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Mario vs. Bastion by SebastianvonBuchwald Mario vs. Bastion by SebastianvonBuchwald

First of all, credit where credit is due: if you know your comics you'll know that this image is based on John Buscema's cover to Silver Surfer #4 which has some of the greatest, most dynamic poses ever put on a comic book cover. Easily one of my favorites of all time. Incidentally, I think this is the first piece where I directly reference another piece of art.

So yeah, Mario isn't actually fighting Bastion (which is the island hub in the game) but, because indie devs are eager to leave their lead characters unnamed, I went with a title that made sense.

This took a long time. A really long time. I tried to capture the look of Bastion's gorgeous concept art and it took a few tries to backwards engineer it and have it look as close to the real deal as my limited abilities could muster. I loved Bastion, by the way, and I wanted to make this a hammer on hammer fight (hence the Hammer Bros. suit) but I just had to squeeze in my go-to weapons in the game, the spear and pistols.

My only real regret is that I feel the Kid should've been on the ground. We see Mario in every fight and the Kid's pose doesn't really show off his character design much. I realized this once I had already fully inked Mario so I let it go. Something to be mindful of the next time, I suppose.

Progress animation here: [link]
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cwb360 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ok, it's interesting and all but....The Kid would beat the hell out of Mario. No question there.
lilbear32 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
the kid cant do shit agains the withe tanooki suit mario would just sit there waiting for the kid to try to touch him and die
Dakebs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
LOL sebastian made mario Badass so we can use some imagination, and of course mario would lose to any of the characters from the mario vs series, a Goomba can kill mario with just a touch.
SebastianvonBuchwald Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
He certainly has the equipment for it. :)
cwb360 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Indeed, indeed. But now that I think of it, Mario could use his star power to be sort-of fair and pretty much trump all of that right?
True but I'm saving the star power up for a more appropriate adversary. :)
cwb360 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, good point.....super sonic? He's pretty much the only one powerful enough that I can think of.
True, Super Sonic would be a fitting adversary. :)
Faybos Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
"The kid was surprised the plumber man could put up such a fight. But it didn't stop him from fighting back. The plumber smiled at this and reached into his pocket, pulling out a strange looking mushroom the likes of which Bastion has never seen. With a swift chomp the mustachio'ed man began to expand in size, towering over the kid in the blink of a eye. Hammer in both hands, Bastion charges to pummel him down to size."

Bonus points if you read this in the Narrator's voice.
That's pretty good. Reads much like the game does. :)
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