Back when I was a kid, I was enthralled with TV heroes as you may already know. Everyday after school the best hour was the Adam West Batman re-runs and The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves! This was before the Christopher Reeve movie came out and for a kid locked away in the fall season due to allergies, these shows were pure gold! I still enjoy watching them today.
I actually started working on this a few years back after I completed the 40th anniversary poster for Superman: The Movie. If you remember, in that one, I posed Christopher Reeve in the iconic pose of Superman found on his first issue. So for this one, it just seemed to be a natural to pose George Reeves in the pose of Action Comics #1! So I began to sketch and layout thumbnails and as it happens, nothing was clicking and my motivation waned and it wound up on the shelf. I would take a peek every now and again but to no avail. Then, I recently opened it up and looked thru the reference gathered and tried a few more things with the composition and it suddenly was there before me. As I had just about all I needed already in folders, the work progressed pretty smoothly.
I am pretty pleased with the results and I hope you like it as well.
The Adventures of Superman!
Here is the final rough drawing. Notice that several characters were changed for the final.