Every so often something crosses my path about Supergirl which is unexpected and an absolute treat.
So I would like to thank Colin Smith of the excellent 'Too Busy Thinking About My Comics' blogs (V1 and V2) for showcasing this excellent sketch of Supergirl and Brainiac over on his site:
This is obviously the work of the master Curt Swan, an artist who defined Superman in the Silver and Bronze age. Swan certainly drew Supergirl occasionally, whenever she was a guest star in a Superman story he penciled. But he didn't draw much (if any) Supergirl in the classic Crisis-era Head Band costume!
So this wonderful picture of her, specifically in that outfit, with Brainiac 5 by Curt Swan is incredible, like finding a gem! They look so happy!
That picture is from Curt Swan: A Life in Comics, a biography of Swan that includes (apparently) many pictures.
I don't think I appreciated Swan when I was reading him. I totally appreciate him now. And there is no doubting his contributions to Superman. I just might have to go out and get this book!
On a somewhat personal note, he drew the Sand Superman arc, part of which is this panel, my avatar/icon around the net.