John Romita Jr told Newsarama about his approach to drawing Superman.
The very first promotional sketch I ever did was so bad. I had changed the face a little bit — it wasn't good enough — and interestingly enough, that first poor image got onto the internet.
Yeah, uh, sorry about that John.
And it didn't go down well.
And I got such hate mail over that that I couldn't even get a chance to explain, that was just the very first thing I ever did! Calm down! I made a mistake!
And then I did another version, and Dan DiDio said, "Straighten his nose out! Not every character's an Italian, Romita! Give him a straight nose — this is Superman!"
This is I guess where it ended up…