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The coolest comic art you won't see in comic books.

Each week we gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in comics. The reason you won't see it in comics is because artists often do sketches and commissions when not drawing for the books they're working on. They are simply too great to go unnoticed.

An artist that often makes an appearance here is Phil Noto. His style is something else and it's always a treat when he updates his Tumblr.. Being a big Star Wars fan myself, I was pleased to see his take on the classic comics from Marvel.

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Noto is also an expert at drawing characters in seemingly innocent poses. Yet when you look at them, their eyes speak volumes. Check out his Jean Grey circa 1977.

Are you noticing a little theme here with Noto's art? This next one might not be comic book related but I also have fond memories of the old Atari 2600. But it doesn't look like the guy in this image is too happy with his girlfriend playing with his joystick.

Cliff Chiang might have had a break on this month's issue of WONDER WOMAN but he updated his Tumblr with a couple sketches. The first is a private commission of Magik as well as an image of Mario and Princess Peach.

Dark Horse recently put out a Lobster Johnson comic. Hopefully you had a chance to pick it up. Joel Gomez must have and posted this sketch on his Tumblr.

Did you catch Chris Samnee's art on this week's issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN? Check out these sketches of Batman and Black Widow he posted on his webpage.

Over at Comic Twart, the theme this week was SPACE. You can see Samnee's version of the Spirit in space.

Francesco Francavilla digs making mock posters. Hopefully you've heard of the old TV show Space: 1999.

Declan Shalvey took this opportunity to do a Star Trek pic.

Michael Walsh was pretty busy this week. He's put up several sweet sketches on his Tumblr. Check out his Joker, Sinestro, Conan & Belit, Prophet, Kraken and Winter Soldier. Woo!

Mike Mayhew posted this on his Twitter the other day as his 'morning warm up.'

Tom Raney's been posting commissions on his Twitter again this week.

Finally, let's end the week with some art by Dustin Nguyen posted on his Tumblr.

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Posted by intothetempest

Loving the Atari, Star Trek and the Dustin Nguyen stuff!

Posted by Ligerdrag20

I wish I could draw this well D:

Posted by The_Tree

That pic of Lobster Johnson is awesome!

Posted by Blizaga101

What does Nguyen use to colour his work I wanna give it a try

Posted by nonfiction91

@Ligerdrag20 said:

I wish I could draw this well D:

agreed lol

That venom is sick and so is pretty much everything, but that jean grey... If ever there was proof that comic drawings were art work, that would be exhibit A

Posted by AlKusanagi

The Atari picture isn't Peter and Mary Jane? Because it could totally be made into one.

Posted by The Myth


Posted by BatClaw89

Bane is sick!!!!

Posted by ahgunsillyo

This is one of the many reasons why Chris Samnee is my favorite artist: He managed to draw the Black Widow without a huge pair of breasts. Thank you, Mr. Samnee.

Posted by marvelman2099

that venom is freaking badass looking

Posted by Billy Batson

Lobster Johnson was the best.

Posted by Herx

hahaha, Dustin. Not only a great artist, but one with a sense of humor. Love it. :P

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Wow! Samnee draws one sweet Batman!

The rest of it is also cool. I particularly like the Enterprise-pic.

Posted by pikahyper

That is a pretty sweet Conan.

Posted by longbowhunter

Wow! Tom Raney keeps surprising me each week. That Bane is outta sight.

Posted by Fetts

Walsh's artwork is spectacular! 
Also the Star Wars and Star Trek pictures are ftw.

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Class stuff :)

Posted by EnigmaMystery

@Blizaga101: Dustin Nguyen uses watercolor and inks to do the coloring for his pieces.

Posted by The Impersonator

@BatClaw89 said:

Bane is sick!!!!

Posted by Mbecks14

GREAT work this week!

Posted by Joygirl

DAT VENOM. *squee*

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Raney's Bane and Venom are awesome :) The rest are great too!

Posted by Bestostero

bang lol

Posted by sora_thekey

That Jean Grey Circa 1997 is amazing! I want that framed and on my wall!

Posted by Daveyo520

The Kraken is pretty cool.

Posted by ApatheticAvenger

@Billy Batson said:

Lobster Johnson was the best.


Posted by thedez

Noto is on a whole 'nother level.

Posted by Wolverine0628

Venom is fantastic! Also liked Bane.

Posted by Decept-O

Holy Pepperoni in a jar! Tom Raney's work is incredible. I think this is the first time I've been impressed by an artist's rendition of Bane as well as Venom. INCREDIBLE.

The mock poster of Space: 1999--made my day!

Awesome work by all the artists as usual, and I love Phil Noto's art as well as the joystick remark by G-Man. Bad boy, G-Man, bad boy. Ha!

Posted by Lion_Heart22

Umbrella Academy, nice

Posted by SilentButcher

Tom Raney's art is just phenomenal.

Posted by sdunham818
Posted by Mr.Hulk_Smashin'!

VENOM is EPIC. however, his toes should never be seperated. They should e like boots.

Posted by Icarusflies


Really loving the art this week.

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

Great week yet again

Posted by tonis

lol @ Atari, that is such a great retro piece. It would have worked awesome as a comic ad back in those days. :)

Some great sci-fi this week too.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Pretty cool art this week

Posted by harleyquinnhawkgirl

is it just me or is the selection of art pics usually phil noto and cliff chiang happy? i know their art is awesome and great but it would be nice to start seeing some really unknown artists' drawings other than the weekly noto round up

Posted by G-Man

@harleyquinnhawkgirl: Actually it's been a while since Chiang has updated his blog. And Noto went a few weeks without as well. My only 'rule' is that they're comic book artists (and should have a page here). I'm always looking for new people to feature.

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Posted by TheWitchingHour

This Jean Grey pic is beautiful...league of it's own.

"Are you noticing a little theme here with Noto's art? This next one might not be comic book related but I also have fond memories of the old Atari 2600. But it doesn't look like the guy in this image is too happy with his girlfriend playing with his joystick."

That's ridiculous. I'd love it if my girlfriend played with my joystick a little more often.

Posted by darknight150

Venom looks amazing!

Posted by HolySerpent

I'm digging dustens works and Francisco work aswel

Posted by Baconbot

@ahgunsillyo: I love this too.

Great stuff this week.

Posted by SpidermanWins

Those Tom Raney images and the artwork of Jean Grey are fantastic

Posted by krilling

Mario and Peach are pretty bada$§.

Posted by MagicBass

I'm loving that picture of Venom!

Posted by kennybaese

Kraken! Sigh, every time I think about Umbrella Academy, it makes me sad. It'll be forever before I get more of it.

Posted by ScarecowAA

Bane is awesome so are the Gotham City Sirens and Venom loved the SW 

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