Two More DCU Men Contest Entries

Two more entries! Click to see them full-size.

First, Paul Salvi sent this image. (Paul is currently illustrating Action, Ohio, written by Neil Kleid, in this month’s Zuda competition.) I love his slick line and polished look!

Men of the DCU by Paul Salvi

From left to right:
Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Dick Grayson (Robin), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Clark Kent (Superman), Barry Allen (Flash), Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Billy Batson (Captain Marvel), Barry Allen (Flash)

(I’m glad he updated me, or I was going to guess Steve Trevor for the military man. Which isn’t in keeping with the rest. Paul would also like you to know that he hadn’t seen the previous entry when he did his multiple Flashes.)

Next, Jeff Hebert (creator of HeroMachine, and whom it turns out I went to college with) sent this along:

Men of the DCU by Jeff Hebert

From left to right:
Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Querl Dox (Brainiac 5), Clark Kent (Superman), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Jason Todd (Robin — says Jeff, “emo style”), Wally West (Flash), John Stewart (Green Lantern)

Hey, a Legionnaire! (Although should green men wear purple?) And what great character attitudes. I just adore Oliver’s vest and shirtsleeves in both of them.

Update: Jeff later did a more traditional formal wear version.

Men of the DCU by Jeff Hebert (Black)

Not to take anything away from the work of these fine gentlemen, but I’m hoping this inspires more of you to take part! You have over a week left before May 15.


21 Responses to “Two More DCU Men Contest Entries”

  1. Jeff Hebert Says:

    Great job Paul! I love it that we both have Oliver Queen in a vest, I’m not sure what that says about the character but it’s awesome. I love the spats, too, I wish I’d thought of that. Kinda neat that we both have Hal Jordan (test pilot) shorter than the others — great minds think alike!

    As for Brainiac Five in purple, hey, what can I say, he stole it from the Hulk. At least Querl changes his pants every now and again, which is more than the Not-So-Jolly Green Giant can claim.

    Come on everyone, get those drawing tools out and send your entries in!

  2. Don MacPherson Says:

    Great looking entries, but they lack of the unifying look that helped the DCU Women poster look so sharp.

    However, I do love the decision in the first example to put one of the characters in formal military dress.

  3. Jeff Hebert Says:

    Dan, would you prefer them all in black, as in http://www.heromachine.com/composite-web-black.jpg ?

  4. Paul Says:

    That’s Dick Grayson! I can’t stress enough how extremely important it is that everyone be made aware of that!

    Thanks for the kind words, Johanna and Don.

  5. Tomo Says:

    That second image is cool and it kind of modernises those characters at the same time!

    My question, though, is who got to choose those specific characters? Because that line-up shows how un-diverse and lacking DC is. One non-white hero is all they got? (I’m not talking about the green one).

  6. Johanna Says:

    Sorry, Paul! Sloppy cut’n’paste on my part. It’s been fixed.

    Tomo, it’s up to the artist to pick the characters. And yes, this is an area where DC is still a bit behind the times. You could choose the current Atom (Asian) or Blue Beetle (Hispanic) to add diversity, but both of those don’t have quite as much personality yet to be distinctive in evening wear, I fear.

  7. Johanna Says:

    Jeff, oh, I do like that all-black one!

  8. Jeff Hebert Says:

    Feel free to use the all-black one instead as my entry if you like it better, Johanna. I aim to please.

  9. Tommy Raiko Says:

    “Although should green men wear purple?”

    Why not? It works for Beast Boy, and the Hulk, and the Green Goblin, and…

    …uh…

    yeah, I see your point.

  10. Betty Says:

    Well, I wouldn’t pick him to demonstrate the DCU’s diversity, since he keeps getting drawn white, but I took the man on the right in Jeff’s picture who you have labelled Wally West as Connor Hawke.

  11. JohnnyZito Says:

    I love this idea. I’m going to try and throw my hat in the ring :)

    Awesome that Robin made the grade.

  12. Rob Says:

    I’m amused that the two posters have two different Robins. Is he wearing a tuxedo T-shirt in the second poster?

    I really like the all-black version of the second poster–it’s a nice contrast to Hughes’ original poster, with the women all in white. Is there a way you could link it to the front page, Johanna? It needs to be seen by folks who don’t read the comments.

    Man, I wish I could draw. :-/

  13. Jeff Hebert Says:

    Rob, yes, that’s a tuxedo T-shirt in the second version.

  14. Kit Kendrick Says:

    I love Billy’s stiffness in the first one.

    For black DC Heroes – John Irons, Black Lightning, Cyborg, Mister Terrific

    Hispanic is harder, ’cause they’re usually drawn white. Kyle Rayner qualifies, though.

    I can’t think of much for Asian, Native American or Middle Eastern.

  15. Evie Says:

    I really love this, really–I hope you get a lot of entries, and can make a gallery. I do however have to debate the idea that Jaime Reyes doesn’t have enough character yet for formal wear. In fact a few weeks ago I blogged about how I want to ask him to prom. Even though he’s fictional, and I’m 31. But still. Blue Beetle, in a modified blue leisure suit. Think about it.

  16. Johanna Says:

    ewwww… too much polyester! :)

    Thanks to Rob’s suggestion, I’ve edited the post to show both of Jeff’s images.

  17. Paul Salvi Says:

    “Great job Paul!”

    Thanks Jeff. You too.

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    im knda suprised to see that a legionare gets to hang wit the cool kids i thought it was the martian manhunter wit hair at first but thats a real interesting picture i love it

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