Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Continued Tribute to Supergirl

Tomorrow, DC will release the final issue of the current Supergirl title. This book might not matter to as many people as books like Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and The Flash... but, for those who have followed the title from the first issue until tomorrows #67, we have watched Kara Zor-El evolve from a flat, absurdly sexualized, upsettingly naive character to a young woman who has developed confidence, depth, and integrity. Best of all? Around the time Sterling Gates took the reigns of the title, artists began to draw her as an actual person instead of a strange concoction of hips, five foot legs, and endless (and exposed) belly. The evolution of the character has been one of the most dramatic in the DC Universe, and I'm happy to have been documenting her continued development over the last two arcs with this blog.

Earlier today, I posted a blog that featured what I thought were the best and most iconic images of our modern Supergirl. You can read that here. Here are a few runners-up.

Any time Amanda Conner draws the character

...Especially when she cooks up hilarious sketches for fans at conventions. And whenever Supergirl and Krypto are in the same panel.

Joshua Middleton's work

Joshua Middleton, while a great artist, was a bit hit and miss in his duties as cover artist for Supergirl. The covers that paid too much attention to the shortness of Kara's shirt weren't selected for inclusion here. Instead, we've got the two awesome images included above. How dynamic is that newspaper one?

R. B. Silva's cover for Supergirl #67 (the finale)

Epic and intense. Tender and sweet. A great send off to both Kelly Sue DeConnick's arc and the series as a whole.

Adam Hughes' two page story in Superman/Batman #75

This story, I think, speaks of how comic books are one of the strongest mediums of storytelling. using just a few images and a few carefully picked words, Hughes celebrates the history of Supergirl and Batgirl, paying homage to how they've gotten to be the wonderful characters they are today. I can only hope that the new DC Universe keeps these characters as awesome, strong, and dignified as they have been for the past few years.

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