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MARTIAN CENTENNIAL by JoeJusko MARTIAN CENTENNIAL by JoeJusko
Painting for an exclusive trading card celebrating the 100th anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series. The card will be available at the inaugural Pop Art Con on June 10th. The Philadelphia show is produced by Roxanne & Harris Toser, publishers of Non Sport Update magazine.

This may be my consummate Mars painting. I added a couple of inches to the top of the painting in the event I ever want to use it as an art book cover (which is more than probable).
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Artwalker-67 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cant believe that a living legend like you has to "slum it" on here.
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atdoodle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
beautiful style...makes me nostalgic as these remind me of the style of art I grew up loving in the 80's for movie posters and comics
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CoconutCZ Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your work. Martian series is my favorite from all books :-)
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Gorgeous work my friend :clap:
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:icongrobles63:
grobles63 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
another masterpiece!!
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mattypoo5000 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
John Carter looks like Obama
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Macciooo Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
a master
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:iconsimonpowell:
SimonPowell Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012   Photographer
JOE - I am unable to email you. Please contact me ASAP, Simon Powell
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SimonPowell Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012   Photographer
Joe - I am unable to reach you by email. Please contact me ASAP. Simon Powell
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Kennelmannate Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Just beautiful, love the colors. It amazes me how you can get the soft edges and smooth color transitions with just dry brushing. Take care and thanks for the inspiration.
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:iconvanlioglu:
vanlioglu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
great work joe:)
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:icongeekynerfherder:
GeekyNerfherder Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
awesome as ever!
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:iconstevenswm:
StevenSWM Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Fantastic looking! He looks so proud...and she looks so honored!
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:iconwondermanrules:
wondermanrules Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
I love the epic victory look of this piece. :D
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:iconluispuig:
LuisPuig Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice work as always. Went through your whole gallery a few weeks back. Took some time but lots of fun.
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:iconrostridge:
rostridge Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Wonderful homage to the series.
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toppa23 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
fantastic
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DaswookofHeromorph Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a classical look this reminds me of the pulp covers fro the golden age. Edgar Rice Burroughs and Frank Frazetta would be proud of this.
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A fine balance of homage and originality. Love that thark.
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:iconnickmockoviak:
NickMockoviak Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great stuff Joe. :highfive:
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
:) :thumbsup:
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:iconybq:
ybq Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
are we a missing a belly button on purpose?
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Yup. Read other answers. :-)
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dragonbutt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes
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humawinghangin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Hi Joe, this is another great piece from you. Kudos!!!
I was introduced to your work thru marvel trading cards back in the 80s i think, i could remember the bad ass namor in scaly briefs. :D.
So, do you paint on whatever size you want and the printers just reduce them for trading card size, or do you follow a size template for them?
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
As long as they're in proportion you can paint any size you want. Glad you like it!
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
You've gotta be loving all this renewed interest in E.R.B's books, since the release of the movie, They have a whole section at Barnes and Noble now, dedicated to the books, comics and other assorted graphical stuff. Recognized your work on some of it, as well,

This is, as always, a great addition to that body of very fine work.
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westernman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Looks TERRIFIC!
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Yesysh Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man! you are good at painting muscles
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holybearhug Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Fantastic!!!!
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RobMitchem Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking that same thing before I read your subtext, that 'This may be your consummate Mars painting,' although I sort of think that with every new piece of art you post Joe. It a wonderfully composed painting. I love the colors of the sky and the moons; how parts pop out and others blend. I don't know how you do that or really what colors those are but they're just marvelous. Dejah and John look amazing. Gazing over Dejah I was thinking, 'where's her belly button', but quickly deduced that that would be for a woman of human birth with an umbilical cord BUT SHE WAS HATCHED! so she wouldn't need or have one. Of course I then praised you to myself for your knowledge and attention to detail. As with Woola! That faithful brute and devoted guardian is just as ugly and hideous as mentioned in the book. Fabulous!
It's an honor to be able to see and comment to you on your work.
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Mastador Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I have the Frazetta books and they have Mars paintings in them, I noticed Frank painted belly buttons on her. I like Joes idea better with no button myself. Frank and Joe still rule.
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orabich Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

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Gremlich Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OOOOO-RAH!
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Gremlich Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
maybe if someone decides to do something with the "Tarnsman of Gor" story....
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StonedSmeagol Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Love your traditional approach with the characters & concepts with the John Carter series, espesially Dejah. Always look forward to these, beautiful artwork Joe! :painter:
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sapienstoonz Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful.
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ACE-Mat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow great artwrok. I love the experssions and the poses.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Beautiful piece, Joe. I'd certainly qualify this as a definitive Mars painting.
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luvtsukichan91 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Silly question: Is the girl not supposed to have a belly button? I know nothing of this series so don't be too mean.
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Ha! Not to worry. :-) The locals on Mars are hatched from eggs, not birthed. While opinions vary, most artists, including myself choose to render them with no navel.
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luvtsukichan91 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OOOOOHHHH okk....that makes sense. Thank you!
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Salvador-Raga Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Impressive!
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Beautiful work as always!
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CheechMonger Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Very nice. I especially like the moons in the background. Makes it look all the more Barsoomian!
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nailsin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the movie would've done better if it had looked more like your paintings.
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
The movie Poster should have looked like this in spirit.
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ArtbyBones Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Movie posters are generally terrible now; more often than not just really shoddy photomontage. I used to love Struzan's stuff and all the great cover art of the 80s and early 90s... it's what initially got me into art as a kid.

(Nice work as always, by the way. How come you moved away from the more muscular alien designs for this one?)
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
This isn't for Dynamite, so I'm not using their design. This is how I did them when I illustrated the books in 1995.
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ArtbyBones Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh... You know, I've been following your stuff for a long time now but I didn't know you'd done covers for the books previously.

It's interesting what a difference it makes to how the viewer perceives them (I guess as a very different kind of threat); this one is almost insect-like.

Great stuff.
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