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The illustrations and layout were comissioned for a free downloadable comic at:, timed to coincide with the release of a limited edition Mego-style action figure of the retro hero Commander X (Nemo Publishing). The Commander is an integral character in Jay Piscopo's new all-ages graphic novel series, "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli." Interesting project to work on - with a great story by Ron Fortier. Excuse the low resolution - there is high one at the link.
December 26, 2008
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Dec 26, 2008 10:47:02 am
Great work and composition. Very well done. 5++++

by ragouc Homepage »

Dec 26, 2008 12:10:09 pm
Very cool! I lov retro-scifi. May I ask where you got the space suits?

by ghoyle1 Homepage »

Dec 26, 2008 12:42:55 pm
Great. I don't know where to start. Perhaps the Focke-Wulf Triebfl├╝gels in the bg. Or the original main character. The aged illustrated book style. Love it !

by aguirre Homepage »

Dec 26, 2008 2:12:54 pm
It's great to see your signiture style put to good use!

by AwarenessLogic Homepage »

Dec 26, 2008 3:07:34 pm
Really Cool!

by Ahmed4 Homepage »

Dec 26, 2008 3:37:12 pm
You have surpassed yourself yet again. The fading of the paper and distressing of the pages is top notch, and the images are totally convincing. Sounds like this a collaboration that was meant to be!!

by MarkHirst Homepage »

Dec 26, 2008 3:56:38 pm
Great pic, and really good story!!

by Ancel_Alexandre Homepage »

Dec 26, 2008 5:14:04 pm

I can almost smell the old paper and hear the pages when you turn them.

Ya Dun Gud!!

by Geodesic250 Homepage »

Dec 26, 2008 7:02:11 pm
Another stunning cover, he reminds me of Errol Flynn, which would have suited him down to the ground. Superb.

by chrispoole Homepage »

Dec 27, 2008 6:30:02 am
perfect classical cover art

by Krid Homepage »

Jan 2, 2009 1:19:02 pm
Actually, the character reminds me more of Larry Niven. This is a superb illustration, worthy of that bygone age of pulp fiction and classic art. It is good to see it somewhat return. Great job!

by hborre Homepage »

Jan 22, 2009 6:40:52 pm
The ultra realistic posing style here makes me sick with envy. I mean, really, these characters crackle with energy! Mike, you truly are my #1 source of inspiration. Keep it up!

BTW: I checked out that site. Congrats! (now if I can figure out how to get some of that soda)


by strayrider Homepage »

Feb 25, 2009 1:14:48 am
I am literally STUNNED at how well you've captured the look and feel of the classic look of Virgil Finlay's illustrations in SF magazines of the 1940s & 1950s. I'm used to being amazed at your color work, but this takes your b&w work to a new level. This is one of those rare times when I have almost zero constructive criticism. The shading, the poses, the entire package is almost perfect. Your poses really convey a sense of caution and expectation. You just know something's about to happen... and so do the men. The only things I would suggest would be to move Commander X a little to our right so that his head isn't split by the spine. And what is that round black thing by the feet of his men? I can't figure it out. But trust me, I had to STUDY the piece to find those suggestions. As I said, I am STUNNED by this piece. And your work on the other two pages is great, too. Incidentally, I visited the Website and will probably buy the action figure -- I used to love those old Mego figures!

You really should do a tutorial on how you created these particular effects. I would love to read how you're achieving these spectacular results.

by mmitchell_houston Homepage »

Nov 5, 2009 10:30:01 am
No words, just bow, bow and bow again. That's David Niven with muscles isn't it?

by gsayers Homepage »


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