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.Curt Swan (pictured right) was born February 17, 1920, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A decorated WWII veteran, he joined the military in 1940 and worked for the G.I. magazine "Stars and Stripes," as well as seeing combat with Patton's third army.

Returning to the USA in 1945, Swan began working at DC, then known as "National Comics," at a rate of $18 a page. At the suggestion of a friend, Swan soon began to just pencil, leaving the inking to others.

Ironically, he once said that he never expected comic books to last, and thought that his employment in the industry would be nothing more than temporary! Swan went on to work in the industry for four decades, becoming the premiere artist on the “Superman” family of books. He drew the Man of Steel from 1958-1975, retiring in 1985. Curt Swan passed away on June 16, 1996, at 76 years old.

Swan’s legacies are many, but in the comic industry, he will always be remembered for one singular achievement, a feat no other comic artist can claim. Many artists have created or influenced an infinity of characters, yet only one, Curt Swan, produced the definitive interpretation of comics’ greatest hero -- Superman. A thousand years from now, when we ask “Who created the definitive version of Superman?” comic fans worldwide will still know the answer: the one, the only... Curt Swan! Below, a small sampling of Mr. Swan's work...
Three classic Curt Swan covers featuring the Man of Steel and friends!
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A satirical Superman cartoon by Swan, and his own brief autobiography!
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Think ahead: Three views of the infamous Kryptonian Thought-Monster, all by Swan!
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Swan's splash page (Frank Giacoia inks) for a comic from the Aurora Superman model!
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Three covers with pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Neal Adams!
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Superboy and the Legion of Super Heroes! Bounce that Bouncing Boy!
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As Swan knows, Superman often gets into fights with his fellow super heroes!
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The many moods of Superman, as seen by Swan.

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Swan's interpretation of Superman's archenemy, Lex Luthor!
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Superman meets Titano on this recolored Swan cover for DC's "Showcase" series, vol. 2

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Superhero uniform mix-ups, ala Curt Swan!
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A meeting of the Legion of Super Heroes, Swan style!

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Chicks, kids, retirement... Superman's life story, and Swan was there!
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Bonus Superman mini-poster by (belated) birthday boy CURT SWAN!
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