Dan is my favourite Superman artist period. While I have never met the man himself, applying for design school, I'll never forget how the head professor lit up and dashed off to her office when I said in the interview process one of my influences was Dan Jurgens - returning proudly with wads of books he had illustrated.
Opening a copy of Zero Hour she showed me a message written by Dan himself that read along the lines of 'Dear Hazel, Thank you for all your lessons. Without you I would still be drawing in the funny-books. Dan Jurgens' You could've knocked me over with a feather.
The woman who taught Dan freakin' Jurgens was now in my country and ran the school I was applying for?! I had to get on this course!
That was the year 2000 (hence the paraphrasing), and even 10 years on I still remember how stunned I was seeing that note. Two Dans - one teacher - who would've ever thunk!