Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Redesigning Jericho


Jericho a la Walko. My internal marching order with Jericho was: make him cool. I love George Perez and all, but the original Jericho design 1. had nothing to do with his powers and 2. had a feminine quality to it. So what to do to bring Joey into cool-dom without betraying the character?

The thing I kept in mind was what made Jericho cool with da ladies. And I thought that had a lot to do with his sensitive artistic side. I wanted that to come through. I have him in a sleeveless vest and close-cropped hair, along with some chin scruff and longer, narrow sideburns. Little elements like that said "artist" to me. The close-cropped hair is also something that seemed really cool for Joey. No more soft, curly, afro locks! I also kept Perez' version of his face, with the wide eyes and round face. That's part of who he is, to me. So now, he's got that Justin Timerlake vibe.


As far as his uniform, I wanted to play around with something that would be ownable to Jericho. And I thought of playing around with an eye motif icon. That symbol on his chest is a stylized eye - and when he makes "contact", the green parts glow. Cool visual, and a nice emblem for Jericho to call his own. Color-wise, Jericho should have always been GREEN to me. It's the color of his eyes and it's also representitive of his powers.


I also wanted to give Joey a costume that wouldn't hinder physical combat, since his mother has taught him that; He's a decent fighter. The kelvar vest is just an added layer of protection, but gives him a bit of a modern look.

More to come...

27 Comments:

  • At 7:13 PM, Blogger D-Man said…

    Bill, you said that the costume George Perez gave Jericho looked feminine, but I have to tell you that the bare arms and the nicked high neck on this green / blue version you have created make this costume look feminine to me. With the eye the way it is on the front, the costume looks a little too much like Ion and the Green Lanterns. Although I liked Jericho's outfit originally, I think the design Tony Daniel gave him is more of a masculine look than this one.

     
  • At 1:03 AM, Anonymous uss_titans said…

    d-man.
    You are right on that one.
    I would prefer Tony Daniel design over this new one. Still love that Perez one thou....I dont care what anybody say. Old school rules.

     
  • At 1:08 AM, Anonymous uss_titans said…

    And I hate that 'Justin Timberlame' look.
    yeah the white boy short hair cut look that say 'I am a heteral, but I will try anything once.'

    Yuk, Yukk.

     
  • At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bill,

    I have to agree with the other posters. He actually does make him look more feminine than the other costumes. Not to mention the costume makes him look like an Aquaman reject. One other thing. As someone with curly hair and a son with curly hair, those curly locks will help him with the ladies, not hurt. He doesn't need them as long as the 80s/90s version, but I'd personally keep them.

    And no eye on the chest.

    Mike

     
  • At 7:56 AM, Blogger Nightwing said…

    hmmm-- they liked this over of geoffjohns.com...

    I disagree with you guys on a lot of counts; I love Perez too, but his original look was bad.

     
  • At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually, I'd agree of the three (original, current, and yours), the original was the worst. But then again, it was keeping in the spirit of Nightwing's original costume (which was pretty much over the top as well).

    Mike

     
  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Captain Calamity said…

    Bill--

    I think you have a better sense of style than some of the posters. It really does look like something Joey would wear if he was on Smallville these days--look at Ollie and Arthur on that show!

    Tony's the man, but his new costume for Joey is WORSE than Perez's, which was his worst design ever.

    I dig it. Keep 'em coming!

     
  • At 3:09 PM, Blogger Arcalian said…

    The design it self is fine...Joey ALWAYS looks a bit feminine no matter what he's wearing. And the eye logo is awesomeness. Just put some sleeves on the thing.

     
  • At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I actually do like the eye on the chest, although perhaps a puppet symbol instead might be more fitting, as he inhabits and animates people as his puppets.

    Also, yes, this design also makes him look like a bit of a gay male fashion model or something, but I also have to say that it's probably a realistic depiction of a character who is an artist, after all, to look more than a bit sexually ambiguous.

    I also need to say that there will always be an inherent dimension of homoeroticism to drawings of gorgeous, musclebound men moving about in all kinds of physically-flattering poses... especially in skin-tight costumes that don't leave much to the imagination.

    If anybody else has the spine to admit that what I've just said is the truth, that would be a good start. But I'm not holding my breath, waiting.

     
  • At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    One could argue homoeroticism in nearly everything today. Just take the manly game of football for example. Plays usually start with the quarterback standing directly behind the bent-over center with his hands between the man's legs. My original comments weren't based on the idea that I need my male comic book characters to be clearly defined as macho. It is just Joey is a lady-killer (unintentionally as it may be) and I felt this look takes away from it as it does give more ambiguity. But then again, it isn't slowing down Justin Timberlake, so I'm probably wrong about that. I still feel he should keep the curls over the close-cropping, however.

    Let me clarify my previous comments somewhat. I like the style of the costume. I'm not overly in love with the green color, though I will admit I can't think of one to replace it. But I am dead-set against the eye, even more so if it glows when he tries to activate his powers (and I realize I am in the minority on this one). Aside from thinking the glowing part is extremely tacky and never being in love with characters brazenly advertising powers on their chests (flies in the face of tactics), I also feel it would work against his own power. He needs to make eye contact with someone for his power to work. As such, he would benefit from a costume that would actually make someone focus on his own eyes quickly. A symbol on his chest would draw attention there first before anything. That is why I think he has such a plain costume now. His most arresting feature is supposedly his eyes, and a costume that would highlight them (and I'll agree that the green would probably do that), rather than focus attention elsewhere, would be better.

    Just my opinion, even if it is the less popular one.

    Mike

     
  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger Arcalian said…

    Well in my case it's not a matter of spine, but of view; I don't look for homoeroticism, so I probably don't see it. In the same way I don't see Marvel, at all, ever. Just because I don't see it doesn't mean it isn't there.

    I LOVE the eye. I might stylize it a bit in terms of the design, but an eye logo is perfect for the character.

     
  • At 2:33 PM, Blogger D-Man said…

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  • At 2:37 PM, Blogger D-Man said…

    My interest in comics began with the New Teen Titans in the Wolfman/Perez era. I loved the book back then, and I've remained loyal to it because of that root. My interest in the characters definitely stems from that. And I really dug Joey's character development so much that he became my favorite. I don't have a strong art or design background, but I think Jericho's sensitivity was a great addition. I'm thrilled that he's been brought back, and I hope he is not going to be killed off again.

    I agree with you, Mike, that the eye design would be a tactical error. I certainly agree with you on the presence of homoeroticism in comic books. That isn't something that bothers me. In the most recent issue of the Titans, Deathstroke observes that Joey is more toughened than his previous incarnation. And that scene near the issue's end really drives that home. That sort of thing bothers me - unless the creative team uses it as a point of plot they'll explore later. Certainly, Joey's been through a lot of trauma. I'm really glad that they've kept his character mute. I hope that he's still shown as being an artist.

    Mainly, I want to see his character handled with care.

     
  • At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bill

    I'm sorry but I didn't like the Kid Devil one or the Jericho one. George Perez's Jericho was awful and Tony Daniels made Jericho look awesome. You can do better than this Bill.

     
  • At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, the other "anonymous" said that sexual ambiguity -- and even a bit of femininity -- would not be appropriate for a male character who is supposedly very attractive to females, such as Joe Wilson.

    However, the opposite is actually true. Many of the most attractive females find a guy who has a sexually-ambiguous dimension to be the most arousing.

    Now, what is also essential and completely non-negotiable is that the male always be athletic. For some reason, females always seem to want athletic (or, at least, athletic-looking) males.

     
  • At 5:51 PM, Blogger Nightwing said…

    I'm actually rather surprised at some of the comments about the Jericho redesign being 'feminine' because it's sleeveless. Because characters like Thor, Wolverine and Wonder Man have all had sleeveless costumes. If anything, I thought it was more masculine.

    The idea that close-cropped hair is homosexual in some way is also baffling. Lots of young men in college and their 20s sport that hair.

    The comments about characters 'looking gay' sometimes astound me. It's like everyone has to be wearing black, holding a gun and dripping with blood to be 'kewl.'

    I also disagree about the eye being a 'tactical' error. No one is going to know his power until it's too late. They may think he shoots eyebeams or something! I also thought the eye thing gave Joey an emblem, like Robin, Wonder Girl and the rest.

    As Capt Calamity mentioned, I was thinking of more modern costumes [like Smallville or the X-Men movies].

    But hey, everyone has an opinion and I thank everyonefor voicing theirs, even if I don't see... eye to eye. [Jericho joke there].

     
  • At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It wasn't the sleeves that made me feel that way, it was the haircut more than anything. I think me (and a few others) instantly thought he looked way too much like Justin Timberlake with that do. But as mentioned, it is the one the ladies go for these days.

    As for the lack of sleeves, that was a positive for me. The design of the costume works for me, just not the color scheme at first (though it is growing on me) and absolutely positively not the eye. I'm fine with Joe having an emblem. But as you put it Bill, you and I will never see "eye to eye" about it being on the chest. I think it will make opponents avoid his eyes, no matter what their perception of that eye power could be. And that works against his power, not for it.

    Any more costume designs on the way? While I don't like the eye and the haircut (keep the curls, just don't make it a mullet), I do like the basic design for Jericho. And I liked Kid Devil's costume, though I can't see him coming up with it himself as (I mentioned in my response in the other thread) his lack of fashion sense is part of who he is. But I could see one of the other characters (Rose espiecally, maybe Cassie or Tim) insisting on giving him an upgrade and doing that costume for him.

    Mike

     
  • At 4:13 AM, Anonymous uss_titans said…

    Wow so much comments and so many directions.
    As an artist I have a keen eyes on what costumes work and color schemes matches. Green and blue never matches. They actually clash with each other badly because of their similarity in hue. It is like putting orange and red together as a costume scheme. Thor and Wolverine have small pointy sleeve on them so they are not sleeveless by any means.
    I dont know why so many hate comments against Perez's Jericho. I rather think the pirate look was pretty cool....Atleast it is original by it standard. Perez is a master of designing original idea and not copy anyother standard costume at that time. His intention for the puffy pirate sleeve on Jericho was to show that a strong character hero does not need to show off his muscles. How many time you see Pirates movies where the pirate costume are known as dashing and debonair. Jericho character was never about power and strenght. He use brain and passion for strenght since his main power is to merge and control his opponents. His main artistict talents are music(guitar) and painting. You never see a dude rip with muscles and veins do a paint job on a canvas. When I see a guy walking down the street wearing a sleeve-less shirt to show off his bicepts....The first thing come to mind is One: He works out every day and dont have anytime for any other curriculums; Two: He showed off his muscle to score on chicks. That has never been what Jericho character about. Jericho never work out on weight set, unless you call strumming a guitar a work out. I do admitted Perez's Jericho hair was a bit too much. A small trim around the side to make the face more angular is enough. But not the aryan white clan semi-shave head from the "redesigning Jericho".
    All I'm saying is give Perez sum lov' man.
    Love you G.P.
    Titans out.

     
  • At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It surprises me that no one has ever commented on the meaning of the term "Jericho".

    Jericho was the walled enemy town that the biblical Jewish hero Joshua led a charge against. His armies surrounded and circled the city seven times, I believe it is, and then the walls fall, and Joshua's army was able to enter, with the people inside helpless.

    I think this notion of supernatural penetration of a fortified stronghold is very much fitting for the superhero Jericho, who basically uses supernatural powers to infiltrate the stronghold of the human body.

    With this in mind, perhaps his logo could have something to do with a crumbling castle, or some symbol that implies entering a castle, like a breach or a drawbridge. Maybe a battering ram would work.

     
  • At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Another winner! This is NOT a feminine design; it has a modern sensibility and a universal look that, when fashion changes in a few years, could be tweaked to update it without a major redesign. The eye emblem is a great idea, especially with the move toward using symbols to mark narration boxes (yes, I know he's mute-- but until it's explained why his completely regrown body has cut vocal chords, I'm still hoping he's just waiting until he has something really good to say out loud).

    Perez's costume was a great design for the time, completely fitting with a Greenwich Village artist's sensibility at the time it was introduced, but even Perez admitted it was designed too heavily with an artist's hand, making it a bit over-stylized even for the early/mid-80s. And Daniels redesign doesn't work for me. Chain mail short sleeves? Whuh? It looks like he stole Captain America's tunic and didn't put anything on underneath. And I'm not sure why Slade's children, who are working so hard to distance themselves from him, would choose to costume themselves in variations of his own look.

    But back to the point-- this is a great redesign. I look forward to seeing your next batches posted!

     
  • At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't think he looks gay. That eye is really cool, also!

     
  • At 8:16 AM, Blogger Matt McGee said…

    Are you people nuts? The eye makes him look like an OMAC reject!
    This just makes him look more like Justin Timberlake: a white guy from Orlando, Florida who sounds like a girl, moves like Michael Jackson, and has the most whore-ish tattos I've ever seen. Thank God this Jericho doesn't have the afro.

     
  • At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think that costume design you gave us is a perfect example of what went wrong in the 90s: They tried to make everyone and their auntie look "cool". When I first saw Joey's costume all those years ago, I hated it. But over time, I started to love it. It's classic, there's noone else with that look. And even though I am considered a "butch" gay guy, I have nothing against that what's described as a "feminine" quality. I'm easily freaked out by garish costumes, but Jericho is alright. AS LONG AS HE DOESN'T SPORT THE HYPER-MULLET OF THE LATE EIGHTIES!

     
  • At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh my gosh! Who the crap is the OMAC project? I'm not a comic book nerd!

     
  • At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jericho is supposed to look like an androgynous pussy magnet. He's an artist who is always in bed with various girls... maybe, even, various guys. He's an artist; they live by a different standard.

     
  • At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Make the hair longer, add some sleeves, and either get rid of, or move the logo. Other than that, awesome concept.

     
  • At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think Jericho's new costume is good but it is too cool. He also looks too much like a kid. Jericho should have a mature look. I also like how you used the color green and the symbol of the eye on his chest.

     

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