Superman Unchained Variant Covers Feature Legendary Artists Celebrating The Man Of Steel’s 75th Anniversary


superman bannerThis just may be the year of Superman. The Man of Steel is getting a new movie this June from director Zack Snyder and a new comic book from Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. These things are of course in celebration of the fact that 75 years ago, way back in 1938, Superman debuted in the pages of Action Comics #1. While we have to wait until June 14th to see the movie, we get the Superman Unchained comic from Lee and Snyder two days earlier on the 12th. To help kick off the upcoming celebration, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio spoke with IGN about the new series. Scattered around the interview snippets were the 9 comic book variant covers you see below.

The cover come from some superstar artists. They are (in order of appearance): Bruce Timm, Dave Johnson, Neal Adams, Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens, Lee Bermejo, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Brett Booth, and Jim Lee.

DiDio talked about how they chose each artist for their particular cover:

We really wanted to go after the artists that captured the flavor and the spirit of the times that we were going for — everything from Superman’s inception through the Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Modern Age, through to capturing the time of Superman Reborn. Also, we’re looking at Superman versus his greatest nemesis, Lex Luthor.

So we really wanted to capture the things that just resonated with the people throughout the years, because ultimately it just shows the life and longevity of this character. And the fact that we’re able to launch this book, Superman Unchained, in the way we have just shows that he’s just as vibrant and vital now as he was 75 years ago.

As a parting shot, here’s what DiDio had to say about DC‘s plan for Superman over the course of this year. The movie and the new comic book aren’t going to be the only things they do to celebrate the big anniversary. Things seem to just be getting started:

We have further plans, and we’ll announce them later in the year. We look at it as more of a year-long celebration than a single date, and realistically we have an April start to his birth, but quite honestly with everything with Man of Steel, that seems like a more important date for us to be building off of — and Free Comic Book Day too.

Between Free Comic Book Day, between the film, between the launch of Superman Unchained, Batman/Superman and the [regular] series itself, that’s just the start of everything that we have planned to really give Superman a push from now to December.

You can read the rest of the interview with IGN by clicking here. I have to admit, those are some pretty impressive variant covers. I would say there might be one or two more, but I wouldn’t expect a cover for every year Superman has been going. Then again DC did make 52 State cover variants for the JLA debut issue (I’ll never stop mentioning that). What do you think about the variants? Is there a certain one you’re going to try and grab?

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Source : IGN