We recently started posting Superman™: The Legend sketch card previews to our Facebook page, and if you are not already a fan of Cryptozoic there, you should “Like” us right now to stay up-to-date on all sorts of trading card related news! Twice a week we will feature cards from a new selection of artists, previewing every artist who participated in the set. We did the same thing for the Batman™: The Legend sketch cards, and I think it is really important to show collectors the overall quality turned in from every artist. The Superman universe of characters was a lot of fun for us to work with, and I think the artists really enjoyed working on the set as well, which you can see by looking at how much effort they put into their cards!
In addition to having some great sketch cards, I'm really excited for the all-new base card art. We are very lucky to have Mahmud Asrar working with us. The artist on the Supergirl comics, Asrar created a beautiful card for Supergirl as well as some of the other characters. I think the fact that we offer that very authentic take on the original art and writing is something that is a great value-add to the set. We work with some very talented artists, and I just love when they go a little further to include a beautiful background or some subtle detail. One of my favorite moments during approvals was when I found a little Batman Beyond in the sky behind the main character in the foreground. And, when the artists have fun with it and include lots of great detail, we get really into the process for determining opaque whites for the parallel set, coming up with ways to use the art for promotions, or thinking of new ways to feature artists in an upcoming set!
I'm most looking forward to the X-Ray Vision chase set. For this set we are using thermochromatic ink, so when you rub the top layer you will get to see through to the art underneath. The art was fun to select, as it takes a look at some of the vintage Superman badges and then some of the modern takes on similar poses and themes. A sort of look at “then” and “now,” it was fun to dig up some of these really awesome little sayings and then contrast them with the new artistic takes on Superman.
George Nadeau, our art acquisitions manager, is very excited for the oversized art cards. We partner with many talented artists with distinct visions and styles that are expressed in all of their work. So what happens when those artists collaborate? That was the question George posed when he commissioned the oversized art cards. He paired up artists and asked them to collaborate in any way that they desired. The results? Fantastic! We believe collectors will enjoy examining each of these jam cards to appreciate the unique contributions of the artists who produced them.
Don't forget to check back here at cryptozoic.com for updated details, and check out the Facebook album for more previews each week! Also, we've added some more sketch card and oversized art card previews on our product page, so head on over and check them out!