Think you can draw a better cover for the first issue of Superman than co-creator Joe Shuster did back in 1939?
Me neither. But luckily, there are plenty of artists who can.
We're finding out about them thanks to Warren Ellis, the comics writer responsible for Transmetropolitan, Planetary and Red, the last of which is being adapted into a film starring Bruce Willis.
Ellis, who's often run art challenges over on his blog, earlier this week asked to see re-imaginings of the classic 1939 cover to Superman #1.
Here's what Ellis wanted:
You are an artist/designer. You have to put together the cover for a comic called SUPERMAN. It is issue 1 of this book.
You have been told that Superman is a man who dresses predominantly in a shade of blue, and wears a red S symbol. You know nothing else about the character.
The cover must include a logo and the text THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE DARING EXPLOITS OF THE ONE AND ONLY SUPERMAN.
And that's it.
It's up to you what kind of company you're at. What kind of comics you make. How you translate that description of Superman. What era you're in. Who you are, even. Go nuts with it.
You have one week. Go.
If you think you're up to the challenge—or if you'd just like to see more amazing covers—visit this thread on his message board. The contest runs until Sunday night.