Mikel Janin’s Unused Concept Designs for “Superman & The Authority”


Artist Mikel Janin has revealed unused concept designs for the upcoming 4-issue “Superman & The Authority” comic book miniseries.

In the story, written by Grant Morrison, an older Superman wears a costume that features an “S” symbol reminiscent of the one seen in the Elseworlds series “Kingdom Come”. Janin’s unused concepts show that Superman could have been seen in the entire costume from that series.

Superman and The Authority #1 comes out next week! But to get here, there’s been a lot of work for many months, with some interesting directions that were dropped. Here’s a hint of what could have been!” said Janin on Twitter.

While Superman sports a bit of grey hair around the temples, some of Janin’s other designs show the Man of Steel could have gone fully grey… in costume as well as hair.

“Superman & The Authority #1”
Written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Mikel Janin
Sometimes even Superman finds a task almost impossible. Sometimes even the Last Son of Krypton needs to enlist help. Some tasks require methods and heroes that don’t scream ‘Justice League’. So Clark Kent, the Metropolis Marvel, seeks out Manchester Black, the most dastardly of rogues, to form an all-new Authority tasked with taking care of some business on the sly.

“Superman & The Authority #1” will be released on July 20.

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July 18, 2021 7:38 pm

Hey, he’s flanked on each end by the Justice Lords version of Superman. Add a high collar, and the center-right version is a New 52 version of Kingdom Come (Shudder).
Don’t be afraid of red trunks, DC. They provide a good color balance that I don’t think a belt can do by itself.

July 19, 2021 9:15 am
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I basically agree with you although I do think a red belt can work even if it’s not as well. For the Rebirth belt or the Smallville Season 11 belt it would look more or less fine when the artist drew it thicker and lousy when it was drawn thin because it would be providing even less of that color balance the suit needs. I think that something that’s under estimated about superhero costumes from a visual design stand point is that the components of it work together and even something as simple as changing the size, placement, or shape… Read more »

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July 19, 2021 9:07 am

Superman in the Authority. ……….why and for who?

July 19, 2021 7:23 pm

So the kingdom come style was considered.
I like it! 🙂

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