Artist Mike Deodato is denying that a group of very "nineties" stolen Conan paintings being sold on the black market belong to him.
Source: Bleeding Cool
Earlier today, vigilante reporter Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool reported on a batch of Conan paintings that Mike Deodato allegedly created for a Brazillian publisher in the nineties that have surfaced for sale in various markets. Johnston claims that the paintings were created by Deodato for the Brazillian Conan covers, but were never returned to him and have passed from seller to seller over the years. This makes the paintings stolen artwork, and Johnston urges people not to buy them. However, Deodato begs to differ in this fake conversation with the Outhouse.
"No, those aren't mine," said Deodato, nervously. "That must have been Liefeld or someone."
Indeed, the paintings are obviously from comics' Porcelain Age, the 1990s, where a fascination with impossibly gigantic muscles and angry grimaces led to an entire generation of comic book art that embarrassing both to creators and readers. "Look, that's clearly not my artwork," Deodato continued, sweat beading on his brow. "Wait, does Conan have pouches in that one? Oh god!"
After pressing the beleaguered artist and pointing out the signatures on the paintings which clearly read Mike Deodato Jr., the Outhouse was finally able to coax a confession out of him. "Okay, fine, they're mine!" confessed Deodato, ashamed. "It was a different time! Everybody was doing it, right? Let he who has never created a character with 'blud,' 'deth,' or 'strike' in the name cast the first stone!"
Now that the truth is out, the Outhouse urges readers who come across any of the paintings on ebay or wherever the hell it is people buy this sort of thing not to purchase them, as it would make Rich Johnston very cross. Deodato, however, may actually be profitting from the paintings, as, after the news about the paintings broke, he was immediately contacted by DC Comics to take over at least three of their DCnU books.
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