This year marks an iconic moment in comic book history: Superman’s 80th Birthday! In May 1938, Action Comics #1 introduced Superman to the world.
To celebrate this anniversary, Alex Ross is releasing “More Powerful than a Locomotive,” a tribute to Action Comics #1. Originally created for Superman: The Complete History — The Life and Times of the Man of Steel, Ross reinterprets this iconic scene in his own distinctive style, converting it from day to night and transforming the comic-illustrated Superman into the photorealistic Man of Steel.
“Most people coming to comics realize the historical importance of Superman,” Ross shares. “But I’ve always loved very specific traits of the character, and in fact, very specific versions. When I saw some reprints of the oldest comics with him, from the ’40s, I immediately fell in love with the art style from then. He looked very serious, very rough and ready… a character built for the era of the Second World War. I like to connect with that earliest version of him, to bring him back to those roots.
This print will have a limited advance release at C2E2 on April 6, with 10 pieces available at the convention and 10 pieces available online. The piece will have a full online release on April 18, the original release date of Action Comics #1.
Each signed-and-numbered artwork measures 16″ X 22″, includes a Certificate of Authenticity, and is printed on premium, 110-lb fine art paper.
Fans and collectors can join the wait list at Alex Ross Art starting March 30 at 10 a.m. ET, with a per-poster price of $195.