit out of people with the increased strength that usually comes from a PCP whack attack.

    Or not. Perhaps creating a fictional drug gives you fictional abilities? Who knows. Is up to you.

    I will mention that seminal goth artist Kris Guidio, a guy who once wrote "Let's make our heroes wear black," dearly loved the Black Terror.

    Your task, as ever, is to re-invent that into something a 21st Century audience could look at without laughing. Or crying.

    Go nuts. Remember, there's no earthly reason why The Black Terror even has to be a man. No limits.

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with, but bear in mind this is an ART thread, and pen-portraits and other texts will be deleted. (And if you don't know what a pen-portrait is, go back to your school and insist that they provide you with a proper education.)

    -- W
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    Um, sorry Warren, Isn't this the Black Terror from Alan Moores Tom Strong Terra Obscura?
  2.  (4911.3)
    "Over the last 25 years he's been revived by Eclipse Comics, Alan Moore's ABC, and Dynamite Comics."

    Your learning to read will do wonders for my time management.
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    Oops. extremely sorry.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
    Interesting choice Mr. Ellis.
    I'll start doing some sketches after the Superbowl.
    That is, If I'm still conscious by then.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009

    Black Terror was great in Tom Strong.

    I will be applying my meager artistic talents to this!
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
    Must resist blaxploitation must resist blaxploitation must resist blaxploitation
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    Just here to offer encouragement to the artists. Remake/remodel never ceases to impress me with the level of work people do *for no money* on here.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
    Or not. Perhaps creating a fictional drug gives you fictional abilities? Who knows. Is up to you.
    That gave me an image of a guy who's in a drug-induced coma, and the stories are the super-powered adventures he's experiencing in his mind. Like his own little Matrix.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
    It's funny how acceptable the skull image has become in today's society. there was a time when I was considered strange or weird, by my "normal' relatives, (not that that has stopped) for always having clothes with skull images on them or for incorporating skull images into my artwork all the time. it seems that today a skull image is a necessary accessory. My three year old nephew has skull pajamas and a skull jacket. The same people, who thought me using skull images all the time, was abnormal, are now consuming these images like big macs.

    I think I will give this one a try.
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    Quick doodle. Trust your Pharmacist. They know drugs.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
    I'll start doing some sketches after the Superbowl.
    That is, If I'm still conscious by then.

    Screw the SuperBowl, my brain-power is going towards something meaningful and worthwhile; designing drug abusing super-heroes!
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    He fell into the drug tank when he was a baby or whatever...

    Black Terror
  7.  (4911.15)
    THIS is the one i'm paticipating in! For various reason's, I have very little to do this week.
  8.  (4911.16)
    "Must resist blaxploitation must resist blaxploitation must resist blaxploitation"

    You too, huh?
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    Hehehehe, good one Roo.
    • CommentAuthorTC-Cork
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
    'Formic ethers' just gives me visions of Dennis Hopper's character from Blue Velvet in a cape.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
    this guy looks fucking cool already!
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    Black Terror Pencil Sketch

    Quick pencil sketch. Not really much I can think to do with this character. The Project Superpowers version is already pretty cool.

    Black Terror sketch with test colors

    Here he is with some (shitty) colors.