These are my top 10 favorite artists right now.
But my current artist obsession is Chris Samnee. I think he’s incredible, and his work has really been inspiring me to work hard on my own this summer in terms of working on something consistently and my own work.
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Daily Sketch Series: Saturn Girl
Imra Ardeen left her home of Titan, a moon-colony on Saturn of telepaths. After psychically discovering the assassination plot of RJ Brande, Imra, Rokk Krinn, and Garth Ranzz, formed the Legion of Superheroes.
Daily Sketch Series: Cosmic Boy
Rokk Krinn was a Magnoball player on the planet Braal until he came to Earth to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Superman. After intervening in the assassination attempt on Earth businessman, RJ Brande, along with Imra Ardeen and Garth Ranzz, formed the Legion of Superheroes.
Look! Up in the sky!
It’s been a while since I drew this guy, right? I’m not tricking myself? I miss drawing him, either way.
Superman the Animated Series: Heavy Metal
John Henry Irons is continuing his work on a personal version of the Prototype from a few episodes ago. Meanwhile, Intergang and their new recruit, Metallo, have been robbing banks nearby. Superman comes to stop them, but Metallo’s new Kryptonite blasts knock Superman unconscious and it’s up to John Henry and his niece, Natasha, to save him. John Henry dons his battle suit as Steel and takes down Metallo with the help of Superman, who is glad to have the extra hand.
This was a strange episode. Some things worked but it was weighed down by a pretty weak plot and horribly cheesy dialogue. I like Steel, and it’s cool that they brought him into the show, and his debut being against Metallo seems like a smart move, but the whole episode falls really flat for me. I kind of enjoyed it as I watched it, but looking back it just wasn’t very good.
I didn’t like that Metallo was watered down to being such a villain-of-the-day character with all his depth and development strained out for the convenience of plot. I’m glad they bothered to explain that Intergang had saved him from where Superman left him in Action Figures, but it was so lame that he was all of a sudden just there again. And robbing banks.
Steel’s character was pretty solid in this episode. He was noble, intelligent, and commanding. So I think he was well represented. While I liked Steel here, and his character has potential, but it never gets realized and since it’s so limited to this bad episode.
Overall, it’s a really weak episode with cheesy dialogue and a weak plot that does a disservice to the characters involved. Rating: D+
Superman the Animated Series: The Late Mr. Kent
A tear filled funeral filled with Daily Planet staff turns out to be a memorial service for Clark Kent, but Superman is watching the whole thing. We jump back a few days to the beginning of Clark Kent’s investigation into the death row inmate, Ernest Walker, who claims to be innocent. Clark is the only one who believes his story, and digs into his alibi, and finds evidence that proves he’s innocent. But after bragging about it to Lois on the phone, Clark finds himself caught in a car bomb explosion that sends his vehicle for the ocean. With a witness to the entire thing, Superman plays along and fakes his death. After the funeral, Superman returns to his apartment to find Lois Lane there digging for evidence, having found a bug on Clark’s phone. But not long after things get emotional when Lois begins to weep, they discover another bomb in the apartment. They are able to escape in time, but amongst the crowd, Superman spots Detective Bowman. Working with Lois to get Bowman to incriminate himself, Superman stops Bowman’s escape attempt and rescues Walker before he’s executed. After Lois’ article about the entire thing, she gets a phone call, Clark is alive and has been recuperating with Lana Lang. As Bowman is about to be executed, he realizes that Clark Kent is Superman.
There’s a reason this is so often declared the best episode in the series. Because it is. It is an incredibly deep story that really fires on all cylinders. I loved the exploration of the Superman/Clark Kent identities, showing how Superman needs to be Clark because he is Clark. And using the fact that he lives two lives to his advantage to catch the killer. Clark’s investigating is a lot of fun as well.
I can’t not gush over Lois Lane in this episode too. Her moments of mourning over Clark were extremely touching and great to watch. I also really appreciated her moment of jealousy with Lana Lang at the end. I also loved her confrontation with Bowman.
I also really appreciated the moment with the Kents. Where Martha is on the phone and can’t really react properly to Clark’s alleged death. And for once I didn’t hate Lana Lang’s part either.
The animation and the music are also beyond excellent here. The entire episode has such a consistent mood that really really nails it.
Overall, this is one of the best episodes in the entire series. Not to be missed. Rating: A+
Superman the Animated Series: Prototype
Lex Luthor introduces his new police battlesuit to the press, worn by Sgt. Corey Mills, and a more direct demonstration of the suit’s abilities is soon in order when a fire breaks out downtown. Superman and Mills work together to save the day and Superman appreciates the help. But the suit soon starts to corrupt Mills, just as John-Henry Irons, the creator of the suit, warned Luthor it could. Mills shaves his head and goes mad with power, and needs Superman and the police to intervene and take his suit away. Unable to be apart from the suit, Mills steals it and goes to Luthor for help. Luthor turns on Mills but his attempt to subdue him fails, and Superman needs to duke it out with him in order to save the day. Mills is comatose at the end, and Superman talks with Irons about the suit’s potential in the right hands.
This is a pretty solid episode. It’s a pretty straightforward story, but there’s a lot of subtlety here beneath all the ham-fisted obviousness of the plot.
The animation is pretty good, and the action is totally great. It’s always nice when Superman has an opponent he can really duke it out with, and we get some pretty stellar action scenes.
I think there’s a lot being said in this episode about Superman. Mills is this great parallel to the Man of Steel because he is a completely obvious example of how “absolute power corrupts absolutely,” which just shows how great Superman is, that with all this power, he still has a level head and chooses to be a hero. Mills also demonstrates Superman’s moral strength, because he just straight up starts murdering people, kind of demonstrating what it would be like if Superman just killed his foes instead of trying to stop them or save them. I also liked that Mills shaved his head, which made him look more like Luthor (evil) and when Luthor betrayed Mills he literally stabbed him in the back.
Another subtle thing I liked that was probably unintentional is the moment in the police station with Maggie Sawyer and Dan Turpin. They’re just sitting around playing cards. Which was probably supposed to just be a funny non-moment, but I like the idea that Superman does such a good job protecting Metropolis that the police don’t have as much to do, and can just play cards all day until they’re needed.
For such a ham-fisted episode that involved Superman fighting a man in a power-suit and man-handling a shark, this episode felt pretty deep. There’s honestly not much to say negative about it, other than I wanted more. But that being said, it was really good but not like mind-blowingly amazing. Though it was really nice to have Luthor back.
I really liked that we got introduced to John-Henry Irons. I have always liked Steel, I just like the inclusion of more heroes in Metropolis, particularly a black one. So I’m glad we got to meet him before he becomes Steel, and I appreciated the hint at the end towards him taking on that persona.
Overall, it’s an action packed episode that also demonstrates why Superman is so great. Rating: B+
Superman the Animated Series: Bizarro’s World
Lois’s investigation into the destruction of Luthor’s cloning lab goes nowhere, and Superman says that he had already checked and that Bizarro must have been incinerated. We then learn that Bizarro had survived the blast, and is wandering in the snow very lost. After seeing a broadcast about the location of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, Bizarro heads for the North Pole, where he learns about Krypton from Brainiac’s sphere. Considering Krypton his home, Bizarro decides to recreate Krypton in Metropolis, causing destruction everywhere. Kidnapping a Doorman that resembles Jor-el and Lois Lane, Bizarro takes them to his new home in a destroyed building. Superman shows up and attempts to knock Bizarro out with Kryptonite, but it has no effect. Bizarro then reveals that he is going to destroy Metropolis in order to recreate Krypton’s destruction. Superman and Bizarro fight over a missile until Superman can reason with his duplicate. After rescuing the city, Superman takes Bizarro to an uninhabited planet, where he can live peacefully.
This is a solid episode. A sequel to the incredible first act of the Bizarro-saga, we get the return of Bizarro and his twisted logic. I really enjoy this incarnation of Bizarro and I think this episode delivers on basically every level.
Bizarro continues to be the poor lost soul that tries to do good but only creates chaos. His character in this episode isn’t quite as sympathetic as his last appearance, but he manages to be likable and humorous and a genuine threat, all while not really being “evil.” I loved his interactions with Lois Lane too.
I really liked the animation in this episode. It was really spectacular, and we get a really great Superman vs Bizarro battle. The missile chase scene was really great. And I liked a lot of allusions to classic Superman stories, like the title being “Bizarro’s World” and him naming his pet Krypto.
That being said, the plot is a little bit on the ridiculous side, particularly the parts with the missile. There could have been more to the entire story. I think not having Luthor in this episode was a huge flaw.
Overall, a really great return of Bizarro that was a fun, well animated episode. Rating: B