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Bert Kruger
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 5:14pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Anyone know who the artist is or if it is from a comic or just a promo piece? It's from 1978. Asking as on another site a user can't seem to get any answers.



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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 5:30pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Neal Adams or his Studio. Ship design is one indicator. The inks look like Dick Giordano.
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I've never seen that artwork before, but my first thought was Neal Adams.
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 6:08pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Not Neal, surely, but someone aping him.
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 6:48pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Looks like Mike Nasser to me.
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From the other site they came up with this, a cereal poster promo

So far Curt Swat and Garcia Lopez have also been thrown out there.
Here is a close up 
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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 7:37pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Rich Buckler, maybe? 
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 7:39pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Yes, I would say Rich Buckler and Dick Giordano would be a good guess.
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 7:41pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

So far Curt Swa(n) and Garcia Lopez have also been thrown out there.

I weep.

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Yeah I knew it wasn't them either, that's why I came here as the guys are a bit older and way more knowledgeable when it comes to this stuff.
I thought Buckler but I remember him as more of a marvel guy.
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 8:27pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I checked the other site, the Curt Swan and Lopez were more of a reference of the superman artists of that time and not an actual guess...so not all is lost. 
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At first glance, the pose looks like Joe Staton (with Giordano's inks Adams-izing the whole thing).

The close-up of the sort of "fat head" looks like what Starlin sometimes does (especially with Superman or Superboy), again with Giordano's inks.

Here's what it looks like when Giordano inks Starlin on Superman (from the Radio Shack "Whiz Kids" ad insert comic).  Note the strange-looking arm muscles, somewhat similar to the poster.

 



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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 2:40am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Looks like Jim Starlin pencils to me! 
(dunno about the inks tho)
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I agree about Starlin. 
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I'm no good at distinguishing artists, but I am a fan of tech, and I'm not sure Starlin would dray spaceships that look like that.

I don't know much about Rich Buckler, except for having bought his STAR HUNTER #7 for DC last week. His ships look closer, if inked by somebody who'd detail them between what Rubinstein did on the cover and Sutton did on the inside.
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 11:09am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

The ships are so clearly in the mode of Neal Adams' 70's space-tech. I've never seen this piece and I bow to the superior knowledge of our esteemed host that it can't be genuine Neal Adams. That makes my mind turn to Rich Buckler, who worked so much during that era, emulating Adams. He even designed tech in Adams' style as seen here.

This piece reminds me of the art that was produced for Power Records at the same time. Most of that was penciled by a small group of artists-- including Rich Buckler, Ross Andru, Garcia-Lopez, and John Buscema-- and then given a heavy dose of Neal-Adams-style inking. So, on the one hand, those would seem like the "usual suspects".

It isn't Buscema, and doesn't feel like Andru or Garcia-Lopez. For what it's worth, I don't see any reason to not suspect it was penciled by Buckler.

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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 11:51am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

It does seem to be the work of Continuity Studios, in any event.


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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 12:05pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Definitely Continuity Studios

The prime suspects to my mind are Mike Nasser, Bill Seinkiewicz, or maybe Jerry Bingham.

I still say Mike Nasser.
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Bowing further now to another extremely knowledgeable mind: I now believe Mr. Vandernet is right.

I was not readily familiar with Mike Nasser's work, but if you compare the square-ness in his style of drawing profiles with Superman's jaw in this piece, it's a pretty good match. And, naturally, his work is thoroughly Adams-esque.

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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 12:51pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

I'm also definitely leaning heavily towards Mike Nasser as the artist.
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 5:16pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Nasser?!?  Sorry, but I don't see any Nasser-isms at all.  (The Continuity look is probably from Dick Giordano inking--maybe he drew the whole thing even.)

Here's Nasser's take on Superman--

Different "S," different hair, different leg muscles/leg shape, different arm muscles, etc.  Even walking straight, Nasser's legs have a curvy-ness to them, muscular while slender, sleek.  The poster is not a slender, sleek Superman.
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 5:31pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I'd say Buckler and Giordano. Though the body has a touch of Swan which might be Buckler swiping a Swan pose. 
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 8:17pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Sorry, Eric, but to disprove that the work is by Nasser you might want to pick a more emblematic example. For example, this Mon-El story





This is with Rubenstein inks instead of Giordano, but the "Nasser-isms" are much more in evidence here than in that whacky World's Finest coda you posted.
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 9:55pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

True, but I wanted to show how Nasser handles the Superman "S" (everybody does it a little different), his hair, even his belt, etc.  And the teenage (or so) Legionnaires are often drawn slender, but the same artist might draw the adult Superman thicker.
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 11:34pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

As mentioned, it was a Post Cereal promotional giveaway.  There were other posters as well as mini comics.  I'm hoping that posting a variety of them will spark someone's memory because now it's driving me nuts not knowing the answer.  Since I wasn't familiar with the Superman in space image I thought maybe it was done specifically for the poster.  But the other images seem to be repurposed so I don't know.

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