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EMPOWERED's EMP + THUGBOY as BETTY + THE ROCKETEER by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's EMP + THUGBOY as BETTY + THE ROCKETEER by AdamWarren
Behold, a commissioned piece featuring Emp and Thugboy from Empowered, my "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics. Anyhoo, the sketch was supposed to replicate a famous image of Betty* and Cliff from The Rocketeer, drawn by one of my idols, the late, great Dave Stevens: [link]

I'd never noticed before that the original Dave illo is technically incorrect, as it shows Betty being carried over Cliff's outstretched arm, not his shoulder, which wouldn't be viable for anyone without extreme arm strength. Howeva, this was clearly a deliberate artistic choice by Dave, since Betty's backside would've completely obscured the Rocketeer helmet from this angle if he'd drawn the pose "correctly". When I had to redraw my own version of the illo, though, I decided to switch over to a slightly different camera angle and pose.

Here's the rough sketch for the piece, by the way:


Note that Emp's outfit for this illo is her "Sexy Librarian" costume, as first seen here:


Anyhoo, the newest installment of Empowered, vol. 7, is now on sale at your Local Comics Retailer Store and/or conventional bookstore, and is also available in digital form via the Dark Horse Digital Store [link] and on Barnes & noble's Nook: [link]
More info here: [link]



Anyhoo, if you've read the book and care to weigh in on the experience, feel free to leave a comment here, in a SPOILER ALERT zone: [link]

And now, further floggery: Empowered vol. 7 can be found at your Local Comics Retailer (or bookstore, possibly), or online at Dark Horse's retail website [link] or on Amazon.com [link] .

Say, here's Empowered vol. 7's cover, without the logo:



And here's the book's back-cover copy:

While costumed crimefighter Empowered makes a startling discovery regarding her unfortunate status as an all-too-frequent "damsel in distress," her hard-drinking best friend Ninjette confronts her own sordid past, violent present and frighteningly uncertain future as she fights a desperate, single-handed battle against a entire clan of supernaturally durable ninja warriors. Can our two hard-luck heroines also withstand the further perils posed by supervillainous minivans, dueling sets of "daddy issues," doomed-but-still-hot boyfriends, undead karaoke party-crashers, and even "spoiler alerts from hell itself" voiced by diabolically omniscient demonspawn?

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first six volumes (and a pair of one-shots in comics format) can be found on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, or online at Dark Horse's retail website [link] or on Amazon.com [link] . All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: [link]

* To clarify for the pedantic, "Betty" is the fictional character from The Rocketeer; "Bettie Page", of course, refers to the real-life woman who was the inspiration for her.

**Annoyed as she understandably might be at once again winding up as a Damsel in Distress, Emp should be happy for one thing: I actually drew her butt a bit too small. Note, by the way, that I'm oddly amused by the image of Thugboy ignoring said backside to gaze happily at the Mauser he's carrying (a gun he never would've handled in official Empverse continuity, alas).
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codyrush Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
I don't see anything wrong with being saved by someone you genuinely care about. I wouldn't consider a woman saving my life embarassing: i'd call it romantic and, honestly, very selfless. 
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lollygaggerslim Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Man, I just love this comic! Her self-pitying musings make her bondage situations that much hotter.
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aptoons48 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
LOVE IT! Thanks Mr Warren for a great illustration! Damsels in distress is my pride and joy, lol!
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ChrisHarbinger Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool drawing :D
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BondoFox Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But we don't want you in that role, kitten 8-)

Nice take on a classic, man!
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have to agree with Thugboy, VERY cool gun, and a nice rendering too.

I may be biased though.
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Bill-Wa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
A Very cool gun, TB, and if you have the wooden holster you have a shoulder stock. I love my "BroomHandle"
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DeviSeven Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I Loved Vol 7 ( and all the rest) Eagerly awaiting the next one. It seriously made my day when I saw that it was in print and orderable.
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Snapdragonparadise Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Hey! I still got that T shirt!
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I'm amazed that Thug Boy found something almost as eye-catching to him as Emp's bum.
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RStwo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
this rocks!!
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:iconaliciaevan:
AliciaEvan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah! Rocketeer cosplay!
R.I.P. Bettie Page :heart:
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kiwikink Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great stuff, and another reminder to watch the Rocketeer again (probably as a double bill with Capt America...)
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Splendid! Love the outfit on Emp! Very cool piece!
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:iconjbwarner86:
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Aw, poor Emp...
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despite55 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Love it! It's a rare talent to make a picture this sexy look at the same time so cute and wholesome. Awesome job!
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korblborp Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
who's to say he doesn't have one he ripped off during his "Witless Minions" days? Say, from a villain who's schtick was old guns?
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Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well...Thugboy seems happy :giggle: fantastic homage, sir :D
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
very nice :)
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I LOVE the expression on his face!!!
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bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Poor Emp..can't even get away from the DID roleplay.
Could be worse...could be Wonder Woman roleplay.
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KonekoRyu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   General Artist
I wonder.... what would thug boy look like in emp's outfit and vice versa O_o
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Orgazmo1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I watch that movie now and again, just for Jennifer Connelly. And the guy from Gangster #1 got to marry her!!!! omfg......
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I loved this part of the Empowered series (where she goes undercover)!

Great tribute pic here Adam, I'm sure Dave would be glad.
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kaelstra Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh<3 Thugboy in leather! Especially enjoying the gloves, for some reason.
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mezo9 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Two words....

Love it.
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Pol-Rua Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Emp and Rocketeer? These are a few of my favourite things!
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LouisTarado Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Ah, classic! And Emp in her sexy librarian outfit while being a bound DiD all at once! Words fail to describe appreciation and inspiration!
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Lyingbastard Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Excellent! And who wouldn't think a Mauser C-96 is awesome sauce?
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fakebny123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Like Thugboy as the gentleman-in-distress and Emp as the valkyrian heroine? Like that is happening.
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aquiresville Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant homage, Adam, and it's jinkies that TB is all sweet over the auto-pistol! I had been out of the collecting grind since 2001 (thankfully, just a reader of quality, now), so I hadn't known of Dave Stevens' passing until your "late, great" -- so, I'm a little sad to learn this, so late, but I can see this is such a heartfelt tribute. Beautiful pencil work on the "worn leather" Rocketter jacket!
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
But the glasses . . . the glasses . . .

Well, as it is, a great tribute to the Rocketeer, which I saw in theaters back when. Yes, I too think it's strange that Thugboy would ogle the Mauser rather than Emp's beautiful backside, but those were the old days of superheroes in which heaven forbid a hero should have R-rated thoughts about the main girl. I just got finished with vol. 7's study of the backsides of Emp and 'Jette, including the re-creation of Thugboy carrying librarian Emp into the bedroom on his shoulder. Excellent work here and there.
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tommerch Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! Now - if you could do a tribute of the scene where Cliff bursts in on Betty getting photographed!

Thos. Merchant
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ttnt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohoho ....Another comeback of the Sexy Librarian outfit ?
Just asking again (and for the last time, promise), do you know about "Sally Forth" of Walalace Wood? Emp share a bit of likeness with her.
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andehpinkard Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow i hadnt heard of sally forth in years!
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ttnt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So am i wrong when i say there is some likeness betweem Emp and Sally ?
To be honest, i've never got to get one of the albums in my hands, and i've grown up with only "Wally Wood's Weird Sex-Fantasy" in my hands XD
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andehpinkard Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i think emp comes from a lot of places lol to be honest lol
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ttnt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD true
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andehpinkard Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha but that's what makes her so likable. its a good mix!
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JakarNilson Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Now I've got the Rocketeer theme music stuck in my head. Swell!
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shanejayell Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*lol* Nice!
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cresent34 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Niiiiice..
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Eric1833 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Long live miss Page
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Uhm, interesting come-back of the "Librarian Sexy"...
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
This is great, i love the Rocketeer!
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bastler Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Broomhandle Mauser!!
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love Thugboy having to crane past her rump.
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jackmackhack Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
What's the only thing that can distract Thugboy from that booty?


VERY cool guns =P
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finex666 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
EPIC!
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