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YOUNG JUSTICE: SUPERMAN by Jerome-K-Moore YOUNG JUSTICE: SUPERMAN by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Animation, YOUNG JUSTICE, Superman. Pencil, Photoshop color.

I got the chance to render a shot of Superman for the show, following Phil Bourassa's art style, but posing the character more actively than usual. As character designers, we're primarily called upon to depict figures in static three-quarter "turns." Very encyclopedic. However, occasionally there is a need to supply more expressive material.

This piece was intended as reference for a generic "fan photo" of Superman, to appear briefly in a later episode. I used the opportunity to pay tribute to artist José Luis García-López, re-working one of his iconic Superman poses!
Up, up, and away!!!

***UPDATE -- It can now be disclosed that this image was created for the YOUNG JUSTICE episode, "Schooled." It appears very briefly as a photo in a student's opened locker once Superboy crashes into it during his battle with the evil android Amazo. Upon noticing the photo, Superboy angrily smashes the door upon which it hangs.

When I got the assignment, I immediately reviewed my memory for all the iconic Superman poses that would be ideal. Because it was a fan "photo" for a girl, I didn't want to depict Superman in a typical flying pose with clenched fists, and a determined scowl for his facial expression. I thought it would be too aggressively masculine. I figured a dreamy-eyed high school girl would more likely fawn over a more gentle, lighthearted image of her hero. And so, I selected this pose, originally conceived by José Luis García-López. The character is smiling warmly, and his hands are open as he soars like a bird, a plane, a SUPERMAN!!! :)
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analothor2 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
this is awesome..err super 
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halloween101 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
perfect. just perfect :)
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christopherwright77 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awsome !!!  ive always liked and admired jose luis garcia lopez ( my personal fav' supes artist !! ) and your "homage" to his supes flying pose just really did justice to him and just your art style alone is so much fun to check out jerome :)  i miss y.j on cartoon network......
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much, Christopher.  But I must point out that the art style used here reflects that established by Mr. Phil Bourassa, the Lead Character Designer on the YOUNG JUSTICE show. 

By the way, I showed this tribute piece to José Luis García-López himself, and he was very pleased, flattered, and humble in his response.
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christopherwright77 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)  yeah ive seen phil's art on da and he has a great style , the look he designed for the young justice toon is just so slick .... by far its still one of my favorite cartoons of all time ( and im a kid of the 80's so i grew up on all those great 80's toon like thundercats, silverhawks, thundarr the barbarian ect..) and i give props to all of you that worked on YJ as its imho, one of the greatest 'toons of all time... that is great  the jose luis garcia lopez thought well of your homage, he to me is one of the deffinative superman artists of all time.. him and gil kane & dan jurgens...i could go on... hahaha !!! i never get tired of checking out your art here on DA jerome.. its great inspieration for those days i hit a wall and donmt want to sit at the drafing table !!!!  thanks for everything !!!  now to go look at JOSE LUIS GARCIA LOPEZ art  :)  mabey some wrightson and colon art also.... :)
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DemonQueen17 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just adore this picture with his classic pose.
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NewSupermariolegends Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Superman: Being a boss since 1938
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Jonas-Lion Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Artist
it is that it is in "schooled"
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DanielNadia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
A fitting tribute to one of my favorite artists of all time. José Luis García-López's Superman was one of the sole Superman designs that ever interested me, alongside the Fleischer design. I think that the designs and renderings of you and Mr. Bourassa can be marked as another Superman design that interests me.

Beautifully done.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much. Your taste in Superman art and artists is similar to mine, as I also revere the Fleischer design. It was gratifying to get a very positive response on this from Mr. García-López himself, over on Facebook.
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DanielNadia Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Wow, that's the highest esteem anyone can receive!! Mr. López is one of the nicest artists I've ever met, he had very constructive things to say about a piece I did.

It's cool to have someone who likes the same designs you do, especially someone who is tasked with designing for animation professionally.
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monkeydoo1995 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
First thing that came out of my mouth was: AWWWW
then I'm like wait, he makes me go hubba hubba:)
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manikai Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly iconic picture, I just found it was made by you - awesome!
Always liked the more lighthearted and mellow Superman - guess, I'm still a bit of a dreamy fangirl, too=)
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LadyKatamari Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Hehe...he's smiling! That's so rare for the angsty Superman from Young Justice!
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I wish Superman was more like this on occasion on "Young Justice." Then he would treat Superboy with respect.
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Great work!
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WPardlow Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I just glanced at this and knew what it was about. Excellent!
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EREX94 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Awesome!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Awesome one of supes here
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... this is super!
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Davidbatmanfan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect!!!!!!!!!:woohoo:
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Kim-Possible333 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
amazing work, really hope i watch those episodes when i have time
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LightsKira Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
If my school had lockers, then that girl with the fan-photo of Superman would've been me.
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DanvsSupermanFan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats a cute smile! :)
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codyluv Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like his face. It's better than all of the other supermans
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MisWordNerd Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Yeah, Superman, just fly around and be happy while your own son is lonely and confused. Superboy's daddy issues will never be solved at this rate.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well, this shot of Superman was taken long before he discovered he was "raped."
And I think the big guys needs some time to deal with his shock, and to sort out the humiliating, nefarious, and extremely dangerous implications from the fact that someone could clone Superman at all, and without his knowledge or consent.

As for Superboy, he just needs to grow up fast, try to understand the world, and his place in it. With the caring people surrounding him, seeking to guide him, he doesn't really need Superman.
Conner just needs to stop cloning around. Heh.
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MisWordNerd Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I really enjoyed that picture in the locker; it made my day, ha ha. :D

I think Superman and Superboy need to smile a little bit more often, they're starting to act like Batman. And that Superman needs to come to terms with the fact that Superboy is there, and he's not gonna go away if he ignores him. They just need to hug it out. :hug: But I definitely see where you're coming from.
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Young Justice Earth 16 is better than DC new 52
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, my point is that Superman may not only feel violated, he may be fearful. Why? Because if one clone can be made without his knowledge, then other clones can be made. And this constitutes a very serious threat to the security of the entire world because of how powerful an army of Supermen can be.

About smiling, you put your finger on a very prominent button. Much of today's superhero comics have been overcome by grim and gritty characterizations. Because of the immense popularity of dark heroes like The Batman, and Wolverine, there is a prevailing urge to make everybody moody. I think this is a pathetic trend which the new crop of DC comics appears to be perpetuating. Superman is not a dark character! Never was. Never should be. Period.
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Then you Hate new 52 too. ME TOO
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Still, Didn't last time somebody cloned Superman they ended up with Bizzaro 'cause they couldn't clone kryptonian DNA?
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MisWordNerd Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Exactly! That's why I replay the scene at the beach in episode 6 so often, is because everyone actually looks like they're having fun for once!

Superman's reaction is completely understandable. I mean, I suppose most of the audience (along with me, i'll admit), expected him to be fine with it and help Superboy with everything, and it was a nice wake up call to see that that was how someone should react to a situation like that. I guess it was just that we went from happy, smiling superman to 'Batman will help you' superman so quickly that made me resent him in a way. But my opinion is changing since you brought up the obvious points as to why he's acting the way he is. Thank you for that :)

...They seriously need to talk it out, though.
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VintonHeuck Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Perfect!
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Carlson-art Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Filmographer
Wow! Sups is actually smiling! :D
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DreamaDove93 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Superboy didn't like the photo. Sorry. xD
I like it though <3 I may be mad at him but I would still put him on my locker.
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oneintheinfinite Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome
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nailsin Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good ol' Superman.
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mamaOOD Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's like he doesn't have a care in the world! :laughing:
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lfbandgeek Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student General Artist
I saw that picture in the episode. I laughed because I thought IF my school had allowed us to use lockers that would've been mine. And then Superboy smashed it, which made me sad.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Superboy's a meanie. Hahaha!
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lfbandgeek Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student General Artist
*sniffle* yes, he is. But I forgive him, he has his reasons.
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Jtown67 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Awesome! Love this Supes design! Great pose!
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Such a great tribute to one great master like José Luis .
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ReiSif Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol i loved the episode. Did you have to play with different sketches until you were happy with this one? Or directly went with Jose Luis's pose?
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Straight shot.
Not much time for anything else.
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ReiSif Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh i see. It's was a time cruncher. It came out amazing!
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
MAN What is with Superman in that show? You figut=red he would have warmed up to Superboy and start showing him all the advanced powers
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eris-11 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Writer
Great art and great pose! I've always found the "typical flying pose" with the scowl to be a bit too angry, more like what you'd see after someone f'ed with Lois for the billionth time =P. I love the gentler flying pose you picked, it fits so much better with Superman as a character.
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Lucidaemon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!
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