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Name That Superman Artist!

Here’s a new monthly bit! All November-long, I will be sharing four panels featuring a comic book character. They will each be drawn by four separate pencilers. I will be featuring only pieces of art where the penciler did full pencils (as otherwise it would be way too difficult). Your challenge is to, simply put, name that artist!

E-mail me your guesses to bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT make guesses in the comments section! After a week, I’ll post the correct answers on the archive page along with whoever guessed them correctly. You don’t have to name the issues the panels came from, but if you’d like to, knock yourself out.

Read on for the four Superman panels…





Good luck and have fun!


Oh, this is fun. I guessed the artists without looking in my collection or on google for answers, but after I sent in my answers I realized I spelled a couple of the artists names wrong. Oh well!

Blimey, Brian, you could’ve made it easier by putting up 4 Curt Swan panels!

Terrible colouring in that second one.

Gwargh. These are hard. I think 1 is either Howard Bender or Alex Saviuk– one of those staple of artists that Julie Schwartz was using towards the end of his tenure on the title. With 4 I’m leaning toward Al Plastino based on the S symbol and Superman’s face. But I’m probably wrong about both.

2 I have no idea. 3 maybe Garcia-Lopez or Ross Andru?

Agh! Brian. Moderate the above please!

The first one is Jim Mooney’s pencils and possibly Murphy Anderson’s inks.

The second one has me stumped. I believe it’s from a cross-over issue but I’m uncertain.

The third one is Jose Garcia-Lopez’ pencils and Frank McLaughlin’s inks.

The fourth one is Dick Sprang’s pencils with unknown inks.

Of course, I reserve the right to change my answers at any time without notice!!

Does anyone bother reading? DON’T POST GUESSES IN THE COMMENTS.

Hey Brian – Maybe you should turn off comments for this one?

@DanCJ – Early days of computer coloring. No one really knew what they were doing and were distracted by gradients and other “new” tools.

The image quality of the scans will give hints as to the age of the comic book, which should help in guessing who drew it.

Does anyone bother reading?

It’s a comic book blog. I’m here for the pictures.

The Crazed Spruce

November 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I’m not 100% sure about #2, but I think I’ve got the other three nailed.

Early days of computer colouring? Nah; Number two isn’t really that long ago, so there’s no excuse for the crap coloring.

I’m not sure about #2. Either he has a strange inker, or I’m totally off on that one.

Aparo, Ferry, Giordano, Swan…?

Power-2 most-the-Peoples

November 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Where your email address?

Power-2 most-the-Peoples

November 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

LOL Never mind, God I’m such an ass! :D

1. Kurt Schaffenberger

2. Dusty Abell

3. Alex Saviuk ?

4. Wayne Boring

Well, this is stupid. You only have one of the definitive Superman artists represented. That’s Wayne Boring (the last sample). And if that’s not Boring then it’s someone doing a great imitation of his art.

But most egregious is the lack of Curt Swan. And if he’s there (in sample 1 or 3) then he’s covered up by bad inking jobs. There are literally thousands of panels available to show off Swan’s great talent.

And you don’t have John Byrne sampled here. That’s just crazy, man!

The artwork in sample 2 is horrendous. That artist may have worked on a number of Superman issues (MacDonald?) but it’s just not ever going to be thought of as definitively Superman.

Very bad, even for a filler article.

Yeah, it is so weird. Why don’t I have panels of the most easily identifiable Superman artists of all-time in a game where people have to identify the artists? It is a mystery for the ages!

Yeah, what a jerk, Croning! Stop trying to bring fun to the internet!

(that was a typo that I decided was funny enough to leave in, btw….)

The problem with getting pompous is how do you back down when you’re wrong? Sample #4 isn’t by Wayne Boring.

OK, am I looking at JUST the wrong time, where you unmoderated the comments with guesses but haven’t put the answers up? Or is I just dum?

The answers are on the archive page.

Ok, now they’re showing up.

Would it be possible to put the link to the answers on the page in question? As it stands now (unless of course I’m dum), we have to click to the archive page, then to the answers. If we could click from the page in question, we could go back and forth easier. Like Graeme and Kip, I thought 3 might have been JLGL, and to flip right to the answers would be sweet.

Because, y’know, you don’t work hard enough for our free entertainment already :)

I am kicking myself for not recognising #3. Along with Curt Swan, I.N. was my first Superman artist. He still looks great to me! I had no glimmering on any of the others so didn’t submit any guesses.

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