Since the 'Joint Site Episode VII Contest' it helped me shake the dust off a little. I feel like I need to post here at the YAK a little more. I'm sure a lot of you have seen my "Virtual Collages" over at the Yards so this is old hat to ya'll, but I'd like to start a thread here and update it as I do new stuff.
The images that I create are not drawings. These images are from mostly existing Star Wars photos and art from image searches melded with Non-Star Wars images. I create concepts of things I would love to see in the Star Wars universe. I'm an OT guy and try to get that feel into almost all of the stuff I do. Some of these images consist of hundreds of layers some are simpler. All in all it's a fun inexpensive way for me to create and I hope you all enjoy them.
I'm going to start off with my comic covers. These are concept stories and characters I came up with as a sort of "Episode VII". This series is entitled "Dark Lords Of The Sith" and follows a rebuilding of the Sith Empire by some of the most powerful Sith Masters ever.
Weâ€™ll start at the beginning.
100 years after the â€œBattle Of Endorâ€ the Galactic Republic has risen from the ashes and the Jedi have been rebornâ€¦
As the natural order of the Galaxy unfolds balance is a rule. With good there must be evil as an offset.
This is the unfortunate side effect of the sentient condition that continues to repeat itself, forever through space and time.
The SITH have begun to reform in the most horrifying way. They have found strength in numbers and a dangerous balance of power. A leader has risen and in order to avoid detection by the Jedi has led his faction to the most remote of places to grow and prosper with revenge at heart.
At the edge of the galaxy where starry tentacles reach into the void is a place where no spacers will travel. A place steeped in lore and legend, of tales of mystery and ghosts and nightmares. This area has been dubbed the MOBUS CRESCENT, named by ancient pilots from days long forgotten. The name stems from the rough shape of the area, one tip beginning in space near the Mobus system the other ending light years away at the edge of a dangerous asteroid field forming the inside shape of a crescent.
Within the crescent no known ship to enter has ever returned. It is said that there, lives strange anomalies that warp time and matter and millions of small but dense black holesâ€¦ smallâ€¦ but large enough to swallow whole a small moon. It is speculated that this strange accumulation blocks passage to one of the Galaxyâ€™s several tendrils but none know for sureâ€¦
or do they.
Using the Dark Side of the Force the SITH have navigated the dangerous space and emerged from the nebulous gas clouds on the other side to find a vast void sparsely peppered with pins of light. Flickering stars, most dying and lifeless, all void of any intelligent life, but life exists none the less. Life so ancient it has never been seen by reasoning eyes. Obsolete life dating back to the birth of the Galaxy. Some would say, monsters. Here the SITH have found a sanctuary to build their machine of war on a planet no longer accompanied by its brothers and sisters. A ROGUE WORLD orbiting a super hot, life sustaining gas giant that roams slowly and aimlessly through the blackness.
This dark volatile world now hides a dangerous secret. This is EREBUS. This is where the HIDDEN SITH reside.
n. Greek Mythology
The dark region of the underworld through which the dead must pass before they reach Hades.
As a young man, NAGA RAJA, studied the ways of the Dark Side of the Force. Through the years his power grew and he trained an apprentice. His choice of apprentice proved to be a wise one, as the man was a scientist and a doctor and his agenda for power was quite different than that of RAJA.
Many years later RAJA encountered another SITH Master who was almost as powerful as he. The two became caught in a power struggle, but RAJA being the wise and more powerful eventually won out and with great influence persuaded the dark Master to join him and his cause.
RAJA used his wisdom, patience and great power and went against traditional SITH teachings and formed a society of evil agents to do his bidding. When his group became too large to conceal from the growing number of Jedi Knights in the Galaxy, RAJA, decided to move his people as far out of the central core as he could. This is how he eventually led the faction of SITH to the dark world of Erebus. Here he began to build a machine of war. He proclaimed himself KING and sent out his evil minions to recruit new soldiers for his cause.
The planet he chose proved to be another great success as it was rich with raw material for industrialization. RAJA had felt the world called to him through the Force. He soon discovered evidence of a long past civilization and by way of hieroglyphics and artifacts was able to discern that the ancient people were in fact children of the Force and had a vast knowledge of forgotten power. The planet also revealed a unique black crystal that was incredibly powerful when used for Lightsabers and an indigenous life form, easily influenced by the Force, and when implanted in humanoids made them ripe for mind control.
Now with great patience NAGA RAJA watches his forces grow and waits for the right time to reveal the HIDDEN SITH.
NAGA is Indonesian and through certain dialects can refer to many things. In this case it is definitely evil and refers to the serpent or Dark Serpent.
RAJA from Sanskrit is the term for Monarch or King.
The late great Boris Karloff is NAGA RAJA.
When recruiting soldiers for his Dark Side Army, Naga Raga found a lack-luster result. Willing volunteers were extremely scarce and any recruits who did join soon sought personal power of their own disrupting the delicate balance that Raja had worked so hard to achieve.
Raja soon turned to his most trusted friend, a scientist he had chosen as his first apprentice. Using an indigenous life form of Erebus the scientist devised a way of controlling humanoids with a horrifying mix of surgical techniques and technology. The first of these experimental drones was a Brute referred to as KASAR.
The giant worked so well Raja took him as a body guard and ordered raids on unsuspecting vessels that ran a shipping lane in close proximity of the Mobus Crescent. The SITH raided all sorts of vessels from civilian to military, abducting all passengers aboard including women and children for use in experimentation. In some cases they would even seize the ship, but some useless civilian starships were left derelict later to be found. This ramped up the mysterious tales of the Mobus Crescent in the galactic circle.
KASAR was feared by anyone who would be so bold as to conspire against Naga Raja. The brute man was directly controlled by Raja through the Force and always carried a securis made on the same principal as a lightsaber for chopping any wary opponent. KASAR was also mirrored by several droids, one usually floating above his head. These droids were the eyes and ears of Naga Raja.
KASAR (Indonesian: Brutish)
The unique face of KASAR is Rondo Hatton. He began his career in 1930 and was best known for his portrayal of the homicidal "Creeper" and his legacy lives on through the the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.
A clash between two Masters of the Sith would normally end in the death of the weaker. This was not the case when Naga Raja and DARTH VEREOR met in battle. Naga Raja did defeat VEREOR but using his vast wisdom and unmoving patience, Raja, recruited the Sith Master instead of killing him. The two made a pact and joined for their common cause, conquering the Republic and eradication of the Jedi.
DARTH VEREOR may have lost his skirmish against Raja, but the Dark Lord was extremely powerful all the same. He was a frightening incarnation and his brutality earned him the nickname "The Impaler". His maddened quest for ultimate rule over the galaxy became watered down as he aged and through the Dark Side of the Force he began to search for immortality. This search distracted the Dark Lord from his ultimate goal and caused him to become reckless.
After a botched raid on an outpost in Republic space, almost revealing the HIDDEN SITH, Naga Raja was forced to confront VEREOR.
VEREOR Latin word meaning: to respect, fear, be in dread of, to be afraid.
Of coarse, a tribute to BELA LUGOSI. DARTH VEREOR's pet Nexu is named Blasko' which is the real sir name of Lugosi.
Darth Vereorâ€™s apprentice, DARTH VERNULA, was trained in the brutal ways of his master. This Defel Dark Lord was known for his vicious fighting style and equally vicious weapon. The version of a LightSaber was clasped together for a broad sword effect but could be detached for a double weapon fighting style. The weapon also had shorter energy blades that could be separately activated, surprising many doomed Jedi in close combat.
Following the orders of his Master, who was obsessed with eternal life, VERNULA raided an outpost in the Spar Sector. The mission was to find a fabled artifact that was able to extend the possessorâ€™s life indefinitely. The artifact was never found and the mission nearly went very bad when a group of Jedi at the outpost intervened. VERNULAâ€™s vicious training prevailed and all were killed.
VERNULA Latin word meaning: servant.
The bat-like Defel was used to compliment Darth Vereorâ€™s Dracula-like character.
NAGA ZOMB was the original apprentice and right hand of Naga Raja and helped the Dark Lord to literally "raise" an army. Using hired hands from mercenaries to bounty hunters the Sith abducted their army from anywhere they could and in some cases used the hired scum as well. Through the Dark Side of the Force NAGA ZOMB focused his experimental and surgical prowess to create a mindless, obedient and very dangerous soldier for Raja's army.
After discovering the zbÃ¢rnÃ¢i, a creature indigenous to Erebus that fed off of the sentient mind and allowed total control of it's victim through the Force, ZOMB was able to find a balance of parasitic, Force control and technology to create his monsters. Naga Rajaâ€™s zombie army proved to perform well and NAGA ZOMB basked in the praise of his King.
ZOMB is a derivative from the word zombie, of coarse.
ZbÃ¢rnÃ¢i- Romanian buzz, whirr, tingle. As in the Price movie â€œThe Tinglerâ€.
This is a tribute to one of my favorite horror masters, the late great Vincent Price
Naga Zombâ€™s apprentice NAGA XENO often assisted in the process by bringing unwilling test subjects to his Master. XENO was a vicious protector to his Master and also controlled the guardians, the Ophion, in the caverns Avernus that led to the Hidden Sith Temple on Erebus.
NAGA XENO was often charged to bring in important Republic citizens for his masters chamber of horrors. XENO had a great talent of stealth and was even able to infiltrate the Senate on Coruscant on several occasions. XENO was also known to travel one or several â€œguardiansâ€ with him on missions. He had an uncanny control over the subterranean monsters. The creatures were of all sizes depending on their age and had a highly venomous bite from either head. XENO sometimes used them as assassination tools.
XENO meaning alien or stranger.
Ophion (?f?'?n), in Greek mythology, a huge serpent. An orphic god who ruled the world with his mother, Eurynome, before the reign of Kronos. When he became unruly, Eurynome banished him to the underworld.
Aâ€¢verâ€¢nus -a lake near Naples, Italy, looked upon in ancient times as an entrance to hell, from whose waters vile-smelling vapors arose, supposedly killing birds flying over it.
DARTH LUPUS was strong in the Dark Side of the Force and along with his apprentice DARTH WARG led a great deal of the Hidden Sith fighting force created by Naga Zomb. DARTH WARG, a Shistavanen Darksider, was solely loyal to his master and Naga Raja kept a watchful eye on the two knowing that there combined ambition was a dangerous asset.
LUPUS is Latin for wolf.
From Norse mythology WARG is a certain wolf.
These two are a tribute to Lon Chaney Jr. and the wolfman character he made his own!
DARTH PLAGA was one of a hand full of ruthless Sith Lords who formed a group called the 'Hidden Sith'. Together these Dark Lords built an army from unsuspecting abductees, silently and hidden in a part of the Outer Rim that remained unexplored.
DARTH PLAGA had practiced a forgotten Dark Side power that enabled him to render his opponents violently ill, incapacitating them for an easy kill. He taught this technique to his apprentice who in time perfected the power to a greater degree than his own master. Soon the apprentice became the master and used the Dark Side technique against PLAGA and killed him to further his own career.
PLAGA Spanish word meaning: plague.
Here we have two silver screen gems separated by different eras, one from the 1970's the other silent from the 1920's. From the 1970's we have William Marshall for his portrayal of Prince Mamuwalde or Blackula in the campy horror movie of the same name which won "Best Horror Film" award at the 1972 Saturn Awards. Also Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok in the 1922 film Nosferatu which was ahead of it's time and to me came off as very spooky even for a silent film.
DARTH VILE was a frightening presence, an alien of unknown origin he was taken in by Darth Plaga after the Dark Lord recognized the creatures prowess in the Force. Plaga recklessly taught Vile everything he knew and in turn Vile used it against him and took his place as one of several ruling Lords in the 'Hidden Sith'.
VILE Middle English meaning: Loathsome; disgusting.
We did a tribute to Classic Hollywood Monsters the last time so now itâ€™s time for my very favorite generaâ€¦ the Western.
Iâ€™m one of those guys that canâ€™t get enough classic Westerns. John Wayne being my favorite! Nothing compares to him or his films, to me. And as hard as it may sound to incorporate the Duke into the Star Wars universe, I think I successfully pulled it off here. To me there is only one character that Big John Wayne could have played in Star Warsâ€¦ see below for the detailsâ€¦
â€œFOR A FEW CREDITS MOREâ€
In this tale, two Bounty Hunters meet up in Mos Eisley and butt heads after they find out theyâ€™re after the same bounty. They soon find that the best way to catch their prey is to team up and infiltrate the fugitiveâ€™s murderous gang. One Bounty Hunter, however, has a secret vendetta that could cloud his judgment and blow their cover!
This is â€œFOR A FEW DOLLARS MOREâ€ meets STAR WARS. Here Iâ€™m showing the two Bounty Hunters, Col. Mortimer is Lee Van Cleef and Manco is Clint Eastwood. I also give a nod to Bounty Hunter Cad Bane through Col. Mortimer, whoâ€™s outfit resembles Baneâ€™s.
When a band of outlaws kidnap the son of Dev Solo he looks to family for help. His father, Cord Solo, returns with his crew and together devises a plan to rescue the boy under a guise of a ransom payment. It takes the men all the way across the Galaxy where Cord is forced to make peace with estranged son Han in order to save his Grandson.
This one features Big John Wayne and his real son Patrick Wayne with a nod to the Wayne movie â€œBIG JAKEâ€. I used the name Dev for Pat Wayneâ€™s character as a homage to Devlin Warren, the character he played in McLintock. For the big guy I used the name Cord after Col. Cord McNally from the movie â€œRIO LOBOâ€.
I know popular EU says that Han was an orphan, but I just donâ€™t see him as â€œOliver Twistâ€. I like to create my own EU, so to speak, and I think Han was more the rebellious type who wouldnâ€™t listen to dear old Dad or comply with his rules. This eventually put him out on the street to fend for himself. I can see Hanâ€™s first meeting with his Father after numerous years away, â€œdisgracing the family nameâ€ according to Cord Solo. Han sarcastically calling Cord â€œDaddyâ€ and Cord eventually tiring of the poke and popping him in the mouth.
I think in the end they come to a mutual respect. Especially when Cord seeâ€™s that his son Han has taken up with a Princess and a young Jedi and joined the Rebellion to fight the Empire.
This one is my version of how Lando may have come to acquire the Millenium Falcon.
I've done Humphrey Bogart here as Captain Dobbs, the owner of the Millenium Falcon. His character is a nod to Captain Charlie in "The African Queen", the name Dobbs is his character in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and the Millenium Falcon is his African Queen. In the movie of the same name the African Queen was a hunk a junk little boat who's boiler had to be kicked sometimes to get it to work right but she always came through in a pinch. If some of haven't seen the film give it a shot and think about Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon.
Also "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is a must see! Especially for you guys who like the western "feel". It's not a western but a very good movie. Bogart plays Dobbs, the main character, who eventually by the end of the movie is the bad guy and meets a surprising end with a machete. Cool movie!
Here Capt. Dobbs has been scanning bars around the spaceport looking for a few hands to make a "run" with him over Imperial lines to deliver supplies. This is where he meets a young Lando Calrissian and hires him as one of the hands. This is also where Lando's relationship with the Falcon begins and his good friendship with Capt. Dobbs.
THE MILLENIUM FALCON
This next one is a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. Last couple of weeks past Me and my 7yr old daughter watched "Little Women" and "National Velvet". My daughter loved them. Great for little girls!
I thought she would make a great Queen, so I've made her Queen Veletta of Mandalore. It took me quite a while to fabricate a realistic style Mando Royal Guard. Check em' out in the background.
THE QUEEN OF MANDALORE
Not long ago I watched "THE EXPENDABLES". It was a decent action flick, definitely a tribute to the old 80's movies that I enjoyed as a youngster. I thought it would be fun to mix the old with the semi-new and slap a little Star Wars in there and see what happens.
Ever wonder where the term "Rebel Scum" came from? Well, the Imperials were using that nasty analogy long before Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star. In this story we find out the who, what ,when and where of the origin of the " term" came from when we follow a unruly band of bruisers on a mission to take out one of the Empire's biggest prison camps... from the inside! Action is an understatement in this story!!!
On the cover we've got the most heroic scum in the galaxy! Sly Stallone (Expendables, Rambo, Rocky) Carl Weathers (Force 10 From Navarone, Rocky, Predator) Robert Shaw (Battle Of The Bulge, Force 10 From Navarone, Jaws) Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall) Charles Bronson (The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape) Steve McQueen (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Bullit) and James Coburn (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, A Fistful of Dynamite). If you're an ACTION fan and haven't seen some of the above mentioned movies get to it!
This month the great James Garner turned 85. In honor of his birthday and the wonderful films he's made I give you the next cover!
Garner, much like Steve McQueen, was a car enthusiast. He was fascinated with racing and one of the leading stunt drivers in Hollywood. He did almost all of his own stunt driving.
Racing was in Rock Latigo's blood from youth. He built a career on it in the days of the old Republic becoming well know on the circuit. But when his reckless ways drag him down to an all time low and he's banned from legal racing, his only hope is to win one of the most dangerous races in the Outer-Rim... the KESSEL RUN! With the help of his friend and trusted mechanic, Hawk, his luck just may change.
By the way, the crusty mechanic Hawk is none other than the late Keenan Wynn. One of my favorite character actors from film and television. His name, Hawk, is a tribute to his long running DISNEY character Alonzo Hawk from such movies as "The Absent Minded Professor", "Son Of Flubber" and "Herbie Rides Again".
There are so many great movies out there about the GREAT HUNT! BIG GAME in Africa and so on. Even KING KONG was kind of a Big Game type of movie. I had just watched "MOGAMBO" with Clark Gable and Eva Gardner and found some inspiration. A few days later I caught part of the 1933 version of "KING KONG" and it all came together! I added in Richard Widmark who, himself was know for big game hunting and the great Wallace Beery who in 1925 stared in the adaptation of Sir Conan Doyle's "LOST WORLD" and the following is what I spit out...
"KING KRAYT" is the tale of Vikter Stalker and his mates, tracker Zimmer Challenger and weapons expert Gerran Otto. The pack was well known throughout the Galaxy for their hunting prowess. They would hunt anything in any conditions and always come home with the kill.
When Vikter begins to hear tales of a massive "KING" Dragon on the planet Tatooine he cannot resist. He packs up his team and heads out on the hunt which would prove to be the challenge of his and his teams lives. The harsh environment of Tatooine was unforgiving! Bandits, Tusken Raiders and a nest of Sarlacc were only the tip of the iceberg for the haggard men before they found the KING KRAYT!!!!!
I'm also a big MARVEL Star Wars comic fan. I collected them when I was a kid and at that time it was the only (aside from a couple of novels) stories outside of the films that we had. It always has a special place with me so you'll probably see it quite often in this thread. These are a re-imagining of the old comic covers and characters from the 1970's.
Issue #7; in this issue Han and Chewie leave the rebels to go and pay Jabba back, but on the way they're hijacked by pirates. Crimson Jack is the first EU character to be seen here. Jack kindly loots the Falcon and steals the reward given to Solo for rescuing the Princess. This leaves Han and Chewie high and dry so they make a stop on Aduba-3 to try to earn a credit or two to get by. Luckily they run into a Verpine priest referred to as Pera and he offers the two payment for burying a cyborg spacer. The catch is that Han and Chewie have to fight off some of the locals that are not happy about a cyborg being buried in their local cemetery.
Here are some of the key characters in this issue....
MARVEL comics #8 featured several characters and for me these are a group of cherished characters so I wanted to get it right. It takes some time to produce these and there were six intricate individuals I had to scratch out and make to look as if they were actually in a STAR WARS movies.
The story itself is a take on the film "The Magnificent Seven" . In Star Wars #8 Han and Chewie are hired to protect a village from a gang of swoop bikers and the pair decide to hire a band of misfits to help them out. Here we meet the infamous STAR HOPPERS who are comprised of (to me) some real interesting characters including Don-Wan Kihotay, an old man who thinks he is a Jedi Knight. Hedji, a member of the rare Spiner species. Jimm Doshun, also known as "the Starkiller Kid" was a Human male native to Onacra, Aduba-3. FE-9Q was a tractor-robot employed in the farming community of Onacra on Aduba-3. Amaiza Foxtrain was a Human female who found work, respectively, as a dancer, a pirate, a gunslinger, and a smuggler, and Jaxxon was a quick-witted Lepi smuggler from Coachelle Prime.
I am a Jaxxon fan. I know that in the Star Wars community you either like Jax or you hate him, but before you write him off check out my version of him and the Starhoppers and try to keep an open mind. I think the group's worst enemy was bad art work and I have tirelessly tried to rectify this error.
MARVEL #9 Before I go into the brief synapses on this issue I'd like to point something out that some of you may or may not have noticed. I would think if you are a MARVEL Star Wars fan you might have noticed these little things about the series.
Going back to the last issue where Jaxxon and the StarHoppers are introduced, "EIGHT AGAINST THE WORLD", Jaxxon and Hedji are some of the first "earth-animal" aliens introduced into the Star Wars Universe. They were the precursor to Ewoks and Gamoreans as we know them. Also Amaiza was the first bikini wearing dancing girl in the SWU, before Leia wore it Jabba's court there was Amaiza.
In issue #9 Han, Chewie and the StarHoppers fight together against the Cloud Riders. Again this issue paves the way with the appearance of swoop or speeder bikes before we saw them in ROTJ. Perhaps this is where GL got the idea.? Also this issue is vaguely similar to Episode 17 of The Clone Wars: "BOUNTY HUNTERS". I've noticed as I watch TCW that several of their shows seem to have been taken strait from the pages of MARVEL comics. I'll point em' out as we go.
MARVEL COMICS #9 "THE CLOUD RIDERS" continues from issue 8 a rough adaptation of the "MAGNIFICENT SEVEN". In this issue we are introduced to the swoop gang that Solo and the StarHoppers have been hired to take out. The Cloud Riders are led by a shiftless individual by the name of Serji-X. In the "MAGNIFICENT SEVEN" his name was Calvera, portrayed by the INCOMPARABLE Eli Wallach... I used Eli as the face of Sergi-X for posterity!
This is where the fight begins. Sergi-X and his gang have been terrorizing the small village for a while, robbing and pillaging. Little do they know that the town is now under the protection of Han and the StarHoppers. As a sub-story a village elder has snuck away in fear that the StarHoppers won't defeat the bandits and that possibly if they do they may take over the village too. His intentions are to enter the sacred caves near by and awaken a fabled Behemoth to protect the villagers. We'll see what happens there in the next issue... perhaps someone should have told grandpa this might not be such a good idea...
That's it for now. I'll post a few more later. Let me know what you all think and thanks for lookin'.