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Frank Cho hates Superman. Don’t take my word for it; just ask him. But after years of friendly queries by an art-collector friend, Cho bit the bullet and took on a rare commission of Superman — but only if he could do it his way.
“One day the impossible happened, I was bored and I had some free time and Hawaiian Dave gave me a big wad of cash. On top of that, he told me that I can draw whatever I desire as long as Batman and Superman is in it …,” Cho explains on his blog. “Since I hated Superman so much, the only logical conclusion was to do the scene in the Frank Miller’s masterpiece The Dark Knight Returns, where the old Batman comes out of retirement and beat the shit out of Superman. And off I went.”
Cho said his hatred of Superman is rooted in the character being “boring and moronically simple.” That said, as a favor to the collector, and for the aforementioned “big wad of cash,” he took on the seemingly simple Batman/Superman commission and saw it grow into a two-page scene, complete with dialogue and effects.
“To tell you the truth, I had a great time drawing this,” Cho admits. “But I can honestly say that this will probably will be the last Superman art I draw. I really hate Superman.”