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The aforementioned 52 DC Comics character redesigns done in 24 hours for Generate, previously posted at my blog.

Copy-pasted comments of relevance:

"I mostly picked more obscure characters, second-stringers through to the bottom line of 'characters whose existence you've forgotten because they never show up in anything', since I think the designs of the most prominent characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman et al are so fantastically solid that I couldn't possibly redesign them better. Plus, it's the less prominent characters who often go through the most and/or most strikingly different costume changes, so I had a lot of fun material to work with.

"Also, in order to have some mental context for the redesigns, while doing these I pretended that the 'New 52 Reboot' actually wound up being set a few months after the events of the most recent comics, although the timeline would still be skewed a bit (compressing long stretches of comic time into shorter ones, such as in the new Batgirl title where Barbara's time in the wheelchair was condensed from 20 years to 3), but overall with the intent of kickstarting a new, brighter, fresher-faced, somewhat more lighthearted DC Universe. As well, to inspire/rationalize a few of the designs, I came up with a few mental backstories as to why certain characters assumed certain identities or are apparently unencumbered by canon problems (such as why Barbara's got the use of her legs, and why Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man and Ted Kord/Blue Beetle are no longer dead), though explaining those would definitely make this post much longer than it needs to be and would just make me sad that those types of things aren't happening in the actual canon."


Miscellaneous notes:

-Mad Mod here is basically the version from the Teen Titans cartoon, except with a heavier emphasis on his Evil Fashion Designer roots and a "can't accept that his glory days are gone" type of hangup.

-Babs here is simultaneously Batgirl and Oracle, with the cord running down the side of her leg meant to be part of a cybernetic support system to boost her abilities as compensation for her not being fully recovered from her paralysis. I just thought it'd be cool to have her as a field agent herself while still running information for the other heroes. As such, I gave Calculator a bit more of his old super-suit design so he'd have the ability to do field work as well, to make the two of them real opposite numbers of each other, like they were in the Birds Of Prey series.

-I accidentally gave Red Robin and Huntress basically the same costume, which I didn't notice until after I started scanning. :XD:

-Steph/Spoiler here is post-Batgirl, having returned the mantle to Babs in order to make a name for herself (again) as Spoiler.

-In my ideal fantasy world, Enigma is the 14-year-old daughter of the Riddler and a former henchwoman, whom he'd been looking for only to discover that she was dead and that Enigma (whom he hadn't known about previously) was in an orphanage/foster home/whatever. He'd subsequently kidnap her and try to take her under his wing, to mold her into the successor to his title et al, while she would remain largely unimpressed and would only go along with him because it meant she'd be able to shoot a gun. Because, y'know, it's cool.

-I'm not totally familiar with the details of how Secret was turned into an ordinary human, but my version here has her having mysteriously regained her powers (but with the ability to turn them on and off, unlike before, where she was permanently stuck in a gaseous state) and returned to crimefighting as a result. The uniform is supposed to be the uniform for the private school she and Arrowette were attending, but I couldn't find any image reference, so I just made it up.

-Extra bonus points for anyone who can recognize Control Freak's costume (since his old outfit was a mishmash of Star Wars references, I switched to another fanboy-laden cult franchise), as well as Harvey Bullock's.

-And a million extra bonus points for anyone who recognizes the last member on the list. :D I miss him so much. I wish DC would at least put out a reprint volume of that series already.
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Hablade Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
This makes me so happy, I can't even begin to describe it. I am very glad to see someone (and with some serious talent too :)) remembers these characters too. I think my favorite in terms of the redesigns are either Riddler, B'wana Beast or Stargirl because all of them feel familiar and true to the characters while trying new things.

Your style also works beautifully with these characters, I would love to see you make a comic for someone like Shazam or Blue Beetle (Ted Kord preferably, my favorite of the Blue Beetles) the bright colors and vibrant shapes would suit them very well. Great job on this, it looks amazing and i would love to see from you. Keep up the good work! :D
(Also, I remember 'Mazing Man too. Did you ever see his appearance in the JLA as a part of the Justice League of Anarchy? I would have loved to see a book about that team and the weird adventures they got into :D)
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Artist
Aww, thanks so much!  I saw a little panel of him in the "Justice League Of Anarchy", but never saw the full story it appeared in.
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Hablade Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
You're welcome, this looks amazing and you deserve plenty of praise for it. The story was alright, I mainly enjoyed it for seeing all the weird leagues that were made up (except for the Justice League of Air, that's just stupid.)
BTW, what are your thoughts on Rebirth so far? Do you think it's an improvement over the New 52 (which isn't really saying much)? Do you have any favorite titles so far? I think the Superman books are my personal favorites so far, I like the idea of him being a dad a lot and I'm just really excited to see what.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Artist
I actually haven't read much DC since the New 52 was relaunched, mostly just the weird short-lived titles like Bizarro and Bat-Mite.  I liked Dr. Fate mainly for Sonny Liew's art, and I'd be interested to read Gene Luen Yang's Superman / New Super-Man because I really like him as a writer, but I haven't gotten around to it.
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Hablade Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Same here, it wasn't until Rebirth that I got back into DC. Before that I was mostly re-reading old Image titles like Transmetropolitan and Invincible and the new Power Man series by the Samurai Jack creator. I haven't read Dr. Fate yet, is it any good? New Super-Man sounds interesting and I've heard good things about it, but I'm waiting until it goes paperback to get an immediate feeling for it and see if it's my kind of book. I've also been interested in the new Young Animal imprint DC launched recently, it has some unique titles and some impressive talent behind it.
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Better" doesn't even begin to describe it! You even remembered Enigma. I only have these 2 questions:
1) Does Supergirl still remember how to smile instead of being drunk off her ass with angst? And...
2) Are Joker (with a face) and Harley (not dressed like a hooker) back together?
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CRAZY4LUV Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The design of the music meister is awesome!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you!
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CRAZY4LUV Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome!
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is awesome! ^_^
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sAkora1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your mad mod design. Also Starfires too. :3
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you!
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sAkora1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome.
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RuhigKnight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You adding Jericho, Pantha, and Baby makes me happy:) Hell, this whole thing makes me happy:)
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks! :D I did this, I think, a month or two after reading a bunch of the late 80's/early 90's New Teen Titans run, so they were all already on my mind.
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RuhigKnight Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No,thank you :D most of fandom tends to over-look them. DC hasn't been particularly nice either what with the treatment they both got in the old DCU and also in the DCnU where Jericho was Liefeldized and Pantha and Baby are probably erased away like many other Titans.
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bridget4685 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
star fire
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bigfatcarp93 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hmmm... some I like, some I'm not nuts about. Faved nonetheless.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Eh, I had to do 'em in 24 hours, they can't all be winners. ^^; Thanks though!
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bigfatcarp93 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Yep, anytime. I especially like what you did with KD, Mas y Menos, Enigma, Misfit (Who doesn't love Misfit?) and Guy.
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alohaitsluke Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
This is the only time I've seen Star in an outfit resembling her original where I can't imagine anyone saying anything bad about her showing skin.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Artist
Probably because the skin she's showing here isn't 85% of her boobs. :P But thanks!
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
:bulletwhite:You did a very cool characters gallery! :toocool: Now,talking about some them:
- Pantha are wild and sexy! :D (But who are the Wildebeestīs parents? :roll: )
- Arrowette is sweet! :aww:
- Spoiler and Blackbat:I donīt know them. :shrug:
- Power Girl and Starfire:Are sexy,but them should have bigger boobs... ;P
- Bulllock: He look like a gangster from 30īs! :omg:
- Impulse...Irey West? :O_o: At last time that I saw,this character was a boy... :confused:
- īMazing Man: I donīt know him,because his adventure werenīt published on the Brazil yet. :shrug: On the DCīs database,I found this [link] But seem that you did something more similar with this other version [link]
- Ravena: Her new look is a real trash! :bleh:
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GalaxyGirl5 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Muh-muh-Music Meisteeerrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!! :la: That is such a cute outfit he has! Like a hipster or something! X3
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Artist
Haha, thanks!
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GalaxyGirl5 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you just draw him for fun? Or is he gonna be featured somewhere?
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Artist
This whole image was for a 24-hour sketch challenge at my school, so I guess "just for fun" is the closest answer? I don't really have any plans for any of these designs except maybe the occasional doodle in the future, or something.
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GalaxyGirl5 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh, okay. X3
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quirkyhedgehog2333 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Music meister and Eddie are my favorites
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks, I'm pretty fond of both those designs too. :)
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quirkyhedgehog2333 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Also I love yore riddler comics~
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Koji-Tsunami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I'm not sold on all of these, but I'll say this. The Flash, Kid Flash and Martian Manhunter costumes are hella fun.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Heh, I had to do them all pretty quickly one after another, so I'm not totally sold on all of these either. ^^; But thanks!
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dacreativegenius Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
sweet!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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cheesebugs Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mazing Man deserved the fave alone...much less the other 51.

Great job. Lots of fun.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks so much!
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AdrenalineRush1996 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
I love it. Best redesign ever!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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AdrenalineRush1996 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
You're welcome.
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halfeatencandybars Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Artist
YEAH GIRL, THAT'S WHAT'S UP.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Artist
UH-HUH.
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Pickles12 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Aww, Irey :love:
Did they ever make any comics where she was Impulse? (as a side note, I loved Bart's face when she decided to take that as her superhero name...) Or was it basically, she said "I'm Impulse..." and then Flashpoint/Reboot happened?
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Artist
Pretty much the latter, unfortunately. :( Though she did show up at least once out-of-uniform in The Flash pre-reboot.
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Pickles12 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Yeah, that's kinda what I thought ~sighs~
Where was that?
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Artist
I don't have the actual issues with me, but I think it was early on in the run, there was a scene where the entire extended Flash family was having a picnic...the opening shot of that sequence can be found here [link]
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Pickles12 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Aww, is that Jay that she's flying a kite with? Who's at the barbeque?
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Artist
Yeah, that's Jay. It's all the Flash folk; that's Max Mercury at the grill, Wally and Bart playing catch, Linda and Iris at the table, and Jai under the tree. (Barry showed up later.) It's scenes like these that make me really love Francis Manapul's art, rather than the superhero action stuff. I especially love Irey's stripey leggings.
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Pickles12 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Ahh, I think I figured everyone else out except Bart...I thought maybe it was Barry playing catch with Wally
It's a pretty fantastic piece :D
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Woerlan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
O_O I would SO watch all of this. Or read it. Why can't Teen Titans be like this?
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