Wednesday, 1 June 2016

SUPERMAN BY WAYNE BORING...


Image copyright DC COMICS

This drawing (or its double) was originally used as the splash page
of SECRET ORIGINS #1 (mid-'80s), but WAYNE BORING later
redrew the 'S' as the Earth 1 emblem, as the published issue had the
Earth 2 SUPERMAN symbol.  It may've been ROY THOMAS (or
perhaps JOHN MORROW) who commissioned the change from
Wayne, but you can be sure I'll let you know exactly who it was
when one of you cavortin' Criv-ites tells me.

Nice art 'though, innit?

8 comments:

Phil said...

Whilst I wasn't the biggest fan of Boring, at least this is Superman. He's the guy who believes in truth, Justice and the American way. Not the one everyone hates and fears because he's an alien.

Kid said...

I don't quite know who Superman is anymore. Nor do I find myself much caring, if I'm honest. Well done DC.

Colin Jones said...

There was an artist called Wayne Boring ??...hold on, I've done that one. Because I didn't grow up with DC I don't have any problems with the movie versions because I don't really know how they are "supposed to be". I watched Man Of Steel on DVD and I quite enjoyed it even as everyone else was screaming "this isn't Superman !!!"

Kid said...

I don't think any of the subsequent Superman movies have been as thoroughly entertaining as the 1978 one, CJ. I liked some of the scenes in Superman Returns, but overall it was a bit of a disappointment. Man Of Steel? Okay I suppose, but it didn't set my wig on fire. Haven't seen Batman Vs. Superman.

Phil said...

Take some tranquilisers first or you might blow a gasket. BvS wasn't a bad movie. But talk about not understanding Superman.

Kid said...

I heard that, at over two and a half hours long, it WAS a tranquiliser 'cos it put people to sleep. I'll watch it when it comes on telly.

Excron said...

I could never get past Boring's 'barrel-chest' styling, it made the man-of-steel look like man-of-beef to me.

The Wayne Boring illustration you posted here:
http://kidr77.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/wayne-borings-superman.html
is much better proportions, and a child-like innocence to the character. I wonder why he didn't keep to that style?

Kid said...

Who knows? Editorial direction? Natural evolution of style? I like Wayne Boring's art, but it was a bit stiff in places and his composition could sometimes be rather - er, 'boring' compared to later standards. However, back then, comics were primarily for kids so it hardly mattered.

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