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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.


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.


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.

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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
InsaneAsylum123 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Kellway: Shoot at will
Stanley/Mask: Hey Wait! He said shoot at Will not me
Stanley/Mask: Hey! Someone took my eye!
RipperSplitter 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:
professorfandango Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
I will drink to that sir.
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