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Surgical Strike
I had actually finished this around a month ago, I just never got around to posting it here for no other reason than sincere laziness. 

I remember how I had spent November 2015 doing my "Bat-Vember" daily photo challenge, posting one Batman photo for the month across 30 days...30 Batman related pieces essentially and I recall how I never did really a thing for "The Dark Knight Returns". The iconic story by Frank Miller, of a dystopian DC Universe, is still rightly hailed as an achievement all these years later and even got a critically acclaimed animated adaptation, with Peter Weller ("Robocop") supplying the aged Batman's voice. But in a series built on moments upon moments and memorable as they are, it'd be hard to argue that among them the famous second battle with the Mutant Leader in Book 3 isn't a Top 10, maybe even a Top 5 iconic moment not just in the story but also among comics.  The line..."This isn't a's an operating table..." you can just quote daily to sound like a Johnny Badass. 
Fighting For The Dream
The idea for this one was born mostly out of an offhand comment in reaction to what's been going on here in the US since the middle of last year: "Where's Captain America?" It could be construed as a joke and it sounds funny, but its kind of true when one thinks that the core beliefs of that flag and what kind of character Cap is and what he fought for have gotten to the point where there's no way back. 

I wanted a battle idea, something that would be decent and pure...something that would be thought provoking of the kind of man Captain America is. After all...a name like that, what does he represent? Freedom from oppression...the belief that anyone can be successful with the right hard work and ideals...that anyone from off the boat in Ellis Island could be the next millionaire or Senator...that the U.S. of A isn't a country built on tyranny or injustice...and the belief that we're not this and we're not that...that labels can be rejected and differences can be accepted because of that one simple truth, namely we're all the same: American...and that as Americans that it takes a lot of bravery to go out and be a voice against wrongdoing when it arises. So coming up with this, I wanted it to represent a man, yes hopped up on the ultimate steroid thanks to the Super Soldier formula but a man who didn't have to go through what he did, going out in a ridiculous costume, armed with a shield, a couple of guns, and his wits, and fighting for that dream, of that sincere belief that you can have an opinion, that you can make changes, than you can be better than what you are...that you can be great without having someone tell you that you can be.
Forever The Knight
I was inspired to do this image after I had seen a teaser of Ben Affleck set against the Batmobile as a teaser to the upcoming Justice League movie as part of Warner's DC Extended Universe. But as I sit and think I don't know for sure if it was just another alternate image from the previous Batman V Superman movie. Could have been, judging by the pose being similar to that earlier one that elicited such excitement.

I wanted this one to be kind of a twist, in that the dark, purple colors are a subtle nod to the first Batman NES game released in conjunction with Tim Burton's movie in 1989. As well, that is not any of the figures released of Ben Affleck's Batman, but rather using Mattel's Arkham Origins figure, as I liked the way the cape flayed out and the way the worn look of the design reflected in the dark.
Turbo Charged
I've actually done a lot of new wrestling photos lately but this one I liked enough to go ahead with this one first, a flashback to a much simpler time when you had a clearly defined hero fighting against the forces of evil.

Before Sting came onboard to Jim Crockett Promotions, there really hadn't been that big box office babyface champion to challenge Ric Flair since the conclusion of his legendary feud with Dusty Rhodes in 1987. Magnum T.A. had been the chosen one, and his horrific car accident in November 1986 ended that discussion; Nikita Koloff had some good matches against Flair, but was never a serious contender in the World Championship talks; Lex Luger would have a great run against Flair in the next few years but never could get the clean 1-2-3 against the Nature Boy; Barry Windham made for a better heel than a face, and made a better ally with Flair in the Four Horsemen than an enemy. Flair's feud with Dusty was the story of the common man rising against the big corporate machine, the kind of slick hustlers that had slapped down hard working people, and the two wrestlers embodied those characters quite well. But, as would be evidenced in later years as a criticism, Dusty was getting long in the tooth as a main eventer. NWA guys like Ronnie Garvin and Ricky Morton pointedly said that Dusty would kill business by inserting himself into feuds, or would curtail a rising star's momentum by attaching himself to them (see the Road Warriors, with whom he was a multi-time Six-Man Tag Team Champion), or take a heel that got some great heat (Nikita Koloff, Lex Luger) and would turn them into a face, depleting the possibility of narratives to be told without a strong antagonist. Couple that Dusty's job as a booker for the Crocketts was starting to burn him out, as evidenced by 1988 he was seemingly booking title changes on the fly (with one planned change that never happened would have seen Rick Steiner pin Ric Flair in a very short squash match for the NWA World Heavyweight title at Starrcade).

 Crockett's purchase of Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation would go down as the original Invasion angle, and much like a certain future one, it too was doomed to failure but out of those ashes came the arrival of young Steve Borden to a wider audience.. Its quite fair when people liken Sting to Ultimate Warrior at this stage in his career: both had trained together and been a tag team just a couple years earlier, and both made the wearing of face paint their thing. Sting was also just as green to the wrestling scene when he was thrust into the spotlight, still too new like the Warrior, but as would be revealed in a few short years, Sting was a quick learner. Warrior got pretty decent into his main event spot--he had, going up against machines like DiBiase, Rick Rude, and Savage--but was never able to have the sort of matches Sting would have. And he never could quite have the same kind of feuds that Sting would have, never quite having the same big money matches that Sting did for WCW.

All that would be proven at the inaugural Clash of the Champions in March 1988, where Sting was booked in a World Title match against Flair. The match ended in a draw after 45-minutes, and several things were quite in evidence, but most importantly it was the match that earmarked Sting for greater things. And it would all come back to Flair. The narrative with Flair was quite similar to that with Dusty, except the fact that instead of representing the common man, Sting was far simpler...just an all-American good guy who couldn't stand the arrogance and flagrant disregard for the opportunities Flair was given. And being that Sting was kind of simple himself--the character he portrayed, not the man--he would be duped every time he tried to trust the dastardly Flair or his Horsemen cronies. 

Flair in this era had come to personify the champion. Beating him...changing the title to another hand...was seen as a huge honor. Sting's turn, at Great American Bash 1990, was seen as a turning point with a fresh, younger wrestler that was perfect to encapsulate the new decade. 
The Penguin Gets Put On Ice
Another return to form...

I always get a kick out of doing 1966 Batman pictures. The origin behind this began so innocently, and that's namely due to finding this thing called a cell phone cage one day in Wal-Mart and wondering if it could actually be used to fit action figures. I have an idea that was going to be the main showcase for it...that it evolved into a Batman shot of the Penguin captured was just a happy evolution. Composing around the cage was a bit trickier, as I had to adjust things in terms of the GCPD used here and how to make sure Robin was in focus with Batman there too. The results were equally as much of a challenge as anything else and I was pleased that the final results brought things to satisfaction. 


Journal Entry: Fri Mar 11, 2016, 10:36 PM

I've been pulling down 15 hour days at my job currently, which has taken me out of the still life game for a minute. Sucks, but one has to make that money somehow.

Til then, I hope all my friends and watchers have been good and stay that way!

  • Watching: The Walking Dead


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Cedric Bacon
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Florida
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Pop, Classic Rock, Punk
Favourite photographer: David Levinthal, Diane Arbus, Jenny "Lens" Stern
Favourite style of art: Photography
Operating System: Windows 7
Personal Quote: "I've a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it."--Groucho Marx


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White-Rose-Brian Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the favorite. Would you like to come see more drawings?
Batced Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
SpiritualSketcher Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Hey! :D

How's life? :) 
Batced Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Just wrote on your wall :) 
SpiritualSketcher Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I'm off to Germany tomorrow to visit the Christmas markets in Cologne, I'll be back on Friday night. I'll be sure to take as many photos as possible!! :)
Batced Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Have fun and be safe! I look forward to seeing them :)
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Frostbite883 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Can you answer this question below?

DC Question: If Eobard Thawne had successfully gone back in time (to a time period where in Barry Allen, The Flash, was still alive), met the Flash during his first year as a super hero, introduced himself to his idol (without letting him know of any of the unpleasant details of his own life) and, afterwards, asked the Scarlet Speedster if he can be his partner, what would Barry's respond be? Note: This could take place in any DC continuity.
Batced Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Without knowledge of what Eobard Thawne would be? Barry Allen might have taken him on. But you also have to consider if Thawne has his own speed powers to encourage Barry to accept him as a partner and too it would have to be an Eobard Thawne that might not know as well any of their unpleasant history. So really I think Barry would have taken him as a partner and would have welcomed it.
Frostbite883 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
DC AU Questions: If David Cain had caught his daughter, Cassandra Cain, before she could run away and was forced to stay with him, even during her teens, would it result in Cass ending up being like her dad (and mom too)? Would she ended up being a cold blooded killer (who'll eventually fight against Batman and his allies sooner or later)?

Note: This scenario will take place in the Post-Infinite Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe continuity.
Batced Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be dependent on if Cassandra completely immersed herself as a cold-blooded killer like her father and Shiva. I think at some point she would have tried breaking away, either because she was mentally pushed to that point or there would be something that would conflict with her mind as she read the targeted individual. She would indeed fight against Batman and his Family, although I theorize she'd be more of a villain at first for Dick or Tim, maybe Huntress as well which would force the trio to work together to stop the League of Assassins.
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