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Deep in beneath the surface of deviantART lies the heart of comics creation. At the Comic Underground, we strive to bring quality comics to the attention of deviants everywhere. We accept whatever path you choose to follow, whether you create Death Note manga, make detailed drawings of Marvel superheroes, or simply doodle incriminating four panel slides of your boss as an angry badger in your spare time. We are not elitist, and we gladly welcome new comic artists. If you like contests, challenges, features, and surprises, join the Underground today! I guarantee you will not have to take a British subway.

The types of art that we accept are:
:star: Anything related to comics, including . . .
:bulletred: Comic Strips
:bulletred: Comic Book Style
:bulletred: Single Page Comics
:bulletred: Superheroes
:bulletred: Comic Book Fan Art and Fanfiction
:bulletred: Comic Book related Drawings and Sketches
:star: Manga and Anime
:star: Game Art, anything related any games, including . . .
:bulletred: RPG art (MMORPG, roleplaying, LARP, online RPG, RPG fanfiction, etc.)
:bulletred: Video game art
:bulletred: PC game art
:bulletred: Online game art
:bulletred: Board game art
:star: Cartoons and Animation including:
:bulletred: Cartoon characters from TV, movies, etc.
:bulletred: Flash animations
:star: Fan Art, Fanfiction, and Original Characters (from ANY of the above categories ONLY)
:star: Tutorials, Stock Images, and Other Resources (from ANY of the above categories ONLY)
:star: Memes

:censored: Adult Content must follow all deviantART rules and will ONLY be placed in our FAVES collection. :censored:


Comic Character of the Month: Recurring CONTEST!

This Month's Character'
[February 2015]
In honor of Black History Month, February 2015's characters will include all characters of African ancestry, including African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, black, mixed, African diaspora, and more.

Some examples of these characters include:
Storm (Ororo Munroe, X-Men)
Black Panther (T'Challa Udaku, Marvel)
Green Lantern (John Stewart, Justice League)
Static (Virgil Ovid Hawkins, Static Shock)
Angel II (Angel Salvadore, X-Men)
Steel (John Henry Irons, Justice League)
Bishop (Lucas Bishop, X-Men)
Blade (Eric Brooks, Marvel)

And many, many more.

Comic Underground hosts a special contest called The Comic Character of the Month contest. Every month, we choose a comic book character, and people submit artwork based on that character.

All artwork in the Comic Underground Gallery based on that character is automatically included in contest; however, please enter all submissions into the Comic Character of the Month gallery folder. It takes many hours to filter through the entire gallery, so please enter your work in the right folder so that we can post the feature quicker!

The winner gets 10 deviantART points, a permanent place for their winning work in the Featured section. Everyone who submitted work will have their work in a group feature.


January 2015

She Hulk by lotus73She Hulk by lotus73


Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight



barbara gordon se quita la mascara by kaskajo

barbara gordon se quita la mascara
[English Translation: barbara gordon takes off the mask]

kaskajo is a pencil-and-paper artist who hails from Spain. He has been a deviantART member for two years and has quite an expansive gallery. His main subject is the female form, specifically those of Marvel and DC comics. You can really see his talent develop and grow through each drawing. If you have a soft spot for the heroines and villainesses of the comic book world, make sure you take a peek at his gallery! here.

... [about Artist Spotlight]

From time to time, we select one member to feature in this section. We include a selection of their work and a short description of them and their artistic style. They will also receive 10 deviant points and one work permanently displayed in the Featured section of our gallery!

DO NOT ASK TO BE FEATURED. If you do, we will not feature you. We choose an artist from the group based mostly on talent. Group activity is also a secondary factor.

A new artist will be chosen at random times.

Gallery Folders

All Other Contests

Pretty in Green (She-Hulk feature)

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 10, 2015, 12:09 AM

Comic Character of the Month - January 2015



What is the Comic Character of the Month?

Comic Underground hosts a special contest called The Comic Character of the Month contest. Every month, ImpulsiveSpidercide chooses a comic book character, and people submit artwork based on that character. All artwork in the Comic Underground Gallery based on that character is automatically included in contest, but I'd prefer that submissions be put in the Comic Character of the Month gallery. The winner gets 10 deviantART points, a permanent place for their winning work in the Featured section. Everyone who submitted work will have their work in the group feature (which is this!)

Everything You Would Ever Want To Know

As I mentioned before, all the written part of the Comic Character of the Month will be handled by our new admin and my close real life friend ImpulsiveSpidercide. Like his all writings, it is rather long. Yet it is incredibly well researched, thorough, and educated. If you want to know about She-Hulk, you'll definitely want to read this! Honestly, it blows my mind and makes me wonder if I should start paying him!

- S.

This here is going to be an overview of the history of the character of She-Hulk in Marvel Comics. To start with, she was created to prevent the showrunners behind The Incredible Hulk TV series of the 1970s from making a female counterpart without Marvel’s approval first. In the comics, she was depicted as the cousin of Bruce Banner, the genius scientist cursed with uncontrollable transformations into the green-skinned dynamo of destruction known as the Hulk.

Jennifer Walters grew up as the shy and socially withdrawn daughter of Los Angeles County Sheriff Bill Walters and Elaine Walters, whose brother Brian Banner was the father of Bruce Banner. After Elaine died in a car accident when Jennifer was seventeen, Bill became deeply overprotective of Jennifer, to the point of being stifling and controlling as he tried to compel her to follow in his ways. Specifically, Bill saw the world in black-and-white and law-and-order, while Jennifer as a young woman was more attuned to the gray areas of society and the law, which drove her to become a defense attorney, much to her father’s distaste, seeing it as a rejection of his values.

One day, when Bruce was in Los Angeles for a rare visit, given his life on the run from the U.S. military that sought to contain and control the Hulk for its own ends, the operatives of the crime boss Nicholas Trask shot her down as a message to her father, whom Trask saw as a threat to his illegal enterprises. As Bruce was there and there were no other donors available for Jennifer, who was rapidly losing blood, Bruce used his in the transfusion. When she was accosted by Trask’s men again with the intent of finishing her off, Jennifer’s anger triggered her first transformation into the She-Hulk, an amazonian figure standing at 6’7” and endowed with the same green skin and savage strength as the Hulk.

The major difference between Bruce and Jennifer was that Jennifer could control her Hulk transformations and herself when transformed, and she regarded it as a blessing, not a curse like Bruce did. It helped that instead of being a rampaging beast in her transformed state, Jen became a 6’7” green amazon endowed with great strength and confidence, and she came to prefer this form to her original human state, to the detriment of a few relationships with people who saw her embrace of the She-Hulk as turning her back on her “true self.”

As the She-Hulk, Jennifer quickly took to life as a superhero, joining the Avengers and later substituting for Ben Grimm, a.k.a. the rock-skinned hero known as the Thing when he took a sabbatical from the Fantastic Four. She still maintained her career as a lawyer, and her life as a superhero led her to specialize in superhuman-related cases, representing various notables in the Marvel Universe. At one point, this led her to do legal work for the Heroes for Hire, a group of superheroes who accepted payment for their heroics but did to their credit focus more on the heroics than the “getting paid” part. This led her to a brief romance with Luke Cage, the unbreakable-skinned hero once called Power Man, that cooled into a long-lasting friendship between them. Cage wouldn’t be the only one of her romances as She-Hulk, as her vivacious and bold personality made her a very popular person to be around, especially with a lot of the menfolk of the hero community.

Like any good superhero, she had her share of foes, though one of her most persistent was none other than Mary MacPherran, transformed into the super-strong Titania by Doctor Doom in the Secret Wars conducted by a cosmic being called the Beyonder experimenting with the “good vs. evil” paradigm. Like Jennifer, Mary was a small and timid girl until being found by Doctor Doom and transformed into a woman of superhuman stature --- tall, muscular, strong, and beautiful. Like Jennifer, this transformation unleashed many of Mary’s inhibitions, but where Jennifer took her new form as an opportunity to do good in the world, Mary instead saw it as a license to treat others the way she had been treated. These parallels led her to a deep resentment and antipathy toward She-Hulk, fueling a rivalry between them that would last for many years in both the comics and real life.

Eventually, Jennifer would come to reconcile the two sides of herself --- the bold, uninhibited She-Hulk and the smaller, more withdrawn Jennifer Walters --- out of a realization she had much to contribute to the world in both forms. Even more so, as she discovered that when she increased her strength by working out in human form, her strength as the She-Hulk would be exponentially increased.

In more recent years, two other She-Hulks would be introduced. The first was a Red She-Hulk allied with the mysterious Red Hulk that debuted in 2008, ruthlessly beating and even killing superhumans all over the Marvel Universe in the name of equally mysterious goals. The Red She-Hulk had the ability to absorb and emit various forms of energy and radiation in addition to her strength and was skilled with the use of weapons, much like her male counterpart. She and the original She-Hulk would clash as well, as did their male counterparts, and ultimately, she was revealed to be the presumed-deceased Betty Ross, longtime love interest of Bruce Banner, with her also presumed-deceased father General Ross ironically being the Red Hulk after years of pursuing Bruce Banner. As it was, both of them had been revived by longtime Hulk foe the Leader’s use of cosmic and gamma radiation to transform them into red-skinned Hulks in his service, to be the muscle behind his goals of world domination.

The second new She-Hulk was the daughter of the Hulk and the amazonian warrior Thundra from one of the many alternative futures depicted in Marvel Comics. Named Lyra, this She-Hulk’s purpose was to travel back in time to the Marvel Universe’s present day and find the strongest male hero of that era to breed a child with. She would end up abandoning this mission, though, when she realized that what her historical records had told her was this era’s greatest hero --- Norman Osborn, better known as the Green Goblin, known at that particular point as the Iron Patriot, leader of the “Dark” Avengers --- was really its greatest monster. Like the Red She-Hulk, she would clash with Jennifer Walters as well, but the three She-Hulks did ultimately join forces to defeat the Leader.

Subsequent stories would deal with both Lyra and Betty trying to find their places in the world. Lyra would end up living with Jennifer Walters as her mother figure, with Jen trying to help her live as close to a normal life as she could. One such attempt as a high school student went awry for Lyra when the Leader and his minions managed to track her down, resulting in a battle that caused injuries to several students and wrecked the school building as well. She would have somewhat better luck in Avengers Academy, a school devised by several veteran Avengers to train the next generation of superheroes and thus more of a fit for someone with her background and abilities.

Betty, as the Red She-Hulk, would attempt to reconcile with her former husband Bruce and his Hulk alter ego, though despite their inability to rekindle their romance, said tensions would still remain between them, especially now that they didn’t have to fear for Betty’s vulnerability vis-a-vis the possibility of sexual intimacy. She would eventually strike out on her own, first in alliances with various superheroes, and then later as a renegade trying to avert a vision of the future where gamma-powered super-soldiers created by Project Echelon had taken over the world and laid waste to all who stood in their way. That latter arc would be depicted in a short series that lasted 10 issues, and afterwards, her most recent appearance was being stripped of her Hulk powers by a new Hulk personality called “Doc Green,” as smart as he was strong and determined to eliminate the threat he believed gamma-powered superhumans posed to the world.

As for Jennifer, the original She-Hulk, she would join a “temporary” Fantastic Four recruited by the members of the actual Fantastic Four to substitute for them while on a time-traveling, dimension-crossing family vacation. After that, she would end up part of Luke Cage’s “Mighty Avengers,” a new Avengers team that would be more responsive to the realities on the street and the lives and concerns of ordinary people. She would also have a solo series that again focused on her adventures as both a superhero and a superhuman lawyer, even crossing paths with Marvel’s other famous superhero lawyer Matt Murdock (Daredevil). While that last series is also slated to come to an end, and with the fates of the She-Hulks uncertain in the wake of “Doc Green” being out to depower every last gamma-powered superhuman, they are nonetheless, without a doubt, some of the most intriguing characters produced by Marvel, for many, many reasons. What are yours, if you’re fans of theirs?

- ImpulsiveSpidercide


And now, without further ado . . .

She Hulk Color by sjediMiss Hulk by thedarkplagueShe-Hulk Lyra by Wakabee by elee0228She-Hulk by Wakabee by elee0228She-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk by Wakabee Color by elee0228

Bulging Veins Tutorial by OrionPax09DSC She Hulk by TULIO19mxShe Hulk by fradarlinShe-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk by felle2thou by elee0228SheHulk3C1 by TULIO19mx

Uh-oh ... Gilda went too far with Pinkie this time by conradknightsocksShe-Hulk (July 2013) by fmvra1sChibi She-Hulk by MichaelLinkJrPaste Pot Pete and She Hulk on a Date by calslaytonShulkie Brownie by darkchapel666

She-Hulk on Muscle BeachShe-Hulk on Muscle Beach

She-Hulk on Muscle Beach by Joe Jusko, is a timeless piece that was done as a poster in the late 1980's.  It's one of two pieces that immediately comes to my mind when I think of Shulkie ( the other being the cover of Marvel Graphic Novel Vol 18 by John Bryne ).  I felt it was necessary to pay homage to this iconic image.

I was excited to see that EJ Morges ( Press Oblivion ) was accepting commissions.  Of course, I first commissioned the obligatory Akiko Daimon: M
She Hulk transforming by TULIO19mxShe-Hulk by ProjectCornDogOrionPax09 on Patreon! by OrionPax09

She Hulk Bunny by NinjaSpideyShe Hulk by NinjaSpideyShe Hulk Deadpool by NinjaSpideyMuscle She-Hulk by felsus by elee0228Perez tribute by conradknightsocksShe Hulk by MarcelTheSouza

She-Hulk Pencil by sjediDSCSheHulk by TULIO19mxSpidey and Shulkie: Happily Ever After - Lineart by OrionPax09Oblivionpar: She-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk and Power Girl - Lineart by OrionPax09

Eva Mendes as She-Hulk 3 + Extras by Art-GemGreen Eyes Hypnotize by PhotoshopIsMyKung-FuShe-Hulk: Brains and Brawn by SavvyRedSpidey and Shulkie: Happily Ever After - Flats by OrionPax09
She-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk by elee0228

She-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk by elee0228Com-Scarlet Nightingale 1 by OrionPax09She Hulk by elee0228
She-Hulk by elee0228Green pair coloured by misterpricklySOE Beach Party Misato by OrionPax09Hulky Holidays by olybear

1980s Avengers Sketch Cards by calslaytonShe Hulk Workout by elee0228She-Hulk and Power Girl by OrionPax09Third Rail Thrills - She-Hulk by TRDLcomics

She-Hulk 2 by Art-GemShe-Hulk by felle2thou WIP 3 by elee0228She-Hulk colored by Art-GemShe-Hulk by JonFreeman by elee0228Shulkie by elee0228

She-Hulk by itsjustsuppi by elee0228She-Hulk by CuddlyCapesShe-Hulk by elee0228She-Hulk (study) by StefanoLanzaShe-Hulk Redesign by Comicbookguy54321

Wikipedi-OWNED! by conradknightsocksSingle green female by grim1978Jen by regoursoShe Hulk by knikki121She Hulk by lotus73

Emerald Fury 2 Cover by OrionPax09Emerald Fury #1 by OrionPax09Emerald Fury 1 Cover by OrionPax09Emerald Fury 12 Cover by OrionPax09Emerald Fury 16 Cover by OrionPax09She-Hulk vs The U-Foes by OrionPax09

She-Hulk by Felsus by elee0228She-Hulk Sketch by Rafael0381 by elee0228She-Hulk by NeMAfronSPAiN by elee0228She-Hulk: After A Battle - Lineart by OrionPax09Power Girl and Shulkie by NeMA by elee0228
Muscle WIP 3 by elee0228Muscle WIP 5 by elee0228Muscle WIP 4 by elee0228She Hulk Model sheet by Jonboy007007


In honor of Black History Month, February 2015's characters will include all characters of African ancestry, including African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, black, mixed, African diaspora, and more.

Some examples of these characters include:
Storm (Ororo Munroe, X-Men)
Black Panther (T'Challa Udaku, Marvel)
Green Lantern (John Stewart, Justice League)
Static (Virgil Ovid Hawkins, Static Shock)
Angel II (Angel Salvadore, X-Men)
Steel (John Henry Irons, Justice League)
Bishop (Lucas Bishop, X-Men)
Blade (Eric Brooks, Marvel)

And many, many more.

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Thank you all so much for being so supportive and patient!  I feel really grateful!  I have a good number of friends at home, but it does get lonely at night, and it can be surprisingly hard to open up to friends because it feels awkward.  But even nice little chats and tidbits about daily business is really helpful from dA friends.  I think this is how things are supposed work, balancing Internet friendships and those at home.  That's what the Internet was meant to do, not replace friends but add more when you can't be around them.

I am going to finish doing Comic Underground's Comic Character of the Month feature (this month is She-Hulk).  Usually I ask my new admin and at RL friend ImpulsiveSpidercide to pick a character, but February is a special month.  I've decided that in honor of Black History month, all characters with African ancestry (whether they be African, African American, mixed, etc.) are the character of the month.  I've noticed that despite the wide range of characters in comic books, black characters are often forgotten, under-appreciated, left in the background, or just there to make sure no one accuses anyone of racism.  And who better to write about black characters through comic history than ImpulsiveSpidercide, someone who is not "an articulate black man" whom ignorant people pat on the back because they are amazed that anyone of a certain skin color can string together a sentence, but the most intelligent, passionate, and compassionate human being I know, and one of my best friends.

Well, I'd better finish this up before it gets too late to do the feature! (I do want to get some sleep tonight!).

Thanks for listening,
- S.

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Rizhnir Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Thank you for accepting my work as well!!
SavvyRed Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Writer
You're welcome! :)
ImpulsiveSpidercide Featured By Owner 6 days ago
You're very welcome.
4RN13 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the request.I'm honored.
ImpulsiveSpidercide Featured By Owner 6 days ago
You're welcome, and we at :iconcomicunderground: are honored as well.
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You're welcome! :)
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Thanks for the request.
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You're welcome.
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You're welcome! :D
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