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Steely Man by Laemeur Steely Man by Laemeur
Every once in a while I draw a Superman.  Superman's tough, because unlike most other superheroes, I have a relatively fixed idea of what I think he's supposed to look like.  Joe Shuster, Curt Swan, and Neal Adams are, for me at least, the go-to artists when trying to get the look of 'im -- Swan in particular.  Silver-Age Superman is Superman, and all from the Byrne reboot onward are impostors.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Truly unique.
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rulkout1993 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
As much as I disagree with you about Byrne's interpretation of Superman, I just love Superman in general too much to not say that this is a great piece (it really is a cool drawing of what Superman should look like, in general <3)
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TheSilverBells Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work. ♥ I love the coloring. Very solid. :)

The George Reeves look is my perfect Superman. ♥
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9ada Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
super nice
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CaptainGenius Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Damn, really nice.
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gskaraxx Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Very old school…vintage…i dig!
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malvarisco21 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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GHENGIZZ Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dunno. For me, my favourite Superman will always be Jack Kirby:fuckyeahkirby.tumblr.com/post/…. I mean Curt Swan's okay, but I always thought his art was just to sterile for me. Golden age superman is badass too, if a bit destructive.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
I really like Kirby's Superman, too, actually.  I love Swan's work, though, and he's the master of the character in my mind.  A lot of people say he's dry, stiff, sterile, etc, but I think he's got this really great workmanlike solidity in his cartooning.
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GHENGIZZ Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do always love his covers though:clzimages.com/comic/large/21/2…
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Gibson970 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
DANG. That is sweet. I feel like you should make an addendum for All Star, though. 
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Artist
i really enjoy the value work you did on his torso. =)
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks.  I didn't want to make him look super-ripped so I decided against any linework in there, but I wanted to play with a little bit of modeling, so... compromise.
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PLANETsTAtiC Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional
This is brilliant. You managed to capture all the finest Silver Age elements you mentioned.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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BroHawk Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
NICE.
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gph-artist Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fabulous.

I feel your pain. In my head I know what he looks like too, and in all the drawings I've ever done of him EVER, I think I only produced one that I felt nailed it.

Besides your aforementioned champion artists of the Man of Steel, I must say I don't mind others' interpretations of him as long as he still excudes that Superman vibe, and not just (as my crap drawings of him can attest to) a muscly fella in a Superman costume.


And yes, Silver Age Superman is the Superman.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, there's definitely some kind of hard-to-pin-down super-ness that some artists seem to be in touch with, and others don't.  I think one element of it is youth: a lot of folks draw superman with a really young face, but that just doesn't work for me.  SuperMAN has to look like he's in his 30s.
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nagi-as Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this IS superman
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ARTofANT Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very Swan-ish. haha. Well done sir.
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Zoggman2000 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Takes me back. A very good piece.
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great! he is actually called Stålmannen in Sweden which would be directly translated to Steel man :)
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