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An early glimpse of Morrison and Murphy’s Joe the Barbarian

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At DeviantArt, artist Sean Gordon Murphy reveals a stunning two-page spread from Joe the Barbarian, his Vertigo collaboration with Grant Morrison that the writer describes as “Home Alone meets Lord of the Rings.”

“I’ve wanted to do one of those Narnia-style worlds in a wardrobe-type stories but I didn’t want to do it until I had the energy and time to do it,” Morrison told Comic Book Resources in March. “It’s about a little kid who has diabetes, which makes you hallucinate if you don’t take your medicines. And something happens to him in his home.”

Murphy writes that in the above image, “The kid is in a dream state where he’s seeing all his toys come to life as they’re fleeing their village after an attack. It’s fun to create generic characters based off of existing characters, but to change them just enough to avoid legal problems.”

A quick glance reveals (obviously) Batman and Robin, plus dead ringers for The Transformers, the crew of the Enterprise from The Next Generation, G.I. Joe, Dick Tracy and … M.A.S.K. (?), among others.

You can see more pages here and here.

(via Sean Witzke)