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Jugger Grimrod from Alien Legion by BryanBaugh Jugger Grimrod from Alien Legion by BryanBaugh
"Alien Legion" was a science fiction / action adventure comic book series in the 1980's. I was in high school back then, and remember it being a very popular book among several of my friends. I owned a few of the early issues and thought the artwork was consistently great but the stories were very dialogue heavy and tended to leave me thinking "Geez, when are you gonna stop over-explaining all the alien races and planets and culture and just get to the action!!" But it was still a really solid comic book and was highly regarded among most 1980's comic book readers. Of all the Alien Legion characters, Jugger Grimrod was everybody's favorite. Jugger was a rule breaker and a tough bastard and damn ruthless in his methods of dealing with hostile alien life forms.

One of my long-time commission clients (Matt R) hired me to draw this. Matt has been bugging me to do a Jugger Grimrod illustration for years. And for years I kept putting him off and saying, "You don't want me to do this commission. My old Alien Legion comics are in a box somewhere in the basement at my parents' house. I haven't even seen them since 1989. I don't even remember what Jugger looked like!" But then, very recently I was visiting my parents house and accidentally stumbled onto that exact box... and there were those old comic books, and I no longer had an excuse. I emailed Matt R and said, "Okay... guess what... I found my old comics... You still want me to do that Alien Legion commission??" He sure did. So it went on my list of Summer 2013 commissions... and here it is. The Alien Legion comics are pretty much forgotten today, except by us old guys who were kids reading comic books in the 80s. So I won't be offended if nobody on Deviant Art even knows who Jugger Grimrod is. But he sure was a bad-ass back then. Haha.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Great dynamic drawing. I love the detailing and movement. Awesome creature stylization.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
You're welcome.
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DTWX Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
:iconrobocopplz: ;p
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:iconbryanbaugh:
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
They do look similar, don't they? But alas, tho Robo ended up being more popular, Jugger came first.
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DTWX Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Was he a cousin of Judge Dredd?  They seem to have a similar work-ethic! :D
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, no connection. But that is a funny observation!
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:iconchaosfive-55:
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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SMJester Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I will have to look into this comic!  I love SF with well developed alien cultures...  And of course gratuitous battles against hostile aliens.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Then this might be the perfect comic for you.
Personally I find SF that goes TOO in-depth with all the detailed info about the alien worlds and alien races a little tiresome... but if you enjoy that level of detail - then Alien Legion is a comic that you could happily immerse yourself in. And the art is so damn professional and slick.
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Grimbro Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are my hero, I LOVE that series. 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, aww shucks.
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
I actually have some Alien Legion comics I got in a liquidation sale at a comic shop but I never really bothered reading them. I'm going to have to give them a look now after reading your description... also if I can find the box they are in. :XD:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, it sounds like EVERYBODY'S old Alien Legion comics are in a box somewhere!!
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
I think its because the covers never really leap out and yell, "Cool story inside! Read Me!" so they kind of get pushed aside for the ones that seem to promise something fun and exciting right up front. :XD:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah but the covers - and all the artwork on that series - has a controlled awesomeness about it.
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm not saying they were bad covers but compared to the books of the time they might have been too subtle for their own good. :XD:

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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You may have a point there.
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:iconwondermanrules:
wondermanrules Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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Mr-Illusionist-1331 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome, well done:)
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:iconbryanbaugh:
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece kicks ass, by the way!
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:iconbryanbaugh:
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwildpegasus13:
wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like Jugger, but I was always more partial to Sarigar. I loved his design.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep the guy with the snake tail was super cool.
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A buddy of mine at the time loved this book... now I wanna see more. Thanks; I SO needed another freakin quest...  ;)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, well, you might as well at least look into it.
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:iconrammsteinfan1994:
Rammsteinfan1994 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
awesome
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:iconbryanbaugh:
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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Rammsteinfan1994 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
No Problem
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single-leg Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
I dimly remember Alien Legion..I forgot what company published it but I am a big lover of the 80's independent comics..it was truly the best time for comics in terms of cutting edge.
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firestorm31z Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Marvel Comics produced it.  Its sort of an "elite" line of books, an experiment if you will.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, the 80's truly was a great decade for comics that were new and edgy and pushing the boundaries of what comics "could be"...
The sad thing is to go back and read the comics news and art magazines from the 80's, especially between 1986 (just after the release of Watchmen, Dark Knight, etc) and 1989. ALL the interviews with comics professionals are about how this is the "beginning" of a new era in comics, and how they can't wait to see how interesting, diverse, smart, and mature comics will be in the NEXT decade... Little did they/we know... the late 80's was both the beginning, and the end of all that. By 1989, all the conversation has turned to... The Tim Burton Batman movie. And by 1991, '92... all those hopes and dreams of a "new age" of "smart, edgy comics" was in the final stages of being totally steamrolled by the childish concepts, non-writing, and shockingly bad artwork of the "Image Comics revolution". ...And by 1993, every trip to the comic book store was depressing and me and pretty much all my friends stopped buying comic books.
...But it was great while it lasted!
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firestorm31z Featured By Owner Edited Sep 10, 2014
well, that explains why I couldn't get interested in reading comic books.

had a comic book burn out in early 2000, but that stuff you mentioned had something to with that.

Speaking of Alien Legion, I have the entire set.  Yeah, Jugger was bad ass. :D

but my favorite was the snake Colonel.  (forgot his name).  He was tough and no-nonsense guy.

Marvel Comics started screwing around with Spiderman with Ben Riley & clones stuff. got less interesting afterwards.

still have some boxes of unread books.  burn out sucks.
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single-leg Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Holy crap, you just basically laid out exactly how I felt about how comics evolved..I got into Direct market comics exactly in 1986 the first year i had a job when I found a store that had them..looking for the first Japanese comics translated into English, I discovered a whole other world of American black and white comics plus the groundbreaking stuff from Moore and Miller.

The" Image Revolution" actually made me stop buying comics along with Dc and Marvel copying them..also DC trying to find Alan Moore imitators who basically made violent, pointless comics with yob characters (ahem Garth Ennis ahem). I wont lie I probably missed some decent stuff, especially since many of the indie creators of the 80's like Matt Wagner and Tim Sale started doing mainstream DC and Marvel stuff.

I was a huge fan of Comico and First Comics as well as Eclipse..Grendel, Elementals, Badger, the wacky Ninja High School..also Marvel's Epic line with the depressingly bleak Strikeforce Morituri..those were the days..

 
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dinoneill Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Awesome as always...I believe your "old Alien Legion comics...in a box somewhere in the basement at my parents' house" were sitting adjacent to a patient tar monster awaiting your return to nostalgia and an evening snack.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha... thanks for commenting!
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