Character Contest 93: Public Domain

Captain Fight and Smiler!

Your Character Design Challenge this week is to pick someone from the list of Public Domain Comic Book Characters and redesign them!

The person with the winning entry as selected by our expert panel (i.e. me) will win their choice of a) a portrait to go in HeroMachine 3, b) an item to go in HeroMachine 3, or c) a custom black and white “Sketch of the Day” style drawing (also by me). The rules otherwise are the same as always:

  • All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, whatever);
  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest;
  • Please name your files as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
  • Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.
  • All entries must be in by next Monday, when I’ll choose a winner.

No limit on entries this week, so knock yourselves out. Just make them good!

274 Responses to Character Contest 93: Public Domain

  1. Some of these have so much potential. I didn’t realize how many of these had fallen into the public domain. Some of them are bound by their era (cf. read the bio of Iron Lady … must fight the urge to joke).

    This should be a fun challenge … mostly to narrow it down to which one to do.

  2. What’s the over/under on the number of entries before someone names their submission file incorrectly?

    I say 12. I’m going with the under.

  3. William Peterson

    I’m not going to enter this one (no time), but I really love the “Brick Bat”!!! How can you not like someone who dresses like a cross between Batman and a cheap hood, who throws bricks that break apart and dissolve into poison gas? This guy’s just got it all! :D
    {Of course, he was beaten by a powerless man named after a convenience store chain…} ;)

  4. since this is what I’ve been doing anyway – bring it on :P

  5. Fletcher Hank’s Stardust, the Super-Wizard, who can evidently pull any power he wants out of his oddly proportioned ass.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-Stardust.jpg

  6. Here is my entry…AMAZING MAN!

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/ams/2012/06/ams-AMAZING-MAN.png

    Hopefully in this busy week, I can get another up.

  7. Death Mask- I like to think of my version as a Rorschach/The Shadow type of character who uses fear to make villains confess

    http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu224/seamusmcfrost/maniacmick-deathmask.png?t=1339436384

  8. Watson Bradshaw

    I am going to love this weeks contest!

    First I updated Capt. Battle with a little bit of a Gears of War feel, hope you like.

    original: http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/c/captainbattle1.jpg

    mine: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/watsonbradshawCaptainbattle.png

  9. Drago Smith

    Black Terror seemed like he needed to be more Terrifying so here is the redesign, now he looks like someone people should fear!

  10. Drago Smith

    [IMG]http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/BlackTerror.png[/IMG]

  11. Although on reviewing, I think mine are more story/idea based rather than a standalone imagine, I picked out some pieces of note:

    Zara
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Hypnotist
    I limited the colours and decided to make her able to summon spirits
    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/6/3/zara_by_frevoli-d5381iy.png

    The Red Death
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Death_(Ace)
    I keep some of the green while actually including more red. I also tried to invoke the spirit of the character in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”
    http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/d/1/red_death_by_frevoli-d53823b.png

    Captain K.O.
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_K.O.
    I found out the broze winged helmets were used by the celts, so invoked that in the character – giving him a club – and then some general body armour.
    http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/6/d/captain_ko_by_frevoli-d5382y0.png

    Minute-Man
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Minute-Man
    I decided to emphaise the time aspect of the character – with the clock belt – and equip him better. I also like the masking affect for the shirt.
    http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/d/7/minute_man_by_frevoli-d5384hu.png

    The Black Hood
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Hood_(MLJ)
    I kitted him out like a policeman turned crimefighter, gave him an actual hood and more sleathy colours
    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/7/d/black_hood_by_frevoli-d5384ra.png

    Firefly
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Firefly
    although i also used aspects of:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Fireball
    I aded wings and made the suit fully closed
    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/7/9/firefly_by_frevoli-d5385d8.png

    Mr Satan
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Satan
    I decided to make it more intimidating than just a blue daredevil
    http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/d/0/mr_satan_by_frevoli-d5385ou.png

    The Weekender
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Weekender
    with the face seeming to blend in with the hat, I decided to have in wear a mask – one of theatrical tradegy. The toes on the boots reference the fact that in ancient greece, actors in tragedies would wear sandals
    http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/4/9/weekender_by_frevoli-d5383of.png

    Quartz
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Jack_Burke
    Since he mines radioactive quartz in a comic book, Jack Burke transforms into a Quartz monster
    http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/e/2/quartz_by_frevoli-d5386al.png

    The Wizard
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Wizard
    Some of you may recognise the wizard from my FNF3 team – though I realised he doesn’t actually look much like a wizard
    http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/6/1/wizard_by_frevoli-d5386mh.png

    The Clock
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Clock
    Like Minute-Man, I gave him a time referencing belt. I also gave him a gun cane, in reference to his projectile cane
    http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/d/1/the_clock_by_frevoli-d5386z5.png

    Master Man
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Master_Man_(Quality)
    I decided to go for a Crimean War vibe
    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/1/c/master_man_by_frevoli-d5387cv.png

  12. mmmmmm…..
    allot of those are not in the public domain. Black Terror, Blue beetle, Bronze Man are those I saw that are published today or are at least held by publishers. so what are we going to do if DC comes knocking?

  13. Haxxx5:
    mmmmmm…..
    allot of those are not in the public domain. Black Terror, Blue beetle, Bronze Man are those I saw that are published today or are at least held by publishers. so what are we going to do if DC comes knocking?

    The original comics that they appeared in are public domain due to inpropper copyright. Whether publishers have a personal take on the character that is unique to them, that version is their propperty.

    The Blue Beetle in the public domain is Dan Garret – a cop. DC’s trademark is on Dan Garrett – an Archaeologist. Although the name “Blue Beelte” IS trademarked. So you can use the public domain character, but just be cautious on what you call him.

    Dynamite revived Daredevil (http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Daredevil) for project superpowers, but renamed him “The Death-Defying Devil” for obvious reasons

  14. Question – Can we tinker with the names a bit too if we don’t like them? Example; Amazing Man, could we call him Mr. Amazing, Captain A or something similar?
    As long as we let you know who they are (I like the way Watson did his)
    Original link: Amazing Man
    My Link: Mr. Amazing

  15. I think my designs may be more idea/story based than a standalone piece, but I’ll give these selected ones a go.

    Zara
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Hypnotist
    I limited the various colours and gave her the ability to summon spirits
    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/6/3/zara_by_frevoli-d5381iy.png

    Red Death
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Death_(Ace)
    I kept some of the green and also incorperated aspects of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”
    http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/d/1/red_death_by_frevoli-d53823b.png

    Captain KO
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_K.O.
    Googling winged bronze helmets, showed that the celts used them. I gave him more bronze armour and a celtish club
    http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/6/d/captain_ko_by_frevoli-d5382y0.png

    Minute-Man
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Minute-Man
    I gave him a clock belt. I also like the masking with the shirt
    http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/d/7/minute_man_by_frevoli-d5384hu.png

  16. Introducing the re-vamped, deadly, but always alluring Miss Masque:

    http://www.majhost.com/gallery/bobobo1/Rorschach/jack-missmasque.png

  17. Frevoli: The original comics that they appeared in are public domain due to inpropper copyright. Whether publishers have a personal take on the character that is unique to them, that version is their propperty.

    So is the origial Flesh or Green Laantern are in the public domain also?

  18. Since the first time I tried all of them in one post didn’t work – I’ve split them into 3, here’s part 2:

    Black Hood
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Hood_(MLJ)
    I cut down the yellow, gave him an actual hood and equiped him with some swat style stuff, that a policman could obtain
    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/7/d/black_hood_by_frevoli-d5384ra.png

    Firefly
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Firefly
    I gave him wings and a more closed suit. I also used aspects of Fireball (http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Fireball)
    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/7/9/firefly_by_frevoli-d5385d8.png

    Mr Satan
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Satan
    I made the costume more intimidating, and less like a blue Daredevil
    http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/d/0/mr_satan_by_frevoli-d5385ou.png

    Weekender
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Weekender
    As the face blended with the hood, I decided to make it a mask – of theatrical tradegy. The toes on the boots, reference the face that tradgic actors in ancient greece wore sandals
    http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/4/9/weekender_by_frevoli-d5383of.png

  19. AHHH! I shoulda set the number at 10! Still, I got the under, as predicted!

  20. Haxxx5: So is the origial Flesh or Green Laantern are in the public domain also?

    No – DC did follow the propper copyright with them, so they’re fully protected.

    It tends to be the smaller companies that made the copyright errors – although several of this companies were bought by DC, who carry copyrighted versions of the characters.
    Including Charlton (Captain Atom, Sarge Steel), Fawcett (Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr, Shazam) and Quality (Plastic Man, The Ray, Phantom Lady)

  21. Haxxx5: So is the origial Flesh or Green Laantern are in the public domain also?

    No. DC kept those characters current and in copyright throughout and still own them. A lot of these other copyrights lapsed as they weren’t used for a long enough period of time.

    If you don’t see them on the list, they’re not in the public domain.

  22. madnesslover629: See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites

    Private album.

    As I said in the post, see this link for instructions on how to post links.

    Also, don’t put them in a private album. No one but you can see those.

  23. part 3 (p.s. – thank you Jeff, for no limits this week)

    Quartz
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Jack_Burke
    handling radioactive quartz in a comic, mean it was only a matter of time before he turned into a rock monster
    http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/e/2/quartz_by_frevoli-d5386al.png

    Wizard
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Wizard
    You may remember wizard from my FNF3 team of golden agers – now, I’ve actually made him look wizard-ish
    http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/6/1/wizard_by_frevoli-d5386mh.png

    Clock
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Clock
    I darkened the suit, included a time themed belt and gave him a projectile firing cane
    http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/163/d/1/the_clock_by_frevoli-d5386z5.png

    Master man
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Master_Man_(Quality)
    I gave him more of a crimean war vibe
    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/163/1/c/master_man_by_frevoli-d5387cv.png

  24. I found something interesting which may be just a coincidence, does anyone remember NBC’s The Cape? Read Black Hood (MLJ)‘s bio and tell me if you think The Cape was based off the Black Hood

  25. Here’s my first entry “Mr. Satan” http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/5769/wildcardmrsatan.png

  26. can someone make count Dracula because i would love to see how people would make him, wouldn’t you Jeff

  27. Next up is “Tigerwoman” http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Tigerwoman
    My version is caught somewhere in-between beast and human http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/2377/wildcardtigerwoman.png

  28. @Watson Bradshaw, Love the wings on the windsuit.

  29. Joseph Zumchak

    This is my first attempt at one of these contests, I hope you guys like it.

    Original Character
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Jester

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/Spade1350/JosephZumchak-Jester.png

  30. Haxxx5: So is the origial Flesh or Green Laantern are in the public domain also?

    As the others have stated you can’t use Flash or Green Lantern. That said, there is a character by the name of Diamond Jack with a power ring very similar to Green Lantern

  31. Public Service Announcement: Proper File Naming

    Remember to name your pieces correctly. I believe Jeff is serious about disqualifying improperly named art (as shown by the last contest).

    I’ve already seen a couple (Mr. Drago Smith hasn’t put his name on any of his pieces). If your wondering if you’ve done it correctly click on your link then right click on your image to save it to your hard drive. If the name of the file being saved doesn’t contain your name than you haven’t named the file correctly.

    Example of properly named file by the artist Heromonger with his piece “Black Terror”.

    Heromonger-BlackTerror.jpg or Heromonger_BlackTerror.jpg

    Example of improperly named file.

    BlackTerror.jpg

    Thank you for your time and patience. :)

  32. Blazing Tornado

    I love the concept behind Blue Circle. If I decide to submit something, he’ll more than likely be amongst my entries.

  33. First time with this… so I’ve probably messed something up. But here is my entry: Cave Girl repeating the Fonz’ jumping the shark trick… Caveman style.

    http://s1154.photobucket.com/albums/p538/Ovyd/?action=view&current=DionoJump.jpg

  34. Hey Jeff I was creating a character for this contest and I went into the boot section and if im not mistaken we had a lot more boots in there did we not? I think the new armored and new styled ones are missing.

  35. Nevermind I retract that previous statement, I missed the tech boot catagory, my bad.

  36. Here is my entry!

    The Avenger and his favorite Dissolver Pistol!

    http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/8686/nha247theavengerpng.png

    More entries to come!

    -NHA247

  37. My first try at this so let’s see if I get anything right…

    The is Cave Girl repeating the Fonz’ jumping the shark trick… Caveman, er Caveperson style.

    http://s1154.photobucket.com/albums/p538/Ovyd/?action=view&current=Carp-CaveGirl.jpg

  38. I really like the ones that have links to the original character, that’s cool. Thanks!

  39. @maniacmick, I don’t really want to go into great detail and go off course of the context of this contest, but I don’t care for the guy yeah.

  40. Let’s keep political talk to a minimum, folks.

  41. Carp:
    First time with this… so I’ve probably messed something up.But here ismy entry: Cave Girl repeating the Fonz’ jumping the shark trick… Caveman style.

    http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p538/Ovyd/Carp-CaveGirl.jpg
    Use this link and you more chance.

  42. The Big Red Cheese was originally named Captain Thunder, but somebody had the trademark for that. After he went away for a while, Marvel snatched up his name, and DC has used Shazam! for a title. I figure I’d give him back his original name, but with a promotion!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-ColonelThunder.jpg

  43. Marquis Samedi

    Presenting the lighter-than-air avenger, Airmale, and his lightweight sidekick, Stampy.

    original
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Airmale

    new
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk140/marquis_samedi/MarquisSamedi-AirmaleStampy.jpg

  44. Jeff – since i couldn’t see my post with all my characters in one message at the time, I thought it hadn’t gone through. And now it looks like it did

    Just explaining why it seems i posted the characters twice

  45. Another entry! This time the enigmatic, debonair, shit-yourself-scary Count Dracula!

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Count_Dracula

    My take: http://www.majhost.com/gallery/bobobo1/Rorschach/jack-countdracula.png

  46. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Texa

    Redesigned: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-Texa.png

    In the redesign, I decided to also put in her henchmen and the “flying creatures”. As told in the summary.

  47. GuyGenesis: As the others have stated you can’t use Flash or Green Lantern. That said, there is a character by the name of Diamond Jack with a power ring very similar to Green Lantern

    Dimond Jack also appeared before Green Lantern; just like how Spider Queen had web shooters before spiderman. There are serval “firsts” in the public domain:
    – first crime fighter – clock
    – first masked female crime fighter – Woman in Red
    – first character to wear a flag themed costume – the Shield
    – first superhero crossover – Shield and Wizard
    – first black hero – Voodah
    – first “man of steel” – Shield Sterling
    – first “superboy” – Roy the superboy
    – first cross-dressing hero – Madame Fatal

    … so yeah

  48. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    Another one!

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Rima

    Redesigned: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-Rima.png

    As you can see, there is no picture of “Rima”. Only a description of what she wore. So her redesign was an “open book” of interpretation. When I had read her story, a character I created awhile back came into mind. So, I am presenting her now. After being burned, her Spirit took to the trees of her beloved forest/jungle and she is now out for revenge.

  49. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    Here’s another redesign!

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Queen_Izzuki

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-QueenIzzuki.png

    Queen Izzuki with her powers, attempts to create a New Amazonland. Seeing as her old home…is kinda no longer livable.

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Nadya_Burnett

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-NadyaBurnett.png

    Although a Villan of sorts, she was really appealing to me and I wanted to see what I could do with her. Trust her, she’s not hiding a gun behind her back.

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Green_Ghost_(Hero)

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-TheGreenGhost.png

    Again, no picture other than a description. Took the liberty to redesign him for today. Sorry, Skeletons are so overdone as Heroes and the such, so I “covered” him up. And although I Love Christmas…something about a Green and Red costume…to me would be too, seasonal. LOL!

  50. Yeah, I decided to do a Dracula design
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Count_Dracula
    A character as well known as this, as popular as this – I couldn’t really think of a unique take on him. Then the though of givinging him a hoodie seemed silly, so I just went for a modernish look.
    http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/164/6/c/dracula_by_frevoli-d53biy3.png

  51. Marquis Samedi

    THRU SPACE! THRU TIME and into the THIRD DIMENSION leaps CAPTAIN 3D!

    original
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_3D

    new
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk140/marquis_samedi/MarquisSamedi-Captain3D.png

  52. Hey Dangerfish and Drago Smith,

    You might want to rename all of your pieces and resubmit. They do not contain your username so they will be disqualified for the contest.

    Just feeling a little bit helpful/righteous at the moment. :)

    Also, GuyGenesis, your links are missing for Amazing Man.

  53. Holy snap! Only into the second day and already 84 comments. Love this contest, bring on the “traditional hero/villain”!

  54. Jeff any Crossover picture is allowed like two of this in one picture?

  55. Harlequin:
    Jeff any Crossover picture is allowed like two of this in one picture?

    Yes.

  56. Wow that fast. Thank you.

  57. dblade:
    Hey Dangerfish and Drago Smith,

    You might want to rename all of your pieces and resubmit. They do not contain your username so they will be disqualified for the contest.

    Just feeling a little bit helpful/righteous at the moment.

    Also, GuyGenesis, your links are missing for Amazing Man.

    Pardon me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it say “Dangerfish_93″ in my links?

  58. Dangerfish: Pardon me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it say “Dangerfish_93″ in my links?

    It doesn’t help if it’s in the link but not in the name of the file, since the file is all I am left with when it’s downloaded. Yours are http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l602/Dangerfish_93/Heromachine%20Creations/Cadet.png — the file name is just Cadet.png. Everything before that gets lost. For it to be helpful to me, the file name itself has to be Dangerfish_93-Cadet.png. Otherwise after I download everything and start going through the entries, all I have is “Cadet.png” with no idea who created it.

  59. Viknix:
    http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h431/viktor2905/LavaMan.jpg

    Lavaman redesigned little Differently

    Then rename the file for Viknix_Lavaman.png and you good for the contest.

  60. http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83140&d=1339515727

    “Cowboy Sahib”. The reimagined version of this character is the rightful heir to the kingdom of Larijuna. At the turn of the last century, the dashing prince Ruma was exiled by his evil uncle and fled to America. Ruma traveled the vanishing frontier of this strange land, facing many foes with aid of his friends legendary gunfighter Joe “King” Colton and gambler/con artist Amelia Rose. Now Ruma has returned to his homeland to reclaim his birthright using the skills he learned during his sojourn in the Wild West.

  61. Here is my take on Mr. Satan. I imagined his mask to be a bit scarier, so it is. The inclusion of Mr. also made me make him wearing a three piece suit, as nothing says Mister than a suit.

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/vampyrist/2012/06/Vampyrist-Mr.-Satan.png

  62. Marquis Samedi

    Our great Mikado, virtuous man,
    When he to rule our land began,
    Resolved to try
    A plan whereby
    Young men might best be steadied.

    So he decreed, in words succinct,
    That all who flirted, leered or winked
    (Unless connubially linked),
    Should forthwith be beheaded, beheaded, beheaded
    Should forthwith be beheaded.

    original
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Mikado

    new
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk140/marquis_samedi/MarquisSamedi-BlackMikado.jpg

  63. Jack Zelger

    This is a fun one. Tons of possibilities.

    My first entry is Nyoka, the Jungle Girl. This one was interesting because despite her obscurity, she actually starred in some movie serials in the 1940s, and a woman action hero back then is rare. I made her more action heroey.

    Here’s the original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Nyoka_the_Jungle_Girl

    Here’s mine:
    http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx88/jzelger/JackZelger-Nyoka_The_Jungle_Girl.png

  64. Jack Zelger: My first entry is Nyoka, the Jungle Girl.

    My general rule is to not comment on any entries before the deadline, but I wanted to tip my hat to you for an EXCELLENT use of the clouds in your image. Really nice — nothing flashy but perfectly done, very convincing.

  65. Here is Robbing Robot. I figured I should make the “robot” part obvious while still making him look semi-sleek and dress like some sort of thief or rogue.

    http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/164/4/0/mcknight57_robbingrobot_by_mcknighthc-d53ct96.png

  66. Jack Zelger

    Jeff Hebert: My general rule is to not comment on any entries before the deadline, but I wanted to tip my hat to you for an EXCELLENT use of the clouds in your image. Really nice — nothing flashy but perfectly done, very convincing.

    Thanks, Jeff. It helps that the gradient color shapes work great for the sun. I also tried to make some convincing sunburns with them, too.

  67. Drago Smith

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/AliastheDragon.png

    Alias the Dragon just got a total make over. Including a mask, insignia, and modernized flame throwers, and more!!

  68. Drago Smith, you do realize that each and every single one of your entries will be disqualified for lack of correct file naming nomenclature, yes?

  69. Blazing Tornado

    I really liked the concept behind Blue Circle, so I went with him for my first entry.
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Blue_Circle

    Here he is, flanked by five members of his Council:
    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t285/Detour84/BlazingTornado-BlueCircle.png
    From left to right: “Fixer”, “Saunders”, Frank Craven, Blue Circle, Mike Tyler and Greg Stern.

  70. John:
    Drago Smith, you do realize that each and every single one of your entries will be disqualified for lack of correct file naming nomenclature, yes?

    He has special dispensation since we talked about it over email. I’m just glad he made it on here with links at all :-)

  71. madnesslover629

    http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/arrow.png

    sorry about that people and jeff. its my first time using heromachine.

  72. madnesslover629:

    Please rename your entry if you really want to enter. If you don’t want no need to do anything.

    Perfect file name is.

    madnesslover629_arrow.png.

    Dudes what hard to understand for this.
    Directlink. – Perfect name – your enter is valid.

  73. Johnny Gear

    I really liked the concept behind Werewolf hunter, he is an older man fighting the occult without powers or weapons.
    Here is the original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Werewolf_Hunter
    And here are mine:
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-WerewolfHunter2.png?t=1339540621

    and with a more fun background:

    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-WereWolfHunter3.png?t=1339540621

  74. madnesslover629:
    arrow: http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/arrow.png
    there are you happy

    Ryan, they’re just trying to be helpful, so your entry gets the consideration it deserves. I’m generally not a hard-ass about the file naming, but it is much, much easier on me if people do it properly.

    Your file name, for instance, is still not correct. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the full URL (http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/) since I don’t ever really see that once the file’s downloaded — all I get is the name of the file (arrow.png).

    So for instance, the way you have it now, after I download all the entries all I will have in my directory is “arrow.png”. If I want to consider it as a Finalist and post a little write-up of it, I need to know who created it. Since your name isn’t in the file name, I have to come back to this page and do a search for “arrow.png”, then go rename the file myself so I know who created it so I can give it proper credit.

    Honestly, sometimes if it comes down to that I just skip it, because I generally have 25-30 Finalists out of 150+ entries I have to get through and anything that makes the process harder makes that entry much less likely to be accepted. More probably, I’ll just skip it and move on to some other equally good but properly-credited entry.

    So if you want to give yourself the best shot at winning as possible, you should name your file madnesslover629-arrow.png instead of just arrow.png, which means your link would be http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/madnesslover629-arrow.png. Do you see the difference?

    Because again, after I download it I don’t see all the rest of the directory structure in the web link where Ryan_Bonmon is now, I just see the file name.

    That’s all the guys are trying to do, give you the best chance to win or at least be recognized as possible. It would suck to do all that work and not have your submission considered due to a technicality, but as you can see we’re already up over a hundred posts and it’s only one day old. At some point I just don’t have time to go in and correct all the mistakes.

  75. I know this has already been posted time and again, and I’m not directing this at anyone in particular, I’m just trying to simplify.

    When you right click your entrant and choose save as, does it have your username and character name? or just character name? If just character name the actual file needs to be renamed with username – character name

  76. GuyGenesis:
    I know this has already been posted time and again, and I’m not directing this at anyone in particular, I’m just trying to simplify.

    When you right click your entrant and choose save as, does it have your username and character name? or just character name? If just character name the actual file needs to be renamed with username – character name

    This is another edition of “What He Said” — that’s a good tip, thank you Artist Formerly Known As Martian Blue.

  77. Entry #1

    From the guys who brought you Shaft, Hit Squad, and Foxy Brown, comes a new flick that’s to die for. You won’t wanna miss: Black Death.

    http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/164/d/a/black_death_by_onikagenoken-d53dxvn.png

  78. Finished with my first one, probably start another one another day.

  79. Jack Zelger

    Entry number two, this time, Girl Commandos. I think I keep going back to the female characters because I find the 1940s women characters interesting. A lot of them are progressive and sexist at the same time.

    I hope making a whole team isn’t against the rules. But even if it is, I like this one! :)

    The original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Girl_Commandos

    And the redesign:
    http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx88/jzelger/JackZelger-Girl_Commandos.png

  80. Here is my fourth entry!

    This contest is too fun!

    The Brain!

    Original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Brain

    Mine:
    http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/364/nha247thebrainpng.png

    -NHA247

  81. The Grim Reaper
    http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p495/jeremythurlow/TheGrimReaper1.jpg
    Real Name: William (Bill) Norris

    Bill Norris was studying at the Sorbonne, the famed university in Paris, France when the Nazis occupied the city. Intervening in a Nazi harassment of a citizen, Norris was arrested and sent to a concentration camp. He helped an old man, who eventually confided to Norris that he was the leader of the French Underground and knew the location of an important French General, who had to be safely brought to Africa to continue the battle. Fashioning an all black Grim Reaper outfit, Norris, with help from the French citizenry, rescued the General.
    Bill Norris took it upon himself to fight the Nazi menace in Europe, donning a mask and cape and calling himself the Grim Reaper. With no superpowers, he relies on his hand-to-hand combat skills, a rope with a hangman’s noose, his handgun, and his trusty sword to thwart criminals.

    http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p495/jeremythurlow/TheGrimReaper.jpg

  82. madnesslover629

    so is my post really correct or isn’t correct

    would i still win this contest

  83. Drago Smith

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/BlueFire1.png

    Blue Fire, I felt he needed a costume of sorts.

  84. I’m actually working a side-project at the time, and was trying to figure out if I could combine this with one of the other characters. Turns out there is a public domain character called “Magician From Mars” that looks a lot like what I wanted to do with my character.

    Original Magician From Mars
    My remake

  85. Johnny Gear

    I’m really on a creating spree.
    This is the original Blue Flame
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Blue_Flame
    and here is mine:
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-BlueFlame.png?t=1339588414

  86. Drago Smith

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/Boomerang.png

    Boomerang down under with a whole new look.

  87. Really Enjoying this contest.
    Did loads yesterday heres the ones done.
    1. The Clock(Lost the hat and showed his cane.) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83143&d=1339589256
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Clock
    2. Ace Powers (Gave him a more mature look, other than that no real change) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83144&d=1339589284
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Ace_Powers
    3. Big Shot (Gave him an Iron helmet instead of the sheet. Think it looks more intimadating) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83145&d=1339589304
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Big_Shot
    4. Blue Spark (Complete Overhaul on his look but kept his original weapons and basic colour. I think you all will agree its an improvement) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83146&d=1339589313
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Blue_Spark
    5.Captain Flash (New Look and one of my fave of the lot so far) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83147&d=1339589322
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_Flash
    6. Magno( Complete new look. Much like Captain Flash Like the new look i made for him.) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83148&d=1339589400
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Magno_%28Quality%29
    7. Mr. Satan( No doubht that this guy has been done to death at this point, but somehting about his story made me think he would be good as a character. I thought about how it would be cool to give him a split personality thing. So i may be putting him in a story yet. Love his look as it makes him look modern and intimadating.) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83149&d=1339589408
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Satan
    8. Red Rube (One of the more silly looking characters I choose, i thought he was just asking for a more modern looko. So I did all i could with him and found he had potential. Giving him a shirt and more heroic look i think he turned out ok) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83150&d=1339589414
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Rube
    9. Spook (Given the fact this guy was suppose to be some sort of monster back when he was made due to his appearence. I thought with todays modern society he wouldnt be confined to the sewers but more the shadows. I gave him a crime lord look and thought adding a mask in his hand shows hes not completely comfortable with his appearence) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83151&d=1339589420
    10. The Banshee (Another Favourite of mine that i enjoyed doing and liked the complete project. When i saw his appearence in the wike I thought a Banshee has to be intimadating not look silly. So i added a bit of intimadation to the character and kept to the back story and didnt give him any weapons but his hands.) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83152&d=1339589431
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Banshee
    11.The Black Terror(Another one im guessing has been done alot. His look was alright and his name was intimadating but i thought he could use an upgrade in appaerence.) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83153&d=1339590353
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Terror
    12. Captain Flight (Kept the basic idea for him as a fight pilot but made him look more like a rogue pilot then anything else. I think its nice to have an everyman Super-Hero. Somone with only skill as their weapon and is just as skilled as the man hes fighting. ) http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83154&d=1339590362
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_Flight

    Love doing these expect more from me before the contest is over

  88. madnesslover629:
    so is my post really correct or isn’t correct

    would i still win this contest

    No it’s not correct.

    Your file is named “arrow.png”.

    Your file should be named “madnesslover629-arrow.png”.

    I can’t make it any simpler than that. If you don’t know the difference between the name of a file and an entire web address, then I’m not sure what else I can say.

  89. Drago Smith

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/ThePanther.png

    The Panther. Now The Armored Panther, felt he needed some clothes and armor, oh yeah, and some ink.

  90. Jeff Hebert: No it’s not correct.

    Your file is named “arrow.png”.

    Your file should be named “madnesslover629-arrow.png”.

    I can’t make it any simpler than that. If you don’t know the difference between the name of a file and an entire web address, then I’m not sure what else I can say.

    I am hitting my head against the wall in sympathy.

  91. Drago Smith

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/132.png

    13 needed an updated look and I felt a Halloween style costume for him would be perfect.

  92. Drago Smith

    New look 13
    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/132.png

    13 needed an updated look and I felt a Halloween style costume for him would be perfect.

    Original
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/13?image=Rd13jinx-jpg

  93. Drago, skullcraze… Haven’t you read what Jeff wrote above?

    The name of your image should incorporate your name. That is, if you want to participate in the contest instead of just showcasing your work.

    Like
    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/Drago_Smith_132.png
    instead of
    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/132.png

    Thanks!

  94. Alexander of Limbo

    I haven’t seen many of the Super Women in this contest much. Probably ‘cos they all look the same (busty with their chest covered with as little as possible). The Ace of spades popped out to me so here she is:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Ace_of_Spades

    http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/7275/alexanderoflimboaceofsp.png

    http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/7275/alexanderoflimboaceofsp.png

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/9097/alexabderoflimboaceofsp.png

    http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/7275/alexanderoflimboaceofsp.png

  95. Entry #3, an update of War Eagle. It shouldn’t be too hard to improve this costume.

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/War_Eagle

    New: http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx88/jzelger/JackZelger-War_Eagle.png

  96. Brain’s new look. Now his brain is actually showing but to preserve it he has a clear bowl shaped helmet on. And he’s a Nazi fifth columnist so I added the Nazi Flag. plus made his overall look more modern.

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/hm3-beta-1.png

    Original
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Brain?image=Brain-jpg

  97. Agent 99: Not much to redesign, but I did add more shadows as it would help hide the face of a movie star better.
    Original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Agent_99
    Mine:
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/vampyrist/2012/06/Vampyrist-Agent99.png

    Iron Jaw: I made him into more of a mobster type character than a nazi so he could last longer than WWII. I also gave him more scars as a bomb blast would leave much more damage in my opinion.
    Original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Iron_Jaw
    Mine:
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/vampyrist/2012/06/Vampyrist-Iron-Jaw.png

  98. Alias X: Original:http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Alias_X

    Mine: http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu224/seamusmcfrost/maniacmick-aliasx.png?t=1339612259

    again I went with taking oldschool spy/detective and turned him into a more comicbook looking character. Like he’s an agent for an organization like S.H.E.I.L.D or something similar

  99. Heyla!

    I decided to do Mother Hubbard. There are three poses. I realized, that I did not do a close up of Queen Izzuki, which showed her “age” and plus that the energy is covering most of her face. A Close up would have been nice. So for Mother Hubbard I did that.

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Mother_Hubbard

    Close up Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-CloseupMotherHubbard.png

    Everyday wear Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-MotherHubbardFull.png

    Battle wear Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-MotherHubbardBattle.png

    Then there is The Banshee.

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Banshee

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-TheBanshee.png

    And then Fantomah, she is intriguing and I decided to go with her “normal” and then switching to her “other self”. I believe separating her more, might have been better, but switching between widescreen and then going back was making me confused…it was late at night already when I was finishing her…LOL!

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Fantomah

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-Fantomah.png

  100. Drago Smith:

    Dude try to make good your entries, because i start to be nervous. What fricking hard to rename a saved picture. First your name and a – after the picture name. Your entries now incorrect.
    EXAMPLE
    Drago Smith_Kitten.png – I think not hard, use a total commander and F6

  101. dblade: I am hitting my head against the wall in sympathy.

    Me too.

  102. Next entry is The “Spider” http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Spider_%28Quality%29 I guess that stealth, secret identities, or fashion sense are not his strong suits. So in my version I keep the same colors but try to tone down the yellow by adding a web patten and give him pants http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/5404/wildcardspider.png

  103. Drago Smith

    Black Knight (Sterling). Gave him a change of armor and a electrified sword.

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/BlackKnight.png

    This is the original

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Knight_(Sterling)?image=BlackKnight-jpg

  104. Third entry, this time the Scarlet Stalker!
    http://www.iaza.com/work/120614C/iaza15793472600600.png
    This is a resized pic, the original is right here:
    http://www.majhost.com/gallery/bobobo1/Rorschach/jack-scarletstalker.png

  105. The original Superman rip-off: Published once, then stopped by a court order followed by a lawsuit. Wonder Man, like soooo many others, had his name stolen by Marvel, so I’ll call him Wonderman!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-WonderMan.jpg

    While in no way a sidekick to anyone, and published by at least three different companies over the years, Wonder Boy was just as blatent a rip-off of Superboy as Wonder Man was of Superman. Guess Quality had better lawyers, as well as better artists and writers, so here’s Wonderboy!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-WonderBoy.jpg

    @ Jeff: Is it olay for me to merge an original picture with an HM picture like this, or would you rather have them seperated? This way saves a step in loading to photobucket, but I’ll do whatever it takes to keep the Great Gazoo satisfied! :)

  106. Skybandit: @ Jeff: Is it olay for me to merge an original picture with an HM picture like this, or would you rather have them seperated? This way saves a step in loading to photobucket, but I’ll do whatever it takes to keep the Great Gazoo satisfied!

    Hey, I’m a Great Gazoo, I like that!

    It’s fine to combine them like you have, just so long as there hasn’t been any significant change to the HeroMachine part (like adding in stuff that isn’t there, filters from PhotoShop, etc.) — basic cropping is more than fine, though.

  107. The Mighty Pavag has spoken!

    I wondered why the Green Mask wore a blue costume, so I fixed it.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-GreenMask.jpg

    Maybe he was afraid he’d be mistaken for the Green Lama?

  108. Johnny Gear

    This time I redid Atoma. I ended up changing it more then I originally thought. But I like the end result.

    Here is the original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Atoma
    And here is my redo:
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-Atoma.png?t=1339636689

  109. thanks everyone who made a Dracula they all looked cool

  110. Johnny Gear

    After I posted my redesign of Atoma, I realized that while cool, it wasn’t the best suit for fighting. So departing even further from the original (http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Atoma) I made her more battle ready:
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-Atoma2.png?t=1339644675

  111. Thanks Harlequin!

    Here’s one more…
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Lady_Fairplay

    What’s that Lady Fairplay? Golly, she might be the Goddess of Chastisement, but Chastity, well…

    http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p538/Ovyd/carp-fairplay.jpg

  112. Entry number one, I was interested in how much less freedom hm3 allows this redesign if you stick with every bit of described material, including the Egyptian angle.

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-Fantomah.jpg

    What did you guys do to me? I’m making HEROES?! For clarification, she caused the partial eclipse in the first frame.

  113. Entry #2: Tigra. A feline humanoid trying to pass for human. So she weighed her options and went with the ‘skin-tight faux fur shirt’ look.

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-Tigra.jpg

    I feel sort of like that every time I go on a job interview . . .

  114. Johnny Gear:
    After I posted my redesign of Atoma, I realized that while cool, it wasn’t the best suit for fighting. So departing even further from the original (http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Atoma) I made her more battle ready:
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-Atoma2.png?t=1339644675

    where are her arms?

  115. Drago Smith

    Black Condor deserved a cooler look I thought, and a lot more black in his outfit.

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/BlackCondor1.png

    Original
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Condor?image=Blakcond-jpg

  116. Jack Zelger

    Number four, it’s the Green Sorceress. The original is running around in a basic green bikini. I dressed her up a bit, which I’m sure a remake of most characters today would actually take some clothes away:

    Original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Green_Sorceress

    New:
    http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx88/jzelger/JackZelger-Green_Sorceress.png

  117. Here’s my entry. The Quality Uncle Sam (before DC got their hands on him). http://batmanfan911.deviantart.com/#/d53kq74

  118. Old-http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100311171727/pdsh/images/thumb/3/39/Black_Cat_-1.jpg/250px-Black_Cat_-1.jpg

  119. Watson Bradshaw

    Upon REX’s request.
    http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/watsonbradshawdracula.png

    rex:
    can someone make count Dracula because i would love to see how people would make him, wouldn’t you Jeff

  120. Another Entry. The Clown.
    I did a throw back to original character with the nose, shoes and collar
    but also modern with the whole gritty appearance

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/dc-lover/2012/06/DC-Lover-The-Clown.jpg

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Clown_%28Harvey%29

  121. Nope an crossover, maybe in the weekend i made something if i have time.

    My choosen is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Masque

    I remade her in half a bit manga, modern and western style.
    My main problem to i don’t know wich version i use, the 3/4 view or the Maybe full body picture. So i give the choose Jeff if he choose this picture.

    3/4
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/tarkabarka/2012/06/Harlequin_Miss_Masque_QV.png

    Maybe full body
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/tarkabarka/2012/06/Harlequin_Miss_Masque_NV.png

  122. Theres something strangely familiar about this character
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Southpaw

  123. Commander Steel (whose origin sounds very similar to a certain star-spangled avenger)

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Commander_Steel

    Mine: http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu224/seamusmcfrost/maniacmick-commandersteele.png?t=1339720003

    (yes I know he looks like colossus sort of) The idea being his skin was turned to steel by the “elixir of strength” he was given , and my version can’t be knocked out with a blow to the head, unlike the original

  124. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    Last entries

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Girl_Commandos

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-GirlCommandos.png

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Deathless_Brain

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-DeathlessBrain.png

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Blackout_(2)

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-Blackout.png

    For my redesign of the Blackout Character, I decided to go with him Older and with new technology, he can now actually create “Blackouts”. His redesigned suit allows him to keep fighting due to the cybernetics in the suit.

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Crystal_Queen

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-CrystalQueen.png

    After seeing the Original Crystal Queen…I wanted to make her a bit more…”Feminine”.

    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Lizette

    Redesign: http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-Lizette.png

    I felt sorry for Madame Lizette. I mean really, who Wouldn’t want to get “even” for something irreplaceable being destroyed? I took liberty with “reviving” her from her fiery death. Death has revived her, giving back her youth as well.

    Well, that’s all my entries. Not sure if all my entries will qualify under the rules, in any case I had a fun time creating them.

  125. Alexander of Limbo

    Here’s my third entry: Fisherman of Space

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Fisherman_of_Space

    I had to do this one differently to my others, but i think it all works well. I also tried to make him look more like he is made out of ‘cosmic gasses’ (as he is described) rather than being a flesh and blood demon.

    http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/3416/alexanderoflimbofisherm.png

  126. I always thought it odd that in his earliest incarnations, the Clock would top off full dress evening wear with a common fedora, so I changed it to a top hat and kept his tear-gas diamond pin and his projectile cane. In the background are his two sidekicks, who never actually appeared together in the series, “Pug” Brady driving the car and “Butch” Buchanan riding on the running board.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-Clockfriends.jpg

    I can’t help bragging, but I’m the one who wrote the Clock’s entry on PDSH. It was originally QUITE a bit longer (I get verbose in my nerd-worship) and was edited to allow room for illustrations while keeping it on a single page, but 95% of it is still my original description.

  127. http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Flamingo

    My redesign of the Flamingo incorporates all aspects of the character, even gender and powers!

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/legatus/2012/06/Legatus-Flamingo.png

  128. It mystifies me why PDSH won’t list Blackhawk amongst their heroes, as most of his Quality adventures, including ALL of those in the 1940’s, did not have their copyrights renewed by either “Busy” Arnold or DC. I grant that they have the TRADEMARK, but the character IS PD!

    Anyway, I “re-imagined” him to avoid any problems. Here’s Colonel Knightowl!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-ColonelKnightowl.jpg

    PS: Technically speaking, Marvel’s Sub-Mariner is also Public Domain. His first appearance was in a Timely comic given away at theatres, which contained NO copyright notice. The artwork was re-used, with additional pages, for his first OFFICIAL appearance. If you hit the lottery and get a good lawyer you can prove it, but they still have the trademark.

  129. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    Since I am done creating for this contest, I went back and looked at all the entries! Awesome creations Everyone who entered so far! I also saw that two of my entries have other HM entries!!! I guess that’s what I get for not looking at the pictures! LOL! The two being Fantomah and the Girl Commandos! GOOD LUCK TO Everyone!!!

    *sidenote, when I crop my pictures, (windows paint) and I save my pictures, I put my name and then the character name, then I upload it to Photobucket. Supposedly I can use Photobucket to edit my pictures, but it’s just easier for me to do it the way I have been. LOL! Anys, that way I won’t have any of my entries disqualified for improper naming. Working so hard on them, I’d hate to have them disqualified!

  130. Drago Smith

    Golden Archer with a new state of the art compound bow equipped with a scope. Plus he now has special glasses that help him to zero in on his targets. Plus he just looks a lot cooler!

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/GoldenArcher.png

    Original

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Golden_Archer?image=Golden_archer-jpg

  131. Drago Smith

    T.N.T. This guy has a tough name, and tough weapon type so I thought he deserved to look tougher and darker.

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/TNT.png

    Original

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/T.N.T.?image=Tntcentaur-jpg

  132. Drago Smith

    Wow I just realized I had 18 entries in this contest lol. It could be because there’s so many to choose from or it could be because I see all the other entries and they look so good I try and one up lol…seriously though I see alot of great entries on here and kinda feel bad for Jeff because he’s gotta pick one out of all of them. Good luck everyone!!

  133. Alexander of Limbo

    So is saw this character and first thought “yey an Alien”. Then i though it looks a bit like a mad midget character from DBZ, and the inspiration just came flooding in. So here’s Dr. Skull:

    Original-
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Dr._Skull

    My version-
    http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/8613/alexanderoflimbodrskull.png

    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/8613/alexanderoflimbodrskull.png

  134. Marquis Samedi

    I know, I was expecting a guy with a teeny little face too. But it turns out the “micro” is actually short for “microphone,” go figure.

    original
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Micro-Face

    new
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk140/marquis_samedi/MarquisSamedi-MicroFace.jpg

    And a close up of his micro-face.
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk140/marquis_samedi/MarquisSamedi-MicroHeadshot.png

  135. Next up is the Crimson Cobra http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Crimson_Cobra
    I gave her more of an action girl look http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/5165/wildcardcrimsoncorba.png

  136. Alexander of Limbo

    My fourth entry: Dr. Voodoo.
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Dr._Voodoo_(Nedor)

    despite his description i saw him as more of an anxious worried character. Also i’m pretty sure that it’s hair on his head, but they looked like horns to me so that’s what i put =P.

    My version-
    http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/375/alexanderoflimbodrvoodo.png

    http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/375/alexanderoflimbodrvoodo.png

  137. Here is my seventh entry!

    I had a lot of fun with this one.

    This is Boss!

    Original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Boss

    Mine:
    http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/4964/nha247thebosspng.png

    -NHA247

  138. Crystal – Admittedly, I didn’t do that much to revise him, mostly ditched that idiotic cape and gave him a more modern wardrobe. Still, I love that Red Hood-style test tube helmet.

    Original Crystal
    My Version

    There, now he looks like a proper gangster. He could even make it as a crime boss.

  139. 2 more entries

    Hangman: I made him more of a street based vigilante, because his story made me think he was out for vengeance in an eye for an eye kind of way. So I imagined young Bob getting together some scary clothes, a rope, and he would start to pick off those who killed his brother.
    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Hangman
    Mine: http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/vampyrist/2012/06/Vampyrist-Hangman.png

    Murder Prophet: I re-imagined him with an idea I was already working on. Now for warnings, he paints the crime he will commit and sends it to the victim as a warning. He is a precognitive and when he sees something, he believes that if what he saw does not happen then the universe will be thrown into chaos. So he has to kill, even though he makes that future the one that occurs by committing the act.
    Original: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Murder_Prophet
    Mine: http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/vampyrist/2012/06/Vampyrist-Murder-Prophet.png

  140. An update of the Marvel Family. Made their costumes a bit more distinctive, as well as patriotic Red, White and Blue. As “Captain Marvel” is trademarked, I’ve named them (L to R) Major Muscles, Miss Muscles and Minor Muscles.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-MuscleFamily.jpg

    Plus one of their enemies, Captain Nazi! I didn’t think he looked very terrifying dressed in Christmas colors, so I tinted him with the colors of the Nazi flag. With my dim recollection of High School German, I believe he would have been called Nazihauptman inhis native land.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-Nazihauptman.jpg

  141. Wonder Boy – The only hero to battle crime in footie pajamas.

    The original version:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/webpulp/Share/May302000.jpg

    I never understood why DC didn’t do anything with this hero. Originally he was a blatant rip-off of a teenage Superman, right down to the forehead “s” curl. I guess at the time Wonder Boy and Quality weren’t worth enough for a lawsuit.
    And later, when DC aquired the Quality heroes, he could have been (but never was) part of the Wonder Woman family. (Poor overlooked Wonder Boy.)

    My version:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/webpulp/Share/webpulp-wonderboy.jpg

    In keeping with the theme of blatant rip-off, this version also sports unnecessary armor.

  142. Alexander of Limbo

    My seventh entry: Black Jack
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Jack

    I saw the Black Jack character of more of a cowboy Texan than a cop. So why not both?

    My version-
    http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/6268/alexanderoflimboblackja.png

    http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/6268/alexanderoflimboblackja.png

  143. So far in this contest all of the male characters I enter were good guys. So here’s my bad guy entry Baron Doom http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Baron_Doom
    My version: http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/627/wildcardbarondoom.png

  144. Alexander of Limbo
  145. Since all my female character entries in this contest are bad girls for my finale entry of this contest (because eight is enough) I decided to enter a good girl.
    Flame Girl: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Flame_Girl
    Maybe I went a little to far with the fire motif: http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/526/wildcardflamegirl.png

  146. I just realized after Wild Card entered Flame Girl that I had a character that actually looked a lot like her. So… one quick rename later and here’s my Flame Girl.

    My Flame Girl
    And the Original Flame Girl

    You may notice, she’s now a redhead.

  147. ProwlerKnight

    Captian Battle (note, since it’s a redesign I went with an older look, like he was coming back)

    http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/168/0/9/captian_battle_by_prowlerknight-d53v4q7.png

  148. Johnny Gear

    I saw a lot of really good Draculas. I thought I’d throw one more into the mix: http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-CountDracula1.png?t=1339899822

  149. My version of Jim Carson AKA Echo from Public Domain Super Heroes.

    http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m593/mrmatt220/MrMatt-Echo.png

    I hope everyone likes it, I do.

  150. Looking at Cat-Man, one wonders why Fredric Wertham focused on the Batman-Robin dynamic as gay. Cat-Man wore a long-sleeved shirt with tiny short-shorts to show off his evidently shaved legs and lived with a nubile underaged girl whom he had NO interest in sexually. I’ve just GOTTA butch this guy up some!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-CatMan.jpg

  151. Felt a little bit of self indignation at making a Nazi superhero, but was running out of ideas. But I liked his old school colour scheme and thought there would be a bit to play with there. I avoided using the swastika. So here is Albrecht Krieger, Captain Nazi.

    I’m sure he’ll get his!

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_Nazi

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/iscarioto/2012/06/iscarioto-krieger.png

  152. Hyperanthropos

    For my chracter I picked “Fantomah.” I know that the original was more a type of Wonderwoman with various powers, but I chose the “Jungle-Girl” design instead. I had this great mental image of my version of Fantomah mounted on the back of a huge white lioness, her face concealed by the shadows of the forest primeval and the jungle night, except her soul-piercing green eyes.
    Anyway, here is what came out of this idea. Hope you will enjoy it:
    http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5356/hyperanthroposfantomah.png

  153. {sigh} Now I remember why I quit using DeviantArt.
    Cave Girl reworked and correctly named:
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5tpLrho1aGQ/T937culvxXI/AAAAAAAAAWs/j2XiEztmcMk/s720/Phatchick-Cavegirl.png

  154. Moon Girl updated with golden skin which appears when the mystical Moon Stone is activated.

    The original Moon Girl: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Moon_Girl

    Updated Moon Girl: http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/dblade/2012/06/dblade_MoonGirl.jpg

  155. Ladies and Gentleman i proudly present you two great flying aces
    Black Venus and Captain Aero Not my best attempt but i want to make a crossover. So here is my attempt
    Flying Aces

  156. So there isn’t much redesign going on here but I found this guys back story to be so compelling that it warranted some attention.

    Pretty cool idea, a super villain who acquires a special helmet which grants him cognitive powers, the trade-off being that the helmet slowly but surely whittles away at his core, removing his desire for villainy and replacing it with feelings of compassion and benevolence.

    Imagine the character building, the conflict at losing himself to the helmet, and thus switching sides and doing good. And then what happens when that helmet is removed?

    I present to you: Menthor

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Menthor

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/iscarioto/2012/06/Iscarioto-Menthor.png

    …his helmet should totally be called “The Fresh-Maker”

  157. Blazing Tornado

    The Green Turtle:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Green_Turtle

    I really wanted to tackle this one but I wasn’t sure how.
    Then I realized I had to look more at the turtle idea than the “Chinese Batman” idea. So I decided to make him look like a strong man, who are more massive than ripped, and add armor.
    His backpiece is a shield, which he can use as a throwing disc just like Captain America.
    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t285/Detour84/BlazingTornado-TheGreenTurtle.png

  158. Wow many many entrys here.
    So here is my work:
    http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/2276/kytmoongirl.png
    Title: Moongirl on Earth
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Moon_Girl

  159. Alexander of Limbo

    Ok so i’m probably going to be a real pain in the behind now. I’ve just renamed all of my files cos i think they might have been wrong (but i don’t really know) so all of my links above wont work but these should:
    Atomic Thunder:
    http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/3458/alexanderoflimboatomict.png
    http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/3458/alexanderoflimboatomict.png
    Captain 3d:
    http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/8798/alexanderoflimbocapt3d1.png
    http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/8798/alexanderoflimbocapt3d1.png
    http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/8798/alexanderoflimbocapt3d1.png
    http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/5510/alexanderoflimbocapt3d2.png
    http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/5510/alexanderoflimbocapt3d2.png
    http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/5510/alexanderoflimbocapt3d2.png
    Ace of spades:
    http://img804.imageshack.us/img804/6535/alexanderoflimboaceofspj.png
    http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/7275/alexanderoflimboaceofsp.png
    http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/7275/alexanderoflimboaceofsp.png
    http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/7275/alexanderoflimboaceofsp.png
    Fisherman of Space:
    http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/3416/alexanderoflimbofisherm.png
    Dr. Skull:
    http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/8613/alexanderoflimbodrskull.png
    http://img807.imageshack.us/img807/8613/alexanderoflimbodrskull.png
    Dr. Voodoo:
    http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/375/alexanderoflimbodrvoodo.png
    http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/375/alexanderoflimbodrvoodo.png
    Black Jack:
    http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/6268/alexanderoflimboblackja.png
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6268/alexanderoflimboblackja.png
    Zambini:
    http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/44/alexanderoflimbozambini.png
    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/44/alexanderoflimbozambini.png
    NoMan:
    http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/3451/alexanderoflimbonomanhe.png
    http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/3327/alexanderoflimbonoman.png

  160. Drago Smith

    For my last entry for the contest Commander Steel. I figured I’d take the steel part literal and make his entire body steel and make him kinda futuristic by giving him a wrist shield, its a arm band that he can turn on and it emits an american style electric shield that will stop just about anything.

    My version

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/CommanderSteel1.png

    Original

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Commander_Steel

  161. Ploughed Jester

    Well, I had 2 entries this week, but one is on a laptop I won’t get back until Monday morning. I’ll try to get it in on time but if not oh well. At least I have one entry.

    This one I just had to do… it is my namesake after all. Jester. Rookie cop Chuck Lane learns that he is a direct descendant of a medieval court jester. Because of this, and the fact that he feels he is not doing enough good as a cop alone, he becomes a colorfully costumed adventurer known as the Jester. The Jester is a comical crime fighter who makes laughing-stocks out of the criminals he fights. He is known to be an unpredictable hero whose eerie laugh and jingling bells are an ominous sign to his enemies. His costume is worn under his police uniform.

    His original costume was filled with all manner of flashy colors but based on use of the laugh and bells, I imagined him as more of a Batman-esque or Crow-like hero, messing with his foes minds from darkness, then springing out. Thus, I still gave him a colorful costume, but stuck to cool colors like blues and purples, keeping his original green tunic, with a black shoulder caped trench coat over top. This makes for a slightly darker, yet still justice seeking Jester. I also replaced the cloth eye mask with a full faced metal Venetian styled jester’s mask giving him a permanent, eerie rictus grin… and a bit of face protection since it’s the only bright part of his costume. A decorated police baton for a weapon is the icing on the cake.

    The Jester’s personality is completed by this Danny Kaye inspired rhyme:
    First the bells ring, and the laughter, it sings,
    and the guns, they let out their roar.
    But the silence will come, then I’ll have my fun
    and you suddenly fall to the floor.
    There are none who can best the one who doth jest
    so just put your guns back on the shelves.
    With no other recourses but my own resources,
    I’ve made a fool of yourselves!

    http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/PloughedJester/PloughedJester-TheJester.png

  162. Ploughed Jester

    saw that you found links to the original helpful so I’ve added that
    http://images.wikia.com/pdsh/images/1/1b/Jester.jpg

  163. While in no way a sidekick to anyone, and published by at least three different companies over the years, Wonder Boy was just as blatent a rip-off of Superboy as Wonder Man was of Superman.Guess Quality had better lawyers, as well as better artists and writers, so here’s Wonderboy!

    Wonder Boy appeared in the 40’s, before Superboy, but he was without doubt a Superman rip-off.

  164. THis is my second contest entry. I went a little far out when updating Fantomah. She is described as unlimitedly powerful and i gave her the power over life and death. I tried to make her look a little more egyption and added some symbolism.
    http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/9523/cassiopafantomah1.png

  165. Entry number 5. I again chose a group, Bulletman and Bulletgirl. I think their inclusion on that list is a little weird since DC currently owns the rights to their version of the characters, but they’re not the same as the Golden Age version.

    This time, the concept is a little different. The idea here is that in the 1960s, the characters were relaunched as a couple of super spies named The Bullets. They could be the same characters, just in a new line of work.

    Original:
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Bulletman
    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Bulletgirl

    New:
    http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx88/jzelger/JackZelger-Bullets.png

  166. http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Crystal_Queen
    “The Crystal Queen was a crime boss with dreams of world conquest. She stole the legendary Blue Crystal which could be commanded to emit a deadly ray, which turned a person’s skin blue as they died or could demolish inannimate objects with explosive force.”
    Unfortunately, that much power always has a price and the Queen has paid dearly.
    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lKLsRHCRfRk/T96xP0hrYWI/AAAAAAAAAW8/j_C6rUJ_zoQ/s606/Phatchick-CrystalQueen.png

  167. Never thought that the Blue Beetle looked all that bulletproof, even if he used the same tailor as the Target, so I beefed him up. Since the name is trademarked and the Golden Age version was a cop, I stuck a badge on his chest and called him the Blue Badger.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-BlueBadger.jpg

    @ webpulp: Superboy appeared in the 40’s as well, but you’re right, the kid in the feetie pajamas predated him by almost five years. The point is, he was a ripoff.

  168. hyperanthropos

    There have been many fantastic characters in this contest. I don’t know how Jeff is going to decide a winner, but if I had to make a decision, Iwould go for “Fighting Yank” from AMS.

    Seriously, just take a look, people. Ams started from this:
    Old – http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Amazing_Man

    and went to this:
    New – http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/ams/2012/06/ams-AMAZING-MAN.png

    I don’t have enough words to describe, how awesome I find this design. The coloring is perfect. The clothes and the various body parts fit together in right proportion like it was a picture made by a pro. More so, AMS took one of those “Patriotic Superheroes”, who was only a Second-Stringer, and made him as noble as Captain America and as bad-ass as Batman. Wonderful Job. Definitley my favorite entry in this contest.

    @AMS: Could you please tell me, how you created this shining effect in the coloring?

  169. hyperanthropos

    Oops!(: Got the wrong one. That is Amazing Man. My bad.
    This is what I have been praising.

    Old – http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Fighting_Yank

    New – http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/ams/2012/06/ams-FIGHTING-YANK.png

  170. Holy cow. With 256 entries, this is officially the largest response ever for a HeroMachine contest.

    I’ve downloaded them all, so I am closing it to new entries. Thank you all for sharing your creativity! Today’s a pretty crazy day for me but I will try to have the results up by this afternoon.

  171. hyperanthropos:
    There have been many fantastic characters in this contest. I don’t know how Jeff is going to decide a winner, but if I had to make a decision, Iwould go for “Fighting Yank” from AMS.

    Seriously, just take a look, people. Ams started from this:
    Old – http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Amazing_Man

    and went to this:
    New – http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/ams/2012/06/ams-AMAZING-MAN.png

    I don’t have enough words to describe, how awesome I find this design. The coloring is perfect. The clothes and the various body parts fit together in right proportion like it was a picture made by a pro. More so, AMS took one of those “Patriotic Superheroes”, who was only a Second-Stringer, and made him as noble as Captain America and as bad-ass as Batman. Wonderful Job. Definitley my favorite entry in this contest.

    @AMS: Could you please tell me, how you created this shining effect in the coloring?

    Thank you for the kind words, hyperanthropos!

    If your looking to get an idea of how the highlighting and shading is done, check out this link – http://www.heromachine.com/forum/tips-tricks-how-tos-and-guides/how-to-highlightshade/

    Cheers and good luck to everyone this week. This was an awesome contest!!