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Superman Comic Books! => The K-Metal from Krypton! => Topic started by: Great Rao on March 29, 2006, 10:51:32 PM

Title: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: Great Rao on March 29, 2006, 10:51:32 PM
Those of you following the K-Metal saga may already be familiar with the extended debate ( that occured a while back regarding page five.

Well, the wait is finally over.  Here at last is the completed page five (, "Hidden Gold."

And this page truly is hidden gold - of the 26 pages drawn back in 1940 for  the story, only 10 are known to have survived.  And page five is the first of them.

When we began work on the K-Metal restoration project, one of the earliest things that Angel did was to create an all-new, completely pencilled full-size version of the original 1940 page five, using the low-resolution reproduction that was published in Alter Ego #26 as reference.

But because of a couple of crossed emails, Bob went ahead and enlarged and re-inked that same poor copy instead of inking Angel's new pencils!

Although in our opinion Angel's new pencils looked fantastic and might even have even resulted in a superior page, we all agreed (after seeing the brilliant end result) that it was better to use every bit of the original artwork when we could, and thus we stayed with Bob's restoration.

The end result:  An all-new page, with brand new sharp inks and vibrant colors - yet with pencils by Joe Shuster and Studio.

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Title: Re: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: MatterEaterLad on March 29, 2006, 11:19:48 PM
An excellent page with a real 40s look to it...

And a lesson for all, never partner with dudes called "Gizzard and Buzzard"... 8)

Title: Re: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: Super Monkey on March 30, 2006, 12:19:29 AM
Looks really good, the pages are really coming along much faster now.

Title: Re: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: Criadoman on March 30, 2006, 12:54:07 AM
I thought you'd like that.

Title: Re: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: sandmountainslim on April 09, 2006, 12:40:42 AM
I have just stumbled across this site and this project after recently getting back into Superman comics after a ten year hiatus and I cannot believe that something this momentous is finally seeing the light of day! Great job so far fellows and hats off to Siegel and Shuster,  cannot wait until the next page is posted.

Title: Re: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: Great Rao on April 09, 2006, 01:52:53 PM
Thanks, glad you like it!  I agree, it's incredibly momentous and we're all pretty exicted to be working on it.

Page 6 should be up soon - pencilling, inking, and lettering are all complete.  The coloring and dialog-ballooning are in progress:  In this case, I did the lettering over Angel's pencils (to make sure it all blocked out OK).  Then later I started working on the balloons over Bob's inks, while he is now simultaneously finishing up the coloring.


Title: Re: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: sandmountainslim on April 09, 2006, 07:33:13 PM
Momentous indeed! :D
This is most likely the final unseen Siegel/Shuster Superman story to ever see release anywhere,  that would be big news even if the story wasn't as good as this one seems to be.
Hat's off to you fellows and thanks for sharing with the world.

Title: Re: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: Criadoman on April 09, 2006, 09:45:42 PM
I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say "Thank you very much!"

When I 1st thought of doing this project, much of it had to do with seeing this site and seeing Rao's efforts in basically attempting to create a bit of a time capsule of the pre-Crisis Superman.  When I saw the K-Metal project that he was attempting to pull together, I thought it would be simply incredible to make it available to everyone.  Since I am an avid believer that when you consider something should be done, you have pretty much named yourself the person to see it become a reality, and considering I wasn't gonna necessarily make DC see the light and publish it, I guess I was gonna be the guy to do it.

Took a while, but thanks to Bob's and Rao's efforts, I am actually pretty happy with the results so far.

So - seeing posts like this is quite a reward for our efforts.  Thanks again.

-Angel Criado

Title: Page 6 update
Post by: Great Rao on April 11, 2006, 11:19:08 PM
I just received the finished, fully-colored page 6 from Bob.

Absolutely incredible!

Angel and Bob both just keep getting better and better.  This page is the best one yet and blows the previous ones out of the water.  I'm tempted to just put it online as is, but I know that I need to finish up the dialogue balloons first.  Turns out this'll be a bit tricky in spots, so it may be a few more days, plus I want to make sure that I do justice to the finished piece.

Just know that it'll be worth the wait. :)


Title: Re: Page 5: HIDDEN GOLD!
Post by: MatterEaterLad on April 11, 2006, 11:24:08 PM
Very cool, I can't imagine all you on the team not getting better and more in synch...I hope the story gets maximum press, there's already one persn on the Superman Homepage that calls Superman Through the Ages the K-Metal site (for better or worse)... 8)