37 comments on “P:R Approved: Kris Anka’s Superman!
  1. Low flow shower heads in Metropolis? Superman could handle the Commando 450, unlike Kramer.

    All kidding aside it is mind boggling that so many artists spend time trying to replace the red trunks with … something. There is no replacement for the red trunks!

  2. There is, and there should have been replacements for the red trunks years ago. Superhero costumes were designed to follow circus performers: “super” athletes like strongmen and gymnasts. Contemporary iterations of superheroes should look to our own iterations of that type.

    Tradition has its place, but as an artist, I would see more freedom and less dogma.

  3. @Jay & @Chad: I agree with both of you. I’ve always liked the red trunks, but I agree that it’s nice to see different artistic interpretations of them in modern, redesigned outfits.
    I like Anka’s replacement, as it looks a lot better than the weird segmented red belt in the New 52 design. Unfortunately, that’s about the only think I like about this redesign: the shield is pretty much the same and the way the cape fastens onto the suit just looks odd to me and unnecessarily formal.

  4. I love the way the cape is attached. The color scheme is perfect. This looks like a more mature Supes than we’re currently seeing in the New 52. I love Jim Lee’s redesign but this adds more depth. Great job!

  5. Kris Anka’s designs are always so sleek, modern and cool!
    I also hate trunks for superheroes. That’s why I love the current design of Wolverine, they replace the trunks in a very smart way.

  6. I’m sorry… “In Anka we trust”? Really? Isn’t that a TAD disrespectful?

    Otherwise, I like the design. Though I’ve always thought – and I know I’ll get hate for this – superheroes need masks and gloves. Even superman. Especially in this day and age of high technology.

  7. The downside there is that it interrupts the color balance of the costume, which is hard to get back, based on most costume updates.

  8. For a second there i thought you were highlighting the designs from Injustice,
    I cant tell you how happy i am that you have not. This design shows how poor the Netherrealm studios Superman design actually is, as they seem to have gone in similar directions, but this design wins out in every aspect.

  9. I like this design (a least what i see) but i think i´ve seen better designs from Mr. Anka (like Catman or one of X-force).

    My opinion about the superman´s trunks is really simple, it should be removed fifty years ago, i mean, come on,it´s just some trunks.

    One last thing, Ben R, who or what is TAD?

  10. I love this mature Superman, he looks like someone we can trust, as opposed to the 52 Superman that behaves as if he is barely in control of himself.

  11. I like everything, except the collar…

    Why does EVERYONE put a collar on Superman? He’s “working class American”. If anything it’d be a “V” neck.

  12. There is no replacement for the red trunks!

    This. It’s a Superman only rule, for me, but Superman has overpants. That’s Superman.

    Anka’s best Superman is this though. By far.

  13. Really like this design. Personally its very close to how I’d like to see the character redesigned. I came up with something similar but with a future Connor in mind.

    [img]http://s4.postimage.org/7fnljv31l/Superman.gif[/img]

  14. josh: The downside there is that it interrupts the color balance of the costume, which is hard to get back, based on most costume updates.

    Exactly. When you have so much blue, it just draws your eye *towards* his crotch, which is all the more conspicuous due to the absence of the red trunks. Did they look dated? Personally, I think Superman could pull them off because he is the archetype on which all other heroes are based. He just looks wrong without them. (Newer heroes should not have them, IMO.)

  15. I love this for so many reasons, but first and foremost is his expression. People harp on high collared super suits for being authoritarian and military, but a simple smile negates so much of that. Supes looks friendly and welcoming like this. The clips for the cape are well placed and give a good reason for how it gets attached and detached. I would have gone ahead and made the top and bottom two separate pieces of clothing with the look of the suit, but that’s my obsession with having to see how the suits goes on and off instead of being a painted on layer.

    I’ve been reading thr Barsoom books of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Considering their place as the archetype creation of Superman, I really want to see a Superman wearing a harness as well as the tights.

  16. But there are none of those anymore. You’re asking him to hold to a standard that doesn’t exist out of superheroes anymore. Plus, why can’t his outfit change anymore? It changed right up through the first twenty or thirty years.

  17. I hate how every superman redesign that tries to stay similar to the original always seems to use two different shades of blue in some completely unnecessary & unmemorable pattern that would be lost with shading.

    I also don’t understand the popularity of nehru collars. The only time I’ve seen someone wear a collar like that, I was watching M.A.S.H.

  18. The trunks are gone and good riddance. Tradition and nostalgia are all good and well but it is 2013 so you might set your clocks right.

  19. I like everything except for the shield belt buckle. I think the shield shape is over used in most modern re-designs, and reduces the impact of the shield on his chest. Christ, in Superman Returns, it was on the back of his boot heels!

  20. Do Circus Performers even wear trunks anymore???
    While the cape clips are a cool concept, they feel too fiddly and not solid. It’s just asking for one of the more mischievous characters to play Keep-Away with Supe’s Cape, like Krypto!
    The color scheme is nice on the eyes, but the non-functional belt is sorta distracting. If you’re gonna have a belt, have it work???

  21. The nehru collar here in suits is a take off of overalls, leather jackets and any protective clothing (http://www.motorsport-tools.com/one-piece-rain-suit-overall-p-245975.html?zenid=dbf55a9300650b94e9c3d30fed19f228). This isn’t a T-shirt, this is a super suit so it’s going to follow those trends. As for two different shades of blue, I really enjoy that since it keeps me from looking at a field of light blue. This version makes the light blue pop more, and it’s simple enough to be reproduced

  22. Of all the Super hero characters out there (all publishers, indies included), Superman is the ONE character that should keep his trunks. When people dress as random superheroes they put trunks over pants, that’s just how iconic it is. It’s not about circus performers anymore it’s about ditching a time tested iconography (cliché is not always bad) for something more bland.

  23. So your reasoning is that, because nostalgia exists, Superman must remain static and unchanged. I can see fighting him changing to an black outfit with chains and skulls, but to outright demand that he never lose the manties?

  24. This is a really nice design. I am loving the placement of the cape clips, they flow with the chest logo. Not fiddly to me at all. I really like the placement of the red & yellow shapes at the waste, and the duo-tone blues are a fantastic idea, they break up the large swaths of plain blue in the costume and create solid design patterns that complement the figure. Dias mentioned that they would be lost with shading – I agree this is possible, and would say that maybe a slightly more pronounced difference would be enough to correct for it.

    And I have no attachment to seeing Superman in red trunks – in fact the unchanging golden age look of Supes is a big reason why I’ve never been interested in him. All of the long-running classic superheros from Marvel & DC go through a weird time-morph where their costumes [and often their backgrounds/origins] slowly evolve to reflect current standards at all times, as if they have always only existed in the now. I know Superman is ‘the’ classic superhero, and the original look will always be remembered as classic, but he simply does not exist in the 1930′s anymore.

  25. Edwin: So your reasoning is that, because nostalgia exists, Superman must remain static and unchanged.I can see fighting him changing to an black outfit with chains and skulls, but to outright demand that he never lose the manties?

    No. my reasoning is because ORIGINality exists, Superman should (not must) keep his trunks. Because diversity includes both change and static. Because countless other superheroes are still being created with trunks ever since that cover. Because trunks are no longer in fashion. Because today’s ridicule is tomorrow coolness and vice-verse.

    Because skin tights keep getting bashed as impractical and ridiculous, even at an age where our top athletes are wearing them for performance reasons. Because there are a million good reasons to wear a cape in battle, and a million others waiting to be discovered, designed: and trunks.

    This is part of my reasoning

  26. Also, in regards of this redesign in particular, you have in comparison to the original:
    Hair: redesigned
    Shirt: redesigned
    Cape: redesigned
    Logo: redesigned
    Belt: redesigned
    Pants: redesigned
    Trunks: eliminated
    I’m pretty sure people here automatically envisioned red boots instead of sandals, high heels or bare feet.

    Why not redesign the trunks? it would certainly show a more cohesive line of thought.

  27. Athlete’s aren’t fighters. They don’t get knocked around the city and scrape the pavement repeatedly. They don’t have to wear them for hours on end in conditions that would make a soldier cringe. As It is, I don’t even mind tights, but I am against skin tights that magically hug every muscle like a naked person who was painted. And on top of that, most heroes aren’t the kind of people who can afford the competition level equipment athlete’s use, let alone custom made versions of it.

    As for the cape, who was bashing it?

    As to “countless other superheroes being made with them”; Who? And even then, if are all these heroes designed along that aesthetic, so what? What does that have to do with Superman. Even during the 50′s and 60′s, there were heroes designed with and without the manties. Why is Superman the one who must be the vanguard of that aesthetic choice.

    The crux of your argument seems to be “This is Superman, and Superman can’t change his outfit past a certain point”. I could see a complaint of the color balance of the outfit, the lines being too complicated or just being silly looking, but your complaint here has none of that.

  28. Edwin: The crux of your argument seems to be “This is Superman, and Superman can’t change his outfit past a certain point”. I could see a complaint of the color balance of the outfit, the lines being too complicated or just being silly looking, but your complaint here has none of that.

    As you can read above, it is not. If you can’t see social-historical influence as an important part of design…eh!

  29. Jay: Low flow shower heads in Metropolis? Superman could handle the Commando 450, unlike Kramer.All kidding aside it is mind boggling that so many artists spend time trying to replace the red trunks with … something. There is no replacement for the red trunks!

    Of course there’s a good replacement for the red trunks. One of the best superheroes of all time, Spider-Man, has never had the red trunks and it’s fine. Stop thinking so dogmatically and try to see the character in a new light.

  30. Mario Silva:
    As you can read above, it is not. If you can’t see social-historical influence as an important part of design…eh!

    We CAN see the social-historical influence of the trunks. Superman first began wearing the trunks because strongmen and wrestlers of the 1930′s wore trunks. In many ways, this was appropriate. Superman was, essentially, a glorified strongman. He was there to entertain and impress, and while the character valued justice, he did so according to his own whims and desires.

    Nowadays, however, Superman has become so ingrained in American culture that it’s nigh-impossible to separate him from our better values. His portrayal is no longer that of a strongman, but in many ways as a statesman and hero. Thus, it is no longer entirely appropriate to compare him to fighters today; we enjoy seeing them getting beaten up, sure, but we don’t feel that they have a message to impart. Superman of the 30s wasn’t particularly a moral center, but Superman today is. Thus, in a socio-historical context, it’s probably for the best that his outfit is changing to resemble how he is currently viewed by the American public: a hero, similar to a firefighter or a knight of old. The underpants simply AREN’T appropriate for a modern Super-Man.

    However, if by “Social-Historical influence” you simply meant, “But Superman has ALWAYS worn underpants.” then I’m afraid your argument is just plain foolish.

  31. You prove my point then Zacula, originaly The Super-man is the post-human forefather of a whole new genre. And now he becomes just another hero archetype, bound to not just earthly, nor American, but United States modern «appropriate»* morals. The man of tomorrow becomes the man of today…

    * they used to say the same about women showing their ankles

  32. All of those things have been done by one person or another. I have gone with the idea of everything changing on some level or another. Heck, I love looking at people try and redesign his symbol to be more alien. However, we’re arguing against your assertion that he is the character who should absolutely keep his trunks. In other words, this one thing cannot change because… why? Everything else has and will continue to change, and the shorts are one of those things, yet it remains your sticking point. Your argument is that he’s somehow the archetype and therefore needs to be preserved, unchanging so that other heroes can continue to be made derivative of him. That thinking is a mistake. Heck, it’s why we’re in the fanfiction age of comics, where writers aren’t as much writing these heroes as babysitting them and preserving them as they remember them so they’re still around in the future.

  33. Not to make derivative heroes… the reason is to not turn HIM into a derivative of his own archetype. I’m against trendy genocides of passé visuals, even 90′s pouches style can have it’s modern stylish applications.

  34. Keeping him locked in the suit isn’t helping that. That’s like undoing the marriage so we can return to the core of what they think Superman is. Superheroes are characters that, by virtue of having 60 years of history grow and change. That means their attitudes, suits, their lives. Status quo just brings development of the character to a grinding halt

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