fortress of attitude

the final section of lowther and shuster’s illustrated novel, the adventures of superman: a series of behind-the-scenes peeks into shuster’s sketchbook.

personally, i can’t believe the amount of skill evidenced by these simple mock-ups. the kinetics at work here, and the poise at work in the character, remind me of grant morrison’s take on what would happen if you put an invincible creature on earth and convinced him he was human.

when shuster draws superman in flight here, he’s obviously totally comfortable.  he’s relaxed, swooping, looking over his shoulder back at the rest of humanity.  when he’s throwing a punch, his whole body tells you it’s going to connect.

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    Superman by Joe Shuster. I can’t believe how pure and amazing these are.