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Women of DC

By AdamHughes
Year: 2008
Client: DC Comics
Media: Pencil & India Ink on Strathmore 500 Series Illustration Board, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2


Promotional giveaway poster for DC Comics at 2008 conventions. A big job. Woof.

The reason why Catwoman is the only character wearing black (DC wanted everyone in white) is because DC didn't want Catwoman included! Her book was being canceled at the time, and it was felt that they shouldn't be 'promoting her' as a result.

I argued and argued for her inclusion, and decided to draw her in for my own benefit, all the way on the end, knowing I could Photoshop her out in the coloring phase. Typically when DC saw Catwoman, they loved her and asked if she could be included. This was about 12 hours before the piece was due.

Catwoman was only penciled at that point, so I knew I could ink her in a black dress and there'd be no time for it to be changed, so.... there you go.

If you're looking for a STORY reason why Selina is in black, not just my behind-the-curtains explanation: Selina gets invited, at the last minute, to this 'Women of DC' photo-shoot, and is told to wear white. Out of spite, she wears the blackest dress she's ever stolen. She DID bring a white cat, though!

From the left side: Catwoman, Barbara Gordon (seated), Zatanna, Black Canary, Powergirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batwoman (seated), Vixen, Poison Ivy, & Harley Quinn.
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NudistandNerd's avatar

This is fantastic!

VergilGoblin's avatar

WW looks great in a dress inspired by her home of Themyscira as well as ancient Greece.

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shirokabocha56's avatar

I have the poster- your work is beyond compare. I've been a fan since Ghost and your run on Legionnaires. I'm actually right now submitting my photographs of my Cover Girls of the DC Universe statues and making sure to give credit where it is due. You're the G.O.A.T. !

kade32's avatar
My harem idea.
BenRG's avatar
Naturally, Selina has to be different so she wears black with a white cat! Naughty kitty-cat! ;)

Seriously, this is a beautiful piece.  I like how you made every subject instantly recognisable without having to overdo or belabour it so that it breaks up the essential simplicity of the piece.
All beautiful and badass.
good job  
Wonder Woman may not be blond? 
West coast Los Angeles manga affinity 90's child.
"Always up for an alternative to reveal shimmer of intelligence through her eyes."
"What would intelligence uniquely be through her shimmer?"
"A conscious domain?"
Merely reeks of glorified pageantry. 
Substance?
"You make the mistake to judge a man by his race.
You go through your whole life with an egg in your face."
Beastie Boys.
To differentiate markets conceptually, perhaps genetic hazel colored eyes hold the post in revealing all which needs be without surrogate under "any imaginable" color.
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SuncatStudio's avatar
I appreciate that you included Selina. Her in-story rationale makes her sound like the evil fairy of "Sleeping Beauty".
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scwhatshisface1992's avatar
I always thought that bat woman was Lois lane woops 
Foxx1042's avatar
I wish you made Batwoman w/o the red wig. she'd be more recognizable.
emi386's avatar
Lol cute n' creative!
looks awesome!
great picture!!!
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