Superman 260 by Andy Warhol is part of the artist’s iconic Myths portfolio. Superman 260 is a print of the iconic comic book hero whose presence is so widespread, he might as well be a real hero. The traditional image of Superman in his blue and red cape is juxtaposed with a lighter outline of the same image, suggesting we have captured him in the middle of his ascension.
Superman 260 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Andy Warhol’s Superman 260 is a part of 10 screenprints in his Myths series that exemplifies his unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time. Most of images in Warhol’s Myths series are taken from 1950s television or old Hollywood films. They portray the universal view of America’s once captivating and commanding past. Other pieces included in the series are characters loved by children such as Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody, and Santa Claus, as well as fictional figures like Dracula, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Uncle Sam. While each of these characters has a strong, sometimes unpleasant persona, they are distinctly separated from reality. It has been said that Warhol considered each of these characters to be facets of his personality.