‘Man of Steel’: Mondo pays tribute to Superman with nostalgic posters

June 12, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

Mondo, Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art division, spotlights Superman and a young Clark Kent in two new posters for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which opens in theaters Friday.

The posters, by Mondo artists Ken Taylor and Martin Ansin, put a nostalgic spin on the superhero, who celebrates his 75th anniversary this year.

Taylor’s print (check it out in the gallery above) features Clark Kent when he was a little boy in a sepia-tinged Smallville background. His red cape is the only splash of color in the print, which seems inspired by a scene from the film that many will recognize from the trailers. A variant version features a gray background instead of the muted beige.

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Ansin’s poster features a Henry Cavill Supes soaring above the Earth in an iconic pose reminiscent of the cover of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel’s 1939 comic “Superman” Vol. 1, Issue No. 1. (Compare the images below.)

Left: Martin Ansin's Mondo poster for "Man of Steel." Right: Joe Shuster's cover for the first "Superman" comic, published in 1939. (Mondo)

Left: Martin Ansin’s Mondo poster for “Man of Steel.” Right: Joe Shuster’s cover for the first “Superman” comic, published in 1939. (Mondo)

The villainous General Zod (Michael Shannon), Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Kal-El’s biological father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and other characters from the film can be seen in the poster’s diagonal streaks, as well as a Kryptonian spacecraft. The poster is also available in a metal variant.

Taylor’s limited-edition posters retail for $50, or $75 for the variant. Ansin’s retails for $50, or $300 for the metal variant. Visit Mondo’s site for more details and to purchase.

–Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark


1. “Action Comics” No. 1, 1938 Superman was the first real comic book superhero. He made his debut in 1938’s “Action Comics” No. 1, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In that issue, Superman rescues Lois Lane from a gangster and his hoodlums, smashing their car with his bare hands. The scene makes for what is perhaps Superman’s most iconic cover. (DC Entertainment)Superman at 75: 10 key comic covers

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2 Responses to ‘Man of Steel’: Mondo pays tribute to Superman with nostalgic posters

  1. David says:

    I love how Ansin's poster brings out the best of the costume; the cape acting like a mane of fire, counteracted perfectly with the serenity of the deep blue.

  2. tonnssten says:

    umm "mondo"s posters look like "garbago"

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