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“I once thought I could protect the world by myself, but I was wrong. Working together, we saved the planet, and I believe that if we stay together as a team, we could be a force that could truly work for the ideals of peace and justice.”

Justice League aesthetics: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Cyborg.

9

I looooove John Romita Jr.  I’ve long considered him one of my all-time favorite artists working in super-hero comics.  His run on Amazing Spider-Man with Roger Stern was the first comic book I regularly collected.  Shit, I even got him to draw Spider-Man’s eyes on my arm at a WizardWorld con several years back which I promptly went and had permanently tattooed in!

But these covers…

They look great at first glance, but…

They’re all basically the same layout.  I didn’t notice it  at first, seeing them one at a time here or there, but seeing them all collected together, it really sticks out to me.

Still want to get them all…

8

Though we gather here today bound together in sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We are all of us privileged to live a life that has been touched by Superman. The Man of Steel possessed many extraordinary gifts, and he shared them with us freely. None of these gifts were more remarkable than his ability to discern what needed to be done, and his unfailing courage in doing it, whatever the personal cost. Let us all strive to accept his gift and pass it along, as an ongoing tribute to Kal-El of Krypton, the immigrant from the stars who taught us all how to be heroes.