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George Reeves as Clark Kent by MJBivouac George Reeves as Clark Kent by MJBivouac
Here is my portrait of George Reeves as Clark Kent from "The Adventures of Superman" TV series from the 1950s.
To me George Reeves will always be Superman personafied. You can have your Chris Reeve and all the others that came after, but none hold a candle to George in my opinion.
Colored pencil on Canson colore art paper.
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Car-54 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I was crazy about this show when I was a kid. It's where I first saw superman.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Me too! Reeves is still MY SUperman.
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DaveMail42 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen, brother. This is the actor whose face and performance inspired Alex Ross' vision of Superman. This was MY Superman, when I was a mere child. His appearance on I Love Lucy was a thrill to me; I daresay no other Superman actor since has had such an effect on a generation of young people.
I wish he had been more proud of playing the character. I wish I could've told him how much his performance meant to me and multitudes of other kiddos of that time. I wish he'd really been bulletproof. :(
Thanks, MJBivouac.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
My pleasure, Sir and I could no agree more.
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jayfive67 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice!
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Thank you Sir.
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DocFerus Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Beautiful rendering! I have often said George Reeves is the gold standard of live-action superheroics. Nicely done.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Thanks very much. To me George Reeves will always be Superman. Questionable 50s era TV special effects and all. He's still MY Man Of Steel. And perhaps more importantly, Reeves was hands down the BEST Clark Kent EVER! Some people might not think this part of the character is all that important, but when you see Christopher Reeve's Kent, which I think is pretty darned awful, you realize just how important being a good Clark really is.
Way back in the 80s I wanted to like Christopher Reeve as Superman. I have seen all the movies, but over the years I have grown to dislike those films more and more. I have nothing against Reeve himself. Frankly I liked him MORE in Somewhere in Time. He was never a great actor, a really bad Clark Kent, but not a bad guy.
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trajan75 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Excellent. Its not easy to capture the essence of an individual but you did.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
You are most kind. After reflection, I'm NOW not 100% happy with it, I may do it again.
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svettzwo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Good one! I've just been re-watching the original episodes and enjoying the nostalgia tremendously. No one has equalled George, nor will he ever be equalled.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Thank you so much. I still love those old AOS episodes. Reeves was just great as Clark.
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Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Incredible pencil work here man!
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
You are most kind. Thank you.
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Dwilesjr Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I always liked Reeves Clark Kent he really brought something to the character more so then any other actor though Reeve was a close second.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I could not agree more.
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:iconkiff57krocker:
kiff57krocker Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent portrait of George Reeves. Your style and technique far outshine mine. I never was able to get the knack for real life portraits, so I settled on cartooning (woman in particular). And I agree with you as far as Mr. Reeves is concerned: There is only one TV Superman, and George was it. It was so sad that that role which gave him fame also made it impossible for him to get any other acting jobs because of typecasting which led to his tragic death by suicide.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Yes, he got a bum deal. He had a role in "From Here to Eternity", that sadly got CUT OUT because when the film was shown to test audiences, George was SO well known as Superman, that the audience started "Dum-Dum-Dumming" the "The Adventures of Superman" theme, and then the producers decide to remove his character and performance from the film for fear that people would not take the film seriously.
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kiff57krocker Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your history about Reeve's role in "From Here to Eternity" is correct, although he can still be seen in DVD copies of that film as the mess sergeant. My favorite scene of his is when he tells Pvt. Maggio, played by Frank Sinatra, who is on K.P. to "slow down so's you stop sweating in the food!" To which Maggio replies, "Don't hold me back, Sarge, I'm puttin' in for Corporal tomorrow." Of course that was when Hollywood actually knew how to make movies.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I shall have to check out the DVD for that reason alone.
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kiff57krocker Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By all means, do. It'll be money well spent. And I think you and I will agree that the most repugnant character in that film was the stockade sergeant, "Fatso" Judson, played by the late Ernest Borgnine. Enjoy.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I shall do so.
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TheContemplativeMonk Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Very nice!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Ha Ha! very funny considering your avatar.
Thank you.
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TheContemplativeMonk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Still A very nice bit of art work on your part, even if I was not a George fan. :)
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Give the show a chance! You may become a fan!
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TheContemplativeMonk Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
No, I am a George fan, just meant even if I was not.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Oh, I see. My bad.
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Oh, I see. My bad.
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:iconarenafighter:
arenafighter Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Cool & Superb!
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
You are most kind.
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:iconarenafighter:
arenafighter Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
you do Great work!
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
My biggest fan!
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:iconarenafighter:
arenafighter Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I know what i like, and You do Great Work,IMHO!
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
You are so kind.
It is appreciated.
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:iconarenafighter:
arenafighter Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Glad to Help,Stay Cool!
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originalceenote Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
We used to watch the original show on UHF when I was a kid. It was fun! My uncle was one out of probably thousands of kids who jumped off the roof as a kid after watching that show. This is an excellent rendering of that actor, in that character.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thank you Ma'am.
While I was a big Superman fan, I KNEW I could not fly and I never tried. My parents were good about explaining to me at an early age that most things on TV were just fantasy. Supermasn in flight was just Special Effects, and the Three Stooges did NOT REALLY hit each other with hammers and poke each other in the eyes. It was all an illusion. I understood and accepted that.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent pencil work. :winner:
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Thank you very much.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome. :D
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StevenEly Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
That's awesome.
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Thank you very much
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Lord-Crios Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really true, but Reeve is ever Superman for me. First i've seen Superman at theater, and some years after "The adventure of Superman".
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Good for you! Glad to hear it.
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Lord-Crios Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Cool. Personally, Christopher Reeve is my Superman, but George Reeves runs a close second due to his putting in such a strong performance as Clark Kent. Reeve's bumbling Clark was fun and worked well for those movies, but it might have been tough to pull that off in a weekly series. "The Adventures of Superman" is possibly the first time that Kent seemed like as much a real person as Superman, if not more so.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Well said.
I'm still not a huge fan of Reeves as either character, but that's just me.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Damn my typing skills! I meant "REEVE"!!!
Not"REEVES"!
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RedWolfDesign Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
This is a really beautiful portrait of George Reeves, his superman run was in my opinion the best version of Superman and Clark Kent. Yes Christopher Reeves' Superman was good, but George's take on him was fantastic. My other favorite take on Superman was also Bud Collyer from the radio series. ( [link] a link to the site that has the old Superman radio serials). I agree with your opinion too :)
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