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Commentary from Tim Sale: Black and White:

"Superman is a generous soul who believes in the power of goodness. He believes in the American Dream, in the way that Norman Rockwell painted it. For Superman, family and community is deeply important, and inclusive.

"Superman is also an alien, that's how he gets his power, he's not cut; he doesn't need to go to the gym. He's a corn-fed farm boy. I wanted to convey that in his size, his bulk. In addition, I wanted that boyish innocence in his face, an openness, and that took me a while to get without making Clark look retarded."

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Superman: Kryptonite

Six issue mini-series, 2007-2008
with Darwyn Cooke, Dave Stewart and Comicraft

"The main theme of Superman: Kryptonite was Superman learning about vulnerability, and one of the ways that he had to learn it, and ultimately the most personal way, was through his relationship with Lois. In the first issue, there is a scene where they are having a picnic date on the Eiffel Tower at night, and it's fun and romantic in a way that only Superman could provide. But also important, not in a way that Clark could ever provide, and the arc that Clark takes during the story to come to terms with that being okay is the core of the story."


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Superman For All Seasons

Four issue mini-series, 1998
with Jeph Loeb, Bjarne Hansen and Comicraft

"One of the things that was important to me when we were doing Superman For All Seasons was to tap into Norman Rockwell's vision of America, but then to acknowledge that it's not real -- that it's a vision of America as America would like itself to be. Rockwell's version is romantic, idealistic, it's a created reality.

"Superman believes in that ideal. He doesn't believe it's the reality, but he believes the ideal; he's romantic to that extent."

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Sketches for Superman: For All Seasons ads.
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Pencil sketch of cover art for the Superman: For All Seasons hardcover.
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Sketch for fan in Essen, Germany, 1999.
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Sketch from Superman: For All Seasons
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Rejected pencil sketch of cover for Superman: For All Seasons #1
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Sketches from Superman: For All Seasons
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Commissioned sketch, 2005
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Commissioned sketch, 2005
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Sketch for the cover of the Superman: Kryptonite hardcover
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Pencils for the cover of the Superman: Kryptonite hardcover
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Sketch of the chunk of kryptonite from Superman: Kryptonite
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Pencils of the Eiffel Tower sequence from Superman: Kryptonite #1
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Pencils of lava sequence from Superman: Kryptonite #2
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Pencils of Lois from Superman: Kryptonite #3
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