Action Comics #991 Lenticular Cover Depicts Classic Superman Pose

DC Comics has unveiled the artwork that will make up the two stages of the lenticular cover for “Action Comics #991”.

Drawn by artist Nick Bradshaw, the images show Superman in a classic pose – breaking out of chains.

Mr. Oz (revealed to be Joe-El), the “villain” of the current “Oz Effect” saga taking place in “Action Comics”, is in the background of the cover.

No animated version has been released online as yet.

”Action Comics #991” will be released on November 8.

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September 30, 2017 11:03 pm

I definitely appreciate the visual concept for the cover but the figure on Superman is way too wide and stocky IMO. Though I do kind of enjoy the Arthur Adams-esque sensibility of it.

September 30, 2017 11:13 pm

If the art didn’t flat-out suck, I might be excited about this

October 1, 2017 12:28 am

The top picture looks OK it’s the bottom that looks weird. Superman looks like every part of his body is bulging and he’s going to turn into the Hulk or explode. Superman Smash. Also what’s up with the left side of Jor-El’s face? He looks more like, he going to change into a Skrull. Has Marvel taken over Superman, or just sent us their artist to do the covers for Superman?

October 1, 2017 12:49 am
Reply to  Jpx98

Yeah, Jor-el really does look like unmasked Vafer in a way. Ehh, don’t they have enough villains who have the same powers as superman and use his shield? I mean there’s
1. Cyborg Superman
2. Eradicateor
3. Bizarro(he might be good right now. I don’t know. I don’t read the bizarro and the outlaws comics.)
4. Maybe Lex Luthor when he decides to be evil again.

So why make Jor-el a bad guy?

October 1, 2017 11:03 am
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I think this is even more of a big problem with the films because in all honestly I couldn’t really blame the average non-comic reading movie goer for thinking Superman’s entire rouges gallery consists of a bald guy with a glowing rock and a dudes who can do exactly what he does. Hell they couldn’t even break free from using Zod when making Doomsday! Out of the ones you mentioned I think Bizzaro has the most distinction to him visually and conceptually. Both Cyborg Superman and the Eradicator should have dropped their Superman looks after the Death/Return storyline IMO. Cyborg… Read more »

October 1, 2017 11:40 am
Reply to  MattComics

I am 100% behind Cyborg Superman getting a name change.
Even calling him something like “Cyberman” would be better.

Steve Eden
October 1, 2017 4:11 pm
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Bizarro as first envisioned was never a true villain. He was just mixed up and caused collateral damage in the first ever Bizarro story (Silver Age Superboy – highly reccomended). He was portrayed as a being to be pitied. When DC brought back the character as an adult, and the Bizarro World (Htrae) was written into existance, it seemed as though he was a villain, but he was simply upholding the laws of his new home. The animated shows did more to villify him than any of the comics did. I am glad we are seeing this latest version of… Read more »

October 1, 2017 7:27 pm
Reply to  Steve Eden

Maybe adversaries would be more a better way to state it than villains. I mean obviously Bizzaro is not a villain in the sense of Lex Luthor or Darkseid or Doomsady but he is usually considered a part of Superman’s overall rouges gallery which is why I was speaking of him in that context. Not necessarily to endorse a fully villainous interpretation over one where he’s just a creature who’s “mixed up ” and causes collateral damage.

October 1, 2017 12:54 am

As for Superman, I can’t help but think of Rocky Balboa in this picture where he barracks his Kryptonite chains. He Just looks like Sylvester Stallone to me.

October 1, 2017 12:55 am
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Oops I meant to say breaks his kryptonite chains

Kal L
October 3, 2017 10:25 pm

There are very few people that can pull off the extra bulky look. Ed McGuinness does it the best. I do like the Arthur Adams influence though!