Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Drawing Superman: Man of Style

Joel Priddy's Superman redesignHere's the finished Superman design. I'm glad to see, from the comments, that people pretty well support this choice. My thinking was that, Chabon's Secret Skin theory aside, the big problem with Superman's costume is the whole body-hugginess of it all. If I had superpowers, I wouldn't want to dress like that. And I'd rather not be rescued by someone dressed like that, either. I mean, of course, I'd like to be rescued, but given a choice of heroes, I'd prefer the one that leaves a little something to the imagination.

Partly, this comes from the sense of real-world aesthetics that puts me in worsted wool slacks more often than painted-on blue jeans. But another undeniable aspect is that I am now older than Superman is traditionally portrayed. As I said over on the Rooftop, it's very hard to realize that one can no longer grow up to be the Man of Tomorrow. So, I tried to come up with a costume that would allow a young man to run around being the pinnacle of all human hopes and dreams without making bitter old codgers like me feel worthless in comparison.

Weird, then, that the resulting costume looks so clerical. By weird, of course, I mean perfectly logical.

Joel Priddy's Superfamily redesignAnd from there, I couldn't resist drawing the other members of the Superman Family in costumes derived from the cassocked Kal-El. Pictured are: Bizarro, Power Girl, Supergirl, Superboy, Streaky the Supercat, Krypto, and, of course, Zibarro!

Not pictured are Superman's Super-Robots, although I have some sketches I should get around to scanning.


Dylan Todd said...

Joel, you're killing me with awesome over here. I wasn't entirely sure about the tunic-y thingy, but the roll-out to the Superfamily sold me. Your Zibarro rules!

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Dylan. But I can't take credit for Zibarro's awesomeness. That's just the way he is.

chrishaley said...

As much as I love your final Superman, I have to say, your Superboy and Zibarro are really my favorites.
Let's see some more of all these guys and gals, yeah?


Dean Trippe said...

the inclusion of zibarro alone makes you my hero. man, i'd love to see a joel priddy zibarro one-shot. :)

Anonymous said...

Good take on a more conservative suit.

The point of the huggy suit, I think, is to show his awesomeness just by looking at his physique.

Perhaps the colors could be less bright, so that he doesn't look like he's coming out of a circus, but I think his physique should be showing through.

I could be biased though, since majority of superheroes are dressed in tighty tights and that's what i've been used to seeing.

But if one was invincible and had a body like Superman, they may not be so conservative ;)

Anonymous said...

Also it looks like he's wearing a dress for crying out loud...