Art For Art’s Sake # 146: Warren Johnson’s ‘Star Wars Art’ And The Usual Selection Of Cool Comic Book Art

by Richard Bruton

The answer is Art For Art’s Sake. The question is, “What’s Comicon’s weekly look at the world of comic art on the Internet?”

Granted, it could also have been, “What’s the English translation of the French 19th Century slogan ‘l’art pour l’art,’ a phrase that expresses the philosophy that the intrinsic value of art, and the only ‘true’ art, is divorced from any didactic, moral, political, or utilitarian function?”

It could also have have been the answer to, “What’s the translation of the motto ‘ars gratia artis’ around the roaring head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Leo the Lion?”

And of course, for all the hip kids out there… the question could also have been, “What was the 1975 single by 10CC?”

Okay, okay, enough. Time to get off Wikipedia and give you the comic artwork… enjoy!

Oh, this is glorious – Elena Casagrande imagines a Teen Titans and New Mutants meeting

Dan Whites wonderful Cindy & Biscuit

Dan Hipp’s Joker

Bruce Redondo

Two from Bruce Timm – a Jim Steranko homage to The Hulk and The Authority

Al Williamson’s Boba Fett

Bob LarkinDazzler #1 original artwork from 1981

Classic Betty and Veronica by Dan DeCarlo

What a mash-up – Moebius’ Arzach meets the world of Charles M. Schulz – by Axel Medellin

Andi Watson – Mr X

Francesco Francavilla – Tom Baker’s Dr Who

Evan Dorkin’s little dairy products of hate…

Gorgeous Sholly Fisch Batman art from Batman: The Brave and the Bold #16

John McCrea’s Dead Eyes

Marie Severin – Howard The Duck

Jen Bartel – she does a damn fine She-Hulk

Two from Jeremy Brooks – Deathlok and Martian Manhunter

And finally, a little extended look at Daniel Warren Johnson’s Star Wars artwork. For more of his work, visit and follow him on Twitter at @danielwarrenart.

First of all, remember this scene in Return of the Jedi, the A-wing pilot, Green Leader, and his unforgettable line…. ‘AAAAAAAA!!!’ as he crashes into the Star Dreadnought Executor? Yep, this one…

Anyway, Johnson does, and he’s made a wonderful comic all about Green Leader’s last day.

He says this:

“For some reason, this A-wing pilot MOVED me.  Everything about this part of Return of the Jedi made me want to DRAW and CREATE.   This is a fan fiction comic I made in April, just because I love this scene and I love comics.  I was originally going to only have this story in print with me at shows, but I want as many people to see it as possible. There’s a big part of me in these eleven pages, I hope you can see it.”

Here’s Green Leader:

And a couple of Green Leader sketches…

And then there’s this Star Wars art from him as well…

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