Contest 37 Prize: Gravn Imaj

Halloween Jack and I have finished his very funny prize for winning Caption Contest 37. He wanted a parody of a character featuring as many 1990's-era Image cliches as possible, and here's what I ultimately came up with:


(Click the image for a larger version.)

I tried to throw in everything I could, including:

  • Big wide chest and itty-bitty hands;
  • Headpiece at least as large as the torso;
  • Grotesque skull-head open-mouthed gaping grin;
  • Uncontrollable mane of hair;
  • Lots of braids flying in all directions;
  • Feet hidden by convenient bits of landscaping;
  • Weapons that don't quite fit in the hands if you really look at them;
  • Bristling bits of gear hanging from all over;
  • Pouches, pouches, and more pouches;
  • Unnecessary bits of costume fluffery like oversized shoulder pads, thigh bands, etc.;
  • Banded-metal body parts;

The thing about it is, I kind of like the drawing! That's the power of seduction that is Rob Liefeld. It all looks really hawt on first glance, until you look closer at it. But hey, that formula netted him millions, so who am I to bitch about it?

Unfortunately Halloween Jack is out of town on vacation until the end of January so I couldn't get this approved, but he told me to go for it and post it whenever I felt it was ready. It's a lot different than the last thing he saw, hopefully he'll still be pleased.

Don't forget, you can win your OWN custom black and white illustration of whatever you like if you win the HeroMachine Caption Contest 41, going on right now!

You also still have time to enter the UGO Games contest to design the coolest-looking modern warrior. If you win, your creation will be the featured character in an actual online video game, which is awesome. So get busy!

20 Responses to Contest 37 Prize: Gravn Imaj

  1. Xstacy says:

    Hahahaha…that’s *great*.

    Too bad there’s no stupidly gaping mouth in the Modern Warrior mini; a riff on this would make a fantastic contest entry. 🙂

  2. TheNate says:

    He he he … “Omage” comics. That’s clever.

  3. Skiriki says:

    Teeth! Teeth! Needs more teeth! 😉

  4. Joshua says:

    Gawd– that is too funny 🙂

  5. Frankie says:

    What? No salivia strands?

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    Yeah, I really should have put in saliva strands. My bad.

  7. DJ says:

    Halloween Jack needs to win more! That is a bloody brilliant idea! Looks great(in an odd way) Jeff. Rob Liefeld would be so proud.

  8. DJ says:

    Hope you don’t mind Jeff or Halloween but I got bored and decided to try and color it. If you want I can delete it.

  9. DJ says:

    Thanks. 🙂

    It took me a while on the metal plating but that was the only real hard part. I notice I missed a section.

  10. DJ says:

    There is one with missing part in bottom finished. Sorry for my second double posting.

  11. The Imp says:

    That’s more Leifeld than Leifeld. It’s actually kind of scary. It’s also kind of scary how easily you were able to come up with it. 😀

  12. Jeff Hebert says:

    Imp, if you stare into the Abyss long enough, the Abyss starts to stare back out at YOU … ::shudder::

  13. Jose Inoa says:

    High-5, Mr, H.
    Now someone’s gotta come up with the female counterpart, “Bloody Imij”! (Liefeld had all those ‘blood’ titles, he so kree8iv.)

  14. Bael says:

    Snerk! That’s more Image than I’ve seen in a long time. Don’t forget the multiple afterthought swords, other peopl’s signature weapons and title made up of “creatively” spelled words. Or the strangely flat guns. Man, does anyone else hear the hair metal starting up? That is just bloody brilliant.

  15. DJ says:

    I’ve colored in a couple more of the past winners pictures. If you want to see I can post the links.

  16. Jeff Hebert says:

    Oh yeah, the gun with TWO barrels for the ONE bullet to come out of, I forgot! That’s one of my buddy John’s biggest pet peeves with the old Image stuff and Liefeld in particular.

    Love to see the images, DJ!

  17. Loki says:

    you forgot the crotch, I didn’t think “oh my god, is there a lrage woodland animal living in his pants!?”

  18. HalLoweEn JacK says:

    Hey all,

    I’m back from vacation and muchly amused by the image and the ensuing conversation.

    I like how the final image turned out – though I must say it looks like an actual image comic cover to the point where anyone who doesn’t know it’s origins might not see it for the parody it is! In short, awesome work Jeff, though the ease with which you adapted to this somewhat horrendous style is troubling!

    I’d better get to work on the next caption contest, ’cause I’ve got a few more ideas to test your artistic integrity!