Superman Family © DC Comics
This is the final art for what has been referred to as the BIG commission. This was commissioned by Royce, who is as big a fan as I am of the Superman Family of characters. One of the ideas behind this was creating something like those bonus pin-up pages in the 80 page giants and some regular issues. You know, the page that would have a "snap shot" of the character(s) and maybe a "Best wishes from your pal, Superman" signed in the corner. I love those pages. When Royce approached me with this idea for a Christmas get together, I knew we had to make it happen.
Even after I presented the pencil version to Royce for approval, the piece took on a life of it's own. Demanding that extra things and people needed to be added, even if it wasn't in the original scope of the project. It was the right thing to do, as it adds to the depth of the history and the characters. At the risk of mixing my holidays, those little "easter eggs" that were added just made the piece more fun for me and I hope for Royce. And I hope for anyone who sees it.
Thanks again Royce for coming to me with this. It was a dream project.
This is ink on 14" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.
This is Post #1600