January 29, 2013 at 11:28 am #18253
I’d like to see both villain teams, I think both would be very interesting. Love the team, I didn’t realise that you’d colour co-ordinated the team until I saw the group shot. I love how their costumes work and the logo is probably the best I’ve seen for a team on the forum.February 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm #18893
Been a bit busy with real life (boo! lol), but as promised. Some villains for Spectrum
Starting off with the ANARQUEERS! A three-person terrorist cell, all of them former military or black ops, who operate in defiance of any and all governments, blaming all of them for the plight of LGBT people around the world. They routinely perform widespread attacks against organized religion and political groups with anti-gay leanings, and assassinate those leadership figures at the head of each. They view all non-LGBT members of society as complicit participants in the status quo as it has been thus far. They are expendable cannon fodder in the war against heteronormativity. Spectrum aims to put an end to them, but even their abilities are hard tasked to overcome such ruthless adversaries.
Former Black Ops operative, fell in love with a teammate and jeopardized a mission forher, leading to their handlers abandoning them in hostile territory. Her teammate was brutally tortured to death in front of her, before Butch managed to escape. Butch wages war on the government that abandoned her and against any who would hurt members of the LGBT community.
She is an expert marksman and martial artist, having undergone extensive gene therapy during her black ops contracts which enhanced her body and neurology beyond normal human limits.
A former intelligence analyst for the military, he lived isolated and withdrawn because of the DADT policy in effect during his enlistment. Eventually his fellow soldiers got wind of his secret, created an elaborate ruse involving a fake online relationship and exposed him to his superiors. Despite his long career, Nancyboy was summarily expelled from the army. Unhinged and with nothing left to lose, Nancyboy erased years of intelligence from military servers and leaked sensitive information. He was kept locked up in an undisclosed facility, awaiting sentencing as a traitor when Butch broke him out and recruited him.
A computer expert and an excellent forger, Nancyboy allows the Anarqueers to stay ahead of authorities and keeps a rotating supply of valid ID documents at their fingertips. He uses enhanced weaponry of his own design.
A genetic experiment uncovered by Nancyboyâ€™s hacking and rescued by him and Butch from a clandestine facility based deep within the Rocky Mountains. Her true identity, or even gender, remains unknown. She refers to herself as Dorothy and wears a dolled up mask at all times. She was the only surviving test subject of a combined radiation/gene therapy program that greatly altered her body. Butch and Nancyboy killed the entire research staff, leveled the base, and scoured all records of its existence. Very few people remain aware of her origins. Dorothy is generally docile, but becomes a vicious and cruel assassin on mission.
Thanks to her treatment, Dorothy is an efficient killing machine. She has superhuman strength, enough to punch through plate steel and rip heavy machinery to shreds. She is not invulnerable, but the increased density of her skin, bone, and muscle tissues make her incredibly resistant to injury. She can switch off her pain receptors at will, allowing her to fight through enormous punishment.
And close it off with a group shot:
February 10, 2013 at 8:34 am #19054
very awesome!February 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm #19253
Well everybody, the lenten season is upon us and since the whole point is to try and give up something you love and would be difficult to do without for forty days… I’ve begrudgingly elected to give up heromachining. I’ll be around, but no creations from me for a little while.February 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm #19255
honorable.February 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm #19258
Your coice and rightfully so, but any practice that chokes your creativity seems wrong to me. Your characters are the most original and refreshing concepts going in the these theads. Hopefully in your “down time”, you recharge and come back with your best yet.
….but since you have given this up for 40 days, I guess this rant is pretty meaningless.
Cheers, anyways.April 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm #22003
I’m baaaack! After an extended hiatus I’m back with some more Spectrum stuff!
First up is a supporting character, who acts as a mentor and consultant to the young team. The Bear’s husband and former superhero side-kick, Arnold Aronov. Arnold was a former vigilante himself, but is now in a state of semi-retirement, begrudgingly following his husband back into superheroics.April 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm #22005
Now to not leave you with a decidedly civilian character. I’ve started designing the 1960s super-team that The Bear and Elementa were a part of before joining with Spectrum. They were an active crime-fighting unit devoted to protecting and fighting for the LGBT community, put together by Elementa after the Stonewall Riots in New York.
First up is Rosemary’s first incarnation as Elementa, new to her abilities and eager to make a difference in the world.
Next is the Bear, in the freer more scantily clad days of his youth.
Finally we have Arnold Aronov’s former superhuman identity: The Cub!
Backstory on his abilities:
When the Bear was first granted his powers, following a disastrous plane crash, Arnold was gravely injured. Despite the Bear carrying him swiftly from the surrounding wilderness in his powerful new form, Arnold almost didn’t make it. An emergency blood transfusion from the Bear brought him back from the brink. Sensing that the Bear would an anchor, someone to guide him through life, Kodiak empowered the blood within Arnold, granting him an enhanced physique and superhuman senses. He stayed with the Bear throughout his quest, through retirement and back again.
April 6, 2013 at 8:02 am #22031
Always cool character creations. The whole concept of stories that deal with sexual orientated based superheroes in the sixties would fill many issues of comics. You need to sell this idea to get it published. I see a Vertigo series or maybe something with Image. Can’t wait to see more of your characters. Cheers!April 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm #22110
Hey thanks! It’d definitely have to be an edgier kind of comic line, I think Image sounds good These guys are mainly nods to the kind of wild and rapidly-changing attitudes that began to emerge during the 60’s LGBT movements, moving away from trying just to blend in and get by unnoticed towards being more outspoken and in your face about everything. Elementa and Cub were fun because I tend to do street clothing or kind of fantasy robe/armor stuff and my traditional superhero outfits are a bit rusty.
One more for today!
The team’s resident mage. In the modern timeline of the story he’s also the reason behind Spectrum’s revival, going unhinged and detonating the source of his powers in the middle of a pride event. It’s unleashed energies are the catalyst that transforms the six young members of Spectrum and grants them their powers.
A bisexual young man from Puerto Rico, raised by his grandmother and instructed in island lore and santerÃa. After her passing he spent his youth without resolve, aimless, addicted to an endless chain of substances. During an attempted overdose he found a crystal clear prism hidden in the refuse of a squalid building, seemingly drawing him near. Upon contact with the relic, the drugs and addiction were burned clean from him and he felt true power, a one-ness with the universe. He attached the prism to a chain around his neck and took up the identity of Triad, used his magic to better the lives of others. Using the prism as a power source, he could fly, conjure waves of extra-dimensional energy with various applications, even teleport. His potential was limited only by his imagination. The prism also seemed to guide him somehow, giving him an almost precognitive supernatural intuition. He often told his teammates that it had a personality, a presence of it’s own. After Spectrum initially disbanded, HernÃ¡n became lost. He became somewhat of a silent protector for the Village, dispatching muggers and bigots alike before fading into obscurity altogether. HernÃ¡n wasnâ€™t seen for years, until the eventful day when his actions led to the formation of Spectrumâ€™s current incarnation. He was ranting and raving for Elementa and the Bear to help him, telling them the voice in the Prism had gotten too loud, too demanding. In his unhinged state he cracked open the Prism, unleashing its magicks on the crowd. He disappeared with the ensuing explosion and hasn’t been seen since…April 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm #22121
Sweet design.April 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm #22249
Thanks! Another member of the retro Spectrum team, arguably their most powerful.
Heâ€™s never revealed much of his past. Much of what the team does know is second-hand information from Triad, with whom Pride formed a particularly close relationship. He was a soldier in WWII. A member of an elite clandestine wetworks squad. Thus any record of his civilian existence has been destroyed, making it near impossible to determine who he used to be. They had a mission against the Axis powers in Germany. They failed. Pride and his surviving teammates were rounded up and experimented on by Nazi scientists. One by one, Pride watched his comrades die wretchedly, either by side effect of the treatments they were subjected to or by their own hand after the torture had driven them insane. According to Triad, Pride lost somebody incredibly special to him during this ordeal. Some genetic quirk in his physiology allowed Pride to survive the treatment. He was gifted with near invulnerability, vast superhuman strength, and superhuman speed. Pride used these abilities to tear his prison apart and kill his captors.. He spent much of the years thereafter wandering as a homeless vagrant, anonymous and alone. He found he didnâ€™t age anymore, another gift from his jailers. Eventually he made it back to America, hiding amongst the burn outs and abandoned in NYC. It wasnâ€™t until the Stonewall Riots, the sight of a man in uniform brutalizing a young gay man, that something inside him snapped. He rose up, using his abilities to tear apart the shackles and police wagons. No more secrecy. No more hiding. He would be a living banner to his people. A living symbol of Pride. He was a natural leader to the team, but always deferred to Rosemary. Pride burned out his abilities during the 1970â€™s, deliberately and repeatedly exposing himself to the HIV virus and incubating post-human antibodies through his accelerated immune system. His abilities were gone, but he spared the LGBT community the ravages of a potential plague. He passed away in the late 80â€™s. His true age finally catching up with him.April 14, 2013 at 5:52 am #22490
Great stuff! Will you make another groupshot when you have completed the current group?April 17, 2013 at 12:12 am #22614
Of course! I love putting group shots together.
Last member of the retro Spectrum team.
Rocketina- Donna Edrington
She was the daughter of a billionaire industrial engineer, who built his fortune through advances in aviation technology and architectural innovation. Donna was gifted with an eidetic memory and showed avid interest in pursuing an engineering degree like her father before her. Despite her interest, Mr. Edrington favored his eldest son as an heir and pushed him for excellence. Donnaâ€™s brother joined the air-force hoping to make their father proud, but was killed in combat during a skirmish over the Congo. Mr. Edrington became severely depressed, withering away until the day he took his own life. She inherited her fatherâ€™s business and used its resources to build a personal flight-suit. One that would allow her to make an individual difference in the world. Something more maneuverable that would prevent tragedies like the one that claimed her brotherâ€™s life. She never claimed a distinct orientation, and didnâ€™t want to, having a strong distaste for labels and constrainment. Rocketina would die shortly before the disbanding of the team, sacrificing her life in order to destroy a device that would have opened a rift in space-time under San Francisco. Donna wore an advanced aerial rocket-suit, allowing her to fly through the air at incredible velocities. The suit had onboard weapons systems in addition to the arms Donna kept on her person. She was an expert marksman, and incredibly agile.April 17, 2013 at 12:20 am #22615
Group shot of the 60’s team. I took the liberty of retro-fying it a bit. I would have used instagram for extra hipster points, but alas the square format is just a bit too restrictive.
Posting a link due to file-size issues.
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