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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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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: 13,487
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Favorited on CAF: 1
Comments: 38
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 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 10/13/2007

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.

Mike W 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 10/14/2007

Classic Supes!!!

Posted on 1/3/2008


aric shapiro 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 2/1/2008

Superman only looks right when drawn by Swan. If EVER you want to sell, let me know.

M G 
Member Since 2003

Posted on 3/15/2008

Man this is awesome!!! I rememeber i met him when i was a kid. Really awesome guy

Paul T Gould 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 4/16/2009

Beautiful pencils!

Lorenzo Fratini 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 9/5/2009

A really, really great piece, from (I agree completely with you) an underappreciated master.

Crees Tyler 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 10/23/2009

THIS IS SUPERMAN !!! WoW !!! Congrats !!!

Greg LaRocque 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 3/4/2010

I bought every book with Curt Swan art I could get my hands on. The DEFINITIVE Superman. What a beautiful pin up this is!!

Mike Pascale 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/11/2010

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)

mark depolito 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 5/15/2010

Spectacular piece by Swan! Congrats.

Artur & Biggi J. 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 6/5/2010

Wonderful piece, congrats!

Icon UK 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 9/9/2010

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.

Jonathan Mueller 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 11/18/2010

An iconic rendition to say the least! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

Derek Cavin 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 2/3/2011

Swan is super.

Ron Sonenthal 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 5/29/2011

Swan was a vastly underrated master. Great piece!

Gerry Turnbull 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/26/2011

absolutely wonderfull piece from The Superman artist !

Michael One Minute Later  
Member Since 2005

Posted on 2/12/2012

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.

Michael  Mikulovsky 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 3/29/2012

Curt Swan a Superman artist asLegendary as the Man of Steel himself!

J. Hollon 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 4/20/2012

This is an absolute treasure!!!!!

Larry Wilson 
Member Since 2012

Posted on 9/11/2012

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!

Thomas Vanderstappen 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 9/13/2012

Great piece!

Joe F 
Member Since 2011

Posted on 1/27/2013

Beautiful pencil work!

Super Bird 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 5/14/2013

Well this is just phenomenal.

LB Jefferies 
Member Since 2003

Posted on 6/4/2013

Now this is nice.

Sean Rutan 
Member Since 2012

Posted on 10/26/2013

The detail in this is phenomenal! I love it!

P. Jones 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 11/26/2013

Curt did such gorgeous pencil work!

Shannon Weathers 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 4/2/2014

Love this piece by my favorite Superman artist.

Little John 
Member Since 2011

Posted on 8/12/2014

Laura's colors on this are outstanding! Excellent choice! Love how this all came together.

Joshua McCoy 
Member Since 2013

Posted on 8/13/2014

This is already an amazing piece by one of the great Superman artists, but with the inks, and now those stunning colors . . . WOW!

Anthony F 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 8/24/2014

Laura's colors are gorgeous! Great choice getting your Superman colored by one of the best!

Little John 
Member Since 2011

Posted on 9/8/2014

I like the update to the image to show the progression from pencils to inks to colors. Very cool.

Damon Wright 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 12/30/2014

So perfect!

Dave W ( 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 7/23/2015

Great cornerstone in your amazing collection. Swan and Supes at their respective bests. Congrats!

Timothy Finney 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 8/30/2015

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.)

Dave W ( 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 1/31/2016

Wow, quite a start in this hobby - hard to go up from here! Congrats!

Gaurav Patel 
Member Since 2013

Posted on 12/28/2016


S Riz 
Member Since 2014

Posted on 2/10/2018

Awesome piece!! Congrats!

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