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Jazz Age JLA Villains by genesischant Jazz Age JLA Villains by genesischant
Yes, this is Jazz Age Injustice League/Secret Society/Legion of Doom.

By the mid-1920's, Prohibition had created an extraordinarily profitable market for bootleg liquor. Those that profited from its sale grew incredibly powerful and much more organized. Major players emerged-- consolidating power and developing into massive enterprises with tendrils that reached from the deepest depths of the criminal underworld to the airy reaches of the highest elected offices in the land.

In secret, seven heads of powerful crime families began to meet. This Secret Society sought to avoid overlapping interests and to present a united front against those that would oppose them.

Joseph "Funny-man" Kerr
Gotham's prince of crime. A real nasty hood, a psychopath through and through. Scarred head to foot, with a ghastly complexion and a bone-chilling laugh. Once just a torpedo for the Gotham families, now he runs them all. The screwy fella slays, and not with his jokes.

Barbara Ann "The Cheetah" Minerva
The mad queen of the silver screen. One-time leading lady in moving pictures, she became wrapped up with some rough characters. Proving she had what it takes, she's now a boss running a handful of small Irish gangs. This smarty is liable to give you the icy mitt. Of death.

Sal "The Yellow" Sinistra
The child of an Italian father and a Negro mother, Sal's led a hard life. He was a former Harlem Hellraiser alongside John Stewart, and both were part of a hush-hush club called the "Lanterns" that sometimes conducted "extracurricular exercises" during the War. After coming back to the states, he created the Sinistra Family using the Lanterns as a model. A dangerous guy when he's not ossified on coffin varnish.

Leonard "Captain" Snart
The illegitimate son and heir of the late crime-boss of the Rogue crime family of Central City. He attended college with Wally "Flash" West, and was captain of the football team and a straight-A student until he was kicked out for bookmaking. Though he seems a bit of an Ethel, he actually lives by a strict code of rules. This daddy may seem like a piker, but he's got ice in his veins.

Lex "Don" Luthor
The Don of the incredibly powerful Luthor crime family, head of the Secret Society. Probably the most powerful man in America. He owns so many politicians and law enforcement agents, that he enjoys nearly absolute freedom from prosecution. His base of operations is Metropolis, where a star investigative reporter is beginning to really get him in a lather.

Morgaine "La Sorciere" Le Fey
The Madam of madams, Morgaine is a powerhouse amongst the bordello crowd. In addition to her very successful "Maison Le Fey", this doll takes a cut from scores of smaller houses of ill repute throughout the nation (and a few from over the border!) Her beauty is legendary, and her cruelty and ruthlessness no less so. She's no face-stretcher, but you'd best be wary of her wiles.

Katar "Hawk" Hol
Leader of the wild bank-robbing Hawk Gang. An immigrant who quickly learned the fastest way to make jack was with a gun. Shayera Hol was his wife until the gang got into drugs. The bird gave him an earful and split. The poor sap still wears the manacle.
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26qq308 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've seen some rough customers, but these cats sure are nasty.
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SuncatStudio Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There needs to be stories with these characters.
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ShadowFox1000 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Awsome work
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Comickook Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Excellent artwork and info. :-D
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warman546 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i like it
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
nice
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girlgunner Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Joe Kerr, Haha! Nice one!
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Ingenius reworking of the characters!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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daw327 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
This is awesome! Can you do one for the Suicide Squad? :D
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CaptainToonerReborn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Cool concept
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Red-Rum-18 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is Hawkman one of the badguys?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly, I thought it up based on the JLU piece I did earlier, with Hawkgirl reimagined as a former gun moll. I liked the Bonnie and Clyde archetype it suggested.
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Red-Rook Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
I love Captain Cold and Sinestro. Also if this was a movie, I bet at the end 'Funny-man' would end up killing the last of the members and laughing while he makes off with the cash they all worked to steal.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, yeah- that sounds right to me!
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oreochan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist
These are fantastic and amazing and so well drawn and thought-out. I'm not exactly a super big comics nerd, but I'm just so delighted by the direction you go in these "sets" that you post. The language that you use is so perfect, too! Kudos!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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DisneyMaster Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You shold have made Cheetah an actress who never made it into the talkies
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's a good idea, but the timeline just barely doesn't work-- The Jazz Singer came out in 1927, and it wasn't until the early 30's that talkies took off. I tried to make this Cheetah an actress who fell into scandal, a common story of early Hollywood. Uncommon (and admittedly unlikely) is that she embraced her new life as a notorious gangster.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I can imagine this Cheetah also being regarded as very difficult to work with back in her movie days.

I see her as an arrogant, self-obsessed woman who believed she was God's gift to the acting craft. She would refuse to follow directors' orders, and treat everyone around her like dirt. After a while, she couldn't get any work despite her talent because no one wanted her on the set.

Cecil B. DeMille: She was a nightmare! She constantly argued with everyone, she would never show up on time. She dragged productions to a halt with her incessant complaining! She acted like everyone was out to sabotage her! She would turn making a movie for an act of joy to a chore!
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WimblesTheCreator Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
See, now i want to know id you cand place other lanterns to this era. Kilowog would be intresting to see, maybe a circus freak(if a tad cliche)?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I actually imagined the Lanterns as using actual colored lanterns to signal one another-- John is Green, Sal is Yellow, etc. I suppose I could run the gamut of the different lantern colors, but that would be... indulgent, perhaps? Regardless, Kilowog was almost certainly a dude who served with John in the War. Man, I freaking love that dude.
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WimblesTheCreator Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Damn straight!
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greenfrostfire Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
the joker really fits into this era XD
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I agree totally. It helps that Gotham City is locked in a perpetual 1930's neo-noir existence.
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