Superman and Action Comics 1000
Last Wednesday DC Comics released Action Comics #1000. If you are a comics fan, and especially if you are a Superman fan, you owe it to yourself to get a copy. It’s a fantastic read and a great celebration in comic’s form of Superman’s amazing 80 year history. My personal favorite story in the book is “Never Ending Battle” by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Alejandro Sanchez. The creative team has created a fantastic story with wonderfully iconic images of Superman.
With the Man of Tomorrow celebrating 80 years of publication it has me thinking about my love of the character and how it all began. My earliest memories of Superman begin with my Grandfather reading comics to me as bedtime stories when I was very little. As a matter of fact the last gift I received from him before his passing is the “Superman from the 30’s to the 70’s” book which was published by Bonanza Books. The actual comic stories predates my first time watching the Adventures of Superman TV series (1952) which was in re-runs when I was a child in the 1970’s. This seems to be unique amongst most of my friends as the majority of them were first introduced to the Last Son of Krypton either through the original TV series or Superman: The Motion Picture (1978).
I have many fond memories of Superman. The character has touched every aspect of my life, as a child playing superheroes with a towel for a cape, as a teenager attending conventions such as the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL, and even as an adult working professionally at DC Comics. Superman has been kept flying high for the last 80 years thanks to the Superman Fandom and the tireless efforts of the various staff at DC Comics. A heartfelt "thank you" to all the writers, artists, editors, and especially Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster.
So this week I pulled from my archives several of my sketch cards from the Superman: The Legend trading card set which was published by Cryptozoic Entertainment several years ago. I also worked on a couple of the base cards for the set but will cover that in a different blog post in the future. My thanks to George Nadeau for the opportunity to work on this trading card set. I had a lot of fun working on it. If you are a Superman Fan and did not pick up the Superman: The Legend trading card set. You should check it out. The trading card set and Action Comics #1000 belong in any Superman Fan’s collection. Enjoy.