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Subj: Re: Action Comics 1,000: The Covers Cometh!
Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 at 04:00:08 pm EST (Viewed 112 times)
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Looking at the contributors to the alternate covers I see a mostly fine choice. Most agreeable indeed in most cases. You can well imagine the sheer excitement and endless discussion in the DC offices as suggestions are tossed back and forth for this issue, ideas floated, potential writers and artists talked about, and 'lost' archive material from distant past era's sought out to lend this special anniversary its due weight and prestige. And what choices for these special covers :

*Steve Rude (1930s),
Steve Rude, no more need be said. Excellent judgement!

*Michael Cho (1940s),
A Superb choice again, I've long been an admirer of michael Cho's work and he could have contributed to any of these initial covers...

*Dave Gibbons (1950s),
Dave Gibbons on the 1950s? Interesting!

*Michael Allred (1960s),
On the face of Michael Allred is an appropriate fit to represent a 1960s style, if a little too a 'pastiche', and to be fair I think most artist would have a challenge to devise a cover that honours the Silver-Age era without (unintentionally) delivering a parody... I am very interested nevertheless in seeing Allred take the challenge, and hopefully excel at it!

*Jim Steranko (1970s),
Intriguing, that's all I can say. Although Jim Steranko is a legend his body of work for DC, let alone Superman, is slim indeed. I think the thinking though may be that he did contribute to Superman #400, and while selecting him to be an ambassador here for the Bronze-Age Superman over the likes of Neal Adams, Jose Garcia-Lopez or perhaps even Mike Grell, Steranko is a bold and justifiable choice to do so.

*Joshua Middleton (1980s)
I'm sure I must have seen some of this artists work, but I'm drawing a blank(!) Did he draw one of the 'Retrospective' specials a few years back? I suspect I'm right.
The 1980s... what an extraordinary challenge this must be for DC. After all the difference in style and visual presentation between 1980 - 1985 Superman books and what comes with 1986 - 1989 Superman books is so dramatically different I don't think you can possibly do the decade proper justice. But for me - Jerry Ordway would be the man to do it. \(yes\)

*Dan Jurgens (1990s),
Of course. To be frank I wouldn't choose anyone else. Though if Dan was unexpectedly brought down with sprained wrists it would be nice to see Tom Grummett make a pass...

*Lee Bermejo (2000s)
Ehh? What!?
What an odd choice to represent such an eclectic and unstable last seventeen years... but then on that basis Lee Bermejo is as good a choice as anyone! I don't know how any artist would, or could, capture the flavour and spirit of such a volatile and fragmented era...

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