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YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION: BLUE BEETLE MEMORIAL HOLO by Jerome-K-Moore YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION: BLUE BEETLE MEMORIAL HOLO by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Animation Character Design, YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION, Blue Beetle Memorial Hologram. Pencil, Digital color.

In the Second Season episode, "Satisfaction," a few new members of The Team visit a solemn grotto deep within the Mount Justice headquarters where they find a holographic shrine dedicated to fallen heroes. Among these holograms are images of the slain Artemis, Tula, Jason Todd/Robin, and the original DCU Blue Beetle, Ted Kord.

The Ted Kord Blue Beetle is my favorite version of the character, and I used the designs by my friend Steve Rude as a main source of inspiration (as well as those by Paris Cullins).

*Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, and all related images are the copyrighted property of DC Comics, and Warner Bros Animation.
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:iconcentaureg:
centaureg Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So good to see a really fine rendition of the Blue Beetle I Love! Terrific!
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:icontheunbrilliant:
theunbrilliant Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're amazing. Thanks for this. 
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
And thanks for that. ;)
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ArchiCrash Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Man, with a design like that, and with the kind of fights we occasionally got on this show.....It makes me so sad that Ted's appearance was only posthumous... 
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Seven057 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student
love this!!
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Blue Beetle needs more love.
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:iconkenaru:
kenaru Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That sucks
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
What sucks?  :(
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:iconkenaru:
kenaru Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The background 
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
There is no background.  It's just a field of color.
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:iconkenaru:
kenaru Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That's why

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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hmm...  What does that say about your own-- "artwork?"
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Artist
Amazing work!
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:iconheather-wbr:
heather-wbr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student
I just saw this on Saturdays episode. (Still can't believe there's only two left....) Great work!
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:iconmonitor-earthprime:
monitor-earthprime Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
This is truly a great pieace of work. I will miss Ted.
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:iconsuperuk:
superuk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
so if ted kord did had a voice actor what one would you have pick for the role or a flashback moment ?
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:icondanielnadia:
DanielNadia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Ditko would be proud. Well, I guess he still COULD be, but the chances of him seeing this are slim.

Anyway, great job.
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GemmaDuffill Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I choose to see the presence of Ted Kord as proof that Booster Gold exists in the YJ universe
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Logical.
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:icongemmaduffill:
GemmaDuffill Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:3
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CreedStonegate Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Absolutely amazing! The Ted Kord Blue Beetle is one of my all time favorite characters. I think killing Ted Kord killed the DC Universe.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That may be an exaggeration, but all right. Thanks!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
CcOOL ONE
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1987man Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
It's good that Ted Kord wasn't excluded from Young Justice, even if he's dead now. The hologram/statues are a great concept, but I do have one complaint......... Ted has no eyes.

Wait, no eyes..... Just lines that make it look like he's squinting............... OH GOD...... Rob Liefeld must have come in contact with it............ and now the hologram has...... Youngblood's disease.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hahaha! Too funny!
Yes, it's because he's squinting that his eyes are obscured. That's actually a tribute to the classic Fleischer Superman as he appeared in that studio's animated theatrical "shorts," back in the 30s/40s. In my mind, I was imagining Ted Kord as Blue Beetle in his glory days, happy, heroic, and free, as he stood on a rooftop, or out in front of the Hall of Justice on a bright, sunny day. I wanted the hologram to depict the real Ted Kord as he was, captured in actual lighting.
I'm sorry if you don't care for it.
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:icon1987man:
1987man Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Oh no, I like it. I'm just poking fun at it, because the eyes have that Rob Liefeld feel to them.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Ouch.
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:icon1987man:
1987man Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Hey, just be glad that absolutely nothing in this show, looks like it came from Frank Miller.
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I hear you about replacing one with the other, the gimmicky approach to moving forward. Ted will always be Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes is called another character in my mind, I just can't seem to recall what it is ;-)
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Bleachlover01 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Well...at least you know who Jaime is now. (Remembers an old conversation we had)
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J-ENGINE Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Well spoken and drawn.
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LTI4Evah Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I don't think legacy is an inherently bad thing. Hell, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen themselves, and Ted Kord of course, weren't the first holders of their mantles.

And to be honest the current state of superhero comics is so incredibly white that I welcome some attempts at making it a little less so. I've been loving both the mainstream Spider-Man AND the new Ultimate Spider-Man. I love that I can show my nephew heroes that look like him.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well, I think there are plusses and minuses to that as well, which refers to the political correctivism mentioned above.
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:iconbat-familly:
Bat-Familly Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Nice now we almost have all the deceased heroes,are you planning on doing Jason?
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Not at this time. Busy with other stuff.
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orabich Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

:gallery: [link]
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I appreciate that.
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theEyZmaster Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
Even though they always keep Ted dead (Elseworlds comics, Brave & The Bold, YJ,..), I'm glad he made it, cameo or not!
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
He was fun to draw.
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LigerFan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Enjoyed seeing Ted and I like the dynamic that Jaime has to go it without his namesake's guidance that led to Bart striking up a friendship with him. You'd think Superboy would gravitate towards Jaime as well, though Kon really isn't much of a guy who'd want to chat and I can see where Kon would run as fast and as far as he could away from taking anyone under his wing.

Will we ever find out what took Ted out in the YJverse?

I'm seriously thinking about taking up a one-man cause to replace the New 52 with YJ's continuity.
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Mcfeegle Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
But Ted Kord is also a legacy character, since Dan Garret was the original.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yes, I know. Therein lies the irony of it, and my laughter. It becomes a generational argument, on more than a single level. I was first acquainted with the Ted Kord Blue Beetle of DC Comics. Dan Garret may belong to the readers of those much older stories. And today, kids like Jaime Reyes.

Again, legacy characters are not what I prefer. But there certainly are instances where a heroic tradition can be passed on successfully. The Flash is an example, as is the Green Lantern. It then becomes a matter of selecting which version you consider as definitive.
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Mcfeegle Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
It's true. I actually quite like Jaime, although I agree with you in finding Ted the definitive Blue Beetle. I do prefer legacy characters to telling the same story over and over gain, like resetting old heroes to make them younger or edgier or what have you. (As you might be able to guess, I'm not super happy with DC's current direction.) I like characters to be allowed to grow and change and often times having legacy characters allows for that to happen. However, I also don't like it when legacy characters are used as an excuse to treat the older hero poorly. It really all depends on how well written it is.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well said.
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earthdiva-x Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I loved that Ted finally got to be in the show, even though it had to be this way

I'm more open to legacies though. While Nolan-verse Batman isn't my favorite thing in the world, one of the things I loved about the Dark Knight Rises was the idea of the Bat, as opposed to the Batman.

The symbol was more important than the man who wore it, which meant that, unlike the comics, Bruce Wayne didn't have to be Batman. Someone else could take up the cowl, to continue the role or to expand upon it. That was my favorite thing about the entire series.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well, the symbolism of The Batman was certainly not invented by the Nolan Bat-film franchise. But yes, they did a better job of highlighting this.
And I agree that this approach better facilitates the possibility of other heroes picking up Wayne's Bat-mantle, and crusade. My reservations lie in the personal motivation and commitment. Of course, every contender will come with his or her own story, their own drive. But the events that created The Batman, the callous murder of Bruce Wayne's parents directly in front of him, and the tremendous wealth at his disposal, help make his a unique perspective that cannot be transferred to anyone else (or at least it shouldn't be).

A clever writer can effectively make any storyline work. Nevertheless, with the persistence of continuity, stretching such iconic characters across the generations, I believe that it is inevitable that they are diminished, and the most precious element that they lose is their uniqueness.
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samuraiblack Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
boss freaking ted
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Shaish Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Honestly I was just glad to see that Jason Todd was included in the Young Justice tv show universe. I had heard that they didn't want to include him, a while back? And I was sad about that, to seeing his memorial in the episode, which is sad in its own way, made me relieved.
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YorkeMaster Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
This is the Blue Beetle before the current one?
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yup.
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