Superman Concept Art Reveals Old Man Of Steel In New Costumes
Superman and Authority artist Mikel Janín reveal conceptualizations of how Clark Kent could have appeared in Grant Morrison’s new series.
The new series Superman and the Authority will see the Man of Steel adopt a uniform reminiscent of the kingdom come series, but artist Mikel Janín reveals that Clark Kent has almost donned the full costume – among other alternate possibilities.
The artist posted on Twitter and revealed more concept art on how the hero could have been seen on the show. It looks like Kent will show his age in a more silver fox look and some of the conceptualized appearances would have seen him go completely gray, both in costume and in hair. Also in the running, combinations drawn directly from kingdom come and other comics.
Superman and the Authority # 1 is out next week! But to get there, there has been a lot of work for several months, with some interesting directions that have been dropped. Here is a clue of what could have been! pic.twitter.com/thxjuUOCFF
– Mikel Janin (@mikeljanin) July 18, 2021
The more black and white uniforms look very futuristic, similar to Superman’s appearance in the Batman beyond animated series, the same absent from the cape as in the series. The two blue suits have more than kingdom come feel, the one on the left and in the head profile art apparently taken directly from Alex Ross. The outliers come from the other blue outfit and the dark gray set, keeping the kingdom come emblems but moving in the directions of New 52 and Red Son, respectively.
In half of these visualizations, Superman only appears young at heart. He is seen sporting an all-silver hair and beard, unlike the touch of gray the series has chosen. The final concept art page sees Kent taking inspiration from the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe undercover by donning a cap and sunglasses for a more casual look. Krypto can also be seen in one of these designs, which means fans can see him on the show.
For the book, Superman will instead be seen in a more tactical outfit that is sleeveless with gloves on, but the same logo as the other costumes discussed. The pencils in the series will be made by Janín, who will also bring other DC characters to life, such as Manchester Black and similar rascals.
In an exclusive interview, Eisner Prize-winning writer Grant Morrison, who will write the series, described what it was like to have the artist on the book. “He’s awesome and I’ve never worked with him before,” they said. “He’s just great with the scale and scope and just focuses on the emotions.”
In addition to Morrison and Janín’s handwriting in pencils, Jordie Bellaire will be the book’s colorist. The first issue will see variations of covers from Jen Bartel and Bryan Hitch. Superman and the Authority # 1 will be released on July 20, 2021.
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