Nice ! I love it :)
Its good I think id lose the peace sign though. My Apple Jack always kept his humor in the weirdness happening around him despite his being slightly melancholic while trying to get the job done. The gesture looks out-of-place to my eye but like I said that's just my interpretation. oh and my misses said stupid people might think it read apple jack twenty-two.
No, you're right, it is a bit out of character. Initially he was standing there with no arm is shot, and it was a bit boring. I then tilted his head and added the arm but wasn't sure about what his hand should be doing, so I went for the most obvious option.I think I'll try another cover loosly based on Mario 2 (http://pressthebuttons.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/smb2box_1.jpg), and see how that looks.