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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan on Superman: Birthright

I have been reading comics for a long time now, and i just came by and re-read Mark Waid's Superman: Birthright (2004) - another origin tale for our Man of Steel, meant to the be official origin story, but was replaced by Geoff Johns' Superman: Secret Origin (2009). I won't review these one shot origin tales because you all know how Superman came to be and they get pretty boring sometimes.

Anyway, i didn't notice not until a couple of weeks that the artists behind the wonderful artwork of this comic book are Filipinos! I'm not talking about half-baked ones, but full-blooded pinoys! How could I miss their names at the cover the book!? I had to google their names and I was totally surprised. I thought Pinoy comic book artists didn't try to draw popular characters, especially my favorite.

Leinil Francis Yu served as the main artist and sketcher for the whole book, while Gerry Alanguilan inked the former's work and brought vibrance and life to it, making a spectacular one-shot epic that is considered to be one of the best Superman origin stories of all time. 

And be sure to check out their deviantART pages by clicking on their names above or a dose of mouthwatering art. These guys are incredible.

So kudos to all Pinoy comic book artists! Mabuhay kayo! 

I'll be leaving you with some panels from Superman: Birthright.

 Cover-art (see their names at the right hand corner. 
i missed them the first time lol)

 The iconic shirt-rip shot!

 Yu and Alanguilan did a great job on reimagining this
iconic helicopter scene from Superman: The Movie (video)

 Superman, Lex Luthor and Lois Lane

Of course no Superman comic book will be complete 
without a panel with Lois and Clark.

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