11 X 17 water color painting done by yours truly (1998)
One of my earliest postings on this blog was a Swamp Thing Suicide Squad cross over posting (Dec. 8, 2010) given that both Bell Reve (Task Force X HQ) and the the origins of the Swamp Thing are in the swamp lands of Louisiana. So in a way this posting is something of a part two to that. I dunno why I didn't include Poison Ivy in that posting back then given her fairly extensive history with Task Force X. What an interesting show down that would have been. It never happened as far as I know but check out all the cool fan art of these two champions of the green. What you see to your left is just a small preview image of what's waiting for you at the link http://www.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=poison+ivy+swamp+thing&offset=0
The DC Comics Year by Year A Visual Chronicle is an over sized hardbound (352 pg) book that's pretty much what you would expect based on the title. I recently got this thing as a gift. Each year is it's own chapter that consists of several pages highlighting the notable issues and mini-series of each year. Also pretty cool is that each page along the bottom has a foot note of the big world wide and or national news story of that particular month for each year/chapter.
As you can see Suicide Squad #1 gets a shout out for the months March - December for the1987 chapter. But you can see some other milestone issues on these two pages which I actually used to have except for that Batman issue. The other Squad issue that shows up in the book is Suicide Squad #23 (1989 chapter) because it was the first time Oracle (Barbara Gordon) initiated contact with Belle
Reve effectively making that issue Oracle's first appearance in the DC
Universe. A Google search (images tab) with key words DC Comics Year by Year A Visual Chronicle will show you more of the bookand you can also find reviews on Youtube for it as well.
I noticed a bunch of new fan art for Black Orchid turn up on comicartfans.com recently. Most of it was pretty good but this commission piece by Mark Kuettner really got my attention. Get a load of that six pack she's sporting in her mid section :)
Also, at comicartfans.com was this Enchantress convention sketch art by Brian Atkins. I love this one too for obvious reasons maybe some day I'll see what it looks like with some color added to it.
And speaking of beautiful illustrations of female Suicide Squad members check out this Plastique clip art by Ed Benes. It almost gives Power Girl a run for her money. http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=42446&start=180#p908719
If this fan art from Mexican artist Tuli19mxhttp://tulio19mx.deviantart.com/gallery/ looks familiar to you it's because it's been around for a while as line art but just recently the artist got around to coloring it. What I like about it is that it kinda gives me a sense of what Bronze Tiger might have looked like had he ever made an appearance on Justice League Unlimited. Instead we only ever got to see him on that shitty cartoon Batman: Brave and The Bold or whatever it was called. By the way welcome back from the dead Tiger OA1.
I just want to make this quick update here. I came across an exceptionally good artist from India on deviant art who did a fan art piece of the DC52 Squad. From a strictly illustration stand point this guy hits it out of the park. I couldn't help but mention how much I hated the whole reboot and that I'd love to see this guy's skill applied to doing some fan art of the 80s Squad. He turned out to be really cool and he also likes the John Ostrander Squad. He says he'll let me know as soon as he gets to doing another piece that has the real Suicide Squad but in the mean time check this out be sure to magnify it the details are great http://devmalya.deviantart.com/art/Suicide-Squad-415821635
I just love finding some new Suicide Squad fan art that reminds me of the good ol days. Especially when it includes Rick Flag which we don't see to much of out there. Now I know Cheetah wasn't in the Ostrander Squad at any point but that's ok it all still makes for a cool "What If" sort of setting.