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Stan Lee Boom Studio Designs by Devilpig Stan Lee Boom Studio Designs by Devilpig
A while back Boom Studios asked if I could take a stab at some character designs for 3 new books that Stan Lee was "writing". The first one was called "Hybrid" later changed to "Soldier Zero" and probably the idea that made the most sense to me. It's also the only design they went with. The other two books they went with someone else's designs. Which is fine with me. To be honest, I wasn't feeling that they were my best designs. But some of that I blame on the the fact that the source material wasn't blowing up my skirt. Although "The Mechanic" could be a cool secondary character design I guess.

1 out of 3 ain't bad I suppose.
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:icontreforthomas:
Treforthomas Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
did you meet stan lee
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NanasFreak Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Haha, I would adopt your rejected designs, they look cool to me. :XD: Good job on all three. Even if you don't think they're your best, I think they're all pretty sweet! :D But that's just me, I guess, lol.
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
it's interesting to see Stan get back into real comics, it definitely feels like he's trying to recreate the majic he had with marvels beginnings. It's nice to see they took your design for Soldier Zero, the book looked pretty good.
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gwdill Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist
Very cool!
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duerer Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
I really enjoyed the first issue of Soldier Zero!!!
And the design is just great! ^^
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darrenrawlings Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I dig em!
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
More than elegant designs!!
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Not bad at all, maestro!
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Bender18 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hybrid/Soldier zero is the best designed of the three of them.Other two are also great,but Zero is really unique and mysterious-looking at him makes you wanna see what hides inside this armor.
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moray-eel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I like all of 'em.

true believer.
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Gazbot Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
I was toying on getting soldier zero based on the pin-up art,...Is it common for a company to hire someone other than the main book artist to design the character(s). Jumping on a book that has been started is one thing, but I guess I always assumed the first artist on a book designed everything.
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johnsonverse Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Nice. I always loved these.
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valdirf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
wowwwww Cool
I liked
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djlegaspi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
The Mechanic design sorta looks like a combo of some of the Inhumans designs
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shockwave-b2635488 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Cool sense of design.

The Mechanic looks like a hi-tech gladiator
that bumped into Snake Plisskin. Don't know why I just thought of that.

The other two characters are great, the color scheme for them fits their personality.
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Redmasker Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
So these are characters that Stan "created" but, at least with Hyrbid/Soldier Zero", the look is 100% Johnson? Great Jack Kirby's Ghost!
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dryponder Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The Soldier Zero one is definitely the raddest, but I dig your idea for Starborn.
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HEROBOY Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
these are really nice designs
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The-Great-Shiniku Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I really like the design of The Mechanic. Reminds of something Jack Kirby might design. Cool concepts all 'round.
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Vivid-Funk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Looks great.
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Mathew-Brewer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010   Digital Artist
awesome stuff, actually intrigued by a Marvel comic for the first time in a long time.
great designs :D
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Paul-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
i liked the design of the hybrid/soldier zero, shouldve known i was one of yours :)
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xava100 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
awesome
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InsolentWhelp Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
How can they not use the Mechanic?? His green antennae scream vintage Kirby! D:
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kellistrator Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Love the hybrid design...really solid. One of the most appealing I've seen for a new comic since cully's blue beetle.
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BillyColin8 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
woot, I lovez me some hero artz
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Hey waitaminute! They are all standing in the same pose! Ha ha ha! Cool designs, man!
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CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm getting Lex Luthor vibes from Starborn. Actually it's better than the usual purple and green armour he wears.

Hybrid is cool, looks like a Ben 10 villain... Yes I know you did the designs for that show.
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Chainsaw-Munkey Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
a .333 batting average is considered to be worth several million dollars in baseball
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MARINEMANTIS3YE Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student Filmographer
The one on the left is a little ify, but the 2 on the right look pretty stable. Nice designs overall though!
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goldenavatar Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
This ain't sex, man. You don't need to feel bad about being disappointed by your inability to fake enthusiasm when you don't feel your partner's all that engaging.
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tomasoverbai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I do not know if this is or isnt the place to ask a question like this. Forgive me if I should not. What are your prices for doing character design? Also I guess before that question I should ask if you do character design for very unknown graphic novel I am working on.
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NORVANDELL Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Designs seem cool to me, almost like you were channeling a bit of Kirby in them. Hey, what they don't use, just recycle.
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hellboypi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
I wondered if you were teaming up with The Man once again when I saw the costume design.
Then I saw that you were doing a variant cover and pretty much guessed it couldn't be a coincidence.
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interpunkt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa! I hadn't realized you'd designed that guy! That's awesome! I really liked the look of him from the press release thing about the 3 new books. I like the other two designs there as well though. I like both their head and waist thingies a lot. They all look badass to me!
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ANDYTAYLOR-GARBAGE Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
That Stan Lee was "writing". HA!
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Gibson970 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's funny, I didn't realize it was you. Soldier Zero was the only design that I liked. I would like your other two more if there were more primary colors, I'm old school that way.
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Stan Lee is a cheapo idea stealer who claims to have invented the wheel - so what to expect!?

you nailed it with "writing" :D haha.
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Southwark Featured By Owner Edited Nov 15, 2014
When its comes to the modern comic book industry Stan Lee genuinely did 'Invent the wheel'
Some writers attain notoriety because of one successful character (Bob Kane with Batman for example) Stan Lee created Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Man, Hulk, the original X-Men, the Fantastic Four, The Avengers etc. some of the most beloved superhero characters that are still to this day the biggest sellers in the industry.
As for the industry itself, Marvel Comics under Stan's leadership reignited the interest in superhero comic books which were all but dead during the fifties, it was so bad that comic book writers would lie about their occupation because comics were seen in such a bad light.
Stan created the blueprint for almost everything we take for granted in modern comics. He did away with stupid kid sidekicks and perfect idol heroes, his characters had 'realistic' personalities and real world problems which readers could relate to and some even saw their powers as a curse, also he based most of his heroes in New York which made it far easier for them to interact. Stan was also instrumental in giving credit to the people actually making the comics, prior to Stan's involvement writers and artists weren't acknowledged at all, it was Stan who fought to put their names on the covers. Also by creating concepts such as Marvel's merry marching society, giving his colleagues funny nicknames etc. readers started to think of writers and artists as semi-celebrities, combined with the introduction of the letters page readers started to feel like they were part of a community.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that everything he touches is gold and obviously some of his more modern work can seem dated but the fact is he genuinely deserves all the respect and applaud that's given him. Stan Lee has given us many of the industries favourite characters, he put down the blueprint for the modern comic book (To the point of resurrecting the dead art-form) and if it wasn't for him writers and artists wouldn't get the respect and acknowledgement that they do.
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Designs are great, as usual. The names? Eh.
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Dark022 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work man i like how Hybrid looks! Bad ass design same with the mechanic and Starborn love it! good job :D
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DavidVArt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have to be honest. When they rolled out all the characters, I wasn't blown away with any except for Soldier Zero. Great design man.
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vanic Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
cool!
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tnperkins Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Nice work, Brother. You doing the whole books? I would get them if so.
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Devilpig Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
HAhahaha, hell NO!
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tnperkins Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
heh
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jim555 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
*Jawdrop* Well...WOW... dude, like-AWESOMENESS BEYOND AWESOME!!!!!
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