Supergirl 1982 Style Guides By Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
A couple of years ago at the Baltimore Comic Con, I had the honor of meeting comic legend Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. I had him sign some Supergirl relevant issues and basically stammered through telling him how great I think his art is.
Recently I stumbled across his DC Style Guide pages over at the Comic Art Community website. Here is the link: http://comicartcommunity.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=247 I assume the guide was used for other artists to see the composition of costumes, the character in a variety of poses, etc. Among the many pages were plenty of Supergirl images.
I had seen the above pic many times in other place, the perfect montage of the 'head band' costume.
Here is a sort of 360 view of the same character showing Supergirl in all her glory. I have to say, while the headband variation isn't one of my favorites, I do miss the red skirt look for Supergirl.
And here is an action sheet showing graceful flying and her wicked right hook.
I don't know if these pencil pages were included in the guide itself but here is more Garcia-Lopez action spots of Kara in the head band costume. Just solid composition there.
These are all marked from 1983, no surprise given the head band costume was initiated then.
Research makes it seem like the style guide actually was put together in 1982 so the head band Supergirl pages must have been additions/revisions to later versions.
I was thrilled to see Garcia-Lopez' Supergirl style guide page from 1982 showcasing the 'hot pants' costume. You can see that the basics of the page composition are the same as the head band version. Except there is something warmer about the position of the main center Supergirl. I think the smile seems broader and friendlier. Fantastic.
If anyone has this in color, please get it to me somehow so I can post!
And just in case you wanted to know the color composition of all the DC costumes, the style guide came with a chart. There is Supergirl in the middle row.
DC fans should definitely go to the Garcia-Lopez link above as he has great style guide pages for plenty of heroes and even some villains.