The Retro Cover Of The Week is a retro cover within a retro cover: Wonder Woman #184 (2002)

Wonder Woman, Vol 2 #184, 2002, 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, a decade filled with many titles that concentrated on producing covers to be well-designed and illustrated works of art, including Fables, 100 Bullets, and a great run of beautiful, fun covers on Wonder Woman by a modern master of cheesecake, Adam Hughes.

One Hughes standout during the run is the cover of Wonder Woman #184, which features the 2002 version of Diana Prince being dropped into a vintage Wonder Woman comic cover from the 1940s, and coming face-to-shocked-face with her Golden Age counterpart. Hughes’ World War II era subject matter featured thuggish-looking Nazis, and period-correct DC trade dress (publisher’s logo, issue number, pricing, etc.).

Hughes also faithfully recreates the art style of the original WW artist Harry G. Peter, as well as the off-white pulp paper, flat coloring, large Ben Day dots, and misaligned color separations typical of the era’s down-and-dirty printing. For added retro impact, Hughes includes rips, tears, and scuff marks, being careful to avoid marring the modern Diana, and allowing her fully color-saturated, more realistic depiction to be the main focus. The graceful curves of her golden lasso make their usual Hughes-style appearance, magically weaving in snakelike Art Nouveau fashion in the foreground.

Next week: Back to the 1970s!

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