Five weeks ago, I posted an art work on Commander Steel, one of DC’s answers to Captain America. Today, I introduce you to Hyperion, Marvel’s first answer to Superman.
Hyperion is a lot similar to Superman, in the sense they share similar super powers as well as origin stories, but with a few minor differences. His powers include super strength, super speed, flight, x-ray vision named “Atomic Vision,” and so forth. He even has his own kryptonite in the name of “Argonite.” Like Commander Steel, there are different versions of Hyperion, except each one comes from a different universe. Few align to the forces of good, others to the forces of evil, and one is even a zombie from the Marvel Zombies universe. The one posted above is based on the most recent version of the character. Not only is he a member of the Avengers (in the comics), but also a leader to the Squadron Supreme, Marvel’s take on the Justice League.
I got into this character when I was looking up early work from comic book artist, Gary Frank, and came across Marvel’s mature series, Supreme Power. Personally, it reminded me of Watchmen in its deconstruction of superheroes, but with characters based on members of the Justice League. This version of Hyperion was raised by the US government and used as a secret weapon. It would also be the inspiration to one of my original characters.
- Penciling: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Inking: 26 minutes
- Coloring: 1 hour, 57 minutes
- Total: 3 hours, 55 minutes