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Superman by Curt Swan

Artists: Curt Swan (Penciller) ,  Laura Martin (Colorist) ,  Joe Rubinstein (Inker)

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Superman by Curt Swan Comic Art
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Additional Images:

Inked by Joe Rubinstein

Colors by Laura Martin


Richard Pini

Image from Eddie Zeno's Swan Biography

Image from Eddie Zeno's Swan Biography in Context - Page 160



Artwork Details

Title: Superman by Curt Swan
Artist: Curt Swan (Penciller)
Artist: Laura Martin (Colorist)
Artist: Joe Rubinstein (Inker)
Media Type: Pencil
Art Type: Commission
For Sale Status: NFS
Views: 12,418
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Favorited on CAF: 1
Comments: 37
Added to Site: 12/18/2006
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I bought this from a Heritage auction of material from the attic of Richard Pini of Elfquest fame.

I was absolutely shocked to win it and it is a wonderful piece to have and enjoy. Curt Swan was a magnificent artist who didn't receive a fraction of the recognition that he deserved. His Superman is simply the best ever and the work he did on the Legion of Super-Heroes remains my absolute favorite artwork and story telling. If you haven't read Eddy Zeno's biography of Curt Swan, you really should. The included art is wonderful and worth the price all by itself.

The Heritage description read:
Curt Swan - Superman Pin-Up Original Art (1993). Superman to the rescue, as the Man from Krypton snaps a wrecking ball loose from its cable. Curt Swan's detailed pencil pin-up gives a direct insight into his remarkable talent for realistic illustration. Quoting from Eddie Zeno's wonderful biography on Swan,Curt Swan: A Life in Comics," The elegant comic book art of Curt Swan defined the look of Superman for over thirty years. His skills of storytelling, draftsmanship, and design brought a realism and sense of wonder to The Man of Steel's adventures, making them the best-selling comic books of their day." This spectacular image appears on page 160 of Eddie Zeno's book. The image area measures 11.5" x 16.5", and the art is in Excellent condition. Silver Age Super-fans, begin your bidding! From the collection of Richard and Wendy Pini.

Though Heritage says that this image is from Zeno's book it is not. Check the dates:
  • Zeno's Image is undated. (The text says it was drawn in 1992).
  • My image is dated on the drawing as (19)93

My image was purchased by Richard Pini and sold by Heritage to me.

Richard told me in a private correspondence (since lost) that he bought this from Curt Swan at a convention and if you look closely it is easy to see that the pose in Zeno's book (page 160) is slightly different. See the Additional Images sections for the image in context and a big scan of the small image.

This seems to be a common pose and I've often wondered if the change in vantage point was deliberate and how many of these exist.

Thanks for taking a look. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

BTW, If you like Curt Swan's work, you will probably enjoy:
1) My LSH commission
2) My published Legion page (Legion/LSH (1983) #306 Pages 17&18)

PS. I found that someone in Arabia lifted my image and inked and colored it. It's a pretty interesting blog. Click here to see it. (Translation by Google)

Seeing it made me decide to have a blue line copy professionally inked (Joe Rubinstein) and colored (Laura Martin). I like mine better. :)


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Lee Laska wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wonderful pin up, hope to find something along those lines for myself someday. You have some realy nice art from some of the original greats.
Posted on 10/13/2007

Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Classic Supes!!!
Posted on 10/14/2007

Ian Sokoliwski - Illustrator and Colorist wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 1/3/2008

aric shapiro wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Superman only looks right when drawn by Swan. If EVER you want to sell, let me know.
Posted on 2/1/2008

M G wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Man this is awesome!!! I rememeber i met him when i was a kid. Really awesome guy
Posted on 3/15/2008

Paul T Gould wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Beautiful pencils!
Posted on 4/16/2009

Lorenzo Fratini wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
A really, really great piece, from (I agree completely with you) an underappreciated master.
Posted on 9/5/2009

Crees Tyler wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
THIS IS SUPERMAN !!! WoW !!! Congrats !!!
Posted on 10/23/2009

Greg LaRocque wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I bought every book with Curt Swan art I could get my hands on. The DEFINITIVE Superman. What a beautiful pin up this is!!
Posted on 3/4/2010

Mike Pascale wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Unbelievable! Surely one of Curt's greatest renditions of pure Man of Steel. It's tough to label one version "definitive" for a nearly 80-year-old character, but for my personal golden age, Swan's is it. Congrats! (My only question is, what the heck was this doing in an ATTIC?!) ;0)
Posted on 3/11/2010

mark depolito wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Spectacular piece by Swan! Congrats.
Posted on 5/15/2010

Artur & Biggi J. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wonderful piece, congrats!
Posted on 6/5/2010

Icon UK wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
That is possibly one of THE most perfect Superman images I've seen. Curt Swan was the only real Superman artist when I was growing up, and this exemplifies why it's lingered so long in my memory.
Posted on 9/9/2010

Jonathan Mueller wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
An iconic rendition to say the least! Congrats and thanks for sharing!
Posted on 11/18/2010

Derek Cavin wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Swan is super.
Posted on 2/3/2011

Ron Sonenthal wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Swan was a vastly underrated master. Great piece!
Posted on 5/29/2011

Gerry Turnbull wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
absolutely wonderfull piece from The Superman artist !
Posted on 12/26/2011

Michael One Minute Later wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Wonderful piece; I came to late to the art party to know or obtain a piece of Curt Swan art -- a wonderful gem you have.
Posted on 2/12/2012

Michael  Mikulovsky wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Curt Swan a Superman artist asLegendary as the Man of Steel himself!
Posted on 3/29/2012

J. Hollon wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This is an absolute treasure!!!!!
Posted on 4/20/2012

Larry Wilson wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
1) THIS is Superman 2) You're right about the book! 3) Isn't it awesome when you win something you never dreamed you'd win 4) THIS is Superman!
Posted on 9/11/2012

Thomas Vanderstappen wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Great piece!
Posted on 9/13/2012

Joe F wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Beautiful pencil work!
Posted on 1/27/2013

Super Bird wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Well this is just phenomenal.
Posted on 5/14/2013

LB Jefferies wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Now this is nice.
Posted on 6/4/2013

Sean Rutan wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
The detail in this is phenomenal! I love it!
Posted on 10/26/2013

P. Jones wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Curt did such gorgeous pencil work!
Posted on 11/26/2013

Shannon Weathers wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Love this piece by my favorite Superman artist.
Posted on 4/2/2014

Little John wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Laura's colors on this are outstanding! Excellent choice! Love how this all came together.
Posted on 8/12/2014

Joshua McCoy wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This is already an amazing piece by one of the great Superman artists, but with the inks, and now those stunning colors . . . WOW!
Posted on 8/13/2014

Anthony F wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Laura's colors are gorgeous! Great choice getting your Superman colored by one of the best!
Posted on 8/24/2014

Little John wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I like the update to the image to show the progression from pencils to inks to colors. Very cool.
Posted on 9/8/2014

Damon Wright wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
So perfect!
Posted on 12/30/2014

Dave W ( wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Great cornerstone in your amazing collection. Swan and Supes at their respective bests. Congrats!
Posted on 7/23/2015

Timothy Finney wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Swan's pencils are superb and this shows why some inkers had a hard time capturing the true essence of his art. (And, as so many others wrote, yes, this IS Superman.)
Posted on 8/30/2015

Dave W ( wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow, quite a start in this hobby - hard to go up from here! Congrats!
Posted on 1/31/2016

Gaurav Patel wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 12/28/2016

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