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gi joe covers: issues 26 + 27 by strongstuff gi joe covers: issues 26 + 27 by strongstuff
it was always a thrill checking underneath the old blotter that sat in the last booth (secret drop off spot) of my grandmother's candy store. she'd generously set aside each and every issue of the books i loved as they were released. the treasures included issues of the official handbook of the marvel universe, transformers, and most importantly, gi joe. as a kid, i'd check under that blotter religiously when i walked into the store, always sure to find some piece of 4-color gold.

as much as i loved comics and toys and animation as a child, it was the comics that had toys that had an animated series that spoke (yelled) the loudest to me. and none of those properties was more exciting than gi joe. the basic concept of military superheroes who fought a "ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world" was too much for my adolescent brain to handle. the endless hours spent reading those comics, playing with those toys and watching those animated episodes (sometimes simultaneously) had a profound effect on my imagination.

so why the sappy backstory? to illustrate what an amazingly big deal it is to me that i had the opportunity to create two covers for IDW's current ongoing gi joe series.

through a bit of misfortune on the part of trevor hutchinson, (whose laptop was hijacked, preventing him from finishing the series of five interlocking covers that he had started) i received a call from IDW's carlos guzman (with a referral from trev...thanks!) asking me to complete the series of retailer incentive covers with illustrations for issues 26 (january 2011) and 27 (february 2011). it made the deal all that much sweeter that i was allowed to draw snake eyes, my all-time favoritest 'joe.

i'm so thankful for the opportunity to revisit something that meant (means) so much to me.

yo, joe!

2010 IDW Publishing
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Wondrous job with these two Joes, especially Helix.
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Yuyu77 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Agent Helix is so cool !!!
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The-Rehovot-Projects Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Okay so, to say "wow" isn't enough! lol, Very nice work!
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hamletprimeiro Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Loved.
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ShuranosukeSakaki Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
That should be Scarlett next to him... not that blonde bitch
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cosmic-digital Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
You're gonna make run out of accolades for your work.
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DChristy527 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic stuff,Waht medium do you use to do these?
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ActorzInc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   General Artist
Glad you were able to step in, you did a lovely job!

And Snake Eyes, my fave, is also my favourite colour! Score!! :hug:
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reverendshaggy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats. I love how the cover turned out too
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:iconbey-fenn:
Bey-Fenn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy $%#@ That ROCKS!!!!!...pardon my french
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AlternateCourse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Sick.
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PattwinIodine09 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student General Artist
I like Snake Eyes!
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:iconhypostatic:
hypostatic Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
My God, very good composition
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:iconneumn13:
neumn13 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Love your style! May I submit this to my group??? :)
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alexisspaceboy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
great work!
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mensmachine Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
It´s great man! love snake eyes!
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:iconvonholdt:
vonholdt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work as always!
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gabrielopes Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very good work!
The lines, the shadows, the colors... Awesome!
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Excellent dramatic lighting!
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gregmoutafis Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Congratulations - nice action poses and great design ideas as always
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m3herz Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
hahah..loved your story. nice work!
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Artist
outstanding, dude!
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
cooool.
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AdamLimbert Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional
AH-mazing!
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lucaspinduca Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mono rules! :]
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maxmblk66 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sweet monotone
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Ramon98 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
it looks very cool
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Odd-Voodoo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Your understanding of composition is really impressive. Another great work!
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kevbrett Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
awesome use of light and shadow. Great colour choice as well. love it
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anti-jager375 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
I've been watching you for quite a while now and it's great when you see a fellow DA member being recognized for their skills and talents. Congratulations and may bigger opportunities come your way. =)
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reactivator Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student
excellent!
but imho, that helix's right hand gesture doesn't natural enough. :)
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srblovesu Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Mind blowing!!!!! :#1:
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:iconmytymark:
mytymark Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Congrats on the gig, the pieces look distinct and wicked. Cheers to more!
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ooh, love this!!! :)
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theFranchize Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
you have outdone yourself Tom. These cover are amazing and Snake Eyes never looked better
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punks101 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Student Photographer
im so amazed by how your two-tone colors can have such an impact !
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JustinRampage Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These covers are amazing. I haven't kept on the G.I. Joe comics, but I will be buying these both. [link]
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Eric-Merced Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
While I love the interior art going on in the IDW GI Joe books, I would get both these issues just for the covers alone. Amazing!
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markwelser Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
That's good news! Great job.
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gatchatom Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice work! You're going to love working with Carlos. Great guy.
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Congrats man! That's so awesome!
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devilish-activity Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
good for you man
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jimmymcwicked Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
woaw, really cool, love it! excelent poses and colour scheme!
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