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Welcome to the four hundred and forty-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and forty-six. This week, did Curt Swan really do an illustrated X-rated version of Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex? Did we nearly have Jeph Loeb/Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb/Art Adams on All-Star Batman and Robin? And finally, did Chris Claremont reveal that Black Widow was a child in World War II?
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COMIC LEGEND: Did Curt Swan illustrate an X-Rated “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex”?
Reader Dennis L. wrote in a while back to ask me if it was true that Curt Swan did some X-rated Superman art for some project. The answer is basically yes, Dennis.
Curt Swan, as you all well know, is one of, if not THE, most iconic Superman artists of all-time, drawing Superman on a regular basis for over twenty years, from the Silver Age right up until the John Byrne reboot in the mid-1980s (Swan even continued drawing Superman books after that, just not on a regular basis).
Here are some sample pages from past Swan classics…
You might all also be familiar with Larry Niven’s classic 1971 essay “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex,” a humorous piece that examines the difficulties that an earth woman with the initials LL would have conceiving Superman’s child. It has become quite a famous piece.
Well, in 1995, Penthouse Comix decided to republish the essay, only this time, they had 75 year old Curt Swan do some illustrations for the essay! Just one year before he passed away, Swan did the following drawings for the piece.
WARNING! THESE PIECES ARE NOT SAFE FOR WORK! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE CURT SWAN DRAW X-RATED COMICS, JUST GO TO THE NEXT PAGE OF THIS WEEK’S LEGENDS.
Well, there you go, Dennis, I presume that this answers your question! Thanks for asking it!
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