Saturday, March 15, 2014

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A SPLASH PAGE: Soviet American Pie

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, Superman by the artistic team of Dave Johnson and
Kilian Plunkett.

With Russia again in global headlines, it seemed a good time to drop in in on this one.

Taken from the standout DC Elseworlds graphic novel, Superman: Red Son, which re-imagines what would have happened if Kal-El landed in a Russian farm as opposed to a U.S. one, this splashie grabs you by the throat, putting a Hammer and Sickle on one of our Superman's most enduring and iconic poses (see below).


While his featured relationship with Wonder Woman was great, Ruskie Batman still stole this book for my money, but hey, the thought was there.

Elseworlds like these, which presented varying takes on the DC character library, are sorely missed. Even today Superman: Red Son by writer Mark Millar, stands of a perfect example of how the imprint was able to be given to non-comic fans to entice them in and see the world they thought they knew is actually a multi-verse of possibilities.

 What do you think?  For more great splash pages, click here.

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