On his Whitechapel message board, Warren Ellis has a fun exercise where he typically asks artists to redesign a character of his choice. This time around, however, he threw out the challenge of creating a cover for a new comic called Superman:
You have been told that Superman is a man who dresses predominantly in a shade of blue, and wears a red S symbol. You know nothing else about the character.
The cover must include a logo and the text THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE DARING EXPLOITS OF THE ONE AND ONLY SUPERMAN.
And that’s it.
It’s up to you what kind of company you’re at. What kind of comics you make. How you translate that description of Superman. What era you’re in. Who you are, even. Go nuts with it.
You have one week. Go.
Some of the resulting artwork is pretty impressive; go check it out on WhiteChapel.