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Sample Mantra Artwork
Dave Roberts; 1995 (?)

The Dave Roberts marathon continues! These are copies of some of the sample artwork Dave sent to Malibu that landed him the job on Mantra. (Note: These files are rather large, ranging in size from 180 to 220KB.)

Mantra nude (original version)

Mantra nude (published version)

Original Artwork for Mantra #11
Robb Phipps (penciller); Jeff Whiting (inker); 1994

Mantra uncensored! This is the original artwork for page 1 of Mantra #11, after Boneyard's wives have stolen our heroine's costume. In the final version in the comic (click bottom image for comparison), Mantra creates a "mystic smoke" to help preserve her modesty, which was obviously added using the digital coloring process later on.

However, it appears that the decision to add this "smoke" wasn't part of the original layout. The last two captions on the page (where Mantra talks about how she created the smoke) were apparently added after the fact; the first box covers up the original caption, which reads:

NOW THAT REACTION'S KICKING
IN AGAIN. CALL IT SOCIETAL
CONDITIONING, CALL IT A SELF-
PRESERVATION INSTINCT, CALL
IT MODESTY, IF YOU LIKE...

In all fairness, the original artwork doesn't show any "naughty bits" either, but it is interesting to see where the standards were set, andódare I say itówhere the line was drawn? <grin>

Color sketch of Mantra flying

Mantra Artwork
Adam Walters, 2000

A nice color sketch of Mantra flying and holding the Sword of Fangs.

B/W picture of Mantra sitting and holding the Sword of Fangs

Mantra Artwork
Pencils by Greg La Rocque, Inks by Rich Rankin, 1996

Mantra sitting and holding the Sword...careful, that's sharp! <grin>.

B/W of Mantra casting a spell

Mantra Artwork
Karl Waller, 1993

Mantra casting a spell...

B/W pencil drawing of Mantra

Mantra Nude
Robb Phipps, 2000

A nude shot of Mantra, who's apparently gone and mislaid her armor. Silly girl...

Mantra holding the Sword over her shoulder

Mantra Artwork
Randy Queen, 1995

A nice pencil sketch of Mantra holding the Sword (which is looking a bit more dangerous than usual...)

B/W of Mantra with an angry look on her face

Mantra Artwork
Pencils by Rick Leonardi, Inks by Ande Parks, 1995

Mantra holding the Sword, and she looks ticked off about something.

B/W of Mantra flying

Mantra Artwork
Pencils by Ron Randall, Inks by Ande Parks, 1994

Mantra flying to the rescue.

B/W of Mantra sitting on the ground

Mantra Artwork
Pencils by Scott McDaniel, Inks by Ande Parks, October 1993

A nice black and white drawing of Mantra sitting pretty.

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