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Awesome Art Picks: Batman, Wolverine, Spider-Man and More

The coolest comic book art you won't see in comics.

It's that time again. Time to check out the coolest comic art you won't see in comic books. The reason you won't see it in comics is because artists post sketches for fun on their blogs and Tumblrs. It's a way for them to draw characters they might not get the chance to in their regular assignments and a way for them to cut loose or practice other things. They are simply too amazing to go unnoticed.

Let's start off with some Batman. You can never ever have too much Batman and we have a few different renditions this week. Tom Raney has become a regular part of this feature each week and when you see this Batman vs. Bane, you'll understand perfectly why this is so.

There's more that Tom has posted on his Twitter. Check out his Songbird (this is the version I love), Jean Grey, Emma Frost, another Batman and Wolverine.

Dustin Nguyen has been busy and hopefully you've caught his JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND. It's available digitally and will be printed later. Check out this pic he posted on his Tumblr he called "Naughty by Nature."

Skottie Young posted a couple more Daily Sketches on his website. When he posts these, they're available for purchase. Because they're one of a kind and because they rock, you can imagine they sell pretty dang quickly. Check out his version of Spawn and TMNT. Quick! Can you name which Turtle this is?

Dustin Weaver is new to this feature. I came across these sketches on his Tumblr, Here's his version of Wolverine (inspired by Marc Silvestri's classic UNCANNY X-MEN #234 cover) and mohawk Storm!

Are you ready for Harley Quinn? How about the "New 52" version of Harley Quinn? Here's Cameron Stewart's take he posted on his Tumblr for fun.

Michael Walsh scored some points with me with these sketches he posted on his Tumblr. Not only did he do a great X-23 and Scott and Emma but check out his Zack Overkill from Brubaker and Phillips INCOGNITO.

I'm not the biggest Absorbing Man fan but after seeing what Philip Tan posted on his Tumblr, I might have to rethink that.

You have to love the sketch cover variants. Robert Atkins posted a few on his blog. Check out his Doctor Doom, Batman and Venom.

Joel Gomez posted some sketch covers as well on his Tumblr. Here's his Future Foundation Spider-Man, Thing, Wolverine, Captain America and regular Spidey.

Paolo Rivera sure does get asked to draw lots of red heads. We've seen several pics of Mary Jane he's been asked to do but here's a different red head, Mephisto.

Speaking of red, how about the scarlet speedster, Flash, by Todd Nauck posted on his Tumblr?

Mike Mayhew has quite a few pieces up for sale. Bidding is just about over on his Spider-Man with Mary Jane and Black Cat.

Check out his other sketches he posted or linked to on his Twitter.

Here's a couple Gene Gonzales posted on his blog. Check out these two commissions of the Superman Family and Harley Quinn.

Now it's time for some Phil Noto. Here's Armor, Big Barda, a tribute to the new Van Halen album and...something 'Highly Illogical" all posted on his Tumblr this week.

Last but certainly not least, here is an Aquaman piece Mike Allred did "just for fun" on his blog.

That's it for this week. Hope you enjoyed these picks as much as I did. Be sure to look for the next installment coming soon.

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Posted by saoakden

I like the one with Spidey with Black Cat and Mary Jane. Lucky.....

Edited by cmaprice

I really can't say that Mayhew piece with Spidey, MJ, and Black Cat is awesome. They look kind of creepy. In the bad, unintentional way. The rest is pretty great.
Love Phil Noto.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Raney's art is amazing, like always. But once again I can't pick a favorite. This begins to get frustrating when I can't pick a favorite, lol.

Posted by EvilAndy

That little touch of color in the Songbird pic is great.

Posted by pikahyper

Skottie never disappoints :D

Awesome Songbird.

Posted by dondasch

Are you paying attention Christopher Nolan ? That is how Bane is supposed to look.

Posted by tonis

love that Spider sandwich by Mayhew. Oh and Noto's Van Halen chick definitely gets bonus points :)

Posted by Mercy_

Can Phil Noto just draw everything, ever, please?

Posted by Skies327

The picture of Leonardo is pretty awesome.

Edited by Decept-O

Damn, Tom Raney never disappoints. Just incredible. Skottie Young's Spawn is wonderful, I love that rendition. Dustin Weaver did a fantastic Wolverine--WOW. . Phil Noto's Big Barda--that is awesome, I LOVE that rendition of her, absolutely beautiful. So many more to mention they are all stand outs, and the last bit by Mike Allred is fun.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Krypto and Streaky. AAAAWWWW!!!!!

Posted by wowylied
Posted by clemj

always good picks

Posted by Wowlock

@Miss_Garrick said:

Krypto and Streaky. AAAAWWWW!!!!!

Ahh creepy stalker :D

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

LOL ^^

Posted by Mercy_
Posted by jhazzroucher

Mohawk Storm is awesomeness

Posted by wowylied

@The Dark Huntress:

Yes "WOW", i fear that marvel could becoming more and more "evil" since their profit is less and less made with issue and more and more with merchandising and movie.

Edited by ParaDemise

Spiderman/Peter Parker! You lucky bastard, you!

Who is the Van Halen woman supposed to be?

Posted by Billy Batson

good stuff

Posted by Omega Ray Jay


Posted by LordRequiem

Mary Jane looks like Geri Haliwell in that picture, urm no thanks.

Posted by primepower53

Cornelius/Caesar+Spock=recipe for awesomeness.

Posted by Adnan

I love Mike Allred's Aquaman and Skottie Young's Leonardo

Posted by maxicere

Tom Raney art it's amazing!!!

Posted by rum1929

The Phil Noto pieces were awesome and dig the Absorbing Man pic from Tan.

Posted by fables87

Mike Allred + Aquaman = EPIC!

Posted by Cafeterialoca


Posted by krilling

so many nice pics..

Posted by frochez

What's the 'Naughty By Nature' picture from? Or is it just of random, original characters? Either way, it looks pretty damn cool.

Posted by Nova`Prime`
Posted by The Impersonator

@pikahyper said:

Skottie never disappoints :D

Awesome Songbird.

Posted by JangoCrossfire

The gargoyle looks like Yogurt from SPACEBALLS.

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

Love Noto's version of Armor.

Edited by longbowhunter

I dig the Zack Overkill picture. Incognito is a great series. Man, MJ looks like a butterface in that Mayhew painting.

Posted by All_Around_Nerd


Posted by CitizenJP

Lots of awesome Spideys

Posted by The Stegman

eww Mary Jane's face is hideous in that pic

Posted by Crowingaboutcomics

All of Tom Rainey's are AMAZING! And it just goes to show you how much better an artists work is if he inks it himself! (Not to mention rushing to get a full issue completed) Of course, Noto's are fantastic as always!

Posted by Mbecks14
Posted by SneakyBawls

I have to agree that the Spidey, MJ and Black Cat pick is a little off.....MJ looks odd, I can't put my finger on it. And the Kill Bill Wolverine is a pretty interesting choice!

Posted by ScoobyM

lol I don't know if I hate or love emma throwing up the gangsigns. I remember that spidey/MJ/Blackcat from an old wizard I have

Edited by Chris2KLee

Never understood why Tom Raney hasn't been on higher profile projects. Loved his work since his run with Ellis on Stormwatch.

Posted by battyfan1

i love the BIG BARDA pic..........i wish someone would include her in a book.......

mary jane looks really scary and black cat looks old.....maybe its the illusion of her hair colour......

nice pics though

Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

@The Dark Huntress said:

Can Phil Noto just draw everything, ever, please?

This, a million times, this

Posted by wdchefdave

Harley went Goth/brass-rail/evil stripper queen... and I lost all interest.

All the art is great... Wolverine's bullet holes and Big Barta... and I did not see Batman in the background until someone mentioned it.

Great stuff!

Posted by MSBoyd23

I think Phil Noto has solved the problem of how to draw a super heroine who wears very little clothing and still looks intimidating with that Big Barda.

Posted by Mahzian

Mike Allred is such an awesome artist, his style is so distinctive

Posted by Queso6p4

Very nice artwork all around. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by HexThis

I'm sorry, that Mike Mayhew picture is ridiculous...since when was Spiderman in a relationship with Naomi Judd?

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