Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Superman Family Christmas - The Big Commission

Superman Family © DC Comics

This is the final art for what has been referred to as the BIG commission. This was commissioned by Royce, who is as big a fan as I am of the Superman Family of characters. One of the ideas behind this was creating something like those bonus pin-up pages in the 80 page giants and some regular issues. You know, the page that would have a "snap shot" of the character(s) and maybe a "Best wishes from your pal, Superman" signed in the corner. I love those pages. When Royce approached me with this idea for a Christmas get together, I knew we had to make it happen.

Even after I presented the pencil version to Royce for approval, the piece took on a life of it's own. Demanding that extra things and people needed to be added, even if it wasn't in the original scope of the project. It was the right thing to do, as it adds to the depth of the history and the characters. At the risk of mixing my holidays, those little "easter eggs" that were added just made the piece more fun for me and I hope for Royce. And I hope for anyone who sees it.

Thanks again Royce for coming to me with this. It was a dream project.

This is ink on 14" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.

This is Post #1600


Royce Thrower said...


(I am speechless. Still trying to drink it all in. Wow.)

Unknown said...

Freakin love Bat's shadow!!!

Just amazing!!!

Congrats Royce!!!!

Little John said...

Congrats Royce!!!

This is really something special. Gene, you rocked this!

Damn, it's giving me ideas too...

Royce Thrower said...

Thanks Lisa!

Gene, I am still BLOWN AWAY by the amazing amount of detail that you put into this piece! This goes FAR beyond our original discussion and I am THRILLED to say the least. Superman references are everywhere in this piece! It is quite apparent that you enjoyed yourself on this commission. I consider the love an attention you put into this piece as a personal favor. I will find a way to repay that old friend! Count on it!

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Royce!

Thanks Spazzy!

Thanks LJ! Ideas? A Marvel Family Thanksgiving? With Isis bringing the cranberry relish? ;)

Thanks Royce! I am glad you like the finished piece. Nothing to repay my friend. :)

Gary M. Peiffer said...

Love the picture showing the Flash and Supes presumably about to race each other.

Royce now owns a masterpiece (if Gene wants to give it up!).


AnthonyF said...

Way to go Royce and Gene, Congrats to all involved on this Super-Spectacular-Commission!

Brian Jones said...

Royce you gotta be grinning ear to ear! Wonderful job Gene :)

Little John said...

See Gene, I was thinking a Marvel Family Birthday party, but I like the Thanksgiving idea a lot.

Wait...how did you know I would be thinking of a Marvel Family idea? ;)

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Gary!

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Anthony!

Thanks Brian!

Little John, by now you should know I'm psycho. Um, wait, psychic! Yeah, psychic.

Patrick Hulman said...

i liked the Legion figurines on the shelf.