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Posted by G-Man (39819 posts) - - Show Bio

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 PhillipsINCOGNITO.

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.

#1 Posted by saoakden (1220 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#2 Edited by cmaprice (857 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#3 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#4 Posted by EvilAndy (77 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#5 Posted by pikahyper (14763 posts) - - Show Bio

Skottie never disappoints :D

Awesome Songbird.

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#6 Posted by dondasch (931 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#7 Posted by tonis (6561 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#8 Posted by Mercy_ (93365 posts) - - Show Bio

Can Phil Noto just draw everything, ever, please?

#9 Posted by Skies327 (231 posts) - - Show Bio

The picture of Leonardo is pretty awesome.

#10 Edited by Decept-O (7827 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#11 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1761 posts) - - Show Bio

Krypto and Streaky. AAAAWWWW!!!!!

#12 Posted by wowylied (238 posts) - - Show Bio
#13 Posted by clemj (849 posts) - - Show Bio

always good picks

#14 Posted by Wowlock (494 posts) - - Show Bio

@Miss_Garrick said:

Krypto and Streaky. AAAAWWWW!!!!!

Ahh Batman...you creepy stalker :D

#15 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (41764 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL ^^

#16 Posted by Mercy_ (93365 posts) - - Show Bio
#17 Posted by jhazzroucher (19490 posts) - - Show Bio

Mohawk Storm is awesomeness

#18 Posted by wowylied (238 posts) - - Show Bio

@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.

#19 Edited by ParaDemise (32 posts) - - Show Bio

Spiderman/Peter Parker! You lucky bastard, you!

Who is the Van Halen woman supposed to be?

#20 Posted by Billy Batson (59391 posts) - - Show Bio

good stuff

#21 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (8361 posts) - - Show Bio


#22 Posted by LordRequiem (1335 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#23 Posted by primepower53 (6064 posts) - - Show Bio

Cornelius/Caesar+Spock=recipe for awesomeness.

#24 Posted by Adnan (1042 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#25 Posted by maxicere (998 posts) - - Show Bio

Tom Raney art it's amazing!!!

#26 Posted by rum1929 (453 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#27 Posted by fables87 (1428 posts) - - Show Bio

Mike Allred + Aquaman = EPIC!

#28 Posted by Cafeterialoca (1581 posts) - - Show Bio


#29 Posted by krilling (2497 posts) - - Show Bio

so many nice pics..

#30 Posted by frochez (195 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#31 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio
#32 Posted by The Impersonator (6961 posts) - - Show Bio

@pikahyper said:

Skottie never disappoints :D

Awesome Songbird.

#33 Posted by JangoCrossfire (73 posts) - - Show Bio

The gargoyle looks like Yogurt from SPACEBALLS.

#34 Posted by DoomDoomDoom (4293 posts) - - Show Bio

Love Noto's version of Armor.

#35 Edited by longbowhunter (8845 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#36 Posted by All_Around_Nerd (58 posts) - - Show Bio


#37 Posted by CitizenJP (700 posts) - - Show Bio

Lots of awesome Spideys

#38 Posted by The Stegman (30040 posts) - - Show Bio

eww Mary Jane's face is hideous in that pic

#39 Posted by Crowingaboutcomics (58 posts) - - Show Bio

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!

#40 Posted by Mbecks14 (2114 posts) - - Show Bio
#41 Posted by SneakyBawls (28 posts) - - Show Bio

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!

#42 Posted by ScoobyM (15 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#43 Edited by Chris2KLee (175 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#44 Posted by battyfan1 (203 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#45 Posted by AlwaysBeClothing (235 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Dark Huntress said:

Can Phil Noto just draw everything, ever, please?

This, a million times, this

#46 Posted by wdchefdave (136 posts) - - Show Bio

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!

#47 Posted by MSBoyd23 (162 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#48 Posted by Mahzian (120 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#49 Posted by Queso6p4 (1547 posts) - - Show Bio

Very nice artwork all around. Thanks for sharing!

#50 Posted by HexThis (1112 posts) - - Show Bio

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