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Superhero by shad-brooks Superhero by shad-brooks
I should start by clarifying that this is not Superman or a redesigned superman costume (though obviously inspired by Superman). This is one of my very own superheroes and his name, funnily enough, is Superhero.

My intentions for this character was to make the archetype superhero (hence his name, Superhero) and he is based off of Superman, mainly because superman IS the archetype superhero.
I have a love hate relationship with Superman. He is the greatest, the most iconic, and aspires to the highest and most perfect ideals of superhero morality. I like how his costume (depending on which superman continuity you look at) is the result of an alien uniform or outfit and not a vain decision to grab peopleís attention through bold colours to and notice the good that they do. Fore those reasons I love Superman.
Superman is also overpowered, unchallenged, un-relatable and rather bland. There is also an underlining message in Superman that humans arenít strong enough to protect themselves from the greatest of threats and that they canít rise to the pinnacle level that he is on, this is because he is an alien. I feel a separation with superman because of this. In my daydreams I cannot see myself as him because Iím not a kryptonian.
Also using a fictional substance as the only weakness to a character because the character is too powerful is such a cop out. Kryptonite is close to the worst plot devise ever written! Fore those reasons I hate Superman.

There are a lot of holes in Superman and they rob him of the true greatness that he could have acheived for me.



So with this character (Superhero) I wanted to take what I loved about Superman and form the other half to make something new.

Superheroís powers are; mountain moving strength, nigh invulnerability, incredibly fast flight, super hearing, super vision and he can project stored photons (light) from his eyes (lasers). In other words, the classic powers. Iíve written a fairly detailed universe for this character to exist in (separate to my main superhero universe where most of my currently created superheroes reside). In this universe the development of superpowers is the final genetic evolution for all species in the universe. The evolution begins at a mild level (similar to X men level powers) until it reaches its pinnacle. Fully evolved superpowers are extremely powerful. For example fully evolved teleportation is not limited by range, it works across the entire universe. Superhero was the first Human to reach this final genetic pinnacle. Because these powers are the final genetic evolution for all species in the universe, Superhero is not the only one with serious powers, almost everyone in the universe has them. So unlike Superman who is one of the rare few in the universe to be at the power level he is on (which really doesnít make sense, were the kryptonians to be the sole protectors of the universe?) almost everyone is at that level. Actually, the powers that Superhero has (the classic ones) are the base, beginning level powers. Most fully evolved superpowered species posses these base powers as well as one other unique ability, from teleportation to gravity, matter or energy manipulation and many more. So though Superhero is one of the few on earth to be at this power level, he is by no means unique in the universe or the most powerful. His outfit was a gift from an intergalactic organisation comparable to the united nations. The galactic community is kind of similar to the political climate of earth. There is a structured economy, trade between races, wars, tension, peace, etc. This organisationís stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in intergalactic law, intergalactic security, economic development, social progress, species rights, and the achievement of universal peace. They make first contact when a species reaches the final evolutionary point (the development of fully evolved superpowers) and greeted Superhero when he finally learnt how to fully control all of his powers. They gave him an outfit that was similar to theirs, it didnít have gloves or a cape at that time but it did have a designation on its chest, the first letter of the name they called him (superhuman at that time because he was the first true superhuman of Earth) after his own native language and alphabet, according to their custom. They then greeted the governments of earth with the Superhuman (what he was first called) at their side and introduced humanity into the intergalactic community. Through the story I am writing for him, Superhero rises to be the protector of Earth and adhere to the truest moral principles. He becomes the de facto leader of the superheroes of Earth. In his story heís going to overcome personal weaknesses to realise his true potential.

So he has the morality, the power level that inspires awe, the cool alien outfit and the iconic presence, that superman has but is also relatable because he is human and carries an underlining message about humanities potential and what we could aspire to. He is not overpowered because most species in the universe, and many other superhumans that come after him, are as strong or stronger and Iím going to make his personality and character dynamic and interesting. Hitís all the marks in my book ^_^
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kwahniko Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Love this concept. Really cool!
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like.
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MarcusBerkeley231 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nice
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TheLordandtheRing Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I dont agree with you about superman. But his is freaking awesome! Love the art and the story. :)
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man! 
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Hatalibio Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Hello, my name is Hatalibio Almeida, I am producing a book of RPG, is an independent project without a publisher, I would like to ask your permission to use this image in the book. Your name (or whatever you choose) would be put in the credits of the book, as well as references to his work (site, company, etc..).
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I’d be happy for you to use my Image, so long as you credit appropriately. I’d also like to see the page where you put my image as well if that’s possible.
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Hatalibio Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Of course! I'm still deciding what the appropriate means of propaganda, but I'm filing the nickname of all employees to present the result later. Name and surname, please?
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I hate to break it to you, but you'd have a hard time getting this guy published: Marvel and DC Comics jointly trademarked the word "superhero" and its variant spellings in 2009, citing that when people are asked to name a superhero they overwhelmingly come up with characters owned by the two companies.
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn’t surprise me. I’ll look at an alternative if I ever come to the point when I’m ready to develop this character.
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, apparently they've only trademarked it for use in titles and such, so you can refer to your character being a superhero, but you can't title whatever work you wanna make "The Adventures of Superhero".
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. It's an honor.
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elroy1030 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Nice!!!
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Gurra943 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool story you got here. I'm sure it's gonna evolve into something :D
Cool concept! And ofc, awesome picture ;)
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope it will evolve into something. Heh, funny thing, I'm actually writing the script for his story at the moment. I'll finish it eventually and who knows, maybe I'll get around to drawing it. Thanks for your thoughts ^_^
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Gurra943 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Sounds awesome :D I'm a fan of this already ;)
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Cool character, nice story.

Also, fun thought: Kryptonians were an intelligent race capable of intergalactic travel (that IS how Superman came to earth). In fact, this transportation was so common that a geologist (Jor-El noticed that Krypton was destroying itself, which pretty much means he'd HAVE to have been a geologist) was able to get his hands on a ship. Every single version is more-or-less telling people that only TWO Kryptonians (Supergirl and Superman as babies) were off-planet at the time of Krypton's destruction?

If I were to re-write the bloody thing I'd either have a much better reason than "Because" or mention that several Kryptonians weren't on Krypton at the time that it exploded. Mind you, it WOULD still be a major blow to the species to have their home planet destroyed, but it still hardly makes Superman and Supergirl the last Kryptonians.
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hay thanks for the insight ^_^ Some good thoughts there
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Sverge Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
awesome story. should totally be made into a comic or something. sick proportions. took me a while to make out the 's'. once i did though, i saw it fits well. very cool.
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much ^_^

Yeah I wanted the s to be mildly deceptive. I'm glad you like.
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Princess-Tria Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Amazing character design and back-story! :love:
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou! I'm really glad you like it ^_^
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Princess-Tria Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011   General Artist
Sounds pretty cool and interesting. I agree that Sups has his issues. Nice medium you found. Good costume design, too.
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou very much ^_^
I'm glad you like the costume design, it took soooooooo long for me to settle on this one (I think I went through about 7 different versions).
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011   General Artist
Costume design is very tricky. Particularly when you are going for something a bit different--yet, still clearly nodding to the "inspiration source."

Your gallery is interesting. I'm having a nice look around now. :D
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shad-brooks Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true, you hit the nail on the head with that one. Hope you enjoy the gallery ^_^
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011   General Artist
I did. Faved several things. ;)
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