Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's SUPERMAN

Hi everyone!
So as you probably know, since I couldn't shut up about it, haha, the official musical "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman" came to Michigan for the first time ever recently, thanks to director David C. Hayes and the Community Theatre of Howell. For those who don't know, this musical opened on Broadway in 1966, and in nearly 50 years it has never been shown in Michigan, so this event was a part of pop culture history! Very cool stuff. I was able to attend the show two nights, and if you didn't see it, you really missed out. Super 60s, super campy, and SUPER fun, with special tweaks and enhancements by David C. Hayes to the script. It was a blast! I even made a cameo one of the nights as Jimmy Olsen, getting to briefly share the stage with an incredibly talented and hilarious cast.
I was honored to be asked to do the artwork that was used on the cover of the program and also to illustrate a short comic story written by David C. Hayes that appeared in the program as well.
The comic story was done in the style of a series of 1960s daily newspaper strips.
Now enough consonants, vowels, and punctuation! You don't want words, you want pictures!
("Pics or it didn't happen!")
- Josh
The art I gave the theatre for the program cover, done in a Silver Age style.

This was the original 1966 program cover, which I took some influence from.
Here's the 6-part comic strip story! I went with a silver age look to match the silver age kitsch. All the original art is available for sale together, the 6 strips and the cover art. Comes with a copy of the program too. Contact me if you're interested.


Myself as Jimmy Olsen with Superman and Lois. So much fun! :)

This was some cool Superman cosplay at Motor City Comic Con, he stopped to pose with the program.

If you missed the show, I'm sorry to hear! Try to support community theatre, they work hard to create awesome entertainment!


  1. What a great post! The show was so much fun! I liked how you jumped up a few times to get the images. Jimmy was always ready with his camera!

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