Bad girl art

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Bad girl art
This topic covers comics that fall under various genres.
Publishers Image Comics
Chaos! Comics
Publications Vampirella
Lady Death
Creators Brian Pulido
Marc Silvestri
Todd McFarlane
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Good girl art

Bad girl art is a term that was coined in 1993 in contrast to the term "good girl art" and is used to describe the superheroine art form trend that emerged during the early 1990s.[1][2][3]


The precursors of the bad girl trend were Vampirella, created by publisher James Warren in 1969, and Elektra, created by writer-artist Frank Miller in the early 1980s.[1][2][3]

The bad girl trend emerged in the early 1990s and lasted until the mid-90s.[1] The first bad girl character was Lady Death, created by writer Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes in 1992.[1] Later prominent bad girls include Razor, created by writer Everett Hartsoe in 1992; Shi, created by writer-artist Billy Tucci in 1993; Angela, created by Neil Gaiman in 1993; Witchblade, created by Michael Turner in 1995; and Rob Leifeld's Glory and Avengelyne.[1][4]

What separated bad girls from good girls was their attitudes,[1] moral ambiguity,[3] and lack of compunction about killing their enemies.[1] Supernatural and occult themes were a part of their origin stories.[2] Bad girls dressed in revealing costumes, possessed exaggerated physiques, and wielded occult powers.[1][2]

The founding artists of Image Comics were a large influence on the visual style of bad girls.[5] Artists such as Michael Turner continued the bad girl visual style during the late 1990s.[6]

Angela, drawn by Greg Capullo, wears a skimpy and busty costume and carries a very large weapon. The elongated mannerism and pose of the drawing is typical of the style associated with Image Comics in the early 1990s.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Conroy, Mike (2002). 500 Great Comicbook Action Heroes. London: Chrysalis Books Group. pp. 198–199. ISBN 9781844110049. 
  2. ^ a b c d Roach, David A. (2004). The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes. Detroit, Michigan: Visible Ink Press. p. 51. ISBN 1578591546. 
  3. ^ a b c Gabilliet, Jean-Paul; Beaty, Bart; Nguyen, Nick (2010). Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 102. ISBN 1604732679. 
  4. ^ Gabilliet, Jean-Paul; Beaty, Bart; Nguyen, Nick (2010). Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 103. ISBN 1604732679. 
  5. ^ Duncan, Randy; Smith, Matthew J.; Levitz, Paul (2015). The Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 70. ISBN 9781472535702. 
  6. ^ George Gene Gustines (2008-07-06). "Michael Turner, 37, Creator of Superheroines, Is Dead". Retrieved 2015-03-15. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Maud Lavin, "What's so bad about "bad girl" art?" (Ms. Magazine, March/April 1994) p. 80 - 83.