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Damn! That alternate CRYSTAL SKULL comic cover sure is purty! Indy with a whip! Marion!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I was sent a link to this place called ENTERTAINMENT NEWS INTERNATIONAL and it showed me a purty image, an alternate cover (or maybe for the second of two) for the INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL comic book. At first I thought it was more beautiful work by Drew Struzan, but a closer look leads me to believe it's the work of Hugh Fleming who did those great PHANTOM MENACE Dark Horse covers as well as the SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE. I know they both did covers and I think we've already seen Struzan's cover... I couldn't find a signature on the piece, so I will say that it is definitely one of those two dudes... Nice, safe bet huh? Anyway, more than anything else, the smaller image of Indy whipping in some dark place with a skull-littered ground makes me jones (pun really truly intended) for the movie. Can't wait for that teaser trailer! Be sure to click on the below image for the bigger version!

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  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST


    by FlyinHawaiian

    Can't wait for the trailer!

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    That's a piss poor job on Ford.

    by Shermdawg

    And what's up with his fucking eye?

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Karen Allen looks 85 years old

    by Zeke25:17

    And who's the fat guy on the right? Good job on Harrison and Cate, though...

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Ray Winstone as goofy comic sidekick

    by CerebralAssassin

    Please no.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Also, why was the skull angled like that?

    by Shermdawg

    It masks it's most interesting feature.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Even in drawing form, Karen Allen looks like...

    by JackIsLost

    she's had 1000 botox treatments.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    I know this is a standard gripe

    by seppukudkurosawa

    But Indy 4 is rapidly becoming the new Kong. Are you trying to make up for lost time with Paramount's initial low-key advertising campaign?

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    I know this is a standard gripe

    by seppukudkurosawa

    But Indy 4 is rapidly becoming the new Kong. Are you trying to make up for lost time with Paramount's initial low-key advertising campaign?

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Blanchett looks like Kim Catrall...

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...Karen Allen looks like Margot Kidder, and Ray Winstone looks like an obese elephant hunter. <p> Obama 2008.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    very cool, cant wait...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... i hope the movies release poster is as cool as this

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Well, at least Cate Blanchette looks utterly adorable!

    by BurnHollywood

    That's the idea, right? She's all cute and lovable, like Audrey Tautou in "Amelie"? Oh, I do hope Indy can help her win the heart of the man of her dreams!

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:44 p.m. CST

    1950s hairstyles

    by Prossor

    I don't think that women had Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction hair like that.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I bet Cate Blanchette gives...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...great skull!<P>*** That joke never gets old - it's tailor made for this flick ***

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    indy with shia riding bitch on the motorcycle is lame


    is that an alien or a skeleton warrior bottom left? nice artwork,

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    To everyone that says Indy, etc look old...

    by RAVENL0RD


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Shia to Indy on the motorcycle

    by Bobo_Vision

    Shia: Is there something in your pants, or are you just glad to see me? <p> Indy: Yes. <p> John Williams: Rim shot.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    I love Karen Allen

    by DrPain

    she's so perfect, at any age. Its going to be awesome seeing her on the big screen again!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    I guess George Lucas was right...

    by virtual_ninja

    fans have already decided that they are going to hate this movie... or at least 90% of the people on this talkback

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST



    now that's a beauty... fuck all the haters!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    This HAS to be Struzan...

    by juggygales1000

    If it's not, I'd be shocked.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by ninjatracksuit

    You know, Drew Struzan isn't the only guy that draws/paints in this style - there are about a dozen or so in the comic world with a similar set of skills. Now, don't get the idea that I'm saying Drew isn't an effing great artist.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Good job

    by BenBraddock

    Stop moaning, haters. Who knows whar refs the guy had to work from? I think he did a great job, very well painted.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1 a.m. CST


    by Osmosis Jones

    Fleming also did the covers for a lot of the Indy comics published by Dark Horse back in the 90's.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    It looks nice.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    And yes, Indy on the floor with the skulls is a badass image.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    What's to hate? I don't get it?

    by Orionsangels

    I don't care if Ford looks old. He supposed to be old. It's the 50's. Guys like Indy don't retire. They live for adventure until they expire.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Ray Winstone

    by mystic_dreamer

    Oh, I do hope he isn't a buffoon character in this.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    J. Rhys-Davies?

    by DeweyOxburger

    GMA/Abcnews in a photo slideshow claimed he's in the new one. Is this true? Did I miss something? I don't trust it, but if so, the film's stock just shot up in my book...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Get a Grip

    by dkurina73

    People--Do not judge until we at least see the trailer. I am 34 years old, I grew up with Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and I can not wait to see this film. My dad took me when I was a kid to see Temple of Doom in Tampa when it came out in the summer, he even grew out a "stubble beard" so he would look the part of Indiana, taking his two young kids to see a pure escapism, awesome adventure movie. Now, my dad died of cancer 5 years ago, but God Damn I will be first in line for this movie, with my 9 year old nephew, (no kids for me yet) so he can see how fun and exhilarating it can truly be at the movies. I hope that Steven and George were able to recapture the feeling and excitement of the other Indy movies. All you talk backers already dissing the movie without even seeing a trailer yet?????? Please give me a break and wait and see if the trailer shows the magic and excitement of the other 3 movies. I am SO looking forward to this, and I firmly believe that Spielberg and Lucas WILL NOT let us down....

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Ray Winstone as tough cunt

    by messi

    fuck he rules.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Nicely Rendered...

    by Pappachubby

    But, it's the classic 'use exacting photo reference' montage with a definite nod to the king of montages himself, Mr. Struzan. Don't get me wrong, I think that both Fleming and Struzan do soem great work -I'd just like to see more organic work like that of Richard Amsel or John Berkey. Then again, with photoshop these days-- I guess we're lucky to see any real painted art at all... Indy 4 better be good Doctah Jones!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:47 a.m. CST


    by PirateEmery

    Looks like an old Bruce Willis...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Who is that in the lower left corner?

    by skywalkerfamily


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Too true Pappachubby

    by Laserbrain

    I miss the Berkeys and the Amsels and the McGuinesses, et al. Still we are fortunate that some original painted art is coming out of this marketing campaign. This is nice work, maybe not up to Fleming's best, but nice all the same.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    This film is going to rock

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Just you wait and see

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST


    by dkurina73

    My dad hated Miami Vice--all about the Joneses....

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Promo Campaign

    by dkurina73

    Actually, a good majority of the "fan-geeks" are already complaining about the new Indy movie from one quote, and one quote only: "THIS WILL BE IN TONE OF THE LAST CRUSADE." Now, This probably is not verbatim from the quote, but I firmly believe that this is the quote that got everyone upset. C'mon people. Wait until the trailer, wait, for God sakes, until the movie and then judge. If the worst thing about "THE CRYSTAL SKULLS" is that its tone is like IDATLC, then I will still be first in line to see Harrison say, "Trust me." And you know what: I DO............

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST

    looks good

    by newc0253

    old school, fo sho.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by ninjatracksuit

    I actually prefer Bill Sienkiewicz's more abstract renderings - as pieces of art (not just advertising), I feel that Struzan's stuff can be a bit too mechanical. Sometimes I feel like I'm looking at a one of those 'draw exactly what you see' books...Work like that - based solely on technical skill - usually doesn't get much respect because it seems to lack emotion. He certainly has a knack for capturing someone's image perfectly, but this is - one could argue - just mimicry. Sorry, I'm not trolling and I know I'm going to get the hate piled on for this sacrilege...but I think there are better, more sincere artists out there than D.S...I think this is even more obvious considering the recent coverage of the passing of John Alvin, when we were shown one after the other some of his best film posters. He honestly wasn't even in the same technical league as Struzan, but I think most of his classic posters pack more of a punch, regardless of how simple they are (and at least there was more variety in there, different attempts to convey the idea of the film instead of 'montage #6' and etc). And I actually like the rough look and texture of this Fleming piece. That said, I feel The Mist poster is one of Struzan's best pieces in years.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST


    by ninjatracksuit


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Blanchet leaning



  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Winstone as sidekick...

    by BizarroJerry

    I've heard that he's not exactly a sidekick. He's kind of a rival of Indy's who ends up working with him.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    by AllieJamison


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    Seems she'll give you blue skull too. She's feisty!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Haters...I hate these guys...

    by TheManBehindTheMask

    Now the trailer!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Love it. LOVE. IT.

    by SpencerTrilby

    Terrific art. I'm pumped. Can't wait for the teaser, and sure hope Spielberg didn't screw the pooch. His "I'm doing this for the fans" talk made me a little scared since more often than not they use this to explain the shitty nature of money-gabbing turds (most notable recent exceptions being Rocky Balboa and Rambo - at least in my book) so I'm a bit anxious. Bring on the trailer!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Looks sweet!

    by Rando Calrisian

    I'm just happy to get any new Indy. You Haters can kiss my ass. I don't understand why so many of you seem to WANT this to suck. Don't we go to the movies to have fun? That's what Indy is all about! Looks cool to me.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Prossor how old ARE you?!

    by half vader

    Bobs like that have been around since the 1920s you dolt. And then there's the pageboy... geez! Fleming rulez.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    I love ya baby - Melting Owls and all that, but have you ever seen a Harrison Ford movie? It's called a squint, man. Ford has that lopsided face. Don't you remember the "fortune and glory" onesided smirk? Bob Falfa? Solo? Bueller? Bueller?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Shit I can't wait for this goddamned movie

    by slone13

    3 more fucking months...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    This movie will kick ass!

    by Proman1984


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by moviemaniac-7

    Now give me that damn trailer.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Cate Blanchett looks like

    by Reynard Muldrake

    that short costume making lady from Incredibles that brad bird did the voice for in that picture...edna mold?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Chef Boyardee got a gun!

    by BigTexas42

    mini-ravioli, bitches!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Ray Winstone is my father

    by garylaswell

    Or should be. He looks awesome

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Haters....why'd it have to be haters...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    AICN talkbackers...very dangerous. You go first!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones is like pizza....

    by wackybantha

    ...even if it's bad it's still pretty good.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by wackybantha

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    wackybantha - pizza analogy

    by finky089

    Ha! that actually sums up my feelings on Indy IV so much more succinctly than I think I've ever considered.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    New Indy pics on

    by finky089

    ahahaha - that third one of Indy in the Italian paper is hilarious. I guess he's freaking out b/c of a snake, but jesus, was that really a good picture to publicize. I'm sure somewhere Ford is shaking his head in smirking shame. <p> Oddly enough, he looks alot young in that photo, too.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by drwynninblack

    Perhaps you were just making a joke about Ford having a "pimple" on his chin...but, in case you weren't; that isn't a pimple. It's his "trademark" scar...he's had it for years. Spielberg and company even "explain" the scar's origins in the prologue adventure of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". And to all the "haters"; could you be MORE nitpicky? The things you complain about are just ridiculous. I expect the next hater to write something like; "Why does Indy have a mouth?" or "How come Marion is looking at something? How stupid!"

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by wackybantha

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Ninja & Laser: /salute!

    by Pappachubby

    Nice to hear there are some 'students' of the great movie poster artists out here in AICN land. (Duh!?!) I'm not a hater of heavily photo referenced art or nothin' --it just can look pretty stiff at times. I remember becoming familiar with Boris Vallajo's work and wondered why some of his figures had kinda goofy expressions on their faces WELL, he copied his photo reference exactly! Also, there is probably only so many photographs of Harrison Ford out there to use in an Indy or Han Solo Illustration that you can easily spot the same photo used by a billion different artists in a billion different renderings. I don't know how exactly guy's like the Berkey's, Amsels, Scienchweiz' and Alvin's did it back in the day. But, I'm guessing they probably had to rely more on imagination than photo's. Still, as I said earlier, I'm always glad to see painted art over photoshopped posters/ covers anyday. Seems like the 60's -80's was kind of the modern hey day of movie poster illustration. Hope it makes a comeback soon! DUM DA DUMP DAA DUMP DAA DAAAAA!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    Blow it back to God.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by Prossor

    ever watch i love lucy? Imagine them having hair like that. It was curly and shit back then.