Wow! Here are three sensational stages in the creation of a great and iconic comic cover! Here are Gil Kane's pencils, the finished inked (by Dick Giordano) cover, and the final, printed color version! It's the frenzied front of ACTION COMICS #544! Gil left his pencilled Superman background image to be printed as a "surprint," meaning, instead of black lines, colored lines would be used to depict the art! What a dynamite, attention-grabbing cover! This issue also sports the then-new looks of the made-over Lex Luthor and Brainiac, two long-time Superman foes who needed a change of pace (and clothes)! Click to enlarge!