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    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 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.

    This week: something old, something new, as it were:


    Found another winner in Jess Nevin's notes. Jess says:


    One of the more outré of the pulp characters—and given the genre, that’s quite saying something, believe me—the Octopus was actually the villain of the piece in his single issue, The Octopus v1 #4, 1939, written by...well, it's not exactly clear. It might be Norvel Page, or it might be Ejler and Edith Jacobsen. A rather over-the-top mad scientist, the Octopus worked from a big city hospital and plotted world conquest. His appearance might explain his desire to dominate the world; he's sea-green, with four "suction-cupped weaving tentacles" set above "hideously malformed" legs. He wears a small mask, and behind it can be seen two enormous, luminous, purple eyes. He was the leader of the Purple Eyes, a cult bent on world domination and mass destruction. The Octopus’ chosen method was an "ultra-violet ray" which devolved men and women and turned them into deformed, life-hating monsters hungry for human flesh and glowing with “ultraviolet purple.” Against the Octopus was set Jeffrey Fairchild, a young millionaire philanthropist (he eventually stopped the Octopus, of course). He had three identities. The first was Jeffrey Fairchild, hospital administrator. The second was was kindly Dr. Skull, the old man who made a practice of helping the poor in the slums. (His good works didn’t help him when everyone thought that he was the Octopus, however) In his other identity he was the “Skull Killer,” who fought crime and left a skull-imprint, ala the Spider, on his enemies. Fairchild was assisted by Carol Endicott, Dr. Skull’s nurse.



    Your task, as ever, is to re-invent that into something a 21st Century audience could enjoy.

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with, but bear in mind this is an ART thread. No pen-portraits. This is ART ONLY. Posting just a bunch of text, or a scribble and a vast number of words, will get the thread closed and your account banned.

    You have one week. Go.

    -- W
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2009 edited
    I've actually heard of this one, due to having read the Tim Truman revival of The Spider which referenced this peculiar spinoff-thingy.

    I'll try and think of something that isn't just "this is utterly horrible, just draw it as-is". Results to follow.
  2.  (5804.3)
    Who gave him a job in a hospital???!!! Fairchild? Weird, comical but interesting. I'll see what I can come up with for this one.
  3.  (5804.4)
    Oh joy, coming next: tentacles grafted onto any possible bodypart.

    Already got my idea, shall draw it tomorrow, no time tonight.
    • CommentAuthorE0157H7
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2009

    The most awkward supervillain. Has a hard time fitting in with the likes of the Red Skull and Magneto.
    • CommentAuthorAnubis
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2009

      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2009
    My favorite animal on this Earth is the octopus.
    I'm back from the Anime Central con and SO ready to draw.
    Everybody stand geek shall not be denied!
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2009
    Paul, are you familair with PZ Myers' blog? (I think it's been mentioned before.)
  4.  (5804.9)
    Here's my contribution.
    The Octopus
    • CommentAuthorGomez
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009
    The Octopus
    Went a bit more of a toad look with this still working on it I like the idea he rides tenticles :)
    • CommentAuthorhuatnee
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009 edited
    I thought I'd have a stab at this, here's what I whipped up whilst killing time before lunch break :o)

    The Octopuss

    I hope you enjoy it!

    Edited this because I had a fiddle and made it a bit nicer - I can't leave things alone! You can view a larger version of this here, it wasn't fitting into this page very well.

    Also, spelling. I'm very embarrassed!
      CommentAuthorMatt Boyce
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009

    Look Octopus!
  5.  (5804.13)
    @ Adrian Rivero

    Dang dude. I hope someone's got you drawing comics somewhere.
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009
    • CommentAuthorKen Miller
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009

      CommentAuthorAL Baroza
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009
    Wait, did the Octopus have 3 identities, or did his arch, Dr. Fairchild? And young Dr. Fairchild also disguised himself as an old man (Dr. Skull)? And the deformed Octopus worked in a hospital? Whaa??
    • CommentAuthorJCEFalconi
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009
    He's a purple-eyed-doctor-octopus-man
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009
    @Al Baroza:
    Sounds like a really fucked up episode of ER starring H.P. Lovecraft, The Elephant Man and Dr. Kevorkian.

    I really wish my scanner worked.
  6.  (5804.19)
    Lots of nice entries already. I really liked this concept as a whole "villain with a death cult" thing, but then it got even better when Dr. Skull got introduced. Now I'm not sure which part to draw...
      CommentAuthorAL Baroza
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009

    Ha! Yes, it does. It's got that "body-horror comedy" vibe that I was going to do for the Bat, but didn't have time for.

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