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WARRIORS OF MARS No.1 by JoeJusko WARRIORS OF MARS No.1 by JoeJusko
Cover to the premiere issue of a new MARS series that teams up John Carter with Gullivar Jones, a martian pulp hero that preceded Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom books by a decade.

Interesting note about this cover; the job preceding it took much longer than I anticipated (they always seem to do that) so I was left with virtually no time to get this in. While there are things I wish I had time to alter or correct for my own peace of mind I can excuse them to the fact that I painted this cover from start to finish in one 25 hour session! It's not the way I like to work but it's nice to know that after all these years I can still pull one out of my ass when I have to. :-)

Acrylic 13"x21"
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:iconleonmello:
LeonMello Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Excelent, excelent!!
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jackjadson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
FANTASTIC!!!!!
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DavidEMartin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I'd not heard of Gullivar Jones until I started reading histories of SF as a teen.
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Marvel picked up the character during their Bronze Age experimentation but had little interest in him aside from being an alternate to the DC-licensed John Carter.
I think Alan Moore might have been the first to do the obvious and crossover these two guys.
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BlackroseSariaSan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
For a second there I thought to myself, Planet Earth has finally come to conquer Mars and all that stands between them and Barsoom is John Carter! LOL.
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Dac75 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
You must have called upon your inner Frazzetta for this one then. That seemed to be the way Frazzetta did most of his oils from what I have read and heard (in one long session that is) The inly question I have is did you listen to classical music like Frazzetta or something else to get you threw it?
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Time to dispel that myth. Anyone who thinks Frank painted Egyptian Queen, Death Dealer, Silver Warrior or any of the Conan's overnight is just buying into mythology. Some of the looser pieces I can see being painted in one sitting (Neanderthals, for one) but the tight, detailed pieces are not overnight paintings, especially since they're oils. I loved Frank as a person and like all of my generation I worship his work but the myths that have been created around him are in many ways a disservice to aspiring artists who are made to believe that great art is created on the fly without a lot of preparatory work. Frazetta's prelims and color comps are evidence enough of that.

This is a competent piece but by no means my best. It can't be when you're turning off your brain and working on instinct. I'm really flattered that people are liking it as much as they seem to be, though. It's taken a lot of the apprehension away. :-)
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Dac75 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks Joe for that bit of truth, AS you say most people put Frazetta on such a high bar that they believe everything that is said about him. Since I know you have meet him, and certainly over the years talked with many other artist who have been around Frazetta as well, I know when you say there is no way he did those oils (Death Dealer's/Conan's) over night I believe you. It takes nothing away from the man himself. I think your point is that any piece of art worth doing just takes time (not a one night/ or a few hours job) Even tho you worked this one straight thru (beacuse of your skill and focus) you made a wonderful painting. But, I understand where you say it's not your best. As artist we feel like there is never enough time on any project. So when we are under the gun we do what it takes to get the job done. That Joe is why you are a Pro, you always come thru. After what you put yourself thru on the Marvel Masterpiece Cards, I will never question your effort on anything job you do, EVER! It has to make you feel good tho to know that you can still do a 25 hours job and not kill over.
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artroland Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Amazing work, Joe. And there's nothing saying you can't go back after it's printed and revise it. Frazetta did it ... :D
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Not my thing. It is what it is. While Frank did indeed improve many pieces he destroyed just as many. There are a milion other paintings waiting to be done.
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jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I have never done art for 25 hours in a row haha that's insane
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:iconjoejusko:
JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet! LOL
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Great, great cover JOE!!!!
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks, buddy!
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DavidCMatthews Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
I know nothing about Gullivar Jones, so I have to ask: is that a Union Army uniform he's wearing? If so, that'd make an interesting dynamic in their relationship, given that Carter was a Confederate soldier...

BTW, outstanding job!
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I'm aware of the character but know very little about him myself. Wiki says they're both Southern but I'm told the uniform should be blue. I do what I'm told. LOL
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RobMitchem Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing as always!
Congratulations on getting a premiere issue cover... and SO glad it's another John Carter :)
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks!
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love that they are having these two meet up :love:

the scene reminds me of a sword fight from an Errol Flynn movie :D
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:iconjoejusko:
JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Cool! That's exactly what I was going for!
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awesome! :D
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks!
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
Welcome :D
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Shit, that's an impressive stint you pulled there, and the results are extremely impressive too. :O
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I relied on years of stuff I know. Nothing new here ut it came out pretty well.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Winning!
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SarahPerryman Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You have such a great way of working with warm colors. Whenever I try working with oranges and yellows in my comic work it comes out too strong and overpowering. Great job!
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
It's a challenge top have it not seem garish but you temper the hot color with more subdued ones.
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Northwarden Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
For something you're calling a 'rush job', that is awesome stuff, sir! :D

REgards,

B.V.V.
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks!
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AyanAyzodei Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   General Artist
whoa one 25 hour session!!! that says it all, I'd be soo stressed =.)
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
You just turn your brain off.
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Great work!
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Psykhophear Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Love the warmth of the color red.
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Always an eye catcher!
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Psykhophear Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I do my best :)
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
:-)
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backerman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
interesting name, "warriors of mars".... nice...
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hurdygurdyguy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
If I had to pull something out of my ass I could only hope it would be as cool as this!!!

Wait...Gullivar Jones??!! I hope this crossover will make sense!
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
HA! Thanks!
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Now that's fencing! Beautiful masterpÓece, Joe! :)
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Appreciate it, Guile!
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome, my friend!
Hope you're enjoying your holidays! :)
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StonedSmeagol Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Beautiful work Joe, & a great concept as well. Love the colouring & detail to your work!
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LouPons Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Love the colour contrast ......it's intense :)
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kilian777 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
nothing's worse than fighting while your farting. the guy in the underwear knows it.
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:iconjoejusko:
JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
THanks for adding something of value to comment on.
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kilian777 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
This classical homage to the days when scientific romance and high fantasy were raw and beautiful displays a bold use of color and an eye capturing action scene. The red sky encapsulates an enticing scene of youth, indecision, violence, pride, strength, and the guy in underwear is making a face like he's gotta pinch one off.

welcome to the internet.
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
So long, douche.
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Maehedrose Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Classic style, very cool.
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
The girls headdress is awesome.
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