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Monday, June 21, 2010

Aquaman Monopoly Art by Mike Allred

A few weeks ago, F.O.A.M.er Jerry Resendes sent me a link to the Brave and the Bold: The Lost Issues blog, which featured some beautiful pieces of unpublished original art by none other than Mike Allred!

They were apparently done for the JLA Monopoly board game, which was released in 1999, but for some reason Allred's work wasn't used. Go check out the whole post to see more examples, its some really beautiful stuff.

I don't think I've ever seen Allred on Aquaman before--I like it a lot. Allred's work in general has a delightful kitschy charm that reminds me of Nick Cardy's Aquaman stuff of the early 1960s. I'd love to see Allred draw an Aquaman adventure set in that time, with Mera, Aqualad, Tula, the whole gang.

Thanks for link Jerry!


Russell said...

I think Allred did Aquaman in that DC Spotlight issue he did a few years ago...the one with Wonder Girl on the cover? If AquaMAN wasn't in it, AquaLAD certainly was. He takes a bath during a Teen Titans adventure and ends up overflowing their hotel room. It's a charming story guest-starring most of the mid-60s DC stars (such as The Doom Patrol and The Metal Men).

Wings1295 said...

I like it, too. Great find! And love that he is swimming over the board!

Earth 2 Chris said...

Eduardo Barreto ended up doing most of the art for the game, right? He did a lot of Silver Age-style DC stuff for the Warner Bros. Stores at the time.


rob! said...

Russell--I have that issue, but I don't remember Aquaman being in it. I need to dig it out and look, that was such a great series!

Joe--All the pieces he did for it are really snazzy, working in the character's traits.

Chris--Yeah, it ended up being all Baretto, who did a great job. Allred's version would have been a lot quirkier, but man it woulda been cool!

Anonymous said...

Your welcome! Happy to help.

David J. Cutler said...

I may be remembering wrong, but I believe Allred's mentioned Cardy and Fradon as influences once before? Have to go rummaging through some old books and magazines to see if I'm getting that right. It LOOKS true, at any rate!