DescriptionCurt Swan and George Klein Action Comics #305 Cover Original Art (DC, 1963). For many comic book fans in the early sixties, especially those who preferred DC and Superman over the competition, artist Curt Swan was the man. His clean, photo-realistic style was a comfortable fit for those Superman readers put off by art styles that tended to call attention to themselves, like Al Plastino's "barrel-chested" Man of Steel, or Wayne Boring's peculiar facial expressions -- not that either artist was bad, just "different" to some. Swan's art, especially when embellished with inks by George Klein, was every bit as stylized, but gave the impression of actually being there in the action -- everything just looked "right," as if looking on life itself, rather than just reading a comic book.
It's no wonder that Swan's comic art, in particular his Silver Age covers, are so highly coveted by collectors today. Even those comic art fans who were too young (or not even yet born) at the time to appreciate the Swan touch, have come to recognize his version of Superman to represent the ultimate example of the form. This cover art, with an iconic image of Clark Kent doffing his suit and glasses before flying out the window as the Man of Tomorrow, certainly fits the bill as a classic example of Swan's work. The art is in ink over graphite on a sheet of Sparta Bristol board, with an image area of 12.5" x 18.5". The condition is Very Good, with recent color-matched replacements for a missing Action Comics logo, cover blurb box, and first word balloon added for presentation purposes. This is the earliest Swan Superman cover we've had the opportunity to offer to date, not to mention being one of the best. Catch it before it goes "up, up, and away!"
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