Saturday, 15 September 2012

Openings - Superman, Cinema and Inspiration

Superman: The Movie (1978) magazine ad, Philip Gips/Gips & Balkind Associates, art director; Steve Frankfurt/Paula Silver, creative directors; Henry Sandbank, photographer.

I'm pretty sure that it was a version of the above magazine ad that appeared as a poster outside my local cinema when I was taken to see a re-release of Superman: The movie as a two to three year old. It's probably the earliest memory I have of a movie poster, or perhaps any graphic work or illustration not aimed specifically at children.

Superman I (the movie) poster by me... age 6

It had such an impact on me that I was was still drawing it three years later, though being illiterate, I was clearly still unsure what the superman insignia was supposed to represent. It just looked like a bunch of abstract yellow shapes on a red background to me.

Clearly though, I wasn't the only one to be influenced by this...

The Man of Steel, No 1, cover art, John Byrne and Dick Giordano (1986)

Newsweek cover, May 7, 2012. Cover illustration by Michael Koelsch.

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