Before CURT SWAN came to be regarded as the 'definitive'
SUPERMAN artist for a generation or two, he had competition - in the
form of WAYNE BORING. The main MAN OF STEEL figure on the
above cover is probably one of the most iconic images of the LAST SON
OF KRYPTON known to comics fandom, and is probably as famous as
anything Curt Swan (or any other artist) ever drew of KAL-EL, being
used on a million items of merchandise since it was first drawn
to the present day.
Superman #53, but was clearly inspired by JOE SHUSTER's drawing
on #6, nearly a decade before. There had probably been other variants of
the heroic stance in between, but these two versions represent the first and
the best of them, respectively. Boring's is clearly the latter example - with
Superman striking a confident pose (cape billowing out behind him), as
opposed to the somewhat cocky one that Shuster portrays.
to the 'finished' version, involved Superman being sent back in time from a