Saturday, June 25, 2005

What is out of the ordinary about this pic?



Hint: It has something to do with what Superman is holding.

7 comments:

David Swindle said...

Do I get a prize for being the first correct answer? Superman, a DC character (DC's flagship character in fact,) is holding Captain America's adamantium shield and Thor's hammer Mjolnir. Both Thor and Captain America are, of course, Marvel comics characters.

Superman's costume is also ripped up -- something which shouldn't happen or should happen in the rarest of circumstances. And those red eyes are a little weird.

Do I get a gold star, Prof. Rowe?

Jonathan said...

You got it!

Now name the artist who drew it.

indygwyn said...

George Perez

Jonathan said...

That's it! The one the only.

Len said...

Superman's costume is also ripped up -- something which shouldn't happen or should happen in the rarest of circumstances. And those red eyes are a little weird.

Well, right offhand I remember that Superman's costume got ripped up in his fatal-well-not-quite confrontation with Doomsday in the "Death of Superman" story arc. Ok, that might be considered the rarest of circumstances.... Unfortunately, my copy of The DC Comics Encyclopedia and is at home and I'm at work, so I can't refer to it, but IIRC there are a fair number of action shots of Supes in that work which show his costume ripped. I get the feeling it's becoming a trend over there at DC....

David Swindle said...

Len,
I know what you're talking about but I'm pretty sure that Superman's invincibility extends just beyond his body so his suit is invulnerable too. That or it's made of some Krypton super fabric. Or both. Wasn't it made from his blanket? Because if it wasn't then it would really be getting torn up ALL THE TIME. Whether he gets shot with a bullet or flies up from earth's atmosphere to outerspace it would damage his suit. Hence there's something going on with it.

Jonathan said...

I'm not such a comics nerd that I follow this to a "T" but I do know that John Byrne rebooted Superman in the 80s and change a bunch of stuff. A lot of the stuff from "pre-Crisis" -- Supergirl, the different types besides green of Kryptonite, the city of Candor -- was gone. But that just gave DC the ability to "reintroduce" the stuff down the line, which they did.

Byrne had Superman's costume made of ordinary fabric. And everything but his cape was protected by being so close to his skin.

So Byrne was always drawing his cape all torn up. And Superman had to continuously call Ma Kent for her to make new batches.

I think, though, at some point they made Superman's costume invulnerable as well, like it was Pre-Crisis.

His costume is all torn up in the picture because he was in a major intergalatic battle.