We'll probably never see officially-licensed Marvel vs. DC merchandise hit the mainstream market, but 3-D shadowbox artist Todd R. Reis has created a piece perfect for hanging on your wall from the cover of Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.
Featuring art by comics industry greats Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru and Dick Giordano, the cover features one of the most iconic images ever to come out of an inter-company crossover comic.
The work itself took over 50 hours, according to a Facebook post by Reis. You can see a video overview of the process below.
SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3D 2015 Video 1
Here is a short video scanning over the SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3D made for client Mike Alderman finished in December, 2015. Original art by Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru and Dick Giordano 1976. According to Wikipedia, Neal Adams, John Romita, Terry Austin, and Bob Wiacek also lent an uncredited hand to the story art and possibly the cover.Superman's face definitely has the look of Neal Adams' style. According to historian J David Spurlock, Carmine Infantino also lent a hand. "Not only did he (Infantino) make the deal for the historic crossover; not only did Infantino create Treasury Editions, but he designed the cover — as he did most DC covers at the time, no mater who did the finishes. His Spidey-Supes layout sketches are in his autobiography, Amazing World of Carmine Infantino "The story was written by my friend Gerry Conway.The 3D was made using 25 laser scan print copies on heavy semi-gloss paper. not of the actual cover, but of a store window promo poster which exactly replicated the cover that I had kept in storage for years and only recently re-discovered. The 3D work took over 50 hours (stretched over several months) and measures 13.5 x 10 x 8 inches. Mike has opted to frame the 3D himself. Although I considered taking a few shortcuts by not going into great detail on the city skyline and antenna tower (focusing only on the two heroes) to keep it within Mike's budget and my estimate, in working on it, the artist in me still felt I had to do justice in 3D to the original work, especially since I doubt I would be doing this cover in 3D again.Way back in 1976 right after the book was first published, I previously had done this cover in 3D. Being one of my early 3D works, that was about one third the depth (about 3 inches) and lacked the detail of this one. An old photo of that old framed 3D is included in this album. At some point that old 3D was sold, probably by Passport Books where it had been on display. It has also been a classic cover I had thought about doing again. Mike's commission gave me the opportunity to do so.Work on this 3D started back in September and was done in rotation with other projects. Included are some Work In Progress photos that I had posted on my fan page over the past couple of months. Because of the complexity of the antenna tower, I was not sure how deep the 3D would eventually be, so I worked on the main characters, logos, and top banners as separate modules to be added after the antenna tower was finished. After showing this finished 3D around to a few friends and local comic shops over the next week or so, I will be shipping the 3D to Mike unframed, wrapped in plastic and foam chips, and double boxed.As usually I appreciate having Likes and Comments, but please send any questions to me in a private message or email to email@example.com.#tr3d #superman #amazingspider-man #dccomics #marvelcomicsPosted by The Unique 3D Shadowbox Art of Todd R. Reis on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
"Work on this 3D started back in September and was done in rotation with other projects," Reis wrote. "Included are some Work In Progress photos that I had posted on my fan page over the past couple of months. Because of the complexity of the antenna tower, I was not sure how deep the 3D would eventually be, so I worked on the main characters, logos, and top banners as separate modules to be added after the antenna tower was finished."
You can check out many more of his projects at his Facebook page.