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Stanley Ipkiss - Big Head by professorfandango Stanley Ipkiss - Big Head by professorfandango
It will probably come as no surprise to learn that The Mask was my very favourite film when I was a child. I'm fairly sure there was a time when I would watch it every weekend but then I think I forgot about it when DVD came around and hadn't seen it in years, even though I had and unopened version of it on DVD.

Recently somebody was talking about it at work and as I am prone to go into obsessive fits when I remember something I loved like this I confided in the internet to see what I could find out about it.

It was here that I was educated about the original comic book which I was vaguely aware of but I suppose saying the film was simply "based" on the comics I expected them to be very different. Well, internet strikes again as I managed to snag the first three volumes on eBay and I have to say I loved them to death.

So here is how The Mask (primarily referred to in the comics as "Big Head") first looked with Stanley Ipkiss behind the face.

***SPOILERS***

At the end of the first story arc Stanley is actually shot and killed by his girlfriend who then goes on to be a recurring main character. How bizarre!
In fact the only connection - apart from a few of Big Head's antics - between the comic and the film is the characters name, so they could just as easily have given Carrey's character a different name and still stayed within the comic's continuity.

***END SPOILERS***

So my original intention was to draw all eight versions of Big Head from the first three volumes (the head remains mostly the same, but the outfits and builds of the characters vary) and present them all at once, but you know what I'm like when it comes to finishing something with several parts.

Also I began to attempt the heavy black shadow because 1) It was late so I was just messing around assuming I wouldn't have the time to finish it last night and 2) it was a style I had always wanted to try.

The first sketch I did had him holding both the tommy gun and flamethrower he uses at the end of his story but then in the rework it wasn't really convenient.

NOW ENJOY IT.
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BlueprintPredator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Loved the movie back then and still my favorite movie of all time. As a kid I would rent it at the video store, only to return it the next day so I can rent it again the very same day. Awesome tribute to an awesome movie and comic. I would love to see this style used in a comic book story. It is very cartoony but it seems that it can play serious when it wants.
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
I know the feeling man, it's a great film.

Thank very much though! There was a time where I wanted to draw all the characters who wore the mask throughout the comics but I never did...maybe I should come back to it...
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BlueprintPredator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
You could drawn them in the same scene, fighting over who will wear the mask next :)
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Well that would kind of defeat the purpose since I wanted to draw them wearing the mask, that's what makes them interesting!
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BlueprintPredator Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
True, true. Hmm, in Itty Bitty Mask, they kinda pulled that off, and it actually made some sense, where bunch of characters were wearing the mask at the same time. 
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Oh jeez, I had to look up what Itty Bitty Mask was and...well I'm sorry I did.
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BlueprintPredator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
I only heard about Itty Bitty Mask a couple of weeks ago. I hope they will make more Mask comics :)
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Technomaru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
*The following rant about the s***ty sequel and compliment of this art may contain spoilers*

I actually thought about due to that piece of %$#^ "Son of the Mask" why not reboot the movie series like "The Dark Knight" but kept the violence, have Stanley Ipkiss killed in the first film and the sequel would involve Lt. Kellaway as the Mask and fight Walter, now THAT'S a sequel that is better than "Son of the Mask"

3 days later I finally found the trade paperback of the comic and I was horrified by the graphic violence and Stanley Ipkiss had violent thoughts and didn't release them till he found the mask then used it to kill anyone who wronged him on his list. I showed this to my best friend and even she thought that behavior was disturbing... and she was the same best friend who talked me out of seeing "Son of the Mask" back when it was in theaters.

So apparently Jim Carrey's portrayal of Ipkiss never did have violent tendancies AND HE NEVER KILLED ANYBODY!!!! Unless Dorian in the movie counts but at least it wasn't like what happened to the auto mechanics in the comic while in the movie he just stuck mufflers up their butts.
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Zumbotron Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
That gave me an idea

How about remaking "The Mask" but having it differ from the original film and keep the graphic violence like in the comics (Making it a 15 or an 18 rated film)

I was also imagining if Jim Carrey reprise his role as Stanley Ipkiss, unless he turned down the role maybe Ed Helms from "The Hangover" could play Ipkiss instead and Big Head could be voiced by Gilbert Gottfried (when reading the comics I imagined Gottfried as he's loud and rambunctious which in turn could represent his psychotic tendencies presented in a sort of dark humor). If you want a seque to that your idea would be perfect.
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Technomaru Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Well if it worked with Christopher Noland's Batman trilogy aaaaaand "Man of Steel" then it should work here but pretty much "that sequel" killed the franchise.
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Zumbotron Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
It's similar whe you think of it 'cause "Batman and Robin" killed their respective franchise so like it would be with The Dark Knight Trilogy "The Mask" franchise would be in need of a serious reboot
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Okay I'm not sure I'm following you.

You're saying you originally thought the film ought to be rebooted in a darker tone, but changed your mind when you discovered that the comics were even darker than that?

As I see it, despite the gore, the comics still manage to play most of the violence off for laughs. Cramming an exhaust pipe into somebodys head would certainly not stretch that head to match its shape so even some of the "realistic" violence is quite cartoony.
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Technomaru Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
At first I thought if a comic book movie got a reboot (Spider-Man, Bat-Man, Superman) that is true to the original it would save face. Then I read the original and well me and my best friend found Ipkiss' behavior a bit disturbing (he used the Mask for revenge and ends up killing people while Jim Carrey's Stanley never killed anybody) So if the Mask was rebooted and kept the graphic violence then it would be a R-rated film and it would be in no way a family film like the first one was.

That would be a small price to pay for a really good sequel where if the first reboot movie ends with Stanley Ipkiss is killed then the sequel should have Lt. Kellaway (who by the way in the movie and cartoon he never wore the mask) wear the mask and use it to fight crime, have a confrontation with Walter and there we go, a better Mask sequel than "Son of the Mask"

I might like violent horror movies but if I imagine the graphic violence from the Mask put into a actual movie of the Mask then I might regret making that wish, it's kinda like when Adult Swim asked for Moral Orel's season 3 to be dark, then it got too dark for them that they ended up cancelling the series and make the 3rd season short as a result.
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Well at the very least they toned down the violence by the third book, since it was the first to be made after the film and as such was a little more cartoony.
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InsaneAsylum123 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Kellway: Shoot at will
Stanley/Mask: Hey Wait! He said shoot at Will not me
'BOOM BOOM BANG BOING"
Stanley/Mask: Hey! Someone took my eye!
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love both of the Masks from the comics and the film respectively. Even though each one is extremely different, each one has that charm and aesthetic that I have come to love. Faving this! :+fav:
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
I will drink to that sir.
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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jpox Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Great pic! I too loved the film when it was first released and ironically I really related to Stanley's character. At the time, I was a shy 18 year old with a love for the classic cartoons.....but perhaps I've said to much....
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
GET 'IM, BOYS.
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Out-Of-Blue-Series Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
the second act never did actually come out right? the first comic book has some pages kathy(or whatever her name is) wearing the mask and fighting with that mafia-frankenstein guy, but then other series came out, as i know
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
I'm no authority, but I think the stories with Kathy WERE the second "act" then they made The Mask Strikes back which was quite different to its predecessors.
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Out-Of-Blue-Series Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
yeah but i meant the canceled one which included kathy-mask vs walter
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happyorangutan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
As I sit here with my two Mask graphic novels (about the only comics I have), the "second act" you mention was cancelled sadly (it was to be 'Mayhem #5';) .. but there are two more graphic novels after the first one, The Mask Returns and The Mask Strikes Back. All three of the novels are basically a continuous story, but I've had a hard time tracking down even one copy of the second (The Mask Returns) book. But the third is still enjoyable.
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Out-Of-Blue-Series Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
they cant have stanley in them by any chance, right?

btw what are the first mayhem books if stanley's story is not the first one?
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happyorangutan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Mayhem #'s 1-4 are the first Graphic novel, so I believe Stanley's story is the first.

Stanley doesn't appear in anymore comics (aside from the spin-off comics of the movie, which part of one is in with Them Mask soundtrack CD). The only TRUE reoccuring characters are Walter (Frankenstein guy), Kathy, and Lt. Kellaway

Oh, and word of warning to anyone reading this; The Joker/Mask is not ANYTHING like the original Mask comics, it's campy and VERY cartoony... but still not bad, just not as great as one might think.
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Out-Of-Blue-Series Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
joker mask is stopped by batman saying ''you're not funny anymore'', duh, i know about the kellaway's job, and you forgot to mention stanley appears in the end, kellaway burries the mask into his graveyard, anyway two questions: what is kahy doing after the first mayhem and is the mask still like its first apperance or like in the movie and cartoon and movie adaptaion?(i mean the mask 'ITSELF' not the persona big head)

btw do you remember the lyrics ''a little ammo down your pants''?i think thats the most funny yet scary scene of the comic :D
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happyorangutan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The end of which comic does Kellaway bury the mask? Because the first collection of comics, he buries it in cement... the last collection Walter tosses it with all HIS might (you never know where that ended up)... but in the last one they are in a graveyard... I never remember seeing Impkiss ever again.

Anyway your two questions, after the first mayhem? Now, do you mean mayhem #1 or first "mayhem" with stanley, or the first collection of Mayhem Comics #1-5?

Question two: The mask, when drawn by Doug Mahnke, always looks the same. If the actual mask is drawn by anyone else it is the mask created for the movie (my thoughts are that the 'movie' version is better looking, but anytime I draw the mask myself, I draw the original.). Now there is a loop-hole to these two statements, Doug actually drew the comic book adaptaion of the movie and drew the movie version of the mask... that is the only time I have seen his style with the movie mask.

"A little song, A little dance, A lil' ammo down your pants" Great humor for such a dark setting.
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Out-Of-Blue-Series Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
you cant believe what ive just found, out of somewhere i could expect the least, i found most of the frackin' comics!
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happyorangutan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
on a website... or for sale? basically... Where?
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Kids-at-heart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
Dude, this is awsome! :D
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ThisIsMetal Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
I've never seen the movie or read the comic.

I do love the shading, though.
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poinko Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
This picture is SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN'

Someone had to.

By the way, you should try and track down a copy of the comic where the Joker gets ahod of the mask. Yeah, the Batman Joker.
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
I done heard about that one too, I think it was the "last appearance" of The Mask, though I would like to see a Joker Mask.
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poinko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Lobo vs The Mask is pretty wacky too, I understand.
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Cristin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
I had absolutely no friggin idea it was a comic! God I love your caricatures.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Wow, this is the first I've heard of the comic book. From the sound of it, I think I like the movie better - Jim Carrey really helps bring those Tex Avery-style gags to life.

Great drawing, though. I like the heavy shading thing you got going on.
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Why thankyou.

Yeah, no wolf howling or Cuban Pete was a bit of a downer.
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Husky-Washu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
I was wondering why "Stanley Ipkiss" sounded familiar, but I wasn't quite sure who on earth it was...

Oh man, I remember that movie! Didn't know it was originally a comic, huh..really strange though I recall loving it when Carrey's dog wound up with the mask at one point. I think I even used to have a little toy of him with it on, what was the dog's name, Max? Ah I don't know, but anyway. Good movie, from what I -can- remember.

Ha, when I first saw this my immediate thought was, "Whoa, that's some dynamic shading, what's going on here?" And then I read your description. It reminds me of.......well the first word that comes to mind is 'jazz,' I don't know what that might mean to you but I suppose that's what the stark shadows make me think of. It's an interesting style...cool to see. Think you'll end up toying around with it again sometime? I know I wouldn't mind see what else you do with it. :]
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Oh I should think so, especially if I finish the rest of this "series."
It's actually pretty easy, it's mostly a matter of mapping out where you would usually put colour cel shading but making it entirely black.

The dog's name was Milo, he was my favourite, we didn't seem to have any merchandise and no animals don The Mask in the comics that I have.

A while ago I was actually thinking about how I would make a Mask movie, after the shambles that was Son of the Mask, and decided that it should include a woman who wears it, the villain should find it first and the obligatory animal would be a parrot, possibly voiced by Gilbert Gottfried.
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
I knew the movie deviated a bit from the comic, but I was never aware how much. Anyway, this is an awesome sketch!
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
It was a lot more gruesome in the beginning and The Mask itself sort of preyed on the evils in a persons heart.

Stanley went on a rampage of revenge (similar to the film) but went a little too far, even going so far as to kill his old techer who humiliated him at school.
Later in the series Lt. Kellaway dons The Mask and goes on a similar rampage of justice, brutally incapacitating drug barons and mob bosses.

In fact the only person who had the willpower to take off The Mask without falling foul of its awesome power - and with no obvious adverse effects - was Stanley's girlfriend Kathy, but even she started to go a little crazy* before disposing of it for good.

*And by that I do mean "loony" because even though it had lots of gore an violence, Big Head still went into bouts of manic cartooniness and asides to the reader.
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
I knew that the comic book was far more gruesome than the film and spin-off cartoon (and comic). I'd be interested in seeing it because of my own theories that, if done right, a horror story about a cartoon character would be perfectly chilling. Though I'd be more interested in getting the comic book that was a spin-off of the movie. It had that excellent gritty, unrestricted look of the Dark Horse comics, but still maintained a (relatively) light mood and was very funny and energetic.
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
I am in fact in the market for that very comic, also some of the crossovers written by the original writers look quite good, but the two or three wherein Ipkiss' nephew finds and wears it look kind of shabby.

During my youth I did in fact collect about half a dozen of the spin-off comics. I never liked Walter in the cartoon and afformentioned comics but he was actually in the original! Though I was glad when he got rid of that lame haircut - even if the reason was that he suffered massive burns.
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JonathonDobbs Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, from what I understand, it was the comic's original creator who decided to make the film less dark, which is quite unusual I think.
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
I heard that one of the men who was possibly going to direct it was going to make it a horror but then somebody else got the green light to direct, or something.

What I do know is that the actual creator of the character (Mike Richardson) did not directly work on the original comics (which was done by John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke. And I only know this because I have the first volume right in front of me. I'm actually not a big comic fan.)
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JonathonDobbs Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neither am I. The extent of my comic knowledge begins and ends with the Archie Sonic comic, with one or two X-Men comics burried unerneat a mountain of paper. And they're probably 15 years old now. I did somehow once manage to somehow come into the possession of a Cabbage Patch Kids comic. But I used it as hamster cage floor material.
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JonathonDobbs Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah kick ass sketch too.
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professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
Pfsh.
Praise always takes second place to your bizarre Twilight Zone recollections.
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JonathonDobbs Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Recollections? Dude, we are in the MOMENT.

This is now.
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