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The Trials of Superman

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Readers who frequent Daniel Best’s blog, 20th Century Danny Boy, are likely familiar with his coverage of prominent intellectual property rights trials and stories of late, including the Jack Kirby Estate VS. Marvel and the Jerry Siegel Estate VS. Warners/DC Comics. He’s been able to get his hands on an extensive amount of court transcripts, contracts and other documents relating to these and many more happenings in the comics periphery. His postings have practically pioneered a surge in documenting this type of material, and making it accessible to the public.

Daniel has now compiled the extensive documentation from the Siegel Estate VS. Warners/DC trial into an online book that he’s offering for free download in PDF format. The Trials of Superman is published by his own imprint Blaq Books. A polished presentation that transcribes the original documents into digital format, made much easier to read considering the shear volume of material. Having read some of it in the original postings, I recommend this book highly for some behind the scenes history of the comics industry, as told under oath.

Daniel sums up the book on his site:

Every word uttered in court is here – with one notable exception – and the testimonies of Mark Evanier and Paul Levitz are fully intact.  You’ll read Levitz explain the many deals done for Superman from an insider point of view and how DC Comics very nearly bought Marvel Comics in the late 1990s.  You’ll read Evanier discussing how Siegel and Shuster have been screwed over the decades, along with mention motion picture and entertainment experts giving their own views on just how valuable the Superman property is.

THE TRIALS OF SUPERMAN

Blaq Books, Australia | 2012 | 1055 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9807655-2-6
Compiled and edited by Daniel Best
Copyright © 2012 by Daniel Best 

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Video | Armageddon Diplomacy Inferno

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Armageddon Diplomacy Inferno

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Following some heated discussion on the two-page Armageddon Diplomacy story and art, at Bleeding Cool Forums, based on the item Rich Johnston carried at the main site, it was expected that the work might not be well received by everyone.

The thread, however, turned into a referendum on my character, artistic choices, my views on DC/Marvel and the comics industry, my general ability to communicate an idea, and even my sanity (which is nothing new in some comics circles) . The intensity seemed quite beyond the call of duty, one of the qualities that make fandom so engaging.  It’s a highly recommended, very informative and entertaining forum thread, so have a look if you get a chance.

But it all left me wondering how I can more clearly communicate what I’m trying to say, which I’m not so sure of myself, actually. And also what to do about the second page, which some forum members thought was so hateful that it warranted the extreme responses there.

So, I’ve decided that if that second page, depicting Superman, Batman and Wonder-Woman burning American, British and Israeli flags in Tehran, is such a hateful image, then perhaps it’s best for us to renounce our attachment to the original art. Or at least to unequivocally disassociate ourselves from it.

And to do so in a lasting way that leaves little doubt as to the strong sentiment some have heaped on it.

 

Photos by Elad Rath

 

I don’t know if it’ll work, but I’m hoping it clarifies what I’m trying to say and sets people’s minds at ease about it.

 

Now that this is behind us, the original art and positive message from the first page, along with a life size digital print of the complete second page, the original art of the consumed second page, and two photos from the process, are all available on eBay.

Starting bid was $10 for all items seen below. Click here to go to the auction.

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Armageddon Diplomacy

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Considering the progressively progressive political atmosphere in the US and abroad, and the first step Superman took to reconcile his socio-political positioning on the world stage by announcing he’d renounce his US citizenship, one can’t help wonder where this idea is heading and what future ramifications it might hold for the Superheroes. Here’s a two page short depicting something we might well eventually see from DC Comics, perhaps in the not too distant future.

 

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Commission Sketch | Superman

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Commission | GA/BC Passion

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It was commissioned by someone who has accompanied me and my career since we first met some 30+ years ago at a convention.  He asked that I not mention him by name if I can help it.  Well, it’s not easy because this good friend and avid supporter of my art since way back when, has waited patiently for years for this sketch. What’s more, and just like any other encounter we’ve had at conventions, he’s always stayed near, listening and talking about comics, the arts and artists . He is one of the more perceptive of the people I’ve spent time with and eschews the mad rush for artist popularity advanced by mainstream publishers because it ends up working to the detriment of most creators. In knowing all this, he strives to reward artists he admires far more handsomely than what the art market suggests.  It’s an honor and privilege to call such a man my friend.

Here is the commission, my first inking on paper in ages.  His art gallery can be seen here:

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Batman on Superman in Color

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Colored digitally for my new page at Comic Art Commissions. Good site.

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Wayne Boring | Portraits of the Creators

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Perhaps the artist most identified with Superman through the 1950’s, Wayne Boring’s art on the character reached for a mythical stature of the iconic superhero. It also left an indelible impression of grandeur in an entire generation of readers who catapulted Superman into cultural immortality. In that his Wikepedia biography was also lacking a copyright-free image, the legendary golden age artist now also joins Portraits of the Creators.

Wayne Boring: Portraits of the Creators Sketchbook

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Commission | Legion of Super-Heroes

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A rough layout for another take on the first appearance splash for the Legion of Super-Heroes, Adventure Comics #247, 1958, originally drawn by iconic silver age Superman artist, Al Plastino.


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Commission | Superman & Batman

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There’s something bold about Batman’s attitude towards Superman, knowing that Superman can pulverize him in an instant and still not allowing that to stop him from criticizing or confronting him. When I was a kid, the relationship between them was that of friendly comrades totally in agreement about their roles. Aside from their costumes and powers, there was little personality difference between the two.  Life, however, becomes more complicated as we grow and it became so for these two heroes who developed sharp differences about their roles and methods.

For inquiries about commissions, go here.

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