Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #23, 2006, DC Comics, Cover by Adam Hughes.
The POP Retro Cover Of The Week continues its examination and celebration of iconic comic covers from the 1970s through the 2000s, this week returning to the Aughts, the decade when comics broke the $2.00 cover price mark and continued to climb rapidly. By the end of the decade, most comics cost $2.99 or more.
One of the most popular and prolific cover artists of the decade was Adam Hughes, famous for his dynamic, idealized depictions of female DC Comics heroes and villains.
One of the most iconic covers of the decade was a variant cover for Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes, which ran from 2006 to 2008, and featured the Maiden of Steel’s adventures in the 31st century. As is often the case with variant covers, the cover for issue #23 did not give a hint to the interior story, but was purely “image”…art for the sake of art.
Hughes composed a playful scene of Supergirl riding a meteor as it begins to enter the Earth’s atmosphere, beginning to glow as it heats up and throws off sparks. Her relaxed pose, expression, and coy side-eye glance says: “Yes, I am Supergirl and sometimes I like to do dangerously cool stuff like this!”
As was becoming more common with Hughes’ style, there are very few black holding lines or shadows in Supergirl’s form. Adam’s color skills continue to grow in complexity and do most of the heavy lifting to communicate form and shading (note her cape and all her skin areas). His covers had become much more like paintings than comic book line art. Supergirl’s platinum hair is especially well designed, colored, and detailed.
Adam Hughes’ iconic designs are memorable and never boring, and the POP Retro Cover Of The Week hasn’t seen the last of his beautiful covers!