Almost every creative who's taken a crack at the Superman whip has tried to explain the influences that forged a young Clark Kent into the superheroic Man of Krypton - but perhaps none quite so beautifully as this gorgeous animatic.

A Smallville Man by Mauricio Abril - who made this equally impressive Batman short in 2013 - uses 150 black and white illustrations to tell two intertwining stories featuring the young Clark witnessing Jon Kent intervening in an assault, and Superman going to to toe with a military force in South America. While I can't say I'm particularly enamoured by the Foo Fighters backing track, it's still well worth a watch.

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