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Manga DC 2012: Superman by effektdmentality Manga DC 2012: Superman by effektdmentality
Back in my junior year of high school (Oh God, that was 2004), Marvel came out with its Mangaverse line, and I was inspired to create designs for a DC Mangaverse. You can find those designs here: [link] . I posted them back on Comics2Film, but I didn't go any further with the ideas after those first designs.

Anyway, :iconnightshade475: took those initial designs and extrapolated on them, creating an entire Manga DC universe with characters, origins, and story arcs. Nightshade's done an amazing job and continues to do so. Inspired by his extensive work and superhero redesigns on dA as well as Project Rooftop, and with a few years of art school under my belt, I decided to go back and remake those designs.

I started originally with Batman, but this time, I started with Superman. My inspiration for Superman's design is pretty much Dragonball Z; the hair, gi, and boots are reminiscent of Goku, while the cape and shoulders are Piccolo-inspired. There are still the major Superman landmarks: the red, blue, and yellow of his costume, the shield's general shape, and his S spit curl (now it's all spikey, haha). If you look at Goku's backstory, it's not unlike Superman's as well: An powerful alien infant sent to Earth, raised by a kind guardian with strong morals, and dedicated to fighting evil on behalf of his adopted home.

My story premise:

A lone ship carrying a baby of the conquering Kryptonian race is sent by an intergalactic despot to take over Earth. However, the despot destroys Krypton itself soon after, and the explosion interferes with the ship's landing program. Crashing in a rice paddy in rural Japan, the despot's brainwashing within the child is erased. The amnesiac baby is taken in by a farmer and his wife and named him Kentoru. They raise the boy as their own, instilling strong morals of truth and justice.

As Kentoru grew to maturity, he was endowed with powers far beyond those of mortal men. With his parents' moral guidance, Kentoru decided to use his gifts for the good of his fellow man. Kentoru became Sonjotoko, the Superman. Taking a journalism job in Tokyo, Kentoru is in a prime location to learn of emergencies where he may be needed. As shadows of Krypton's past come to earth to finish what the despot started, Superman is the Earth's last line of defense against Darkseid and his invading forces.

- Story contains elements of DBZ: Kryptonians are a conquering race (like the Saiyans), Darkseid destroys the planet (Frieza), the child gets amnesia and is raised on the side of good (Goku)
- "Kentoru" is a Westernized combination of the names "Kenta" (meaning strong/healthy/stout) and "Toru" (wayfarer, traveller); Literally, a strong traveller.
- "Sonjotoko" is a combination of "Sonjo" (superior) and "Otoko" (man); Literally, a superior man.

Superman will be part of a larger pin-up of my Manga Justice League. There will be slight changes to everyone's design, but hopefully the spirit of those initial designs will remain.
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SkullStriker10 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Theanonymousdark Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Superman: i will defeat Darkseid... in the next 20 issues...
Xenomaster Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
So, what would Doomsday or Luthor would be like?
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Well done!
LeeHatake93 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
nightcrawlerfan19 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student General Artist
So this Superman is the son of Darkseid? THAT's pretty cool.
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No, Darkseid is intended to play the role of Freiza. Darkseid would have been sending Kryptonians out into the universe to conquer other planets.
nightcrawlerfan19 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, gotcha.
Xenomaster Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
So Bardock/Jor-El (Bard-El? Jordock?) WAS  a brilliant scientist
gamerashell Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
These are awesome!
AceTrigger00 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Does he go "Super Kryptonian?"
krazyk4life Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
ItachiXMegumi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student
Wow , Amazing !
dunkanbulk14 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Darkseid:W-what are you!?!?
Superman: I am the hope of the Universe! I an the answer to all living things that cry out fo Peace! ALLIED TO GOOD! NIGHTMARE TO YOU! I AM SUPERMAN!
MadFacedkid Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
xD Justice-Fighters, J-Fighters
Bapman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Has SUCH a Dragon Ball Z feel too it and you know WHAT !? It just goes to show how perfectly those 2 fit !
I really like this piece.

SUPER LIKE LEVEL 2 ... with Sundip (^_^)
AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can see the Dragon Ball Z influence, but the design works well.
kaijuoh Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012

I can't believe how amazing this redesign is.

Hey, a few years ago I contacted you on comics2film about doing a manga version of Captain Marvel/Shazam. You probably don't remember me but I am still curious if plan on doing him.
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words! Nice to see a fellow C2Fer here, haha.

Shazam, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Hawkman and the Martian Manhunter are still on my list of updates. I want to round out my Manga Justice League, and possibly do a Teen Titans, Legion of Doom, or a Batfamily expansion.
sieti Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Holy crap! I remember those old drawings! I still have them on my hardrive. This design is AWESOME!!!
WarriorCatGuardian Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
This has got to be the coolest Superman ever!
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you think so!
Intellectual-Soldier Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Are you going to do an amalgamation of Frieza and Darkseid calling him Frezeid?
Intellectual-Soldier Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I like your blend of East and West; Eventually, that age-old war between East and West will com to a point where the two sides join (literally) as one and you have portrayed that wonderfully.
Good Work!
Sir-Tristan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Very nice!

I like how "Kentoru" along with meaning strong traveler has the added bonus of sounding like "Kent", as in, "Clark Kent".
leo-darkheart Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student General Artist
:D Dude yes!!!
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Awesome one
Davidbatmanfan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pure badass and i love the bold colors.
Nightshade475 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
AWESOME! :) Glad to see you revisiting these characters i've come to love so dearly! i've always loved the way you took the basic shape of the sheild and made the "S" stylized so that it looks like eastern caligraphy, almost. I also feel that the anime inspiration of Goku was spot on. Looking forward to seeing the others! XD
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