Man of Steel Posters by Martin Ansin (Timed Edition) and Ken Taylor from Mondo (Onsale Info)

Mondo will release a number of posters for the highly-anticipated Man of Steel this week. The info for each is listed below. Ken’s posters go up for sale tomorrow (Thursday, June 13th) at a random time, Martin’s metal poster goes up Friday, June 14th at a random time, and the timed edition starts Friday, June 14th at 12:01 am Central Time (and it stays open for 72 hours). Visit Mondotees.com. Click the images to see them larger.

Man of Steel by Ken Taylor

20″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 300, $50:

Ken Taylor

Man of Steel by Ken Taylor  (Variant)

20″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 150, $75:

Ken Taylor

Man of Steel by Martin Ansin

24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Timed Edition, $50:

Martin Ansin

Man of Steel by Martin Ansin  (Metal Variant)

24″ x 36″ Screenprint on Metal, Edition of 130, $300:

Martin Ansin

30 Responses to “Man of Steel Posters by Martin Ansin (Timed Edition) and Ken Taylor from Mondo (Onsale Info)”

  1. Wow. That Ansin is a direct copy of an Alex Ross painting. Was Ross involved in this piece at all. or was his figure just traced? http://www.nrm.org/alexross/images/WB_20110918_superman_detail.jpg

  2. Here’s a comparison between the two:
    http://imgur.com/WXNQlmF

    While I’m sure Ansin was given carte blanche using whatever images DC had in their catalog, it would have been nice for Mondo to recognize Ross’s contribution to the poster.

  3. Great posters for hopefully a great movie :)

  4. It’s nice to look at an Ansin Superman poster and know for a fact that I will be getting one.

  5. Could not agree more dylansdad.

  6. I too, am a dad of a Dylan…….and I agree.

  7. Very awesome prints!

    I love Taylor’s, especially the variant, but I’ve given up on Mondo. I’ll just sit back and enjoy seeing 100 listed on ebay in the first 2 minutes while everyone else gets shut out.

    Ansin’s is amazing as well, but I just like the timelessness of Taylor’s a bit more!

    Thumbs up to both!

  8. I can’t stand it when artists bite Aaron Horkeys style

  9. @Shalem ……………………… really?

  10. I really like the Ansin one, but the timed release is kinda bittersweet. I love the fact that I’m getting one, but I don’t get to feel that rush on the rare occasion where I get through the checkout process and secure a limited edition print. Still stoked, wish I could shell out for the metal variant. And Aaron Horkey has a great style, TWBB should be poster #1 for 2013!

  11. I dunno, the Taylor looks all Taylor to me. Sweet posters all, but in both cases I think I prefer the regulars.

  12. Any idea when the APs will be released?

  13. Of the Taylor ofc…

  14. @Ben Keep watch on this blog for that info, since it would most likely be through P&T

  15. @Shalem I hate it when people can’t differentiate styles between two highly distinctual artists. Laysek Fail.

  16. So you don’t see how that poster looks like a Horkey rip off? Let me list some elements…

    1. The worms-eye view perspective of the grass
    2. Old rusted tires, wagon rotting in the grass
    3. The clouds – same treatment that Aaron uses
    4. The house/building in the distance set on the flat midwestern horizon line
    5. The “spot color” of the cape offset against the monotone print

    I’m not saying Horkey has sole ownership of all these elements, I’m saying when you put them all together it’s seems pretty obvious to me.

    I should also mention that Ken doesn’t do any of these elements as well as Horkey.

  17. I love Ken’s image and no I would not mistake that for a Horkey.

  18. I agree that it is a bit different than a “typical” Taylor, but I gotta disagree that it’s any kind of rip off. Taylor usually doesn’t do this somewhat sparse layout–he’s usually got a prominent subject in the foreground. But the clouds are Taylor’s style, the house is his style. To me, the linework in the grass does look a little more intricately detailed than usual for Taylor foliage, a la Horkey’s typical linework, but that’s the strongest case for any overlap to me. Haven’t they collaborated anyway at some point?

    As for the pop of color in the cape, that was likely to draw attention to Supe’s iconic red cape–probably not a style-biting move.

    Anyway. An interesting discussion.

  19. Taylor clouds for sure, check his “the beyond” poster out!

  20. Hmmm… I’m the only one that’s sees this as a Horkey bite? If nobody else agrees with me I guess I’ll keep my mouth shut in the future… Can I get a witness?…anyone?

    No they have not collaborated in the past. I would be real curious to hear from Ken how much of an influence Horkey is.

  21. Shalem…

    No witness. the closest thing you got was the clouds… but its not like horkey was the first to draw cumulonimbus clouds especially in that style.
    Whatever you do don’t look up Franklin Booth. Your poor heart might not be able to take it…

    Worm’s eye view? Never look at Howard Pyle, or any of this students (Wyeth, Schoonover) or Frazetta who took that from Pyle’s compositional teachings.
    Spot color on a monochromatic color scheme? Done by nearly every screen printer ever at least once (textile or flat stock).

    Come on man. Read up on some Illustration History. You’d be surprised how many illustrators Horkey is “ripping off”. How dare he go for an old school scratchboard/engraved look on his work all done in a modern context. How terrible… sigh….

  22. As I wrote in my previous post…”I’m not saying Horkey has sole ownership of all these elements, I’m saying when you put them all together it’s seems pretty obvious to me.”

    Everything has been done before, I get it. duh. My point is that too many elements are “Horkey-like”. This is the first time I’ve spoken up about it but I see it A LOT.

    We probably should be having this discussion with Randy Ortiz, Erica Williams, Justin Santora, too.

  23. Observing similarities or potential influences in another artist’s work is a neat skill Shalem, congrats! However, I’m not sure what you hope to gain by pointing it out. Were you you hoping this community would wholeheartedly agree with you, and demand an explanation from Ken? Or were you just trying to stroke your underfed art school ego? Either way, I think I speak for most people by saying… you should keep it to yourself.

  24. If you think Santora’s work looks anything like Horkey’s, you haven’t seen either one up close, there are no stylistic similarities. The only similarities are in the inclusion of American rural imagery, which given that they are Americans working in this medium for these clients makes all the sense in the world.

    Also, there is *nothing* inherently wrong with an artist adopting stylistic inspiration from another artist, especially when they both strive for a hightened realism.

  25. Any word on the number sold?

  26. Alex Ross
    http://www.alfredotato.com/copia.jpg

  27. I see Horkey paying homage at times to past masters such as Rick Griffin in his work, but so what? The common thread amoungst these artists is a higher level of attention to detail coupled with an emphasis on quality versus quantity. Other current practicioners of the craft should take heed & follow suit.

  28. I’ve always thought that Ken and Aaron had similar styles. A lot of it has to do with the incredible level of detail that they’re able to produce. They also employ a similar calligraphy style at times.
    Given the popularity of Aaron’s work, I think Ken Taylor would be smart to follow suite, if he’s able to do so.
    I really like Ken’s poster :)

  29. Good call on the Ross direct ripoff. People complain when others do it, but if it is Mondo…it is ok.

  30. Mondo is the WORST…ever.

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