Youngblood Keepsake Collection #0952 of 5000

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Press Sheet - Color Versions of the Six Black-and-White Card
Press Sheet - Color Versions of the Six Black-and-White Card
Chapel
Chapel
Badrock, Combat, Chapel, Diehard, Vogue and Shaft
Badrock, Combat, Chapel, Diehard, Vogue and Shaft
Badrock, Combat, Diehard, Vogue, Chapel and Shaft
Badrock, Combat, Diehard, Vogue, Chapel and Shaft
Riptide, Brahma, Psi-Fire, Photon, Cougar and Sentinel
Riptide, Brahma, Psi-Fire, Photon, Cougar and Sentinel
Chapel and Shaft
Chapel and Shaft
Badrock, Diehard, Chapel and Shaft
Badrock, Diehard, Chapel and Shaft

I've made it no secret that Yes, I Am a Fan of Rob Liefeld, because he's one of Seven Comic Writers That Inspire Me. Now mostly, it's that he created so many characters after his move to Image, and the joy of discovering new characters is one of the things I love about comics. I don't buy this kind of thing at the ridiculous retail prices such "collector items" are priced at, but for a buck? You betcha. Picked this one out of the dollar bin today. (Sorry, Rob.)

The info off of the envelope:

Youngblood

Exclusive Original Art Included

Keepsake Collection By Comic Images Artwork By Rob Liefeld

Thrilling art by Rob Liefeld of this new Superteam, including an original piece done specifically for Comic Images. This set contains six giant 6" x 9" laminated black and white trading cards of several Youngblood members including Bedrock, Combat, Vogue, Cougar and many more. All six illustrations are also done in full-color 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" trading cards size on one laminated press sheet. Packed in a specially printed collector's envelope. This product is limited and number to 5000 copies.

Youngblood: TM & (c)1992 Robe Liefeld. Produced by Comic Images, Saddle Brook, NJ 07662. Designed By McNabb Art Studio

0952

I assume that the last picture above is the "original piece done specifically for Comic Images," because it's also on the front of the envelope with the quoted text.

Notice that the giant rock-covered member is listed as Bedrock, not Badrock. If you're not familiar with the Youngblood characters, well, the guy was originally called "Bedrock." Makes sense- he's a giant rock guy, right? Well, because "Bedrock" is the home of The Flintstones, which in 1992 was being published by Harvey, Hannah-Barbera objected and threatened to sue.

Personally, I think Rob could have won the case. I'm not certain, but I didn't think you could claim copyright on a word that's in the dictionary, only on its logo. Liefeld chose not to fight a costly lawsuit though, and instead simply changed the name to Badrock. The character was a super hit from there- probably his biggest before Alan Moore started writing Rob's Supreme.

Despite the popularity of Badrock, Rob may have been a little bitter about the name change. A later scene with Badrock found him yelling at a mall Fred Flintstone, "I HATE YOU GUYS!" I tried really hard to find a scan of it, but was unable to find it. If I can lay my hands on the comic later, I'll scan it and add it myself.

In the meantime, the only thing left to show you is the scans of the Keepsake Collection envelope:

I hope you enjoyed getting a look at the art, whether you are a Rob Liefeld fan or not. Whatever the case, thanks for stopping in, thanks for reading, and please don't spam the comments with links to The 40 Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings or 40 MORE Of The Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings (I just saved you the trouble). It's old, and Rob addressed it in his blog long ago, in How To Beat The Haters (how I do it). Worth the read.
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