Superman Split Down the Middle in Burnham’s "Action Comics" #7 Variant Cover


Chris Burnham’s variant cover for “Action Comics” #7

DC Comics has revealed a first look at Chris Burnham’s variant cover for “Action Comics” #7, written by Grant Morrison with art by Rags Morales and Rick Bryant. The cover, released via The Source, features a split cover between Superman’s life among the humans in Metropolis juxtaposed with his life as a Kryptonian in Kandor. Burnham spoke to his love of the bottle city and how it influenced his cover design.

“My initial instinct upon reading the issue was to do something with the bottled cities of Metropolis Kandor,” Burnham told The Source. “I love the bottled city of Kandor. A few years ago I was at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh with my then-3-year-old nephew, Noah. We stumbled upon this incredible sculpture exhibition by the late great Mike Kelley. The exhibit is simply called ‘Kandor’ and features dozens of astounding renditions of the bottled city. Google it. It’s amazing. And well worth tracking down in person if you get the chance. It was my favorite part of the museum and it was Noah’s too! I literally had to drag him out of there kicking and screaming after we’d spent almost an hour in there. Kandor love runs in the family! Anyhow. Rags had already done an excellent job with a literal approach to the bottled city idea, so I decided to go a little more conceptual. The pieces all fell into place for a good, old-fashioned split cover! Superman torn between two worlds! Kandor and Metropolis! Nature and nurture! Teflon and cotton! The cover also gave me the chance to work with the incomparable Gene Ha’s astoundingly complicated designs for Krypton and Kandor. It was a great challenge to be true to his vision without straight-up tracing what he’d already drawn.”

Burnham was recently announced as the ongoing artist on the New 52’s “Second Wave” book, “Batman Incorporated” written by Grant Morrison. Last week, the publisher revealed Burnham’s cover for “Batman Incorporated” #1 featuring Batman and Robin in the crosshairs of a possible assassin.

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Tags:  dc comics, action comics, chris burnham, grant morrison, rags morales, rick bryant


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