12 June 2010

Boy, It's Vintage! The Many Faces - and New Possibilities - Of SUPERMAN

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It's odd to say, but before comics artist Curt Swan came aboard Superman in 1957, a page filled with drawings of Superman at his most expressive wouldn't have even been considered. Although he had a penchant for drawing action, Superman's former penciller, Wayne Boring, in many ways lived up to his own name; assisted by the far-seeing vision of editor Mort Weisinger, the man who assigned him to the book,  Swan defined the look and feel of Superman  for the duration of the Silver Age -- and beyond it.  Indeed, from 1957 and for the next 30 years, Superman was Swan's character. The squared jaw was gone; so, too, Superman's single-plane flying style.  All of this was replaced by Swan's realistic, strong, expressive human faces and scenes of flying that were at once both fluid and graceful.  Swan didn't retire from Superman until 1986, and it was his characterizations of The Man of Steel - of Superman's humanity- that Christopher Reeve emulated for the classic role which he, too, lent his signature.  Superman's Many Faces from The DC Vault [via].

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