Astonishing Art: Kevin Conroy by Francesco Francavilla

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Is it cheating to do two Kevin Conroy tribute pieces back-to-back in this space? Even if it is, I don’t care. Kevin Conroy’s loss will weigh heavily on Batman fans for years to come, and Francesco Francavilla is just that good an artist. A fitting tribute to a performer who left an indelible mark on an iconic character.

Kevin Conroy, Batman, Francesco Francavilla

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Astonishing Art: Kevin Conroy by Marcelo Millicay

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman fans were dealt a pretty painful blow over the weekend, as Kevin Controy passed away at 66 after a brief battle with cancer. Conroy was known the world over as the voice of the Dark Knight in Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, the Batman: Arkham video games, and various other Bat-projects over the last 30 years.

Naturally, the web was filled with tributes to Conroy. This piece from Marcelo Millicay was one of my personal favorites. It recreates a famous shot from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, in which Conroy of course voiced the titular character.

Thank you for 30 years of memories, Mr. Conroy. You are, and for so many of us, always will be the definitive voice of Batman.

Kevin Conroy Batman, Marcelo Millicay

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Astonishing Art: X-Men: The Animated Series by Julien Rico Jr

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen X-Men: The Animated Series. With X-Men ’97 coming up, I’m definitely due for a rewatch.

This piece by Julien Rico Jr. is more than enough to get you in the mood for said rewatch. You can practically hear the classic theme song just by looking at it. The characters look faithful to how they appeared on the show. But at the same time, Rico did his own thing. What’s not to love?

X-Men the Animated Series, Rico Jr

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Astonishing Art: TMNT by Shaun Yeo

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’m not sure whether cartoonist Shaun Yeo intended to evoke the look of the original black and white TMNT comic books with this piece. But he did, didn’t he?

Granted, he made it his own. If you look at the rest of his portfolio, this looks like a Shaun Yeo piece. But it’s got just enough Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in it to feel like a throwback. And a quality one at that.

TMNT by Shaun Yeo

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Astonishing Art: Power Rangers by Carlos Zarur Jr.

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Goni Montes’ “helmet” covers for the various issues of BOOM! Studios’ Power Rangers comics (most notably issue #0 back in 2016) are pretty darn iconic. So it’s no surprise that they’d inspire other artists to take a foray into the PR universe.

Carlos Zarur Jr. is one such artist, whose work is modeled after the Montes covers. I’ve pulled a few of my favorites from his portfolio. Including one of the Pink Operation Overdrive Ranger, which is the piece that originally drew me to him. That season doesn’t get a lot of love. So it’s nice to see Zarur Jr. give it some attention.

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Astonishing Art: She-Hulk and Daredevil by Mike Hartigan

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

How sad is it that I haven’t even seen Daredevil’s appearance on She-Hulk, and yet I’m pretty much fully aware of all the “controversy” said appearance generated among some fans. Oye…

On paper it works though, doesn’t it? They’re both lawyers. They’re both superheroes. They have a lot in common! What’s the big deal?

Here’s Mike Hartigan making Jennifer Walters and Matt Murdock look like a power couple in his own fun, animated way.

She-Hulk, Daredevil, Mike Hartigan

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Astonishing Art: MMPR by Raptor Ranger

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’m not really a fan of “dark” takes on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Certainly there’s a portion of the fandom that enjoys it, but it’s never really been my cup of tea…

Still, great art speaks for itself. And that’s exactly what we get from Raptor Ranger here. I’ve got a soft spot for season one Goldar, and the dark look definitely suits him. Especially with the glowing red eyes. Raptor Ranger definitely depicts him as someone you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley.

Also, note the little Easter egg on the far right. That little “Broom Beetle” poster is a nod to the season two episode, “The Beetle Invasion.”

MMPR, Goldar, Raptor Ranger

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Astonishing Art: TMNT by Richard Chen

TMNT, Richard Chen

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s criminally easy to breeze by this piece by Richard Chen, as it appears to simply be a shot of four teenagers eating at a pizza place. But if you really stop and look at it for a moment…

They’re the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. How cool is that?

One of the things I’d love for someone to do with the TMNT someday is figure out how to integrate them into an everyday American high school. Get them hanging around other teenagers to get a better sense of who they might be if they weren’t mutant turtles. What would they be like? What would they do for fun? What would they wear/ This image prompts those kind of intriguing questions, and I love it.

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Astonishing Art: Keke Palmer as Rogue by Meech Doodle

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Keke Palmer created some Twitter buzz last week when she responded positively to a fan’s video explaining why she needs to play Rogue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Naturally, her response piqued the interests of some artists. Meech Doodle is one of them. He presented fans with this awesome rendering of Palmer as Rogue.

Keke Palmer as Rogue, Meech Doodle

I was a little skeptical when I looked at the idea on paper. But when I saw this image, I immediately got it. Naturally, internet trolls got their feathers ruffled because of the race factor. But she looks like a pretty good Rogue to me.

So…why the hell not? Let’s make it happen!

Incidentally, I met Keke Palmer once, about 15 years ago. I was a reporter covering a school spelling event. She was there in the wake of Akeelah and the Bee. Really nice, personable kid. I’m happy she’s found so much success.

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Astonishing Art: Batman by Russ Braun

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

You never know what you’ll see when you follow a comic book artist on Instagram.

Case in point, this little gem of a sketch from Russ Braun. Here we have the Adam West Batman, drawn in the style of Batman: Year One, a la David Mazzucchelli.

Batman, Adam West, by Russ Braun

You know what this makes me want to see? A Batman: Year one story set in the Batman ’66 universe. I’d lap that up.

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