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Comic Book Art: Katana by Juan Jose Ryp Comic Book Art 05 NOV 2013

DC’s New 52 version of Katana sees her joining Black Canary and Starling as the third member of the Birds of Prey. Katana is described as a lethal fighter who has spent the last year waging war on the Yakuza clan that is responsible for the death of her husband. She is rumored to be mentally unstable due to her belief that her husband’s soul, whom she often converses with in Japanese, resides in her sword.

After a number of adventures with the Birds of Prey, Katana leaves the group in order to keep an eye on a cult of assassins known as the Daggers. She later accepts membership in Amanda Waller’s new Justice League of America in exchange for information on her husband’s murderers.

This time around, Spanish comic book artist Juan Jose Ryp dips into his artbook and produces this fantastically detailed depiction of a rather battered Katana seemingly in a rather fragile predicament.

comic book art katana by juan jose ryp

Mark Beachum: Samuree #4 Cover (1989) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 19 JAN 2013

This piece of cover art is being put up here because I fondly remember owning the comic book back in my late teens and early twenties when my 7th floor apartment’s one corner was pretty much overrun by my comic book collection.

If you have never heard of it, Continuity Publishing, also known as Continuity Comics, was an American independent comic book company formed by Neal Adams in 1984, publishing comics until 1994. Samuree: Mistress of the Martial Arts was one of the titles published by Continuity, created by Neal Adams and then continued by writers Elliot S. Maggin and Peter Stone for its initial nine issue run. Although over the course of the nine issues a number of artists were used for the interior art, Mark Beachum is probably the primary artist associated with Samuree, in part to all his interior work, but most definitely for his eye-catching (rather 80’s styled if you look at them now) covers.

As for who Mark Beachum is, well he is an American comic book and multi-media artist known for his highly eroticized renditions of female super heroines such as Flare and Samuree. Right.

In any event, here is the pretty cool cover art featured on issue four of the original Samuree: Mistress of the Martial Arts comic book:

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuity_Comics