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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Batced The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Batced
There are several undeniable truths in the world of comics, and prior to the New 52 relaunch on DC Comics part, one of those truths was that Superman and Lois Lane were made for each other. It was a romance that had lasted through the separation of two Earths, the complete remodling of the DC timeline on four different occasions, death, transformations, and other weird quirky storylines. But, before 2011, the two always seemed to come back to each other in the end.

I don't know why I wanted to do a Superman piece. It could be that this and a couple other ideas I wanted to do last year for Big Blue's 75th anniversary were long gestating and needed unleashing. It could also be my spectacular dislike for the direction of the New 52 and looked back at the older age in which things were simpler, the villains were goofier, and there was no reason for Jimmy Olson to always turn himself into weird werewolves.

I used the DC Direct Silver Age Superman and Lois Lane figures for this piece. The SA Supes is my favorite, as it combines not only the works of Wayne Boring, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson, and Al Plastino, but I also a hint of the Fleischer Brothers animated Superman from the early 1940s in there, along with TV actor George Reeves. Its a sculpt that resonates and pops. Lois' is her classic Silver Age look, and along with the Jimmy and Perry White from this period I could effectively do a Silver Age themed piece down the line with the Daily Planet crew.

This was a lot of fun and I hope it hits the right notes of nostalgia.
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Lady-Aurora-Moon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Superman did have a few boyscout moments in the new 52.... so he's still a boyscout at heart and is connected to the people. However, the Creators seem so focused on wanting to writing epic battles for him all the time... so that can distract away from the small moments of brilliance that the 52 had. the new stuff does have some glaring flaws that came about from the producers and writers trying too hard to "reinvent" everything and to try to make everything new again. When a creator tries too hard on some stuff instead of letting his/her love for the material shine though, it can lead to a big stink bomb.
 Which is such a huge shame, because I saw many occasional good moments in the new 52... like Supergirl's friendship with the Banshee. There they were, two strangers in a strange land... and they had so much stuff in common that they could relate to each other. Having Supergirl get her first friend on earth had done wonders for her morale and kept Super-girl grounded somewhat as she struggled to find her place in the universe now that everyone and everything she ever knew was now gone. (What with Krypton being gone). And, Superman was definitely being a big blue scout in that storyline.... he wanted to connect with his cousin and get to know her, even if Super-girl didn't trust him.
  Likewise, He was willing to help out his biological cloned son and watch over him even though he didn't really trust Kon-El's claim that he was a clone of him.

 So yeah, I definitely saw bits of the old Superman in the new 52... that's just I think the producers screwed it up by saying: "No fluffy character building moments! We must always have angst and hardcore stuff all the time!! We always must have endless drama!!"

  As for Lois... ehhhh. There are versions of her that I like, and there's also versions of her that I completely loathe. I actually hate that version of her up above in the picture you made. But it also comes down to misogynistic and bad writing of her character at the time. You see, I hate the Lois Lane who thinks that it's perfectly okay to try to trick or trap superman into marrying her... or acts like such a stereotypical vain woman. Which is really sad, because she was actually quite a progressive character for the time... when most women were expected to be nothing but housewives and secretaries, she was out there busting her ass to get a good story.
     I loved the Lois Lane that they depicted in the Superman cartoons on the other hand... espeically in the JLA/JLU universe.

 Honestly? I don't mind that Lois Lane and Clark Kent isn't together at all... I always felt that Lois Lane should be more than just Superman's girlfriend. She needs to be a stand-alone badass in her own right.
 And, Superman can totally work with other women out there. I mean, there's so many strong female characters out there who could totally ground Superman and also be the emtional support he needs.
  They've already played around with the idea of Wonder Woman being with Superman in like a dozen golden age/else world/Kingdom come universes out there. I have to say, Wonder woman is basically the other logical choice if Superman isn't going to be with Lois.
  So, I have no problems with the WW/Supes pairing at all.
WildWinyan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014   Photographer
I agree with you since the new 52 I stopped buying comics. I just hit half priced book stores and antique stores for comics from the 80s. DC has lost all its fun for me. I never really got into anything from Marvel. So sad that comics are crappy now, and I hate the drawing styles now too.
Robby-Robert Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
I'm with you on the new 52. It has absolutely no charm. Superman seems completely detached from humanity. He's the only reason I read comics, and I'm getting to the point where I'm not sure I'm going to continue.
Awesome work btw!
Batced Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Robert!

And aside from a few of the Bat-books and Green Lantern, I stopped reading DC primarily around 2012, when I realized how empty and hollow the whole thing was being. Everything about the New 52 screamed a cash-grab, and its sad that as good an event as Flashpoint was I'll not look at it favorably for ending the universe I'd grown up with. If it was to make their books better sellers, DC should have gotten better creative teams behind the books in the first place, and made changes that could work within the existing timeline.
Sarmady Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty cool ^^
Batced Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
Sarmady Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome ^^
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