Thursday, May 20, 2010

Supergirl 75th Anniversary Variant Cover?



One of the ways DC is celebrating the company's 75th anniversary is by releasing special 75th Anniversary Variant covers. These covers seem to be homages to prior iconic DC covers, re-imaginations by some of the more famous artists in the business. A recent Mike Mignola Batman variant was teased earlier (here is the link). The most recent release was this Eduardo Risso variant which will be on Superman #700.

Of course, the Risso cover hearkens back to the fantastic Neal Adams' Superman #233 cover, the opening chapter of the 'Kryptonite Nevermore' storyline.

Risso's cover is an interesting take. His Superman is thick, the face more akin to the Fleisher Studios Superman than Adams' version. It isn't supposed to be Neal Adams; it's supposed to be Risso's take on this cover. I actually like it a lot. And that says something ... I love Superman #233.


Based on the two variants that have been released, the original cover doesn't have to be a prior anniversary issue or a number one issue. It has to be something iconic ... something relatively recognizable (I don't think the casual fan would list Detective Comics #168 as a 'famous' Batman cover) ... and something dynamic. Here are the Batman covers side by side.

Now the plan is for there to be a special 75th Anniversary Supergirl cover as well. We have talked about iconic Supergirl covers in the past here. But which cover should be the homage cover on which the variant cover is based? I have come up with a couple of ideas ... but to be honest, I have no idea. The Detective Comics #168 is sort of obscure (at least to me and I like to think I am pretty well-read as a comics fan). So it doesn't have to be something extremely well known. And I hope it isn't based on Crisis on Infinite Earths #7. That has been copied so many times I don't think it would feel special enough.

So here are some guesses out of the blue.

Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1 - With the 'Who is Supergirl?' storyline coming up, my guess is Kara does some introspection and comes out with a stronger sense of self. This smiling confident Supergirl (rendered by Rich Buckler and Dick Giordano) would be a nice template for the current title.

Adventure Comics #381 - It's the 'first' Supergirl only issue with a nice Neal Adams cover. It is the first time she wasn't a second feature in Action Comics. For that reason alone, it is an important Supergirl issue and certainly worthy of an homage variant. My only problem with this cover is that Supergirl is such a small part of the composition.


Supergirl #13 (from the Daring New Volume) - It is a classic heroic pose and was the first sighting of the 1980s 'headband costume' (although the headband isn't there in this Ed Hannigan/Dick Giordano cover). While it would be a nice iconic cover to emulate, it lacks the energy of the Batman and Superman covers.


Adventure Comics #406 - so maybe not as famous as the prior 2 covers, I have always liked this Mike Sekowsky cover's composition. That's Nasty Luthor looming in the background, a split Linda/Supergirl image in front. With 'Who is Supergirl?' hopefully re-establishing the Linda Lang secret identity, this might be a cool cover to base the variant on.



Adventure Comics #383 - I do think it would be slick to base the Supergirl cover on a Neal Adams cover like the Superman one is, linking the cousins. While I have no idea how they could work this cover's theme of Supergirl being present at her own funeral into the actual story, I always thought this cover had a lot of dynamism. If an 'action' feel is what DC is going for, this one is pretty good. You can feel Supergirl's shock here. Adams is a master.

There are plenty of older Supergirl covers where she is lamenting her existence or being treated poorly. Here on Supergirl #3 she is sad she can't get a date. There are other covers of her being yelled at by Superman, being bombarded by soda cups at a football game, etc. I hope we don't see one of these covers. I want it to be a strong representation of Supergirl.

I am hoping for Adventure Comics #406 ... but I know that is a pipe dream. Any suggestions out there?

And we haven't even talked artists! I know it might be controversial to some, but I'd love to see another Renato Guedes Supergirl cover.

15 comments:

Gene said...

If they do make a 75th anniversary cover for Supergirl, my vote is for Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1. It was made into a postage stamp in 2006 and it features her very well.

ArgoCityCub said...

I have always liked the cover to Supergirl #13 so i hope they remake this cover but this time,i hope they add some characters in the background.

Anj said...

If they do make a 75th anniversary cover for Supergirl, my vote is for Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1. It was made into a postage stamp in 2006 and it features her very well.

I really love that cover too. It certainly would be a great choice.

Anj said...

I have always liked the cover to Supergirl #13 so i hope they remake this cover but this time,i hope they add some characters in the background.

Good thought. I think that the Supergirl on the #13 cover looks very confident and comfortable with who she is. It would work her for the current Supergirl who has gone through so much.

Anonymous said...

I like this one, it has definite "Triumph of the Will" aspect to it....

http://members.ttlc.net/~mso/Supergirl_17_1984_Cover.jpg

John Feer

TalOs said...

Man how I'd just love to see her movie's comic adaption cover be the one chosen to be used as the 75th anniversary special variant cover! B-D

Mart said...

You know I want tears and a cat!

Or Zee and a snowman.

Mart said...

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Mart

Anj said...

You know I want tears and a cat!

Or Zee and a snowman.


Supergirl and Zatanna fighting over a Yeti. Classic cover!

Anj said...

Anj, according to the traditions of the Kreativ Blogger Award, which oblige me to post the following in a thread where it doesn't actually belong, I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award.

More info, and why I've nominated you, on a post at my blog.

And if my attempt at a hyperlink in the above sentence fails, try:

snipurl.com/kreativgong

Getting the nomination is the same as winning. And if it all seems like too much faff, I understand you can ignore the whole thing!


I am honored and will pay it forward. It is a crazy week for me so it will probably be later in the week.

Gene said...

John Feer wrote:

"I like this one, it has definite "Triumph of the Will" aspect to it....

http://members.ttlc.net/~mso/Supergirl_17_1984_Cover.jpg"

That is a cool cover. I actually used that in my Supergirl display as an example of her strength.

Mart said...

I don't like the #17 cover as one to homage, mainly because we don't see Kara's face. At the time, as something different, it was OK.

That Russo Superman pic, do people rally like it? To me it's an ugly - crumpled, shadowy figure - take on the Neal Adams original, which just yells 'confidence, power, friend ... SUPERMAN!'

Anj said...

That Russo Superman pic, do people rally like it? To me it's an ugly - crumpled, shadowy figure - take on the Neal Adams original, which just yells 'confidence, power, friend ... SUPERMAN!'

It seems to be a split decision when you read around the net.

I thought it was in interesting re-interpretation of the cover ... clearly an homage but with a different feel.

Dr. Thinker said...

If I was a betting man, I would mostly like use the Sliver Age Action Issue that ended the 9-part arc that revealed the Sliver Age Supergirl to the world.

Anj said...

If I was a betting man, I would mostly like use the Sliver Age Action Issue that ended the 9-part arc that revealed the Sliver Age Supergirl to the world.

How could I forget Action #285. You're right. That is probably going to be the one.