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YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION: DAN GARRET/BLUE BEETLE by Jerome-K-Moore YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION: DAN GARRET/BLUE BEETLE by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Animation Character Design, YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION, Dan Garret. Pencil, Digital color.

In the YOUNG JUSTICE Season Two episode entitled, "Intervention," it is revealed to Jaime Reyes the true origins of the Blue Beetle scarab, and its presence on Earth. Via flashback, we see that Robin and Batgirl hacked the computer files of the late Ted Kord to learn that the scarab had been discovered by archaeologist Dan Garret on a dig in Bialya in the late 1930s. Believing the scarab to be an ancient mystical artifact, Garret used it to become the original Blue Beetle.

In designing this character, I decided to borrow from Humphrey Bogart in THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, and THE AFRICAN QUEEN, as well as from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Producer Brandon Vietti approved of my idea to go with a fedora, as a wink to Indiana Jones. The archaeological dig need not have been a cave at all, but when I found some cool images on the Web, I couldn't resist using a cave as an interesting backdrop here. These colors are my own selections, and do not reflect what appears in the actual episode. And, as always, the art style is that established by Mr. Phil Bourassa.

* All characters and their names are the copyrighted property of DC Comics, and Warner Bros Animation.

Thanks for viewing! Cheers! :)
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inginuyasha Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Awesome ^_^
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Anonnim Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013

Indiana Jones inspired for Dan Garett?

media.canada.com/1e176200-5860…

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WaterSprite92 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For some reason this scene sticks in my head. Such a great job!
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IamHollingsworth Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
super cool design!
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:iconwatersprite92:
WaterSprite92 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, friend! Cool seeing you here!
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IamHollingsworth Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol - I love Young justice.  Now we're comment buddies too : )
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:iconwatersprite92:
WaterSprite92 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too! So glad there is art like this to keep fleshing out the world! :D
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MrBIGAL Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this sequence! My wife was very interested as well, because it added a sense of depth to the story.

Great job!
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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SMLtheGRartist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is so nice! it looks like it's right grom the series!
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Because it IS.  :)
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SMLtheGRartist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops! 
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worldends4me Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student
I thought it was a more modern 'Mako' from "The Legend of Korra." Very Nice.
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Da-Wabbit Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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CharlestheComicArtis Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh u again i havent seen u or ur work in like forever
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:iconjusdog:
jusdog Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Nicely done Rome. I have a new trick for you to try on the scarab 'glow.' :]
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Verricis Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Girl, can you say temple of doom!- Bumble Bee
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DanielNadia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Unfortunately, I don't remember seeing this on screen! I'll have to go back and look for this, I'm sure it looks as awesome as this image in the episode.  
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gatchagrey Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013

only problem with this is it was just a still image I would have loved to see an episode with all three beetles telling the storey...

awesome work.. thanks so much for posting this

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astrocitizen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Always liked the Blue Beetle character, the Ted Kord version mostly but the rest are appreciated.  I'm surprised DC's never adopted the '40s version, although it probably sends mixed messages these days for a police officer to be using what's essentially a super-steroid.
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philbourassa Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Awesome... of course!
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wabi777 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome~! I really like his design! :D
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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Da-Duh-Dun-Dun Dun-Da-Da!
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