By Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
This week, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman, a compilation of some of the coolest portraits of the Man of Steel that we’ve highlighted over the last few years.
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ABOVE: Superman, by Vincent Carrozza
By Andy Khouri
The folks over at ComicBookMovie have grabbed seven new images from director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel out of Entertainment Weekly’s summer preview issue. They offer fans a slightly clearer look at characters only briefly seen in the trailers: namely Michael Shannon as General Zod and Russell Crowe as Jor-El.
A couple characters not seen in the trailers — Lawrence Fishburne’s Perry White and Antje Traue’s Kryptonian villain Faora — also show up in the shots, alongside characters we’ve seen plenty of: Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Ma and Pa Kent.
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By Chris Sims
Last week, DC Comics released a new paperback of Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen’s Superman: Secret Identity, and if you haven’t read it, this is a pretty good time to remedy that. It’s got a premise that’s immediately interesting, starting from the simple question of what Superman would be like if he existed in the real world — our world, the one that already has Superman as a fictional character — and builds from there into a four-part series that follows him through his life, using his powers, helping people and building his own family.
And it’s one of the best Superman stories of the past ten years.
At Comic-Con in 2008, I stepped onto a hotel elevator and instantly found myself in the sky. At least, it felt that way. It was actually a very creative ad for Pixar’s Up that involved painting the inside of the elevator to look like the sky from the film, with Carl’s balloon-powered flying house in the corner, looking to be off in the distance. The ad always stuck with me, as I thought it was an imaginative — and very effective — way to promote a film, and easily the best use of advertising in an elevator I’d ever seen.
That is, until I saw this proposed ad for this summer’s Man of Steel, submitted to the Chip Shop Awards by Jon Massey and Ryan Brown. Massey and Brown take advantage of elevator design to present the classic image of Clark Kent opening his shirt to reveal the Superman logo underneath.
By Chris Sims
On the off chance you haven’t heard about it during the months of promotion, DC’s next foray into video games is Injustice: Gods Among Us, something that people allegedly care about. Personally, as someone who grew up in the ’90s as a die-hard Street Fighter partisan, a DC game from the makers of Mortal Kombat isn’t really something that interests me.
I am, however, utterly fascinated by truly awful comic books, so it’s fortunate that this game where superheroes stand there and punch each other has a plot so compelling that it had to be explained in a digital-first prequel comic. Nine issues of the series are availabe now with more on the way, and after reading them, I’m comfortable saying that it’s one of the single dumbest stories about DC Comics characters ever written, up to and including the entire contents of FanFiction.net. The fact that it even exists is astonishing.