My local comic book store sometimes lets me take a copy of Previews home so I can look through for anything esoteric I might want them to order for me. Last week, as I was flipping through the pages, I cam across this image of Supergirl and Batgirl by Amanda Conner.
That's right, Conner's Supergirl and Batgirl will be on the cover of this year's Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.
As is always the case with Conner, the picture is just great. I don't understand why Conner isn't on a monthly book somewhere. I know I would consider picking up the book just for her art.
But the cover is interesting for a couple of other reasons. This looks like the Supergirl from Wednesday Comics, a younger appearing Kara with a red skirt and gold-trimmed sleeves. And Batgirl is clearly the Barbara Gordon Batgirl, with the flowing red hair coming out through the collar. I wonder if Conner was told to do a Supergirl/Batgirl cover but was given carte blanche for which incarnation of the characters she wanted. I know I would buy this if it was a print or put on a T-shirt.
It's been a while since I bought an Overstreet guide so this seems like the right time for me to pick one up. This year's Guide also comes with a pretty slick Walt Simonson Thor cover.
I'd like to thank the DC Women Kicking Ass blog ( http://dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com/ ) for also showcasing this cover and linking to this article about Conner's work. The article also includes the original sketch as well as the inked versions of this cover. I love process pieces like that. Here is that link:
Here is a blurb from the article but if you are a Amanda Conner fan you definitely should read the whole thing.
The Supergirl and Batgirl cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #41 is her first cover for the Guide. For her it’s a return to illustrating the younger, Wednesday Comics-style Supergirl, and it’s also the first time she’s drawn the Barbara Gordon-era Batgirl for print.
What differentiates this Supergirl from other the many other iterations of the character over the years? Some of the differences are subtle, yet their cumulative effect is readily detectable.
“When we were doing the story for Wednesday Comics, we were trying to make her a younger version of the character, a teenager around 13-14 years old,” Conner said. This particular Supergirl would be a little less experienced, very eager to do the right thing, and definitely not jaded.
I loved the Supergirl strip in Wednesday Comics and can only hope Palmiotti and Conner will do another Supergirl story in Wednesday Comics 2.