For some weird reason I always though "Superboy" was a better execution than "Superman". Must have been that tv show. I certainly prefer artwork that depicts the character without looking like competition for Mr Muscle of the year.
Yeah, I'm the same. Superboy's always been much more interesting than Superman, just because he's learning the ropes and still figuring out his powers. There's something awesome about him being more realistic too, lifting a car without huge muscles makes it all the more awe-inspiring. I loved the Superboy tv show back in the day!
Yes, that`s it. A more realistic build makes the custume shine more as well, the way I see it. When you color a thousand muscle strands each with it`s own shadow or reflected light, you are kind of taking the spotlight off it and making it unreadable. I am not against who does it and who does it well, mind you - but sometimes less is really more.