Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dragonwing



She is a member of the Legion Academy on 30th Century New Earth. Dragonwing appears in 19 issues. When several Legionnaires are presumed dead, Dragonwing and her classmates find themselves suddenly bumped up to active Legionnaire status. Dragonwing has the ability to exhale several dangerous chemicals from her mouth at high speeds   She is able to breathe fire like a flamethrower or can spit successive streams of acid venom at her opponents.  
I was inspired at the WonderCon yesterday and when I came home this came out of nowhere. I retouched the BG to blend with the character better. This background won the contest "Scenes from a movie” of the website GameArtist. The team was (Ilya Nedyal), Shadows (Steven Chagnon) and Alina Gal who won the gold medal with their vision of Blade Runner.  Since this is purely for fun, personal use only and I'm not making any money with it, I can use BG's as long as I give the artist the deserved credit. I'm sure if I ever have to do this for a living or get hired to do similar work I'm gonna have to find the time to produce my own BGs. In the mean time my mission of drawing every single legionnaire goes on...

Friday, March 29, 2013

Superman X


Superman-X, kryptonian name Kell-El, was born in the 41st century and is a clone of the 21st century hero Superman. Created by the digitized gestalt inventor K3NT using DNA from the first Superman, Superman-X was genetically conceived to possess all of Superman's strengths, but none of his weaknesses. Unlike the original Superman, Superman-X was not vulnerable to the effects of Kryptonite. In fact, his body actually produced Kryptonite radiation, which he could channel and project in the form of concentrated blasts of energy from his hands. As a young man, Superman-X fought to save the galaxy from the tyranny of a conqueror known as Imperiex. He learned from K3NT that he was created expressly for the purpose of fighting Imperiex. Imperiex's army proved too strong for Superman however, and he was forced to look to the past to find a way to save his future. He traveled backwards in time one-thousand years to the 31st century where he met the Legion of Super-Heroes.
I think this is one of my favorite legionnaires of all times. The design team on the TV show did a great job for this character. I'm glad I was able to finish it before my first WonderCon.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cosmic Boy




Cosmic Boy is a native of Braal with the ability to control electromagnetic fields. He is a founding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. His parents struggling for work on the impoverished, metallic world of Braal, Rokk Krinn left at the age of 15 for the mother world of Earth to find work to assist his family. Cosmic Boy was  the team's first leader. Cosmic Boy's brother, Pol, eventually joined the Legion as Magnetic Kid, but died during the "Magic Wars". Cosmic Boy is one of the few Legionnaires ever to have his own miniseries, which ran for four issues in the mid-1980s as a spin-off of the Legends cross-over.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Saturn Girl




Irma Ardeen is a founding member and former leader of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th and 31st centuries. Like all of her people, Saturn Girl is a gifted telepath. Was the first ever female character to lead a super-team in comic book history. Imra Ardeen was born on Titan, where all people have telepathy. She trained to be a Science Police officer but fate intervened when she joined three other teens in stopping an assassination attempt on billionaire R.J. Brande. Inspired by the legacy of Superboy, Brande bankrolled the three teens and they became the founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Taking the name Saturn Girl, she has a selfless tenure. Saturn Girl's powers in her initial Silver Age appearances appeared to be great: she could summon distant people; intrude human, electronic, and animal minds; "push" weakened minds, and even directly control others' thoughts and emotions. In later years, her abilities were portrayed more conservatively: her telepathy was used most often for communication or sensing surface thoughts, while her ability to influence and influence minds was usually limited to minds that had already been weakened in some way, such as by fatigue or a villain's mind control. I was originally going to do the seventies outfit but I had to get this one out of my system first. Most of the seventies outfits for the Legionnaires look kind of striper like for the women and kind of gay for the men. Definitely futuristic nevertheless...lol.

Lightning Lad

Garth Ranzz is one of the three original members/founders of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Empowered with the ability to control electricity he is called Lightning Lad. Garth is the twin brother of fellow legionnaire Lightning Lass and the younger brother of Lightning Lord. Garth lost his right arm to a giant space whale, and had to get a cybernetic replacement. Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl became one of the Legion's earliest couples. Incidentally you have millions of nerves that receive signals from the brain. These signals tell the nerve to operate your muscles in a specific way. These signals are electrical in nature and travel at nearly the speed of light. So you could say you are an electrical energy being. Whoever came up with some superpowers for the Legion of Superheroes was certainly out there and who's to say one day in the future we may be able to have some of those amazing powers too. As a kid, the thing I liked the most about Lightning Lad was that he had Saturn Girl for a girlfriend. The background was done by the Gelmi Art Studio but I had to tone it down so it blends with the animation style a little better.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Gatchaman




When plans for a Gatchaman film were first announced in February 2006, it was with an expected 2008 release. Kevin Munroe (TMNT) was scheduled to write and direct, with Lynne Southerland (co-director of Mulan 2) as producer, and had begun initial treatment, however, in 2008 Munroe was taken off the project to direct Dylan Dog. Early script treatments were written by Paul Dini, but in the Fall of 2007 he was released from the project. In June 2007 it was announced that Robert Mark Kamen was signed to write the screenplay in preparation for a 2008 release.
On December 11, 2009, Imagi's Hong Kong based parent company Imagi International Holdings Limited laid off 100 employess. In January 2010 announced that the Gatchaman project will be "delivered in 100% Stereoscopic 3D", but in order to safeguard working capital it would be closing its United States subsidiaries. The US closure was finalized in late January with the layoff of approximately 30 staffers, and the retaining of a few key personnel who would continue to work as consultants as Imagi seeks $30 million from investors to continue its animation projects. The parent company laid off another 300 employess in early February 2010, calling the layoffs "temporary" as it seeks new investors.
In July, 2010, Imagi posted a new 1 minute teaser trailer for Gatchaman on their company website, with a release date stating "2011". In January 2013 Gatchaman producer Tatsunoko Production announced the dissolution of the business agreement between them and IMAGI International Holdings. With the lawsuit settled, Tatsunoko is clear for their plans to work with Nikkatsu Corporation on a live action feature scheduled to hit Japan this summer.
I did some concept design freelance on the casual look for the main characters. Since it doesn't compromise the story or gives anything away (not that matters now) I believe I can post that rough concept art. I based this look on the original TV series and tried to add a little new flavor to it, modern but old school. And here we are in 2013, too bad to my knowledge this film will never be made after all that great art development by so many artists, such a shame I had high hopes for it.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Supergirl


As Supergirl, Kara Zor-El serves as the biological cousin and female counterpart to DC Comic's iconic superhero SupermanThe Supergirl character first appeared in a story published in Action Comics #252 (May 1959) entitled "The Supergirl from Krypton. In a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths, Supergirl is recruited by Donna Troy to assist in an upcoming battle. Following a chaotic combat where Firestorm and several other heroes are apparently killed, Supergirl vanishes during the return from deep space. During this time, DC Comics renamed the monthly comic book series Legion of Super-Heroes to Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Beginning with issue #16, Supergirl reappears in the 31st century finding she is revered as a member of the Superman family and joins the Legion of Super-Heroes. Like all Kryptonians under a yellow sun, the current version of Kara Zor-El possesses vast superhuman strength, speed, and stamina; invulnerability; flight; super breath; x-ray vision; telescopic and microscopic vision; freeze breath; heat vision; and super hearing. The modern day Kara Zor-El is also a capable martial artist, having trained with both the Amazons and the New Gods of Apokolips. And believe it or not, I actually know a blonde girl really named Kara in real life, what a trip. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Shadow Lass


She first appeared in Adventure Comics vol. 1 #365 (February 1968), and was created by Jim Shooter and Curt Swan. Shadow Lass was ranked 18th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics". Her real name is Tasmia Mallor and her homeworld is Talok VIII. She has the power to project darkness. Like all Talokians native to Talok VIII, she has dark blue skin and pointed ears. She eventually made her way to Earth, and entered the Legion tryouts and was accepted as Umbra. Interestingly enough I've been experiencing dark energy from the opposite sex recently. Doesn't matter, my love for art and the female beauty it's an eternal love affair. I was inspired by my lovely friend Eden Muse on this particular pose, she is also a great dubstep DJ.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Phantom Girl


Phantom Girl, real name Tinya Wazzo. She has the power to turn intangible, allowing her to phase through solid objects as do all other natives of her home planet, BgztlIn the second reboot continuity Tinya Wazzo is also the fifth to join, under the codename Apparition. In the new Legion of Super-Heroes continuity that started in 2005, Tinya Wazzo is again called Phantom Girl. Ultra Boy and Phantom Girl are extremely close.
After looking at most of her different designs thru time and realizing most of them are terrible, I based this one on the design James Tucker did for the animated TV series. The best one yet to my personal taste. Incidentally during my lunch break I was looking at my friend Paul Wee's sketchbook and saw a beautiful Betty Page drawing that sparked the idea of using that hair style on Tinya. 
Since I don't have much time for a BG, I retouched the Lexus Tower concept by London-based Agency Daniel Widrig that is to be build in Japan. This building already has the shape of a  letter "L" perfect for the Legion Headquarters. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ultra Boy



Ultra Boy (Jo Nah of the planet Rimbor) is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th and 31st centuries of the DC Universe. Ultra Boy gained his powers when the space-speedster he was flying was swallowed by an ultra-energy beast (a "space whale"), exposing him to radiation while inside. He has the powers of superhuman strength, flight, penetra-vision, flash vision, nvulnerability, and ultra-speed. All of these abilities seem to be at Kryptonian power levels, but he can only use one at a time. He has twice been elected as leader of the Legion. I thought this was such a cool character when I was a kid, specially because he also is a skilled actor. This skill helped him infiltrate criminal groups where he appeared to "go bad". I retouched a background by Andree Wallin and made it my own Legion Headquarters. Another late night but I'm so happy doing whatever I feel like drawing.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kinetix


Zoë Saugin is another member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century. Zoe's mother Azra was a renowned archeologist who shuttled her and her younger brother Thanot around the galaxy on her digs. One day, Azra inhaled poisonous gas while on an excavation, which started eating away her lungs. Feeling helpless as she watched her mother die, Zoe searched through Azra's books and found a magical incantation using the Moon of Kol, an artifact her mother had found. Apparently, the Moon could transform a "drop of love into a wellspring of health" once in a lifetime. Zoe managed to heal her mother. Zoe spent the next few years searching for more sources of magic which she could use. She found one while exploring caverns on Saturn's moon Titan, where she found and absorbed an energy pool which unlocked her telekinetic abilities. Zoe named herself "Kinetix", (as in "telekinetics"), and joined the Legion of Super-Heroes as part of the second set of draftees alongside Shrinking Violet, who later became her best friend. Zoe would become a major asset to the Legion. When the "Terrorforms" changed the people of Earth, Zoe was among the genetic few who became a Terrorform. As a Terrorform, Zoe was linked to the planetary biosphere and responsible, with her fellow Terrorforms, for safeguarding and speeding up the evolutionary process on Earth.
Kinetix possessed telekinetic abilities, which she primarily used to manipulate and reshape solid matter with her thoughts. As a Terrorform, her abilities were undefined, partially as they are reactive to the circumstances she is in. She has been shown to possess healing abilities, flight, greatly enhanced strength, the ability to survive unaided in space, and control of gravity. It was revealed in the Legion of the Three Worlds mini-series that Kinetix had absorbed the magics of the home universe of Earth-247 after its destruction, making her stronger than ever.
Since Zoë is a sexy red wearing green it seemed perfect for today, Saint Patrick's Day! 
May your cares be all behind you! May the luck of the Irish find you. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wildfire



Wildfire was originally Drake Burroughs, an astroengineer. While he was working on a new propulsion system, the unit's safety valve snapped and discharged a blast of anti-matter energy. Burroughs was engulfed instantly but somehow his consciousness survived and Burroughs found himself transformed into a being of pure anti-energy. Fortunately, his colleagues had on hand a containment suit that could be used to keep Drake's anti-energy from dispersing. Once confined to a specific area, Drake's energy form stabilized and became self-regenerating.
After many adventures and becoming the Legion leader, Wildfire recruited a young Amerindian mutant, DawnstarIt was clear to their teammates that they were extremely fond of each other, if not actively in love. However, she feared that she would never know physical love since Wildfire did not possess a physical body.
In the post-Crisis continuity, he used his powers to reignite Earth's sun, and eventually his consciousness ended up in Sun Boy's corpse, a condition he maintained until the Legion reboot.
As a kid I thought this character was so cool, the suit, the mask, a real bad ass. Here is my take on this awesome character. Interestingly enough as I grew up, I  became aware we are also made out of energy and we are also luminous beings. 

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Dawnstar



Dawnstar from the Legion of Super-Heroes, she is from Starhaven, a planet colonized by Native Americans abducted from Earth by an unknown alien race in the 13th Century. Her name is derived from the appearance on Earth of the planet Venus, the "morning star," which is why she wears an eight-pointed star ornament on her forehead. Dawnstar and her people are of Anasazi Indian heritage. Starhavenites have pairs of large white-feathered wings that grow out of their upper backs, the result of genetic engineering by the unknown alien race that resettled them and triggered their metagenes. You can imagine the psychological repercussion this character cause me as a child from looking at that  cleavage. Whoever genetically design this beauty was a genetic genius.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mon-El



I've always wanted to design, explore and have fun with my own version of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but for some reason or another I was never able to find the time. It was great to actually work for the TV show WB came up with back in 2006 produced by James Tucker. All thou it wasn't my personal take on it. I thought I should have some fun and play with those endless DC characters. Here is my first rough concept...
Lar Gand, known primarily as Mon-El, is a character in the DC Comics Universe who is associated with the Legion of Super-Heroes and Superboy. The character has been reinterpreted over the years, but in all versions serves as a hero with abilities similar to those of Superman, sometimes serving as a substitute for the better-known character. 
As a kid, I've always liked this character. I thought it was so cool to see another future version of a Kryptonian like character.