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Awesome Art Picks: X-Men, Captain America, Batman and More

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

Time for another gathering of the coolest comic book art that won't appear in comic books. Each week as I cruise around the internet trying to keep up with the digital world, I come across some really great pieces of art.

Artists love to draw. It's their passion. When they're not working on the art for the actual books they're signed to, they often do sketches for practice or just to experiment. It's really cool to see one of your favorite artists draw a character they might not get the official chance to draw anytime soon (I'm still waiting to see Francis Manapul draw Spider-Man, but that's another story).

To kick off this edition, let's get patriotic with Captain America. Now I can't vouch for how recent this picture might be. It's clearly from this year. But it's Chris Bachalo and it's pretty dang sweet. I saw this posted on Aw Yeah Comics! Tumblr and felt it was worthy to be included here. I'm a fan of Bachalo and would love to see more from him on a regular basis.

That's not all we have.

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Marcus To just wrapped up art duties on Red Robin. He mentioned on this Tumblr before about doing an original X-Men piece. He just posted the finished results the other day.

He gave the piece to his friend, Ian Herring who painted over it. You can pick up a print of this at the Toronto Fan Expo next weekend and in future conventions such as Emerald City Con in Seattle.

Dave Johnson was tweeting some recent sketches he did last weekend at a Con. Who do we have up first? How about, in his words, Commie Batman?

He also posted a Nick Fury sketch.

Chris Burnham really caught my attention on Batman Incorporated and Batman and Robin. Check out his Silver Age Batwoman and Batgirl done at WWC.

Looks great to me. I want more!

We can't go a week without Phil Noto, right? Well, we actually have when he didn't have a new piece up. He just posted this Psylocke image this week on his Tumblr.

What's the story and why does she have a cigarette? Here's what Phil wrote:

Betsy Braddock 1982- So last night Rick Remender alerted me to the fact that Psylocke’s purple hair was actually a conscious fashion choice that British model, Betsy made in 1982. So as Ricky Bobby would say, ” I like to picture my Betsy Braddock as a punk rocker hanging out the club wearin’ her Joy Division t-shirt, drinkin’ beer and smokin’ them fancy cigarettes.” Amen.

Where is our monthly fix of Amanda Conner art? Each month I keep waiting for something to be announced. Xeroxkitty pointed this Starfire picture in my direction. Not sure when it was done but it's pretty good.

What about Chris Samnee? This week he has a Dark Phoenix sketch on his blog.

What about Madman art? You might be aware that I totally dig Mike Allred's Madman. So how about a Madman piece...not drawn by Allred?

As you can maybe tell, this Madman piece was actually drawn by Mitch Breitweiser. If you like it and you're looking to some original art, you can actually buy this piece. Last I checked, it was still available.

And finally, we have a couple pieces from Dan Hipp posted on his blog. The first is his idea of a Tintin cover. Check out who popped in.

He also had this...interesting Batman and Two-Face picture.

If only fighting crime were that easy Batman.

That's it for this week. We had some bonus pieces. Hope you enjoyed them. Let us know which was your favorite(s). Be sure to check out the next installment in a week.

49 Comments
Posted by ImperiousRix

Phil Noto continues to be a GOD among artists.  I absolutely love his stuff, and am super glad he's penciling one of my favorite series, X-23!  The way he draws Laura is the best!

Posted by Crimson Thunder

I Love TinTin!
Posted by CanucksXVX

the xmen one is fantastic, actually is my favourite art shown on any of these weekly art posts
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The Batman ones look the best :)

Posted by Fleonix

I just have to say i Jizzed my pants when i saw the original X-Men. Brings back memories.

Posted by dondasch

Really enjoyed that X Men original and that Phil Noto piece definitely has my attention.

Posted by ArkhamInmate

The X-Men art is great! We have to remember the old times, wonderful idea...  
Psylocke is very nice , too!
TinTin is awesome and the "Bat Hug" made my day :) 
 
Thanks G-Man good choice of pictures!

Posted by MrUnknown

So many great picks on this one! :>

Edited by Knight Train

That "Commie Batman" picture is actually Batmankoff from Superman: Red Son. Brilliant book can't believe that Tony can't remember it. One of my favourites

http://www.comicvine.com/batmankoff/29-70711/
Posted by jubilee042

love the x men one 

Posted by Or35ti

The X-Men and Cap ones are my favorite. I also liked the ones from Dan Hipp, both made me smile :)

Posted by NXH

Obviously, it's got to be Chris Bachalo's Cap and yeah I too would love to see more of his work on a regular basis.
He's going to be on Jason Aaron's Wolverine and The X-Men which I am looking forward to.

Posted by Coldcrush
The x-men piece is gorgeous and I really like the batwomen/batgirl piece as well
Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Thanks man-G! Once again, you blew out the bank (by sharing these pics, since I haven`t seen none of them)! 

Posted by Bestostero

Love the X-Men first class pic!

Posted by Palingoth

BAT HUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by primepower53

Nick Fury sketch is my favorite!

Posted by Herx

Love the original x-men line up picture, it dose have that excitment in it. Also like the starfire sketch. But the cake is taken by the Tin Tin cover and Bat Hug. Seriously, i'm taking "bat-hug" and am going to use it whenever possible :P

Posted by IcePrince_X

hmmm... Psylocke's bad habits?
 
Love the way the artist did it. Wow!
But the Original X-Men really blew me away.

Posted by Mercy_
@ImperiousRix
Phil Noto continues to be a GOD among artists.  I absolutely love his stuff, and am super glad he's penciling one of my favorite series, X-23!  The way he draws Laura is the best!
THIS.

Also, that Marcus To piece is incredible!
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Posted by carnivalofsins00

I look forward to this every weekend. Always some great picks. 
 
Off topic, how early do you get up to post this article? I mean, I'm at work at 8:30 AM on the East coast and by that time it's always up already. You must get up super early.

Posted by Jayso4201

The X-men pic is bad-ass!

Posted by Baconbot

@ImperiousRix: I am in totally agreement with you. LOVE his X-23!

Posted by mistersarcastic

Love Marcus To's First Class X-Men illustration, he's too awesome! I'll miss his work on Red Robin though...

Posted by G-Man

@Knight Train: You did read the part where I said "IN HIS WORDS," right? If you click the link, you'll see that's what Dave described it. Give me a little credit here, dude.

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Posted by The Impersonator

I would definitely have a beer with Psylocke.

Posted by kennybaese

The world needs more Russian Batman... why this hasn't happened yet in Batman Inc, I don't know.

Posted by kenseven

wow. that Psylocke just made me a Phil Noto fan.   
Chris Bachalo's draws Captain America like a boss. just amazing.

Posted by shawn87

That Nick Fury piece is awesome, as well as the X-Men First Class one

Posted by keith71_98

That's suprisingly tolerable from Bachalo. If he drew like that more consistently I MAY actually buy one of his books. But I'll need to see a lot more. Bachalo drives me nuts.
Posted by longbowhunter

I go CRAZY for Chris Burnham's art. Really hope to see more from Marcus To in te future.
Posted by core1065

I love Phil Noto, but his females have the same face...

Posted by -Vigil-

Marcus To is freaking amazing. DC should put him on Teen Titans!

Posted by WizardShazam

Yet another picture of the original X-Men that would be a better cover for the final issue of Uncanncy than the terrible, terrible Land one they are using.

I also did not know much about Psylocke's time in Britain so this post has been both exciting and informative. Also, I would love to see Amanda Conner's art on a Captain Marvel book. I think her style would really capture the 'boyish wonder' of young Billy Batson as the big, red cheese.

Posted by TheMadMonkey

I dunno... 
I think it would be a pretty effective form of crime-fighting if Batman leapt towards his foes and screamed how much he wanted some cuddle-time.  I know I'd acquire a sudden bout of incontinence...

Posted by kevin88wk

wow the batman one is awsome it should really be put into use if batman goes to russia or something

Posted by cheddarhead4

Communist batman would make an awesome Elseworlds story.

Posted by Undeadpool

Ah, Batmankoff. One of my favorite Elseworld incarnations.

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Posted by LifeNeedsRandom

Awesomenesss!!!

Posted by tonis

Yea Noto on Psyloke and Burnham's Batwoman & Batgirl are instant wins here :)

Posted by VanAce

I love the Tintin one.

Posted by Knight Train
@G-Man: Sorry bro i didn't mean to sound rude, i was just surprised i was the first one in the comments to mention that it was inspired by the Red Son book. Re-reading my comment i know that it sounded pretty harsh.
Posted by J1ml33

viva la Chris Burnham (his Batwoman & Batgirl look fantastic ) 

Posted by Billy Batson

DAN HIPP! 

BB

Posted by MikeUginator

these are some epic drawings. damn why can't I be that talented! 
 
Mike Ugo 
www.wolverineuniverse.com

Posted by GT-Man

all are great especially Tintin lol love drdooms expression
Posted by Mumbles

noto is a one-trick pony. every drawing to the same stiff look.

Posted by treysome

the O5 x-men one is amazing

Posted by Demonturtle

I like the Fury one!