DC Redesigns Superman... In 1974

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DC Redesigns Superman... In 1974

Post  Apologist Puncher on Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:08 pm

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/07/05/dc-redesigns-superman-in-1974/

Jul 5th 2010 By: Chris Sims

DC Redesigns Superman... In 1974

With all the talk about Wonder Woman's new costume, a lot of people have been going back and looking at other notable super-hero redesigns from the past. And yet, I still haven't seen anyone talk about the time that they redesigned Superman's costume 15 times in 1974.



Done as a bonus feature in the 100-page "Superman" #272, the "Graffiti Game" was a chance for the company's top artists to take a crack at giving both Superman and Clark Kent new looks. It was all done in fun, but the end result is a series of images that are crazy, awesome, and crazy-awesome.



Top to Bottom: Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger, Joe Kubert and Neal Adams



Top to Bottom: Joe Orlando, Dick Giordano, Frank Robbins and Dave Cockrum



Top to Bottom: Carmine Infantino, Dick Dillin, Sergio Aragones and Irv Novick



Top to Bottom: Michael Kaluta, Howard Chaykin and Bernie Wrightson

Most of the looks are just flat-out bizarre, but my personal favorites are Kubert ("No one will realize that a mild-mannered gorilla is actually Superman!"), Schaffenberger (the first appearance of the now-famous super-monocle), Cockrum (who just drew Captain Marvel and Billy Batson), and Neal Adams (who has a truly amazing idea of what it means to be "Super-Macho").

It's also worth noting that with fifteen artists working, nobody stumbled on the Electric Blue redesign that Superman would actually sport for a while back in the' 90s, although the fact that Carmine Infantino just cold drew Hitler makes that outfit look way better by comparison.

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Re: DC Redesigns Superman... In 1974

Post  non_amos on Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:45 am

I grew up with comics in the 70's but I don't remember ever seeing any of that stuff! Kinda wild for that time period huh? Just don't let Jim Lee see it, 'K?

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Post  webhead2006 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:04 am

I never heard/or seen these before. Nice find there. As for designs god none of them where good.

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Post  thecolorsblend on Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:25 am

non_amos wrote:I grew up with comics in the 70's but I don't remember ever seeing any of that stuff! Kinda wild for that time period huh? Just don't let Jim Lee see it, 'K?
Wasn't it a joke though? I heard something about this at some point but can't remember ever seeing any of those illustrations. Hmm.

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Post  webhead2006 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:28 pm

If they truely were just a joke thing between all those artists at the time then haha on them. But if it was a serious thought the ones in charge were thinking, then man what the heck were they thinking.

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Re: DC Redesigns Superman... In 1974

Post  Apologist Puncher on Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:44 pm

It was just a funny add-on to an issue they put out.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Post  webhead2006 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:36 pm

ah thanks for the info there.

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