In 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]
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.