The Mike Haggar Plus Prop Challenge

October 18th, 2013 by | Tags: , ,

Another year of New York Comic Con bites the dust and with it comes the fourth installment of the Plus Prop Challenge. Started in 2010, the Plus Prop Challenge is based on walking around Artist Alley and getting various artists to draw the same character… with a prop. That character with another object. What that object is is completely up to the artist, making it a fun creative exercise.

In previous years, we’ve seen Venom Plus Prop, Juggernaut Plus Prop and “Macho Man” Randy Savage Plus Prop. This year I went with a more video game route with Mike Haggar Plus Prop.

For those of you who have no idea who Mayor Mike Haggar is, he comes from the Capcom video game series Final Fight. In it, he’s a semi-retired professional wrestler who went into politics and got elected Mayor of Metro City. The place is overrun with street crime, so Haggar’s gotten tough on it while proving that he won’t be swayed by bribes or threats. Then one day, he gets a message that his daughter Jessica has been kidnapped by the Mad Gear Gang. Rather than give into the ransom or bowing to the Mad Gear and their leader Belger, Haggar decides to take action. He gets Jessica’s boyfriend Cody and their mutual ninja friend Guy to join him in taking the streets and beating the shit out of everyone getting in their way, from militant nutjobs with grenades to transvestites to an entire family of Andre the Giants.

Haggar would go on to appear in a couple Final Fight sequels and a one-on-one fighting game spinoff for the Sega Saturn that nobody played. He showed up as a playable character in Capcom’s wrestling classic Saturday Night Slam Masters and its sequel. For years he’s only shown up in cameos until being brought back into the spotlight with Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

I’ve found that about 2/3 of the artists were familiar with Mike Haggar. Let’s see what they came up with.

Mike Haggar with Q-Bert Arcade Machine
By Chris Giarrusso

Mike Haggar with Phone Booth
By Jacob Chabot

(note: this is the other side of this conversation)

Mike Haggar with Pencil
By Franco

Mike Haggar with Aw Yeah, Comics!
By Art Baltazar

Mike Haggar with Unicycle
By Kevin Bolk

Mike Haggar with Obama Jaeger with a Swordfish Hand
By Carlo Abdu

(note: he and his two friends all had different ideas of what to go with so he put all three together)

Mike Haggar with a Rack of Shirts
By Joe Haley and TJ Dort

Mike Haggar with a Bear
By Steve Howard

Mike Haggar with a Bees Nest
By the Timony Twins

Mike Haggar with a Burrito
By Julian Lytle

Thanks again to all the awesome artists. Makes me want to smash open a drum with a pipe and feast on the delicious turkey simmering inside.

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3 comments to “The Mike Haggar Plus Prop Challenge”

  1. Heh . . . I saw Chris Giarrusso’s sketch in the making when I hit up Jacob Chabot. Very clever concept. And here’s what I got from Giarrusso last week.

  2. I am madly in love with the idea that Mike Haggar’s concept of “portable” is full, regular-sized things that he just happens to be able to carry around with him. Like someone asks him a question about a civic document, he stops to check it on his laptop, and it’s just a full desktop computer nailed to a table.

  3. That’s one hell of a burrito!