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Death's Head reboot pic by LiamSharp Death's Head reboot pic by LiamSharp
Here's another piece from the Marvel pitch I did to reboot the book. Man, it would have been fun! Shame they didn't bite.
This was on the surface a real gung-ho macho nationalistic piece of work - but anybody who knows me would know it wouldn't have stayed that way for long... :)

Very best,

Liam.
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:iconkingofcopper16:
KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
do you think that the red guy is death's head? HAHAHA!!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Artist
I sensing a kind of trend here... :-)
I have to assume you are a big fan of the original Death's Head? I drew and designed Death's Head II back in '91 at Marvel UK, so naturally I have a bigger connection to him. The version above was more a reboot - created with Bryan Hitch, who drew a lot of the original Death's Head series. My friends, Geoff Senior and Simon Furman, a great guys. I know how much they enjoy all the love that's out there for their creation. Keep that fire burning!
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Cyborg-Loner Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Why dose he have a different look here. what happened between here and then in death's head gold?
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Artist
This was a pitch for a reboot that never came off... not really Death's Head as we knew him at all, but a reinvention in the style of The Ultimates or BSG. It would have evolved more if we'd been given the go-ahead.
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KenHunt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This would have been nice to see.
Marvel approached me for a "what if" cover back in 1999 that had Death's Head as part of a covert X-men team. They cancelled the book and it never saw print. They said it would have been too brutal. But look at the new X-force book...It's a very similar team. Anyway you can check out the "unpublished" cover here [link]
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Artist
Sorry I missed this comment! Amazing! Just checked the link! I wonder why they lost their nerve? Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing this! :-)
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meudy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Absolutely brilliant...sometimes the "might have beens" really hurt, yeah?
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Artist
Amen to that! :-)
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deimosmasque Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
I miss Death's Head 2 to this very day. Too bad they didn't bite and instead gave us the horrific Death's Head 3.
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Zinjak Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
oh and btw, death's head 2 was in the last issue of Capt. Britain and the MI13 last year, it was pretty cool
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Zinjak Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
I liked Deaths' Head 3, the initial story was afterall written by Simon Furman himself, the guy who created the first Deaths Head...and well i live and breath anything that man writes.
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deimosmasque Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yeah and I realize that but really it just felt... off. I guess I have gotten to used to all the later stories and such and felt the Death's Head 3 story was a bit uninspired.
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Zinjak Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
well , Furman didn't even know about the new deaths head till after he was already being considered for a revival, so yeah its not like furman probably had an idea inside his noggin beforehand, likely having to come up with something on the spot. but it seemed serviceable over all
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kristencat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Soooooo cool! I wish it had seen print. LOVE the new Tuck! She goes on my list for possible Halloween costumes this year.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional Artist
That's something I'd love to see! :)

Many thanks, and take care!

Best,

Liam.
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I loved the dynamics between Tuck and Death's head.
<<

What? I never dreamed about them having a romance and having amazing cyborg baby free-lance peace keeping agents!

T_T Okay, I lied. i did.
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AlejandroIsAMinotaur Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
This would have been INTENSE!
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NexusDX Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
How did I miss this till now?

This is an interesting re-take on DH. I like the new color design, but the head bothers me. That was the only thing I can say didn't really like about the Ultimate DH you posted a while back. Just too used to the original head design.

Would definitely like to see Chiasmus in a story, though. That looks interesting.

Damn, this would have been too much fun to see.
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psykitty Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Way too DHII for my tastes.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Professional Artist
That may be because I designed DH II!!! LOL!

We all have our favourites...

Cheers!

Liam.
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psykitty Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Just as long as you didn't write it.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional Artist
I wrote Death's Head Gold. I never liked the original much myself... :)

Take care,

Liam.
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Heckfire Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
OK, so I'm assuming those are DHII/Minion and Tuck, right? Is there anything you might be willing to share about how this would've connected to their previous stories?
Sorry to be nosy...like I said elsewhere, I'm a fan of the original Death's Head, and after Marvel sort of flubbed the 3.0 version, that puts DHII in a much more positive light than I regrettably gave him originally, so I've been trying to get caught up on your boy's story as well, and this makes me REALLY curious to know how the story would've continued.
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zpro1 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Deaths head rock on! :headbang:
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AndyTurnbull Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Another great image. I just wish we'd gotten this instead of Death's Head 3.0.

Andy
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Taskmaster09 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
More Ultimate Death's Head! I hope that the powers that be change their minds at some point.
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MarvTMartian Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Hobbyist
I love this pic, & it's great to see it full size here.... That's the major downside to MySpace (ok, It's ONE of the major downsides). I really should start posting my pics here...
Did you use any of these character designs in your new 'Lord Havock' series?
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DragonScythe Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
I followed the DH II-stuff that made it's way to our Swedish publishers (and that was depressingly little)... I absolutely LOVE the original look of him, and the fact that You are one of those who worked on that comic... I just... wow!:wow:

I actually have you to thank for some artistic things I use today... like the way I draw superheroes & such!=P You've been (and still are) a great source of inspiration!:thumbsup:=D

-So, I bow for one of the art-masters!!:salute:^^;
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terminalcondition Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
I loved the original - I remember being very inspired by it as a teenager. The Deathshead II design was superb. I have one of my own drawings of him from when I was 15 - probably laughable to look at now.
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Kittensoft Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Love the coloring and details :D
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Visually dazzling. I love the detailing and character stylizations. Gorgeous, sumptuous colors and superb anatomy. The balance is fantastic. Great lighting and fine ambiance. Meticulous and stunning in every way.
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Armel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exceedingly nice!
Cool to see at last one comic book illustrator who can distanciate himself from the nationalist themes too often present in comics.
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
didnt deaths head have issues with a certain time lord once?
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Zinjak Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
three years later, and somebody finally will answer you , yes, the first Deaths Head was the king of jumping around fictional universes, first coming from an alternate transformer future, to the "real" transformer present, then to Dr. Who's universe before finally arriving in marvel 616, which is where he stayed till he died and there have been two more different deaths heads' since then
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah so 616 doesn't crossover with comic who? okidoke :)
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Zinjak Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
correct, mainstream marvel didn't meet the doctor, as neat as that would have been
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
probably for the best to be honest...the x-men star trek crosovers were a laugh but...

well

never the twain shall meet
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ntholden Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh man,
yer just teasin now.
I can see him at an England vs Germany Match.

Thats a great piece.
Your art get better and better.
This would have been a much better concept than the crap that they did in space with the hulk.
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LeviSke Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Man, your first run on this book was amazing! Seeing you go back to it would have been epic! :)
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
looks amazing! i love that dude on the right with the arm stumps.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Professional Artist
Thanks. :)

He's a character called Chiasmus.
Who knows? Maybe I'll get to draw him one day...

Very best,

Liam.
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ARTofTROY Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Hobbyist
WHOA!! WOW!! This would cool had seen in a comicbook. Hey, Marvels lost. The look of DEATH HEAD is SWEET!!
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ARTofTROY Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Hobbyist
WHOA!! This would hellafied sick to see. marvels lost. Damn nice!!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Professional Artist
Thanks man.
Yeah, big shame. Such is life.

Very best,

Liam.
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