Russ Braun shares a rejected fan art commission showing off The Boys and a certain hamster named Jamie with not-so-clean origins.
Artist Russ Braun, who illustrated several issues of The Boys, shared a glimpse of a commission he drew for a fan that was ironically deemed too crass for including a certain notorious hamster.
“Reminded of this commission, was deemed ‘too crass’ for including Jamie the Hamster (had they never read the book?),” Braun tweeted. “Went on to a nice home anyway!”
The black and white commission features all the main members of The Boys, including Butcher and his bulldog, Terror, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, the Female and the Frenchman. In the lower right corner of the image, the Female can be seen holding Jamie the Hamster, a rodent with filthy origins, even for The Boys.
Jamie, who was originally named Herbie, first appeared in The Boys #6, as the Boys battled the young superhero team Teenage Kix. After Wee Hughie inadvertently punched a hole through Blarney Cock and stared at the corpse of the dead Supe, gasping at the thought of killing a man with the strength granted to him by the Compound V serum, a hamster wriggled out of Blarney Cock’s nether regions. “The poor wee man,” as Hughie put it, had been stuck living in Blarney Cock’s rectum. Taking pity on the violated rodent, Hugie adopted him as a pet and gave him a new name.
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Hughie would go on to battle a reincarnated but braindead Blarney Cock once more in The Boys #18. Blarney burst into Hughie’s apartment, tried to take his hamster back, and the pair scuffled — resulting in Hughie killing the animal-abusing Supe for the second time by snapping his neck.
Ironically, Jamie the Hamster would go on to outlive many characters in The Boys, appearing for the last time in Issue #72, the series finale. There, Hughie’s wee pal appeared plump and happy, with his dark days of entering human orifices far behind him.
Written by Garth Ennis and co-created and illustrated by Darick Robertson, The Boys ran from 2006 to 2012. Russ Braun illustrated Issues #44-51, as well as Issues #56-71. The hyper-violent series has since been adapted into a highly successful Amazon Prime live-action show that has run for two seasons, with a third season on its way. Thus far, the show has steered clear of depicting the comic’s teen heroes — meaning that the jury is still out on whether Blarney Cock and his poor hamster will be realized on the small screen.
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