Teeny tiny Superman.
Beautiful! Not just Doc’s drawing, but the costume itself. Look at the perfection in form and color and recognition! The fact that you can tell who he is with a drawing this small is not an accident.
Pretend that you didn’t know who Superman was. You can immediately tell many things about this character just from this one drawing of him. Nothing is concealed or complicated about this man. He’s strong, friendly, and goofy (though he takes himself seriously.)
The belt and the underwear help you digest the image, they separate the top from the bottom, which is useful for a fellow who can fly into the panel at any angle. Much like an acrobat, you need to see easily where his body parts separate to make sense of the beauty of his actions. He has no gloves, nothing to keep his hands from reaching out for yours. He has no mask, because he is about honesty, not mystery or brooding. His cape give him motion, even when he is still.
At one point or another, almost all of these features have been neglected or contradicted. We are in one of those times right now. They took his underwear! Haha! But, they’ve replaced it with piping and texture that is too busy and cannot reduce to an image this small. These are flawed design elements. By changing or “updating” Superman’s costume in this way, they tell us less about Superman while making artist work harder to do it. That’s silly and misguided.
Doc is great, I love his drawings! He always makes me remember that I love this great character, and his silly costume.
Look at my friend Kyle, laying down some serious knowledge about Superman’s costume.