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Takin' Care of Business by JoeJusko Takin' Care of Business by JoeJusko
Cover to Savage Sword of Conan #143, posted by request. :-) I'm so easy.
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:icontomasmorey:
Tomasmorey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
This was released in Spain as number 80. I´d like to upload the cover of number 81. I take some photos before I lost all my collection. It´s very beautiful to paint again.
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PIERNODOYUNA Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have this comic book and I copy this drawing hundred of times!!!! 
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muddychickn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still have about 100 issues of SSOC. I still look through them for inspiration.

I hope you don't mind, but I did a version of this cover. Here's the link [link]
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
dope colors
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vitorgorino Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
This cover art has thought me a lot of things about illustration. At first I was simply amazed by the imposing figure of Conan, but hen I looked at it again, and again... Man, after all these years, It still speaks to me as an illustrator. This is one of the best, most accurate portraits of any hero. Its all there, all the concept, all the character's mythology, in all of its glory, with the use of very few elements.

Frazzetta painted the ultimate Conan battle scenes, at the absolute dramatic climax of them. But this one, this is the ultimate "(anti)hero thriumph" depiction.

Everytime I look at this, I can hear the loud drums of the original Conan movie (1983) soundtrack. Every single time.

Thank you for that, Joe.
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ishkampoddle Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Bad-ass.
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B-Richards Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Here's my pencil drawing of Mr. Jusko's original - [link]
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:iconb-richards:
B-Richards Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the ONE that I have studied for YEARS. Mr. Jusko's work has been an inspiration of mine for years. Thank you for posting this
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tnavarro2706 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
gracias ....
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exocolumn Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Awesome work!
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
LEGENDARY. Can't believe I missed this one.
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emoshus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think, everytime I look at this one I discover something new... After seeing some photos and videos of you, can I assume that you've used yourself as reference for his face..?!?!
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HarlequinandMalice Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I love conan and all these are awesome
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DarkBrainComics Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
One of the all time best shots of Conan, still great all these years later! This shot brings out the savage - and it's pretty rare to see it done so well, even now. The raw power, the cool stare, the methodical cleaning of the sword, and an almost patriotic background... Great work!
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Man!!!!!!!!! This cover is amazing!
I can say your artwork (along with Buscema's) was the main inspiration for me to become an artist! I grew up reading Conan magazines wanting to be able to do artwork like this. And this cover to me is one of the best ones.
You are truly a legend.
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bashibozuk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Of all your Conan covers this one has always been my favorite.
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ThunderInMyDreams Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
I loved your Conan covers. They were amazing. Most of them should have been released as posters by Marvel. It's criminal that weren't.

You should do a 500 page Conan story, fully painted. It'll only take a week or two right? ;)
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Oh god! One of my favorite images of Conan and one of my favs of yours joe! Love the shadows, his muscles, everything about it. I've never seen it so clear. No one can paint like you can Joe. You really know how to get the full scope of what you are painting. You really hit the subconscious mark! :) His stance, his expression, the iron hard muscles that rip the sun's glare. You say, here's a man who's never had an ice cream sunday, but you also would never see him in sum wannabee muscle contest of his time. He's ripped, and dangerous, and mean, and full of life because he's lived a life of constant battle, travel, deep living, and wandering a world far far more theatening than we could imagine.

Sorry for going on, it just comes to me. :P
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HarryBuddhaPalm Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
I used to drool over those old Conan covers back when I was a lad. This one was definitely one of my favorites. Seeing this is bringing back some memories!
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bohemiozzz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Wow! One of the most shocking images of our friendly cimmerian I have ever seen! I love it!
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
He's a badass!
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HOULY1970 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Memories !!! I still have a huge box with all my old Savage Sword of Conan mags. I used to be itching each month to go to the general store to pick up my copy. The owner would special order them just for me.

You're the man Joe !!!
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AndersonBlackAdam Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Master,this is the piece I´d write you about in my first comm...
Sad is,it gotten ripped off a few years back cause of some darn stickers...
Gotta provide another!

Thanks master!
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ogrebear Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Who cares about the age of the picture? It STILL Rocks!

And also proves Conan is a bird lover- how else do you explain why he keeps feeding the Vultures.... heh
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emoshus Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesterday, I've read some news about the new Conan movie and possible actors for the role of the Barbarian... All of them had great bodies but when they smiled, they were too soft despite all the muscle they carried... In fact, I think Conan's body should not be not perfectly shaped, like a professional body builder... I'd rather see a body like some of the guys in "300" or "WWE" had...

and today, looking through my favorites, I came across this piece again... Now, dear people in Hollywood: This is the expression and attitude you should look for... Not some sweet smiling face or most handsome one... When people see Conan, they must feel uncomfortable...

and a little critic; seen this one countless times but I notice the blood for the first time.. It is not like natural blood but first class wall paint.. However, it doesn't seem awful since the colors generally are bright...
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Thanks for the compliments! I agree about the blood, but the piece IS 22 years old! lol I'm a BIT better, now! :-)
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:iconemoshus:
emoshus Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
by the way; what happened to your FAQ plans..!?! looking forward to it..
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:iconjoejusko:
JoeJusko Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
BURIED under work. I'll be getting to it soon. Promise!
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AleksWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
i absolutaly love this one aaaand i'm a huge conan fan lol ..aaand norse/barbarian stuff
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MTDream Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Wow Joe, brings back memories when I was young and use to read SSC. Alway admired your work, if I remember correctly, I belive you did a few covers on The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu as well , but I could be wrong. I wanted to go into comics when I was younger, but was discouraged after talking to Joe Kubert; he basically said that talent wasn't what Marvel was looking for, but a style that stood out,; anyway...great work Joe...:)
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Lord-Makro Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
One of my favorite comics covers ever! Back then, my brother and I couldn't tell if it was real or not!!
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WolfmanJ Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
I saw that painting from one of my books about Conan.
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brunostahl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow,i have this one.There is a nostalgic air about those Conan's covers for me . When I bought some SSC issue I asked myself "why all the magazine isn't coloured as the cover is ? It's not fair!! ". Unfortunately , I was just a stupid little boy and did not give a shit for a certain John Buscema( i told you , stupid !!! ) , that sometimes appeared on Conan . I only collected them by the covers , I liked that vigorous colours and i think that they had a great part in my studies .
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
BIG compliment! THANK YOU!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
Here in Brazil that issue came with a poster.
When I was 10 this poster where hunging in my room`s wall. I ever created a comic history of conan with 10 pages because of that. i tryed to copy that art as a cover for my little comic. Man, so many memories, I barely belive that you are that accessible, answering every comment of us. You are a real great artist and a great influence to a generation, how many can say the same?
Thanks for all the indirect support Jusko.
I will try to find that copy I made and post it for you to see.
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knockmesilly Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
WOW!!! :eyepopping:
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Maxgarcia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish other artists of renown also had the initiative to participate in deviantart.com.

Hug!
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Maxgarcia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This cover left here in Brazil Savage Sword of Conan No 44 in 1987.
But with a gap of 10 years in stories on the originals.

I remember that when bought, a friend and I spent much time admiring every detail and doubting how someone could paint like that.

I perhaps his best work for Conan.

Definitely you, Norem, Vallejo, Frazetta and others signed Conan as a character popular.

Thanks for posting this Joe.
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jtwilber1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
this is the cover i did the ink wash of years ago...i will have to find that thing and post it...thanks for putting this one up Mr. Jusko
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fernandocarvalho Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
That's one of my favorite SSoC covers of all time, i was amazed the first time i saw it, Conan looks so powerful here, a real bronze giant, it's simple and very expressive.
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luqkhyjonas Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Old and strong ^^
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:iconchuckramos:
ChuckRamos Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
I have this as poster!
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:iconjoejusko:
JoeJusko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
You do??? I've never seen it.
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:iconchuckramos:
ChuckRamos Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
It was a brazilian edition!
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:iconjoejusko:
JoeJusko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Ah1
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PainlessJames Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
bitchin!


~j
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Nusquam-Vir Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Cause vultures gotta eat too lol... I love this one. The expression, body language, and the from the waist looking up angle really build up a really imposing figure, making this one fantastic.
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KSoldier Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Wow ¡¡ I remember this cover, on my country, this cover appears in La Espada Salvaje de Conan el Barbaro (reprint of Savage Sword ) No 88 round there of 1992, then it was when I started reading to Edgar Rice B, J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis and of course Robert E Howard, in these years, your covers, the histories of Roy thomas and Ernie Chan's art were a ticket to the hyborian age, Oh Sir... this are a good memento.

Cheers from a old Fan
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NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Man, it's so incredible to see such an amazing amoun t of traditionally painted work!
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OAK-Art-Gallery Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Wow man!
This image is responsible for I fondness to be a professional artist.
I remember when I caught this Cover in the hand… He was on of my table of drawing for very and much time.

Nowadays, the work yours that more than the inspiration for me, is the Tomb Rider.

Congratulations… Your talent is incomparable.

Peace!
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