Most DC and MARVEL comic book superheroes are white.
Things are changing, a bit. DC COMICS, for example, has created an “alternate universe” comic EARTH 2, where Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman died in a cosmic battle. The story begins in that aftermath as a new generation of heroes is started. Lo and behold, Superman wasn’t the only Kryptonian to rocket to our planet. Val Zod, a dark skinned Kryptonian, becomes the new Man of Steel (the name implies the evil Kryptonian General Zod from SUPERMAN II).
I was unfamiliar with the comic when Lee asked me to make this for him, but I love this image. Superman’s costume looks metallic and unique.
To capture the feel of the comic, I used a metallic blue for his super suit and metal foil for his chest symbol. I really like the contrast of the white.
DC COMICS has released a toy line of EARTH 2 characters. To date, Val Zod hasn’t been made. I hope that changes soon.
Are there good examples superheroes of color? My favorite was John Stewart, USMC (ret) Green Lantern of Earth, as written by the amazingly-talented Dwayne McDuffy for the JUSTICE LEAGUE cartoon.
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