Thursday, October 21, 2010

Superman

For inking practice, I used the ol' Pocket Brush Pen over a couple of old Superman photos. I took liberties with the likenesses, but they're based on Ray Middleton, who appeared as Superman at the 1939 New York World's Fair's "Superman Day", and Kirk Alyn of the Superman movie serials.
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3 comments:

  1. The top illustration is based on a gentleman who portrayed Superman at the 1940 New York's World Fair. While I have often read Ray Middleton's name attributed to him I have never seen any actual evidence to back that up. According to the daily agenda for the Fair, Broadway actor was there for Superman Day as part of a celebrity panel to judge the athletic competitions. I have seen photos of Mr. Middleton and others posing with the winners of those competitions. This is clearly him in suit and tie. Knowing what Middleton actually looks like, I can confidently say that the fellow posing as Superman does not look like Ray Middleton. (In fact, if nothing else, they part their hair on the opposite sides of their heads.) According to Allan Asherman in an article for a DC publication in the early 70s, the actor who wore the super-suit is lost to history. How this confusion has come about is a curiosity.

    The second illustration is not of Kirk alyn but the star of 1966's Broadway production of "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman!", Bob Holiday.

    Sol

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  2. I bow to your god-like knowledge, Sol. Thanks! So I should re-title that, "The Unknown Superman."

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  3. "God-like"? Just questioning what I read, and following up with a good deal of research. The photos I refer to were found on the old "Superman Through The Ages" website. Hopefully, they're still there.

    By the way, I forgot to mention before that I enjoy your drawings very much.

    Sol

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