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Chambara JLA: Superman by genesischant Chambara JLA: Superman by genesischant
Chambara Hero Superman.

Part of my series of Chambara-style Justice League characters. To the uninitiated, Chambara is a kind of Japanese historical drama characterized by sword fights, an Edo-period setting, and over-the-top heroes and villains.

Chambara Superman is called 'Hagane Hito' (or Hito Hagane, it's meant to be treated as a proper name).

Kenta Kuraku is the adoptive son of elderly farmers from the Okayama region of Japan. He has the blood of dragons in his veins, and even as a baby possessed incredible strength. He would roam the forests and rivers of his home, wrestling wild animals and getting into mischief. His parents raised him well, and he grew into a man of pure spirit, noble grace, and fierce courage. He took up sword training at the behest of a local swordmaster, soon surpassing even his teacher. He uses a heavy ōdachi sword due to his prodigious strength.

Kenta was satisfied with his quiet life in the country until the summer strangers came to his town. The wealthy Lord Ryuzoji was traveling with his family to the capitol, and a glimpse of his beautiful daughter, Reina, through the screen of her kago would change everything for the young man. A week after she left, he gathered his few belongings and set off for Edo.

Kenta's innocent heart, sense of justice, and amazing abilities have caused him to be involved in many dangerous adventures, quickly convincing him to adopt a nickname while traveling to protect his family.
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Keyser94 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You known there is a Elseworld story were the Justice League is in the medieval japan, of course, they don't have names, your draw is very good.
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great and amazing work, sir. Have you got a version of Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in mind, too?
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is very Good :)
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ItachiXMegumi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student
Nice .
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HeroXero Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Superman, great job on this.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAT SNAKE! So awesome. The patterns on his clothes are mesmerizing. And Kenta... nice one.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I was getting a little too clever with myself, haha. It was such a disappointment when I couldn't come up with names that worked as well as this one.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you came up with pretty cool names. I love that adaptation sort of stuff so I really appreciate the effort you must have put into all this!
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one0man Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I have to say, I love the whole concept of this series - I love Elseworlds, etc. and anything in this setting as well, so that's awesome. I just wanted to make a minor suggestion/observation - wouldn't a wooden sword be more suited to this character? From what I know, nearly every version of Superman abides by a strict "no-kill" rule, and using a steel blade would make it harder to do that. You could say it would even show greater skill on his part - he can win a fight without having to kill or seriously wound his opponent. I also recall several stories where master swordsmen were able to wield a wooden sword with greater effect than a respectably-skilled foe with a steel one, chief among them Miyamoto Musashi.

Anyway, this is just a thought - there may be something you had in mind that I'm not seeing.
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Excellent art, and I love this project.

I'm not sure that I agree with the choice of dragon for dear ol' Supes -- I would think a celestial dragon would fit him better.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I was mainly interested in making the "S" shape, so I'm afraid I didn't research my representation here much. How is the Celestial Dragon different? Is it closer to the Chinese-style dragon?
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Oooooo, this is a fun take on it. Let me guess, he is either called 'The Steel Man' or 'The Supreme Man'. Either would be great.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, he is Steel Man, in the same vein as the popular folk-hero Golden Boy.
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Ziggyman Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Amazing. Great concept and excellent desing. Keep working on them.
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theBSDude Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I can't believe you managed to call him Clark Kent.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
In Swedish, Superman used to be "Stålmannen" - literally, The Steel Man :3

Very nice...
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Nurse-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Nice! Who's Next?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm starting off with the big three, so Wonder Woman is next. I'm trying to get a solid angle on her, I've got lots of ideas, but I need to narrow things down.
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Nurse-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Remeber, Wonder Woman is a princess, so if she's human, the daughter of the Emperor or the Shogun would be the best.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
But she is expressedly a princess from far away... not of the country where they have adventures.
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Tiger-the-Inkweaver Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Daughter of a wealthy Portuguese merchant man/woman.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Yeah, something like that. Or, given her story, some island found by... did they have any long-distance sailors in Japan during the period? Hawaii? (< less serious suggestion)
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Nurse-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
....
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Wovenjasper Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
This series is coming out awesome. Can't wait for the next ones!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm having fun with them.
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WimblesTheCreator Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
But the nature of Kenta Kuraku was irrepressible!(To adlib the Monkey Magic intro)
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genesischant Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Had to look that up, but it is awesome!
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WimblesTheCreator Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Youve never seen it? I highly recommend. For the humour and the lip precise dub.
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Serain Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Wow, this is badass.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
As you may know, Superman must always be badass. Sometimes he even gets shot with bullets in his eye. His eye. And then he's all like, "What."
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Red-Rum-18 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm guessing Reina is Lois Lane?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes indeed!
You have no idea how hard it is to find a Japanese surname beginning with an 'R'.
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Tofubeast Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Oh god this is too perfect.

I love the patternwork you put into the hakama and the haori! It looks great.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's great when a new style works out.
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