Joshua Middleton meshes pre-Crisis and post-Crisis Superman.
A couple of weeks ago, DC released its main variant covers for Action Comics #1000, which is due 4/18 — the 80th anniversary of Action Comics #1.
Each variant pays tribute to a different decade in the Man of Steel’s development and you can click here to check out the wonderful covers by Mike Allred, Steve Rude, Dave Gibbons and many others. (Believe me, you want to.)
For whatever reason, one was missing — the 1980s homage by Joshua Middleton, which DC just released:
Middleton’s variant highlights both ends of the ’80s. There’s skull-ship Brainiac and battle-suit Luthor. Jimmy Olsen still looks pretty Bronze Age, too.
Lois, however, looks similar to how she was portrayed by John Byrne in 1986’s Man of Steel #2:
Superman? Superman looks like Superman.
It’s a nice image and Middleton is one of the best cover artists in the business right now and a 13th Dimension favorite.
That said, I gotta say I would have preferred if DC had hired an ’80s artist to do an ’80s homage cover.
I know that Byrne is off the table but Jerry Ordway anyone?
— The Gorgeous Variant Covers of ACTION #1000. Click here.