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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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ArtCrunch04 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
That's very clever, haha
digitamamon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Fuck, this is Intelligent
Looking4Work Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Just brilliant.

I liked the Neal Adams cover, but it was tied to one of the dumbest storylines to ever feature Superman. 
Phenometron Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Superman looks really good here.
panthrax125 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice.
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) 
citybuilder Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
ToWin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Awesome idea to form the chains into the number. Damn good job!
TrekkieGal Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I was about to say, Is Alec Bald?
TheDrawingFool Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
managed to track down this issue not too long ago, awesomw work.
MartySalsman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
900 to the forefront, good call!
King1cheetah Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Badass cover
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.
Jenk42 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
knight31313 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
i have this issue with this cover it's gorgeous and was worth the extra money.
Kickasszombie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Love this piece cant believe I left it home during this past yr @nycc would have loved to have gotten it signed by u love ur work hope to b where u r soon lol
paladinpriest Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
wow now that is what you called a comic book cover
Guree Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think Alec Baldwin wouldnt mind ma friend :D
amazing piece !
teddy09 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
mrmachination Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
such an amazing cover for such an iconic issue. its sad dc took a dump all over this milestone with their dumb reboot.
WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Let Supes keep the hair, Alec doesn't need it no more. XD Love the chain links hitting us as they shatter! *feels like eyes should be poked out by them*
Emuller5 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been so 'all over the place', I didn't even see this cover till I couldn't get it anymore.
This cover does exactly what you intended. I see Shuster, Adams, (and Adams) all wrapped up tight.
Congratulations on a job greatly done.
NealAdams Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Always nice to see a great artist do a version of that cover. Sometimes you never know when a cover is going to work, but that one just came together in just a few hours.
Derrickm0 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey! It's Alec Baldwin, cool!
Derrickm0 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey! It's Alec Baldwin! Cool!
Kickasszombie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Awesome piece I left my aCtions comic 900 or wouLd have asked for ur autogHraph
JaderCorrea Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
JoniGodoy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Simply Fantastic!
I love the atmosphere and the lights here.
Just one thing: Superman looks like one of the Baldwins or the Bridges brothers, haha!
evnaccd Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
RyuDan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
hahaha classy
jasonhattery Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
This is awesome!!
Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Historic, absolutely historic. They couldn't have chose a better artist for this cover.
Perhaps we will see another 900 someday! :)
RudPatrocinio Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Pardilate Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alec baldwin as suppes, thats an idea!, and, whatever happened to that superman story you said you were doing, interiors and all?
Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent job, Think I first started reading Action Comics about 1972, don't know if your going to like this comment or not but your cover looks much the same as the covers of the Action Comics I was reading in the 70's
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
No, it's a compliment. That was my intent, to evoke the classic SUPERMAN covers of old.

Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
well I hope to make, 'The Thought Bubble' Leeds, hhopefully I can have a copy of Action Comics 900 for then.
Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am glad you were aiming for that look, because as someone with first hand experience of the action comic covers you did hit it right on the head.
mcwalen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Artist
Epic! Love the way you used the chain in the foreground. EPIC!
HardenHeart Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm a BIG Superman fan.........and I LOVE THIS ! Good job !
KGOODNER Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Just...I mean...damn. WOW! YOU ARE MY HERO SIR!
MiamIceman Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
Great job, never stop amazing everyone w your artwork
ediprata Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome! *__*
Desimnr Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
WOW!!!! i gotta get this issue. Great work AH
dio-03 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Artist
i love that you knocked hack all of superman's lines into colors. really adds to that radiance.
LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
i think action comics womps both national geo n time as both newsmags took huge breaks in publishing. time went under for almost a decade and only got back on the ball with special one shot issues.
hinchen Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you make the most amazing comic book covers I've ever seen!
WarrenLouw Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, once again, you blow my mind... Very inspiring! Well done on getting the cover!
Csumlin Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
the colors and chains are awesome
ebas Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
best take on joe shuster's iconic image i have ever seen while making it ur own...well done sir
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