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Jughead #1

Archie Comics

The brief for this cover art was to draw Archie Comics' iconic character Jughead in my own style - and I was only too happy to!  I've been an Archie fan since I was a little kid, and Jughead was my favourite (well, besides Betty and Veronica!).

I  drew this traditionally with brush and ink, and then coloured it digitally using Photoshop.

Inking Jughead

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Sketch

 The published cover

The published cover


Gorilla Grodd / Alfred E. Neuman

MAD / DC Comics

MAD's art directors, Sam Viviano and Ryan Flanders sent over a brief and rough drawing for the art.  As it's a homage to a classic MAD cover, it was fairly simple to envisage the final outcome.  Basically, I'd be drawing Gorilla Grodd (The Flash's nemesis) as Alfred E. Neuman, swinging in a tyre that is inexplicably held up.

For me, it was only a question of whether I should try to replicate the style a little, or take a massive departure and do something different.  The MAD team left it with me, and I decided it would be fun to at least have a jab at doing it painterly - as close as I could to the great Norman Mingo's style, who drew the original MAD #134 cover.

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 I inked this up traditionally to begin with - to retain the feel of the original art

I inked this up traditionally to begin with - to retain the feel of the original art

 The original classic MAD magazine for reference

The original classic MAD magazine for reference

 Gorilla Grodd

Gorilla Grodd

 Art Director Sam Viviano holding the MAD variants proofs

Art Director Sam Viviano holding the MAD variants proofs

 The finished, raw art

The finished, raw art

 Spotted in the wild!

Spotted in the wild!

 

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