Thought I’d take a crack at Superman from Action Comics #1, but based on the interior art design and not the cover.
There’s something about look of the blue, laced up strongman slipper-boots matching his unitard; coupled with the oft overlooked wrist cuffs and golden, police-badge-styled embossed “S” crest from that first issue that still compels me. I kind of love the idea that Superman was first and foremost a strongman with heavy Sci-Fi overtones of the time (Flash Gordon), combined with a sense of authority (police badge emblem)
It’s just my interpretation, but don’t think i’ve ever seen this version of Superman’s costume rendered by any modern illustrators as faithfully to the original interior art. I believe it was changed very shortly afterward (possibly in his 2nd appearance), so maybe that’s why you don’t see as many fan illustrations of the interior design opposed to the cover, which most people immediately recognize.
But I kind of dig it, and when looked at this way, there’s some obvious design cues taken for the Man of Steel cinematic universe.
This illustration took way longer than i anticipated, as i redrew it about 5 times and still wasn’t completely happy with it, but it’s mostly how I envisioned it.
Anyway, here it is.