October 12, 2016: Jorge Jimenez on Designing Superboy’s Costume

superboy-designIn a new interview with Newsarama.com, artist Jorge Jimenez talks about being tasked by DC to design the costume for the “Rebirth”-era Superboy in preparation for his new “Super Sons” title that partners him with Damian Wayne.

Jimenez: I remember feeling an enormous responsibility landing on my shoulders, designing Superman’s son, the new Superboy, the new “Rebirth” Superboy… it was like, “Oh my god! I have to do something cool!”

I started trying out some of the more classic designs as a mini homage to the classic Superman, but the guys at DC wanted to experiment with something more casual, as those are the designs that have been working better recently.

We are also looking at an incomplete “Superboy;” he’s not super yet, so it’s reasonable to say that if he’s only half super, that he should have clothing that’s half super, [Laughs]

So we started to play around with clothing that I see as popular right now with teenagers. For example, tight ripped jeans, at least in Spain, are very popular right now and I think they give a lot of mobility to the character when I draw him on the page. I’ve also used a popular shoe design. I must mention that I like putting effort into what I wear personally, so this way I was able to add a bit of myself to the character.

The short length of the cape gives it a younger look, and the zipped hoodie… I did that thinking they might make a real version for people to wear. [Laughs]

Read the entire interview at Newsarama.com.

Look for Jorge Jimenez to re-team with “Superman” co-writer Peter Tomasi on the “Super Sons” title, which is scheduled to debut in February.

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Kal L
Member

I love Jimenez art! He is one of the brightest new artists that DC has right now.
I think he is perfectly suited to this title. I just hate that this title has been pushed back until next year, it was originally meant to be released in Sept.

MattComics
Member

I wish they’d put his sleeves down, cover his ankles with either higher top shoes or at least give him socks, and give him regular instead of skinny jeans. Also think if his hoodie had an actual hood the way it would lay on the bottom of his neck would be visually reminiscent of his dads cape.

Supreme
Member

I miss Kon :(

Supermaniac
Member

I miss Super heroes with actual costumes. A cape with a jacket and jeans is not a costume. Next thing you know, they’ll be putting Superman in jeans and a t-shirt.
Oh. Wait.

MattComics
Member

Yeah, I basically feel the same. But I can kind of deal with it if the idea is that the t-shirt or jacket is like their rookie gear and then they graduate to an actual costume. Otherwise yeah it looks more like Wednesday at the comic shop than an actual superhero.

Supermaniac
Member

On the up side, that’s really, really gorgeous artwork.

Kal-Ed
Member

I guess superhero costumes nowadays are oriented and designed from a fashion POV. Sometimes it’s right, and sometimes it’s wrong. And yet…the Design is intriguing and fits for the kid. Give it some time and his old man will create a cool new costume for him in the tradition of Kon-El

lemarjones
Member

I said I wouldn’t be negative, so I’m not going to be negative. Here’s what I like about the costume. There are shields on the frond and on the cape. Superman’s son is in the costume. Beyond that, it could be more like a uniform like Robin’s or MOST of the other younger DCU heroes. This costume will probably get a similar reaction to what Kon’s 90’s costumes did when looking back 10 or so years after their introductions.

DW13
Member

Should’ve made him Barefoot; not just because to enhance his child-like nature, but also due to the fact that one flick of his toes would shred the shoes into mulch.
Right, folks? ;)

Kal L
Member
I don’t mind the non costume look, guess I’m desensitized from Kon’s days in the Teen Titans. (I miss Kon too). I just really like that Jorge is incorporating current fashion and making it work. One could say it will date the book, but the current fashion that Jorge is going for, totally works on the page and fits in without looking like a sore thumb! The 90’s had the exaggerated capes, belts, pouches, chains. The 2000’s had “reality” based costumes (Ultimates, AXM etc..) The 2010’s really took a turn toward the 90’s Wildstorm look (at DC at least) Rest… Read more »
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