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Old March 20th, 2007   Bill Walko is offline   #1
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Default If Walko Redesigned the Titans...

I've had this on my mind since ONE YEAR LATER. DC'S ONE YEAR LATER was an opportunity to redesign many of the characters for the 21st century. Teen Titans is a property I always thought should seem freash and modern. And most importantly, its characters should seem young and their 'looks' should reflect that.

That brings us to my first victim: Kid Devil a la Walko.

So here's my take on Kid Devil: Eddie Bloomberg went from this geeky kid to this cooler red devil version. And Eddie is still a bit of a geek inside, but I thought his exterior would be a contrast to that; After spending years in Los Angeles, I figured some of that fashion sense would rub off. So when you first SEE Eddie, he's s lightly scary biker-type guy... but inside, he's still the slightly insecure sidekick no one wanted.

So rather than the ripped black "Hulk" pants, I gave Kid Devil some more modern looking leather pants and kick-*** steel-toe boots. The casual white shirt contrasts his red skin. There's little accessories to keep the 'teen' vibe, like the studded belt, wrist cuff, earrings and necklace. It's a sort-of costume that is almost a regular outfit.

Also, half of Kid Devil's look is the fact he already looks inhuman. There's something about taking strange characters and putting them in 'regular' clothes that's interesting to me. I like those contrasts.

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Old March 20th, 2007   Roy Harper is offline   #2
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Great, Bill... Amazing...
I want see more! lol
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   Wilder Midnight2 is offline   #3
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me like hulk pants. hulk pants comfortable and no squish junk.
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   Leo Cez is offline   #4
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Great!!
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   fallentaco is offline   #5
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Great design Bill!
I can not wait to see more!
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   Arcalian is offline   #6
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Very iiiinteresting....
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   Timekeeper is offline   #7
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While I think the horns look a little misplaced and Eddie's face looks a little feminine, the overall design looks very cool and almost seems like perhaps an outfit Eddie should be seen in when hanging out and not being a superhero (see any of the arc where we see the titans as a group out of costume).
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   Augustine is offline   #8
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I don't know if I want any of the Titans looking like they came from the Gap or next thing you know they'll be saying OMG and PWNZ.
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   michealdark is offline   #9
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Wonder who else we'll see. Hopefully Rose,Raven,Tara,and Tim.
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   curiouswanderer is offline   #10
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Very cool, Bill. Can't wait to see the rest!
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   The Krystal Method is offline   #11
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post your Ravager and Joey, Bill!

*puts on her Justin Timberlake mp3 and thinks about Jericho*
 
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Old March 20th, 2007   Doug Zawisza is offline   #12
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I completely agree with you, Bill. DC had a chance to do some updating/modifying/re-wardrobing with OYL and they fumbled. I like the boots for KD. Good choice.
 
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Old March 21st, 2007   Bill Walko is offline   #13
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Thanks for all the comments, guys! Next up: 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.

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Old March 21st, 2007   Bob Francis is offline   #14
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Like the Joey re-dub.
 
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Old March 21st, 2007   curiouswanderer is offline   #15
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That Jericho ROCKS! Man, they really need to hire you to re-design the costumes! Are you gonna do one for Rose? Love the character...hate the outfit!
 
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Old March 21st, 2007   Arcalian is offline   #16
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The costume itself works--especially the eye logo!--but the sleeveless bit looks....wrong. I keep wanting to hand him a stick of deoderant.
 
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