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    Default Clark as drawn by flashier / more stylized artists

    Cards on the table: I'm not the biggest Curt Swan fan.

    I appreciate and respect what he did for 30+ years as the most dominant artist the Superverse ever saw or likely will ever see.

    But his visualization of Superman, while revolutionary in the 1950s, wasn't exactly eye-catching by the 1980s IMO.

    And I have a fascination with these anti-Swan types when they bother to draw Superman, a character who too often screams "all substance no flash".

    In particular, the Image founders. Others too, but mostly the 7 of them.

    Erik Larsen
    Jim Lee
    Rob Liefeld
    Todd McFarlane
    Whilce Portacio
    Marc Silvestri
    Jim Valentino

    Let's start with the most maligned of the crew: Rob Liefeld of Youngblood.



    Honestly? I don't hate it.

    This is from 2018, not 1992. Liefeld clearly got better at proportions. Though I'm not loving the "guyliner" effect here.

    I give this one a C+. I might buy a single issue of Liefeld drawing Superman and his world out of curiosity.
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    Next up is Jim Lee.



    What can said of Jim that hasn't already been said? He's been the Golden Boy for a reason: everything he touches is artistic gold. X-Men, Wildcats, Batman, etc.

    His Superman is excellent. I don't care for the weird hair-part that is distinctly Lee's, but I have bought Superman issues strictly for his art.

    Solid A.

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    Agreed about Swan. His Superman always just kinda looked like an overweight guy to me, honestly. Likewise I respect his longevity and that he fostered an iconic look for the character, I just think visually others have done it much better. If we're talking flashier/stylized looks, to me this takes the cake:


    How stylized it would be considered if it wasn't for the costume I don't know, but I consider his work in that realm.
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    Currently, is hard to think of someone who beats Jorge Jimenez Superman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ra-El View Post
    Currently, is hard to think of someone who beats Jorge Jimenez Superman.


    I do dig Jorge Jimenez's Superman. That is the lankiest version of Clark that still radiates power (and just as importantly, warmth). Style for miles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sacred Knight View Post
    Agreed about Swan. His Superman always just kinda looked like an overweight guy to me, honestly. Likewise I respect his longevity and that he fostered an iconic look for the character, I just think visually others have done it much better. If we're talking flashier/stylized looks, to me this takes the cake:

    How stylized it would be considered if it wasn't for the costume I don't know, but I consider his work in that realm.
    Who is the artist here? I agree this is definitely more stylized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daBronzeBomma View Post


    I do dig Jorge Jimenez's Superman. That is the lankiest version of Clark that still radiates power (and just as importantly, warmth). Style for miles!
    Part of what I love about Jimenez's Superman is he looks strong without coming across like being some overmuscled titan. Perfect muscularity for the Man of Tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daBronzeBomma View Post
    Who is the artist here? I agree this is definitely more stylized.
    This is Kenneth Rocafort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daBronzeBomma View Post
    Who is the artist here? I agree this is definitely more stylized.
    That would be Kenneth Rocafort...





    Rocafort is a personal favorite, along with Ed McGuinness...

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    Quote Originally Posted by daBronzeBomma View Post


    I do dig Jorge Jimenez's Superman. That is the lankiest version of Clark that still radiates power (and just as importantly, warmth). Style for miles!
    Man, Jorge Jimenez is IT for me, i love everything about his Superman! Rocafort is second but would like to see his take of current Superman just once to compare to his other versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daBronzeBomma View Post


    I do dig Jorge Jimenez's Superman. That is the lankiest version of Clark that still radiates power (and just as importantly, warmth). Style for miles!
    Cool reverse shot of the All-Star cover.

    Yeah, not the biggest fan of how others look drawn by him but definitely pitch perfect for modern Superman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daBronzeBomma View Post


    I do dig Jorge Jimenez's Superman. That is the lankiest version of Clark that still radiates power (and just as importantly, warmth). Style for miles!
    Yeah, personal favorite, Jimenez Clark is great.
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    I think this was Ed Benes? It's so expressive and feels like it's moving even if it's not really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marhawkman View Post
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    I think this was Ed Benes? It's so expressive and feels like it's moving even if it's not really.
    I know this one's from Ed Benes (another personal favorite ):

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    Talent Caldwell





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