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Batgirl Cover No 1 by AdamHughes Batgirl Cover No 1 by AdamHughes
Year: 2011
Client: DC Comics
Media: Media: Pencil, PITT Pen on Strathmore Drawing paper, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

Here she is, the new Barbara Gordon Batgirl, courtesy of the coming major DC Comics reboot. I'll be providing the covers for this series, written by the fabulous Gail Simone.

It's a very odd thing for me, to be working on a Barbara Gordon Batgirl. I'm old enough to remember a time before Oracle, when Barbara Gordon being Batgirl was the norm. I know several young people who feel that way because they grew up on the early 1990's BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, where Babs was Batgirl and there was no Oracle.

But I remember reading the great old Batgirl backup stories in DETECTIVE COMICS, second-hand (both Batgirl and I were created in the same year - 1967). Great art by Carmine Infantino or Curt Swan or GIL KANE. Batgirl was awesome.

I was working in a comic book store in 1988 when THE KILLING JOKE came out. I sold it to people. I was loving the gritty Batman revival in the mid 80s, with DARK NIGHT RETURNS and BATMAN: YEAR ONE. But I, like everyone else, was unprepared for what the Joker did to Barbara Gordon. It had RESONANCE.

When I started working for DC the following year, 1989, a little part of me was sad that I'd never get to draw Batgirl. Barbara Gordon was to be Oracle now, and remain so for the next 23 years. I applaud DC Comics for keeping her in the wheelchair THAT long. Do you think Marvel would keep Jean Grey dead for 23 years, LOL?

So here we are, on the threshold of a new era of DC Comics, one where Batgirl is once again Barbara Gordon. Many fans who have clamored for her return for over 2 decades are probably going to be happy. Here's a link to a wonderful op/ed piece by Jill Pantozzi, representing the fans who would prefer that Babs remain Oracle. Read and think; nay, PONDER. [link]

Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle is a polarizing character, one who'll probably invite great debate over the next few months and beyond the premier of her new book.
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
A now classic cover!
Ltdan9 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good work, Quick question though. Is adobe photoshop CS2 still being used today? I'm interested in using photoshop for my artwork for the first time and would like to know. Thanks.
Monomakh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Beautiful artwork!
friendlyFATTY Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
cmethink Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very nice. Please check my gallery and comment... good or bad. thank you
JesseLambert Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AmaranteSabina Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is one of my favorite covers!
jesschan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Narked Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great artwork Adam,  Hmmm....wonder if she'll get a new motorcycle? (Preferably without BatMite trying to hump her!)
QueenBatgirl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love this picture have it hanging on my wall in a frame :) !!!!!!!!!!!
sebeq1313 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
This is hands down my favorite drawing of Batgirl EVER!
TheTrueFoldedSteel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Great work Adam your a true master! I'm a new fan and saw a few of your YouTube videos !!! Thanks for your knowledge
TheDrawingFool Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Love this cover, added Batgirl to my pull list as soon as I found out you were doing the covers
sebeq1313 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Grafight Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
one of my all-time favorite depictions of Batgirl. I drew a sketch of this and posted it. Hope you don't mind!
hodhod24 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
It's weird how cool this is, U actually drew batgirl cooler than catwoman
Braydenrules Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My goodness! Favorite. Comic Book. Cover. Ever!!!
MartySalsman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work!
Come on...............
ganon2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Fantastic art, and while I don't follow the comics very much, I have always thought of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl first and foremost, and while I'm sure Cassandra and Stephanie did fine, I am very happy to see her back on the streets kicking butt. Guess it's just my innate(or inane) attraction to redheads. I'd love for this to be widescreen so I could use it as a wallpaper.
King1cheetah Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Jathlo88 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This cover is great and this series has been one of my faves of the new52.
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Artist
Wonderful artwork!
Marie11pr Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I LOVE this! SO alive! It's THE perfect cover for her being BACK as Babs!
scorpionet69 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Definitely one of the best Batgirls, nice work!
Phantombatman Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent, you are my favorit artist, love your work!
Treewoman Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I'm so glad Barbara is back as Batgirl, and your covers have been wonderful! As for Marvel...well they're sure giving Jean Grey=Dead a go! *L* What I admire about Babs, though, is they didn't just kill her off; she had to transform, and so did the writers and artists who portrayed her. That's a lot harder, and a lot more praiseworthy in my mind, than the half-ass treatment Marvel gave the "Jean Issue." So go Babs! And thanks for turning out such great art. I've read her as Oracle, and as much as I love her that way, her return as Batgirl marked the first DC purchase I've made in about 10 years.
Gabbo87 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Mystic-Jay Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm so glad the reboot got babs out of her wheel chair! i was so excited to see her on the streets again!
TheDUDERulez Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
The cover looks good and the costume is cool, but how the hell did she become uncrippled!? Did the bullet just miss? Why not have her suit give her extra strength or have her use robotic legs or something?
KiddoPerez Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like how you did the hair, and she's beautiful here ! congrats
MirebenWitch Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Maurandjane Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Great !
Unicornlovesdeer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Writer
Wonderful! :heart:
VoodoomanDan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Your style never ceases to amaze me. Fantastic piece!
studmuffintommee Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Love it very much!!!
ManuDGI Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great work Adam, i like the expression in her face, the colors are very good
Esbe77 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow... your piece is altogether awesome! Maybe they'll separate Batgirl and Oracle, giving a new character with Oracle, who knows?

Your artwork remains truly great, an amazingly detailed yet not too detail-heavy Batgirl... once again, your art never fails to amaze me :)
Eerie-Innocence Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Dude. You made my favorite Batgirl cover! I have this issue. Love it! :heart:
minlshaw Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I hadn't bought a new monthly in about a decade when I decided to take a chance on a few New 52s, and the one that called to me most was Batgirl. It's easily my favorite read these days and it's nice to enjoy that monthly thrill again. This cover is one of my favorites by anyone, ever. It perfectly captures the tone of the entire book: kinetic, whimsical and full of promise. I think I'd actually buy a poster of this one if DC wanted to sell it. I'm actually contemplating buying one of the Graphitti Designs T-shirts and you should know it's been ages since I've done that.
PrimeT1ME21 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I love your pictures man. My daughter loves Batman and Batgirl.
Blegedjod Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
perfect, love it,
WillPhantom Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Adam Hughes....... drawing Batgirl!?????! I guess I've only got two wishes left..... :)
LouieDeMartinisART Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional
MjP-70 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Amazing work!
Davinxi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude, if u didnt had me with the awesome picture and ur unique technique, u had me at all the background information u wrote down :) thanks a lot!
Re6ilient Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Filmographer
i love it!
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
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