Coming back with a vengeance to our somewhat ir-regular features on the process behind character design & development, are these fascinating early sketches for Nemesis The Warlock series, by their co-creator, twisted genius Kevin O’Neill! (League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
- Top: Preliminary sketches for Nemesis' scheming Great Uncle Baal, note the variations in horn shapes and gaping maws..
- ..and the finished version - a wily old Warlock, with fallen horns and bad hooves, who was banished to the Nether Worlds for his continued ghoulish experiments on human beings!
- Charming rough drawings of the first stages in designing a beloved character - Nemesis' familiar Grobbendonk..
- ..as you can see from this finished version, speaking his own Fringe World dialect, Gibberish, Grobbendonk hasn’t changed much from the O’Neill droid’s original vision.
- Dynamic pencil layouts for the very first Nemesis The Warlock cover and Pat Mills and O’Neill's concept of Comic Rock..
- Comic Rock only lasted 2 episodes: 1)Prog 167 - Going Underground, based on the pop song by The Jam (see finished cover above) & 2) Prog 168 - Killer Watt from rock anthem by AC/DC - both stories take elements from the songs and set them in the brutal, crazy world of Termight - Earth, thousands of years in the future!
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