Artist Show-Off Showdown #70 The King of the Seven Seas: AQUAMAN!

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#1  Edited By thecheckeredman

Hello again folks and thanks for voting in the last Showdown -- what a close race, we really had some great entries.  Any of you who aren't keen on DC COMICS aren't gonna be too happy as I introduce the next SHOW-OFF subject: 
 
AQUAMAN; King of the Seven Seas!  AQUAMAN has always been one of my favorite superheroes (don't laugh) and the poor dude has really gotten a raw deal over the years.  There's so many different versions and looks...show us ANY of your renditions: Silver Age, Hook Hand, Dweller in the Depths, Batman: The Brave & the Bold, Time & Tide...whatever you're diggin'!  Or maybe you may want to give a shot at creating your own new look for AQUAMAN...that's okay too!
 
Contest will last just over 2 weeks, starting today 1/28 and finishing up on 2/7/2011 at 12:00PM EST!  Sound good? 
 
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#2  Edited By Satansunday

 I SUBMITED THIS BEFORE IN A DIFFERENT POST, GOT LOTS OF LOVE FOR THE DESIGN,i AGREEE WITH YOU THAT ARTHUR HAS GOTTEN A BIT OF A BUM RAP OVER THE YEARS.I WANTED TO COMBINE THE CLASSIC ELEMENTS O F THE TRADITIONAL SUIT BUT KEEP THE EDGE HE HAD DURNG THE "PIRATE "ERA  HERE'S WHAT i CAME UP WITH: 

 
 
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#3  Edited By tonis
@Satansunday: that's a beauty of the king. 
Like how you used the green, normally that's the color that kills him but in that design it actually enhances it. 
Those boot scales rock too, looks like he could give someone a swift kick and then hook em :)
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#4  Edited By Decept-O
@Satansunday:
Looking vicious.   
 
I agree, Aquaman has always been treated like a dweeb but he isn't.  It's the darn color scheme of his costume that annoys me. 
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#5  Edited By Satansunday

THANKS ALOT, MY THOUGHT IS THAT IF WE WERE TO REBOOT  ARTHUR, THE SUIT WOULD BE A SORT OF LIVING ORGANIC CORAL THAT ADJUSTS TO THE WEIGHT AND TEMPERATURE AS WELL AS COMBAT AS HE NEEDS IT(THINK MOVIE SPAWN) I MEAN THE GUY CAN TALK TO AQUATIC LIFE RIGHT? SO WHY COULDN'T HE USE THE CREATURES OF THE SEA TO CREATE HIS ARMOR? iN A MORE EXTREME VERSION i WOULD MAKE HIM LOOK LIKE A MEMBER OF  DAVEY JONES' CREW IN PIRATES 2,BUT FOR COMIC PURPOSES I KEPT IT CLOSE TO THE ICONIC STYLE WE ARE USED TO SEEING WITH THE LEGENDARY 60 PLUS YEAR OLD CHARACTERS. THE BLACK/GREY PARTS OF THE SUIT WOULD BE ROUGH LIKE SHARK SKIN, THE ORANGE/GOLD PARTS LIKE CORAL AND THE GREEN LIKE SCALES.I SUPPOSES THE SUIT COULD ALSO ALTER IN COLOR TO COMPENSATE FOR THE WATERS AROUND HIM. I WAS WATCHING A SPECIAL ON DEEP SEA CREATURES THE OTHER DAY AND THE SHOW EXPLAINED THAT MANY DEEP SEA LIFE IS COLORED REDDISH ORANGE  BECAUSE MOST SEA LIFE IS COLOR BLIND,THUS THE COLOR WOULD APPEAR BLACK TO MOST OTHER SEA LIFE KEEPING THEM AS INVISIBLE AS POSSIBLE. THE SUIT/ARMOR WOULD ALSO GIVE HIM ADDED STREAMLINING FOR SWIMING AT SUPER SONIC SPEEDS.DID HE EVER OFFICIALLY GET HIS HAND BACK? AND I DON'T MEAN THAT "LADY OF THE LAKE " HAND B.S. -IF NOT THEN THE HOOK WOULD BE MADE OUT OF WHAT IS LEFT OF POSIDEN'S TRIDENT WHICH  WOULD BE A GREAT STORY I WAS THINKING OF TO SORT OF KICK START AQUAMAN'S RE-BOOT "THE FALL OF ATLANTIS" WHERE THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD GO TO WAR WITH THE UNDERWORLD KINGDOM.I AM SURE THEY HAVE DONE SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEFORE BUT HEY, COMICS HAVE BEEN RECYCLING STORIES FOR DECADES RIGHT? JUST MY TAKE HOPE YA ALL LIKE IT.

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#6  Edited By tonis
@Satansunday: like it a lot, and sound logic on the color mentality. Also like the extension of power to organic sea material, really makes sense. 
 
what happened, your caps lock get jammed :)
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#7  Edited By Decept-O
@thecheckeredman:   I think there was a Costume Contest featuring Aquaman awhile ago as well.   
 
 @Satansunday:
Pretty imaginative take on Aquaman.  I think its been hard for DC to really make Aquaman "edgy" when the Silver Age renditions and the blasted Super Friends cartoon really made him well, namby pamby.   
 
I like the blue and white costume color scheme they tried but it was a bit too "busy" I guess.   
 
I look forward to seeing artists draw Aquaman. 
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#8  Edited By Satansunday

yeah was just riffing and didn't realize I had caps on-or maybe I was just using Aquatic Telebathy there Ol' Chum! - HaHaHa!

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#9  Edited By M.S. Feather
@Satansunday said:
" Chum! "
Haha!  Fish humor...
 
That's a really cool take on Aquaman there.  Great coloring too!
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#10  Edited By tonis
@Satansunday said:
" yeah was just riffing and didn't realize I had caps on-or maybe I was just using Aquatic Telebathy there Ol' Chum! - HaHaHa! "
hehe, good ones. Yea Feather, somethings fishy. (gotta love it)
I'm gonna go with telebathy on this one :)
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#11  Edited By Satansunday

@Decept-O:
Not Dissaggreeing there with you on the image face lift but I do feel the right angle on the character can accomplish miracles.They took away his wife and child and his arm in the 90's and everyone seemed to like the rougher,Namor like take on him.The Justice League cartoon followed suit with that angle (Dwayne Mc Duffie did a great job on him in the episodes he was featured) the only problem was when they decided to turn him "Mamby Pamby" again a few years back, but even on the Brave and the Bold as corny as they depicted him they still kept an element of the pirate era with the Beard and earring. It can be done,Remeber how Lame Batman was in the 60's? and we as a collective forgave that mess. 
Not neccesarily the TV series (which I still love) but in the books-Bats really had a lame run during the love generation till Neal Adams and Denny O'Neil brought him back to his Darker roots.

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#12  Edited By M.S. Feather
@Satansunday: One small thing though...  I just noticed his belt buckle looks a little too much like a Starfleet communicator.  Trust me, the groin area is not the ideal place to have such a thing. :P
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#13  Edited By Satansunday

Yah Caught me there,Had the Aquaman Underoos as a kid and at the ripe old age of 5 thought the symbols looked the same.I am a Trek Fan as well so that was just my lil hommage to Starfleet. Live Long and Prosper there,TadPole!

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#14  Edited By Satansunday

You have to admit there is a resemblance 
 
 
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#15  Edited By Decept-O
@Satansunday:
Yes, I agree, too, having a "rougher" Aquaman is ideal.  While not fond of the harpoon hand or the water hand, it was still an interesting twist on the character.  No, I think you know what I mean, Arthur's depiction,  primarily from the Super Friends is how a lot of people envision Aquaman.  Which sucks.   He is a King of the Seas after all.  I really like how he was depicted in Kingdom Come, although his interests were self-serving in that story but visually and story-wise that was great.
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#16  Edited By M.S. Feather
@Satansunday:  They made Aquaman undies!?  That's so adorable. X3
 
They never had superhero themed clothes for little girls, so I never really got in on any of that fun.  I did get to go to a Trek convention though, so I guess it balances out. ^^

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#17  Edited By tonis
@M.S. Feather said:
" @Satansunday: One small thing though...  I just noticed his belt buckle looks a little too much like a Starfleet communicator.  Trust me, the groin area is not the ideal place to have such a thing. :P "
oh man, that just gave me shivers thinking of some NASTY chaffing :) 
you know it does look very starfleetish, never noticed that before but it is also his legit symbol at different times in the game.
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#18  Edited By Decept-O
@M.S. Feather:   I am at a loss for words.  

@Satansunday:
All in all I still love your art.  Hard to really make Aquaman look bada$$ but I think you did it here.
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#20  Edited By M.S. Feather
@Satansunday: Wow...looks like they ran out of the animation budget by the time they reached ol' Scoob.
 
A little before my time but that is cool. ^^
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#21  Edited By Billy Batson
@Satansunday said:
" I SUBMITED THIS BEFORE IN A DIFFERENT POST, GOT LOTS OF LOVE FOR THE DESIGN,i AGREEE WITH YOU THAT ARTHUR HAS GOTTEN A BIT OF A BUM RAP OVER THE YEARS.I WANTED TO COMBINE THE CLASSIC ELEMENTS O F THE TRADITIONAL SUIT BUT KEEP THE EDGE HE HAD DURNG THE "PIRATE "ERA  HERE'S WHAT i CAME UP WITH: 

 
 
"

nice
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#22  Edited By payno



 
 
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#23  Edited By Icarusflies  Moderator
@payno: I have one thing to say to that… 
OUTRAGEOUS!!! 
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#24  Edited By payno
@Icarusflies:
Thanks.
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#25  Edited By MuadDiab
@payno: that is so cool. well done. WINNER!
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#26  Edited By payno
@MuadDiab:
Thanks v.much.
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#27  Edited By soundbite
@payno:
hahaha. that's awesome.
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#28  Edited By thecheckeredman

Yeah, let's call it now.  Payno has this locked!  Brilliant!

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#29  Edited By chalkshark

Damn! Had to go and choose my favorite character. I've got no choice now but to participate.  I'm not sure how I'm going to carve out the necessary hours in my schedule to do this, but  I have no alternative. It .. is.. on!

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#30  Edited By tonis
@payno: nice one Payno, exercising all sorts of anatomy on this one :) 
damn, I don't wanna go making every fish out there if they're already declaring a winner
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#31  Edited By Decept-O
@payno:
Sweet.   Now I have a hankering for some seafood;  I wonder why?   
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#32  Edited By Strafe Prower

Both entries are amazing so far!!

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#33  Edited By Xavier St. Cloud
@payno: 
 
That Lobster is huge.... It really makes me want to melt some butter. Love it, good work.
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#34  Edited By payno
@soundbite:
@thecheckeredman:
@tonis:
@Decept-O:
@Strafe Prower:
@Xavier St. Cloud:
 Thanks for the comments everyone. You're all too kind!
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#35  Edited By ~The Wanderer~

Nice entries so far. 
I might enter :)

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#36  Edited By soundbite
@payno:
you're drawing was timely.  watched A Shark's Tale with my daughter last night trying to get her back to sleep and there's that part where Oscar's boss is showing him where he's at on the pecking order.  It reminded me of your drawing.
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#37  Edited By M.S. Feather
@payno:  That's brilliant!
 
Oh boy but those cephalopod silhouettes are spooky. *shudder*
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#38  Edited By payno
@M.S. Feather:
Thanks. I hope they're not creeping you out too much.
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#39  Edited By IcePrince_X

I want to play risque with this piece... being a fan of Aquaman... I always find him as the pretty boy of Superfriends, as Batman as the mr. rebel guy, superman as the mr. nice guy, green lantern as the playboy and robin as the tag-along.
 
I wanted to do a calender girl but in male version... will still paint this one... what you guys (and gals) think?
 

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#40  Edited By Caligula
@IcePrince_X: more Adrian than i care to see lol. 
 
on a serious note nice work though
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#41  Edited By IcePrince_X

So here is my official entry... 
 my gf prefers his undies to be black than white... i wonder why?... 
 


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#43  Edited By SteveRodgers

not trying to diss anybody, but does anyone else see the irony in being ruler of fish and having a giant hook hand?
just seemed kind of funny,
or fishy !

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#44  Edited By Caligula
@SteveRodgers said:
" not trying to diss anybody, but does anyone else see the irony in being ruler of fish and having a giant hook hand? just seemed kind of funny,or fishy ! "
he didn't always have a hook hand. and the current version doesn't either.
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#45  Edited By IcePrince_X

nice work Caligula... I see the classic face in there :-)

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#46  Edited By Caligula
@IcePrince_X: thanks man :D
 
yeah i wanted to try for a blend of Classic/New/Pirate era Aquaman.
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#47  Edited By tonis
@IcePrince_X: ah leave it to the ladies to dictate the fashion. Very nice, they're gonna have to make a flick called 'Gills Gone Wild' to use that one :) 
 
@Caligula: very nice one, you got a lot of his history in one shot. It definitely pays great homage to the classic.
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#48  Edited By Caligula
@tonis: thx good to see what i was trying to accomplish shows :D
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#49  Edited By Mrfuzzynutz
@IcePrince_X: not a bad, a very reasonable rendition. Figure he would have a tremendous swimmers physique and the blonde hair and blue, mixed with his slightly awkward interaction with humans as depicted in JLA year one..you got a winner
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#50  Edited By Mrfuzzynutz

Here is my entry..I am a huge fan, and I always liked the clean shaven orange and green, I think my favorite version is Ji, Lee's rendition as seen in his run on Superman. 
 good stuff so far 
enjoy! 
 

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