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Action Comics 900 by AdamHughes Action Comics 900 by AdamHughes
Year: 2011
Client: DC Comics
Media: Media: Pencil, PITT Pen and COPIC marker on Strathmore Drawing paper, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

I was very nervous doing this variant cover to ACTION COMICS #900. ACTION COMICS has been in continuous publication since 1938, and with the printed periodical going the way of the dodo, I was awed to be contributing to the 900th issue.

I've been trying to figure out what other American periodicals have been in continuous monthly publication as long. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC? TIME? It staggers the mind.

My idea? A variation on the classic 'Superman breaking chains' image started by Joe Shuster, echoed brilliantly by Neal Adams in the classic "Kryptonite... No More!" issue, and many others. It's an iconic image, and done correctly, I think one can dip into iconic waters without drowning in nostalgia.

A fun cover, altogether; I just have to return Superman's hair to Alec Baldwin now.
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panthrax125 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
 Mr Hughes, I have been an admirer of your work for some years now and I have very deliberately posted my first expression of this appreciation beneath this image so that you will understand that while I rather enjoy your depictions of the finest female forms imaginable, what REALLY won my admiration was your ability to compose and to construct images such as this - pinups magnificent in their own right without so much as the faintest hint of hanky-panky (and in this case an homage that may well excel the original cover).

 The fact that you STILL cook up the tastiest cheesecake in the business is just a bonus, so far as I'm concerned!;) (Wink) 
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citybuilder Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
nice
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ToWin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Awesome idea to form the chains into the number. Damn good job!
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TrekkieGal Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was about to say, Is Alec Bald?
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TheDrawingFool Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
managed to track down this issue not too long ago, awesomw work.
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MartySalsman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
900 to the forefront, good call!
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King1cheetah Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Badass cover
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sirdaveysockrocker Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
such an amazing piece, for such a milestone, and alas such a shame dc threw it all away.
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Jenk42 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Phenomenal!
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