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Black Manta doodle by ArtMagix Black Manta doodle by ArtMagix
Don't ask me why... I don't even read any Aquaman stuff!

I'm really bored so I re-imagined what Black Manta could've looked like if he was more practical.

He could be some awesome mercenary hiding in a nuclear submarine in the coldest and deepest depths of our oceans, selling his loyalty to some foreign warlord or dictator and having lots of fun with nuclear weapons. He'll also have practical skills such as cyber terrorism to manipulate a lot of our digital economy and other boring infrastructures. You know, what evil people do for money.

Helmet design inspired by B12 bombers and jet pilot pressure suits for those deep sea pressure goodness.

Photoshop CS.
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malizlewa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Epic!

Only thing I would add is probably red laser-light eyes, just to give him more identity and not look like a random character.
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SteamHead1880 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic!
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k20k20 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
EPIC!
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Keldren-Stormraven Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Would you mind if I used this for an npc character in my Rifts game?
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you should watch young justice!!!! you'd love love Aqualad
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ArtMagix Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He actually seems pretty cool.
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he so is... :D gah, I am not a dc fan but when I watched the show I really enjoyed it! :D
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joiless Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Writer
Interesting and admittedly very cool design, if a bit generic "Metal Gear Solid" super-soldiery with the plethora of ammo-pouches and the P90-looking gun. On the other hand, Black Manta swims around a lot and all that stuff and that very cool super-angular helmet does not look particularly hydrody[link].

Also, people who like Aquaman should not bother getting pissed anymore. The entire internet's idea of Aquaman appears to be informed solely by Challenge of the Superfriends, and if that doesn't make their heads explode, nothing else should bother them.
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ArtMagix Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
But metal gear's designer Yoji Shinkawa got the designs from actual military hardware, I don't know how you concluded that real military hardware came from video games made by Konami...

Angular objects aren't hydro/aerodynamic? Look up Stealth jet fighters. Look up Stealth submarines.

Each era has its own reinvention of super heroes and villains. Would the Adam West Batman look nearly as intimidating or practical as the Nolan's Batman?

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SturmBruder Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
yeah, its very close to Black Manta's henchmen in young justice. Nice!
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