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Awesome Art Picks: Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men and More

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

Happy New Year. How long until we can stop saying that? Welcome to the first 'Awesome Art Picks' of the new year. Each and every week we search high and low for cool art from comic book artists. They often post sketches and commissions on their websites, blogs and Tumblrs. We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to see them. Many of these artists also arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out for more informaiton.

Since we just celebrated the New Year, Skottie Young posted his hello and goodbye to the years on his website. He also posted a Darkwing Duck. Often when he posts these sketches, the originals are available for purchase.

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Last week the final issue of Sean Murphy's PUNK ROCK JESUS went on sale. It's a great series and you should check it out. Sean will be on next week's 'Invincibly Super Massive Comic Book Podcast of Stuff' and check out these awesome Madman and Batman sketches he posted on his Deviant Art Page last month.

There's a new Tumblr page devoted to "Mohawk" Storm. One of Peter Nguyen's Storm sketches (from 2010) was posted, which he reposted on his Tumblr. Mohawk Storm is indeed pretty cool.

I'm drawing a blank but someone pointed me to Dave Wilkins' Deviant Art Page where I saw this rad Gatchaman drawing. Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets is one of my all time favorites.

Francesco Francavilla has been pretty busy lately and hasn't had a chance to update his blog. He did post this older piece of Swamp Thing vs Man-Thing on his Twitter.

Chris Giarrusso posted a few sketches on his website this week. He's been putting some up for sale so check to see if they've sold out already or not. He also posted a 'Trogdor the Burninator vs Iron Fist and Strong Bad.' And you can play the Trogdor game by clicking HERE.

And in case you haven't seen it before, check out this older piece Chris drew of the Comic Vine founders, Dave Snider, myself and Ethan Lance.

The Comic Vine crew

Philip Tan posted a couple more sketches on his Facebook page. He's also posting some penciled pages for PHANTOM STRANGER there.

Brett Booth rocked it on TEEN TITANS this week and he posted Batman and Nightwing sketches on his blog.

Robert Atkins posted a Hulk pic on his blog. You can go there to find out his rates for commissions.

Eric Guzman posted a few 'animated' versions of DC and Marvel characters on his Deviant Art Page. Anyone besides me wishes we could see this happen?

Agnes Garbowska posted a few sketches on her Tumblr. She's getting ready for this year's convention season and you can find out her commission information by clicking HERE.

Michael Walsh posted this commission of Poison Ivy on his Tumblr.

Freddie E. Williams II posted some more sketches on his Twit Pic Page.

Last week we saw the early stages of Marcio Takara's Spider-Man sketch. This week he posted the inked and colored versions on his Tumblr. He also posted a couple more 'tiny heroes."

Paolo Rivera posted this interesting pic for his "special lady's" birthday on his blog. I'm sure you can easily figure out who they are.

Terry Dodson posted the penciled version to his upcoming variant cover for FANTASTIC FOUR #4 on his Deviant Art Page. Since he also posted the finished version, I thought I'd include that, even though it will appear in an actual comic.

That's it for this week. Let me know of any other comic book artists' blogs or sites if you know of any that are regularly posting new art.

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Guzman's Batman and Superman, simply wonderful!

Posted by spawn_123

WTF is with Darkseid

Posted by cameron83

@spawn_123: yeah,the way he looks does look a little...meh..

I still like it better than the skirt.And I love all of those animated designs,especially ocean master

Posted by dementedtheclown

So tired of these LITTLE KID VERSION HEROES

Seen one seen them all

Posted by ARMIV2

All very awesome. I'm digging the animated characters and the Atkins stuff.

Posted by dondave

Brett Booth always awesome, and that animated Cap look better than he does in comics

Posted by Or35ti

I love Philip Tan and Brett Booth's sketches

Posted by ZZoMBiE13

@dementedtheclown said:

So tired of these LITTLE KID VERSION HEROES

Seen one seen them all

It is getting a little old. I'm happy the artists have their niche, but it'd be nice if we could rotate some of them out of this particular feature and maybe find some other artists once in a while.

Posted by feargalr

Those animated versions are damn awesome. I'd love that.

Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

That Twilight picture....Jacob's neck is...dafuq...

Love Crystal and that Man-Thing vs. Swamp Thing

Also that Aquaman on the turtle is so adorable!

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@dementedtheclown said:

So tired of these LITTLE KID VERSION HEROES

Seen one seen them all

I find them cute honestly, but yeah... they are overflowing sometimes.

On another note... I wonder if any of those really talented artists ever make their own porn, imagine the possibilites.. jeez.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@dementedtheclown said:

So tired of these LITTLE KID VERSION HEROES

Seen one seen them all

same here, and I know I seem like a hypocrite with this avatar, but I don't like the ones shown here. I prefer yale stewart's art any day.

Posted by powerhouse1122

Wow! Really wanna see that eric guzman's pics be in production :)

Posted by ComicMan24

Tan, Booth and Takara are just great. And those animated ones are very good. Had seen the DC ones before but not the Marvels ones. CA's costume looks much better here than in the live-action movie. That costume just wasn't good. His previous one, in his solo movie was better.

Posted by longbowhunter

TROGDOR!!!

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Posted by Twentyfive

That Cyborg, Loki and Cap all look cool.

Posted by CaptainMexico

Those animated characters are awesome. It would be so cool if they made a new Justice League cartoon and Avengers cartoon with those designs.

Posted by iaconpoint

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

@dementedtheclown said:

So tired of these LITTLE KID VERSION HEROES

Seen one seen them all

It is getting a little old. I'm happy the artists have their niche, but it'd be nice if we could rotate some of them out of this particular feature and maybe find some other artists once in a while.

What gets even older is the inevitable complainers who disrespect these artists each and every week. No one is making you look at them. Go cry about it elsewhere.

Posted by OutlawRenegade

I love Eric Guzman's art! I would love to see a New52 Justice League TV show!

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His Avengers look great too!

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Posted by Gotham331

Eric Guzman's work looks very Bruce Timm-ish and that's not a bad thing. DC animation give this man a job!

Posted by Miss_Garrick

@OutlawRenegade said:

I love Eric Guzman's art! I would love to see a New52 Justice League TV show!

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His Avengers look great too!

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Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!

Posted by Trodorne

@longbowhunter said:

TROGDOR!!!

Consimate "V's" , I said Consimate... egh.

Stinkor in case if anyone did not know their he-man villains.

I like Skottie Young's picture of Darkwing Duck, makes me wonder if Marvel is considering doing a series sometime soon.

Posted by Press Oblivion

Awesome Stuff as always!

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@ZZoMBiE13:

Understandable :P

@iaconpoint said:

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

@dementedtheclown said:

So tired of these LITTLE KID VERSION HEROES

Seen one seen them all

It is getting a little old. I'm happy the artists have their niche, but it'd be nice if we could rotate some of them out of this particular feature and maybe find some other artists once in a while.

What gets even older is the inevitable complainers who disrespect these artists each and every week. No one is making you look at them. Go cry about it elsewhere.

Really? It's just an opinion, sounds like you need to take your own advice!

Oops, yours is an opinion toooooo.... :P

Posted by uniform

Philip Tan's Crystal looks very..umm..nippley. Yeah, nippley.

Posted by BatWatch

@uniform said:

Philip Tan's Crystal looks very..umm..nippley. Yeah, nippley.

Yeeeah. I thought the same thing. Very...uh, hmmm. Yeah.

Posted by Fantasgasmic

That Crystal sketch looks… cold.

Posted by MrMazz

Joker sewing his mouth shut is oddly disturbing to me.

Posted by Icon

@OutlawRenegade said:

I love Eric Guzman's art! I would love to see a New52 Justice League TV show!

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His Avengers look great too!

I would love a Justice League show in that style!

Posted by iaconpoint

@RamsIllustrations said:

@ZZoMBiE13:

Understandable :P

@iaconpoint said:

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

@dementedtheclown said:

So tired of these LITTLE KID VERSION HEROES

Seen one seen them all

It is getting a little old. I'm happy the artists have their niche, but it'd be nice if we could rotate some of them out of this particular feature and maybe find some other artists once in a while.

What gets even older is the inevitable complainers who disrespect these artists each and every week. No one is making you look at them. Go cry about it elsewhere.

Really? It's just an opinion, sounds like you need to take your own advice!

Oops, yours is an opinion toooooo.... :P

How is defending people who use their talents to their advantage against people who take shots at them from the comfort of their computer screens an opinion? hmmmm..... :P

Posted by DocFishstick

brett booth's nightwing is so badass.

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@iaconpoint:

Well it was your opinion, that due to his opinion, "he cry somewhere else". He as well as myself are artists and at times find ourselves being criticized with likes and dislikes. We have to take the good with the bad, so he has a right to state what he thought.

Zzombie is one of the nicest people you can ask for as a person and I felt that he wasn't being nasty in stating that he wished there was new fresher talent being used, not saying that the old was bad.

He isn't wrong, that's what comics are all about. When sales go down on a book they eventually need a new rotation of talent. He was just stating his opinion but never did I read any kind of negativity towards any of the artists or particular piece. If I missed it let me know...

We both live here in the U.S and last I heard we can state our opinions freely. !n my opinion he wasn't being disrespectful to anyone, I thought you were a little harsh being that he did not say anything offensive to anyone in particular, sadly maybe to you even though it wasn't directed at you....

We are living in a world were people are waaay to sensitive and I feel we need to make room for both sides on any given subject, as long as we treat each other with respect.

Posted by iaconpoint

@RamsIllustrations: Semantics my dear. The fact is, every week this post appears and every week someone complains about the "kid art" and that's hardly "respectful". If you and your friends are that much more talented, submit your art to G-Man and I'm sure he'll post it. And as far as crying somewhere else being rude or whatever you think, the world's a mean place my friend. Get ready!

Posted by RamsIllustrations

@iaconpoint said:

@RamsIllustrations: Semantics my dear. The fact is, every week this post appears and every week someone complains about the "kid art" and that's hardly "respectful". If you and your friends are that much more talented, submit your art to G-Man and I'm sure he'll post it. And as far as crying somewhere else being rude or whatever you think, the world's a mean place my friend. Get ready!

You are tooo funny...."If you and your friends are that much more talented, submit your art" My art has been part of this forum for years, not that Zzombie or myself ever compared our art to the ones that G-man posted. That wasn't even the point, duuh.

Not that it matters, by your responses I can see that pointing anything out to you will be useless. :P

Posted by poisonfleur

Storm and Ivy~ Like a Boss!!

Posted by KZR

Wow. Brett Booth always posts such great art on his blog.

Posted by Aiden Cross

There are no words to describe how much i love Skottie Young's art.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Eric Guzman's animated figures are all great

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Posted by monopolyloser

That Strong Bad and Iron Fist vs Trogdor is PERFECT!!!

Posted by Xwraith

Is that Beast in the last Williams pic?

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Posted by kid Apollo

Iron Fist and Strong bad vs Trogdor= HUGE

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Man vs. Swamps. Must...happen...NOW!

And am I the only one disturbed by the Joker's sewn up Chelsea Grin mouth?

Posted by JamDamage

@spawn_123: that's the new Darksied from the new 52.

Posted by JamDamage

Eric Guzman has the right idea. These are ALL brilliant.

Posted by Chrometech

@dementedtheclown: Here Here

Posted by ZZoMBiE13

@iaconpoint said:

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

@dementedtheclown said:

So tired of these LITTLE KID VERSION HEROES

Seen one seen them all

It is getting a little old. I'm happy the artists have their niche, but it'd be nice if we could rotate some of them out of this particular feature and maybe find some other artists once in a while.

What gets even older is the inevitable complainers who disrespect these artists each and every week. No one is making you look at them. Go cry about it elsewhere.

I'm sorry but, in what way exactly was I disrespectful? All I asked is that maybe, occasionally, we could rotate out one or 12 of the baby hero versions and maybe rotate in another deserving artist who works just as hard. And maybe just maybe, give them some admiration for their hard work.

I've been an artist all my life. And I know how having your work shown in a regular feature like this can be a big boon to someone who pours their heart and soul into their work. Seems like maybe once in a while it wouldn't hurt to post someone else's art instead, lest the column become stagnant. (and for the record, no I am not suggesting my work be shown)

My suggestion was criticism meant to be constructive. Perhaps even helpful. Not a complaint. And I'll post it wherever I please.

Posted by spetsnaz_gru

This has to be my favourite awesome art pics set yet!

Posted by spawn_123

@JamDamage said:

@spawn_123: that's the new Darksied from the new 52.

-.- i know that but he looks so bad

Posted by XChaosPrimeX

Awesome Art. Inspires me to get better

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