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ACTION COMICS #643 (Jul 1989) DC Comics

cover:  George Perez
ACTION COMICS #643
Date: Jul 1989
Cover Price: $0.75
Publisher: dccomics.com

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Originally printed in:
Reprinted in SUPERMAN: EXILE TP (1998)SUPERMAN #72 (Spain) (1990)SUPER-HOMEM ESPECIAL #2 (Brazil) (1989) , and SUPERMAN CLASSIC #32 (Italy) (1997)

Cover is an homage to SUPERMAN #1 (Summer 1939), cover art by Joe Shuster.

"Superman On Earth" (22 pages)
writers:
pencils:
George Pérez
George Pérez (breakdowns)/Brett Breeding
inks:
colors:
letters:
edits:
Brett Breeding
Glenn Whitemore
Bill Oakley
Mike Carlin/Jonathan Peterson (assist)

HOMAGES:

SUPERMAN: SPEEDING BULLETS (Homage) (1993)

MAJESTIC #1 (Homage) (2004)

SHADOWFLAME #4 (Mar 2004)

CAPTAIN MARVEL art by Tom Grummett (Homage) (1993)

CAPTAIN BRITAIN art by Ron Lim/Robert Jones (Homage) (2000)

CAPTAIN BRITAIN TATTOO based on Ron Lim (Homage) (2000)


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    I'm a big Perez fan also and I first found the Homages page and saw the cover to Superman #1, Action Comics #643 and a cover to someone's indy comic with their character in the same pose.

    I don't know how (or if) I can add anything so thought I'd send an e-mail and offer my own pieces for your site if you'd like to share them with others.

    The first is a lightly pencilled image of Captain Marvel (I've had to darken the image on computer to print) by Tom Grummett that I had him draw for me at UKCAC (United Kingdon Comic Art Convention) in 1993 showing CM in the Superman #1 pose. I'm from the UK but live in CA, USA now.

    The second is a 11" x 17" commission I had done in 2000 by Ron Lim, inked by Robert Jones and shows Captain Britain in new costume designed by Alan Davis. This is also based on the pose from Superman #1 although Cap is facing the opposite way.

    The third is my tattoo using the art from my Captain Britain commission. I also have a tattoo of Marvelman and in the next few months am getting CB in original costume, followed by my Captain Marvel art by Tom Grummett.

    Right now, and the reason I was after the image from Action #643 (I have a copy framed on the wall but just wanted to quickly print one out), is that I already have a Superman S Sheld tattoo and under it I'm looking at either Superman from Superman #1 or George's Action #643 version.

    Trouble is that I can't decide which. I want to go with the original becase it is the original but then also love Perez's work and that Superman cover in particular.

    Anyway, sorry to have rambled on and hope I didn't get confusing. As I've used the whole Superman #1 pose for some original art and I'm now basing my tattoo's 'round it as well I just kind of wanted to share it with some others.

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    I am a huge George Perez fan. I am also a huge Superman fan and I am working on a story where Shadowflame finds out he is not the first to wear the costume (or a reasonable facimile of it). So I did an Homage of Superman #1. I used George's Action Comics cover and the original for reference (plus added a little of myself) I am always being told I am an old school looking artist. I always take it as a compliment. Here it is:

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