Steve "The Dude" Rude is one of the most dynamic, classic artists who works in the medium today. Over the years Steve has really built a reputation for himself as an artist able to capture the classic stylelings of the Golden Age and Silver Age of Superhero comics, in a gorgeous, dynamic style that invokes in you a warm nostalgic feeling. You see elements reminiscent of Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Bruce Timm, Darwyn Cooke, Alex Ross, and Fleischer Studios shine through in his work, but his style is still uniquely his own, and simply breathe-taking.
So of course seeing "The Dude" tackle my two favorite DC characters, the Last Son of Krypton and the World's Mightiest Mortal, in all of their classic, iconic, nostalgic glory, gives me an even greater warm and fuzzy feeling. Just check out this gorgeous piece featuring both characters together!
Honestly he's done so many breathe-taking commission pieces featuring Superman & Captain Marvel, like the transformation sequence to the right, or the patriotic Superman pieces below, that it was pretty hard to limit my selections for this post, there were a lot of gorgeous pieces to choose from.
That doesn't even include all of the great Mary Marvel, Supergirl, and Captain Marvel Jr. pieces that "The Dude" has done over the years. Those may warrant their own post in the future here on the blog.
Unfortunately Steve has never had a chance to work on a serialized story starring Captain Marvel, so for the time being, we'll just have to salivate over these gorgeous commission pieces that he's done over the years. However, if you're a Superman fan, you're in luck! There is the gorgeous 1990 three issue World's Finest prestige format mini-series starring Superman & Batman, which was written by Dave Gibbons, penciled by Rude, and inked by Karl Kesel. This mini-series has been collected in both a TPB format and Deluxe Hardcover that includes a lot of extras.
In addition to that mini-series, Rude also penciled the gorgeous Legends of the DC Universe #14 written by Mark Evanier, and the Incredible Hulk vs. Superman #1 Marvel-DC Crossover written by Roger Stern, both from 1999.
Rude's most recent time tackling the Man of Steel happened on both the cover and interiors of the final issue of the digital-first, Adventures of Superman series. Issue #17 featured a gorgeous Steve Rude cover, and inside the book he tackled the art duties of the 10 page story "Seed of Destruction" which was written by Jerry Ordway.
If you'd like to see more of Steve Rude's fantastic artwork, and follow his upcoming projects, be sure to check out his website at http://www.steverude.com/