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Ultimate Death's Head by LiamSharp Ultimate Death's Head by LiamSharp
This was produced for a recent pitch to Marvel, originally as an "Ultimate Death's Head" mini series. It's been 15 years sinse I drew Death's Head II for Marvel UK - my biggest ever success - and I really relished the idea of returning to the character, but adding a modern spin, kind of rebooting the whole series.
Sadly it wasn't to be. But enjoy the art!

Very best,

Liam.
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Leebo4 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
As a fan of the ultimate books, what would his story in this universe be?
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Dulera666 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Big fan, always buy a copy of DHII when i come across it. No matter how many I already own. Wish this had seen the light of day. Thank you. :)
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Artist
Aw. That is so lovely to hear! Thank you, and very much appreciated. I still get a thrill looking at my old copies once in a blue moon... :-)
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metalzerofour Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
God, I wish this had gone ahead.
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Stumm3r Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Amazing artwork, remember reading this back in the day, Love the style , love the attitude.
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mcandy78 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
i remember when deaths had 2 first came out and became a big fan within 2 issues.your art raised the bar and the storys were great.i loved the fight with wolverine.its a shame marvel let the character go but must say thanks for the memorys.
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Andy1976 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
I was a fan of your run on Death's Head II which I read in Overkill. This idea did look promising and may have been great as a series.
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Jantrix Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
I'm sorry this wasn't published. DHII was one of my favorite titles, it was different and had a great sci-fi feel. I really enjoyed the mini-series and the regular series. Great character, great art.
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Bludgeon589 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
:O ???? uh, not really diggin the design, waaaaaay to diffrent than the Death's Head of old.
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional Artist
It's all subjective, but fear not - it's not happening anyway. :)

I designed DHII, never much cared for DHI. This one was a reboot of my design, so if you liked the original DHII will always be inferior!

Take care,

L.
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Bludgeon589 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
And well, it was kinda a rude statement, ultimate U redesigns the marvel universe anyway, i'm just kinda a transformers fan and loved the original character, and lost intrest by Death'shead 2.0 and 3.0
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Artist
You're not alone - loads of people didn't like my design, but at the time the sales jumped from 30,000 to almost half a million, so clearly a great many more did! :)

I guess that debate will always rage!

Take care, and DHII or not, you might like some of the other stuff in my gallery.

Best,

L.
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Bludgeon589 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
hmmm good point
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Brahma Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Death's Head II has always by far been my favourite character in the whole Marvel universe. It's such a crying shame we don't see him anymore. DH2 had more personality than 90% of Marvel characters put together.

What I liked the most about the character was that DH2 was in a strange way one of the most believable character in the MU. Disregarding the fact that he was a hitech-cyborg, that thing that made the character believable was that DH2 was not clearly a hero or a willain, but made his moral choices on case-to-case basis.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Artist
I think it's huge oversight. I miss him a lot. Sadly Marvel UK became kind of a laughing stock when the boom turned to bust mid nineties, and now DHII is no longer considered commercially viable. I think that's wrong, but the boys that call the shots at Marvel think otherwise, sadly. :(

Thank you, and great to hear your thoughts.

Best,

Liam.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
I agree that while I'm not a big fan of this particular version of DH (Been a fan of both DH I and III for some reason), but it would be nice to see him return to Marvel (Would love a DH cartoon though)
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deimosmasque Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
Wow! I have to say that Death's Head 2 saved my love for comic books when I was 13 or so and I have missed the big guy ever since. I even made a mask of his face plate once and used him in a dozen different RPG systems.

I would have loved to see a new series about the guy or even just to know what he's doing now.

This is an amazing reimagining of the character! I've always loved your work Liam!
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TzaoTao Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Nice, hope its gets published in the future
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Artist
No chance of that I'm afraid! Marvel fell out of love with Death's Head a LOOONG time ago.

Great memories though. :)

Take care,

L.
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TzaoTao Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
thank you, you too
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SunDog126 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Too killer. I loved DHII when I was a kid, and it sucks that Marvel wouldnt want to revive him. Awsome work though.
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Carnivius Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Cant say I was fond of Death's Head II (the original all the way for me) but this is a great pic.
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Heckfire Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
It's odd to say this considering I'm a much bigger fan of the original DH than DHII, but this is an awesome design that I think Marvel SHOULD have gone with.
Side note, it's interesting to see the loyalty both versions have from their creators, both you and Simon Furman. Maybe the two of you should collaborate on bringing the character back properly?
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misfit320 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
Death's Head has been my favourite comic book character for years... i'm collecting everything he's ever appeared in (a bit obsessive I know). i wish they had used Ultimate DH. i mean, come on, not even a cameo?

beautiful work, love your gallery!
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thedarkcloak Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
I really enjoyed your Death's Head art... definitely an inspiration.

Really glad to see some DH in here.
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AndyTurnbull Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great, shame they never went with this.

Andy
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Taskmaster09 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
This is very cool! I loved Death's Head II and really wish that Marvel had given this a chance.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Artist
Yeah, me too. Shame. :(

L.
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RenoxDarklore Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Deaths Head II was very inspirational for me growing up, i still sketch him now from time to time, loved your work on the books, just wish there was more! This is an amazing picture, love it!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Artist
You're too kind. :)
Yeah, I miss him too...

Best,

L.
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DragonScythe Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
I really have to agree with ~NexusDX... Since I discovered DH II back in '95, there has not been much that impressed me more in the ways of character design!!:headbang:
-And when I thought he couldn't get more awesome-lookin' - YOUR lines stepped it up one notch further in that X-Men crossover...!:wow: I also dearly love your work on the Venom-comic!
All of it has been a huge inspiration to me!:thumbsup:
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Artist
Thank you! Man, somehow I missed this comment, so sorry I took as long as I have to reply. :(

Glad to have been an inspiration. :)

Very best,

Liam.
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DragonScythe Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
You're welcome! -heh, no worries there, Liam...;) I bet you get TONS of comments every day, so... no grudge from me!=P
Just keep up the sweet arts, man.:thumbsup:=D -one of these days I'll post some DH II fanart, but when is the bigger question!:roll:
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chachaman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
luck with this one... I really liked your work in spawn and I´ve always loved that xmen issue after the wedding of jean and scott
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NexusDX Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
A missed opportunity by Marvel. Death's Head II was, no, is one of my all time favorites. The art you produced really helped me start drawing back oh so many years ago. Man-Thing helped it evolve further.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Professional Artist
Thanks man.

Always great to hear that you've been an inspiration to somebody... :)

Very best,

Liam.
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Huntsman97 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
HOLY SHIT! I have some of those "Death's Head" issues, I actually bought them on my way to Somalia at a Comic book shop in Oceanside, Ca way the hell back in 1992. Also followed up with the 'X-Men' cross-over and I'm trying to remember, but I'm pretty sure you also did the pencilling for the 'Warlock, Ifintitey Gauntlet' also gonna have to check my files. Love your work!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Professional Artist
Thank you!

Yeah, I did a couple of XMen issues after Death's Head II, then the Hulk, Manthing, Batman, all sorts of books! I never did Warlock (though I'd have loved to. I've always been a Warlock fan) or the Infinite Guantlet.

Very best, and thanks for dropping by.

Liam.
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Huntsman97 Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Sorry haven't gotten back sooner, work's been hellish and have a ton of projects going on, I'm glad you mentioned the Hulk, correct me if I'm wrong but did you do a few issues with the Abomination as the major villian, haven't checked my archives yet.

Keep up the good work, and I'm gonna hit the Shop and look for your new works, Later! Allan
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ntholden Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
Loved your original take on the character for Marvel UK. been a fan since. This version looks great.
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Professional Artist
Thank you!

It would have been fun to revisit this stuff, but sadly... :(

Very best,

Liam.
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StevenWilcox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, Death's Head was the first place I saw your art. It was great seeing your rendition of the classic Marvel Characters... Surprised Marvel hasn't had the guy show up since the 90's...

Like the new design. Very cool.
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simontenegro Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007   Digital Artist
Amazing colour and light
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deathbstrd Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
Nice!
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