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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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backerman Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Nice cover.... I'm not sure about DC rebooting characters, feel like 1995 again... I guess I will wait and see, maybe I will like it.
FantasticNinja Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
So good! I love your art style so these new characters won't look dull or boring, they'll look bright and as good as ever.
StevenHoward Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
SAS-Art72 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm of mixed feelings about the reboot to say the least, but I do like the way her hair resembles flames in this illustration. Didn't they call her "the Flame-Haired Woman of the Shadows" back in the day (along with "Dominoed Daredoll" and some other things)?

At the very least I can expect some great Barbara Gordon art in the coming months (years?) if your Catwoman cover run is any indication.
qiunzo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Im keeping my fingers crossed that this Reboot goes over well, Ive been reading DC comics since i was a wee little lad and im excited to see where it is going. Cover Looks Awesome! The outstretched hand really pops!
clc1997 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
the real Batgirl is back!
Siansaar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
whoa! i hardly read superhero comics at this point anymore, so when i saw another artist (artgerm i think) post his cover for the whole "death of oracle" thingy i thought it was once again gonna be a lame comic-death. but to see this! oh man. cause i grew up with the animated series too, and i always felt sad about her not being batgirl anymore. the hair seems abit weird to me, but i love the expression! you can really feel that pure joy of being back on the streets.
RobertoRibeiro Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good! :D

Kevin-Sharpe Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Artist
Amazing color work ... love the tones and color choices. Another memorable piece :)

great stuff.
enverbike Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nice work Adam..!
Koritsia Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Student General Artist
wooooow !! this is sooo great !
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