Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Huntress' Top 10 Covers

Last year, Brian Cronin at CBR's Comics Should Be Good came up with his list of The Most Iconic Covers for thirty different characters. Some I felt were stronger than others, and took enough exception to his list for the Martian Manhunter that I compiled an extension. Meanwhile, DC is revving up for a year's worth of 75th Anniversary variant covers, which I commented on at length at my new Wonder Woman blog. However, it wasn't until Anj at Supergirl Comic Box Commentary offered his choices for a potential Supergirl 75th Anniversary Variant Cover that it occurred to me I'd like to throw my hat into the ring in a fairly big way. Since performing this feat with Wonder Woman herself will take an eternity, I decided to start out with another featured heroine with a far smaller catalog and an even more narrow selection of decent covers.

10) Birds of Prey #59 (October, 2003)

When you think of the Huntress-infused incarnation of the BoP, this image will likely come to mind. A shame Huntress looks more like a prostitute than a vigilante in that get-up.

9) Nightwing and Huntress #4 (August, 1998)

Remember the days when Robin was like a young uncle to Helena Wayne? Those days were forever lost when the decidedly more predatory Helena Bertinelli seduced Dick Grayson, and the chill that followed is on display here.

8) Wonder Woman #271 (September, 1980)

The debut of Huntress as Wonder Woman's ongoing back-up feature, and two swell covers for the price of one!

7) Superman/Batman #27 (July, 2006)

A much-needed shout-out to another Earth-2 dynamic duo gone astray. Huntress just isn't this person anymore, but its worth remembering when...

6) Detective Comics #652 (October, 1992)

After a couple of years in limbo, Huntress was reintroduced through this eye-seizing cover by a young Travis Charest.

5) The Huntress #1 (April, 1989)

Our heroine's first and only ongoing solo book starts here, with an alright cover that will be played over in variations throughout the short-lived series.

4) Batman: Streets of Gotham #6 (January, 2010)

Simply badass.

3) Birds of Prey #69 (September, 2004)

Raw sexuality and bad, anti-authoritarian attitude. This one image perfectly sums up Gail Simone's excellent take on the heroine.

2) Detective Comics #653 (November, 1992)

The anatomy is dubious and the crosshatching so very nineties, but Huntress is pushing Batman aside and grinning her "I got this" grin." Yes, ma'am!

1) DC Super Stars #17 (December, 1977)

Let's see-- first major cover appearance... origin story... cool image tossing Green Arrow and the Legion on the backburner... Yeah, this is a winner.


LissBirds said...

I never realized her costume went through so many iterations. I guess I really don't know her as well as I thought I did.

I'm glad Dustin Nguyen made the list. He makes those chunky boots look downright graceful. He really makes me appreciate watercolor, which I never really cared much for in the past. And the cross earrings are there!

Diabolu Frank said...

I don't think I represented all of her costumes, either. I like that her gear is flexible, as it gives artists room to play with the design, which Nguyen does very well. The flip side is Benes' booty shorts, but you take the bad with the good.