WB Animation Character Design, YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION, The Original Blue Beetle. 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.
This pose was actually used as a model for the still image in the episode flashback, except for minor alterations. The chain-mail was always presented as an option, but it's perfectly understandable that such tedious detail would be omitted. I included it here because I was curious how it might look, and because it was a challenge to render. 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.
The background was borrowed from online resources, and I made my choice according to what I felt would best approximate the period.
* All characters and their names are the copyrighted property of DC Comics, and Warner Bros Animation.
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