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Great Lakes Avengers ASSEMBLE!

Here's a team many of you never heard of. The GLA, introduced in West Coast Avengers #46 back in '88, were a joke team of sorts. Headed by Mr. Immortal, they were fighting supervillains in Michigan with unauthorized use of the Avengers name. (They used the Great Lakes in their name becuase there is no North Coast.) Hawkeye and Mockingbird (not pictured) went to check it out. Having just left the WCA, Hawkeye becamse their leader for awhile. Last year or so, there was a four-part mini-series called GLA: Misassembled (and a Christmas special!). I recommend it even if you're not a big comic book fan. I'm not a BIG one by any means, and I loved it. It's just very well-written. They don't just play the characters as jokes. The characters all KNOW they're jokes, which makes you feel kind of sorry for them. There's even some decent back story.

Well, enough about that. Back to talking about my drawing. From left to right:

Grasshopper - He can jump very high with his grasshopper armor.

Monkey Joe - See him? He's one of Squirrel Girl's squirrels. They defeated Doctor Doom together once. That's why he gets to be on the GLA roster.

Squirrel Girl - She has squirrel-like agility and can talk to squirrels. This is my costume design because her official one is boring.

Mr. Immortal - He can't die. Oh, he can be shot, crushed, what have you, but he'll come back in a minute or so. That's why he kinda needs a team.

Flatman - Like Mr. Fantastic, only... you know, flat.

Big Bertha - Has the power to turn fat (and strong, she's not useless). When she's not fat, she's supermodel Ashley Crawford, whose career bankrolls the GLA.

Dinah Soar - Member of some kinda dinosaur race. Only Mr. Immortal understands her. She communicates with the rest of the team through whistles.

Doorman - A class 10 teleporter, he can teleport you into the next room, as long as you prop him against the wall and walk through him.

Okay, now that you've gotten a rundown of the characters, would you like to see them in color? Of course you would! Click on the [link] why don'cha?
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fandomfan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh man, I was re-reading my copy of the Misassemble GN the other day! Loved this. Flatman's probably my favourite, although Big Bertha's subplot about the conflict between her desire for a professional career and her embarrassing friends was really good too.
LocoLollipop Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Doorman looks like he's saying "hey! wtf man! at least ask me first"
Mr-DNA Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
MarleneB Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
I was actually a fan of the GLA, and enjoyed the books I saw.

Point of order: We who live in the Great Lakes states as well as some of the states' tourism marketing campaigns occasionally refer to our area as the North Coast.

I also remember the What If? joke issue, where a one panel asked the question, "What If the Avengers relocated to Toledo, Ohio?" priceless!
GiantPanda Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They appear to be disturbed by something.
Mr-DNA Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Mr. Immortal was squished by a steel girder. I mean, sure, he'll be okay in a little while, but nobody wants to see that.
ladylovey Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
"Grasshopper - He can jump very high with his grasshopper armor."

Poor thing only lasted 1 issue. :(.
Anyway, nice work. :D
Ellocobruja Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
bob500 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
I can see bad things happening with door man, "C'mon, walk through me! You know you want too.... it doesn't hurt!" Sorry, with power that involves people going through you... it just strikes me funny.
shap7896 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
yeah i have heard of them before, in some way they are my favourite team
toonbat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh gosh! I LOVE your take on Squirrel Girl. Not only did you improve her outfit a lot, but... gods, look at her! Every other pic I've found of her is either lame/hideous or way too pretty. This is perfect. She actually looks like the cartoon she is! And a mighty good one too. Super-fav'd.
WPM Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist Filmographer
When was this drawn it was like during the mis-assamble shot or something, man I wish they would get a yearly or monthly series, also I like the style it fits the group~!
Mr-DNA Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006
That's why my friend picked me to do it! :)

He lent me Misassembled, along with the GLX-mas special and their first appearance (sans Squirrel Girl and Grasshopper) in West Coast Avengers back in '88.

Glad you like it!
WPM Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Hobbyist Filmographer
Now that's a good friend Have sex with them this night or get a drink my treat (if you can find me)~!
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
Quite an interesting bunch of superheroes. They seem kinda funny. :D Nice pic.
poinko Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006
ArchiCrash Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
Mwa ha ha... Very cool composition!
AK-Is-Harmless Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wasn't there a Squirrel Girl in the Tick cartoon? Her battle cry was "I like squirrels."

Mr-DNA Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
Huh. I don't remember. I'll need to consult my friend, who has the entire series on DVD. Hooray for bootlegging!
Jaebird88 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*is left speechless*
Celestial-SeraphiMan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006   Writer
*giggles like Peter Griffin*
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