Bad girl art

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Bad girl art
This topic covers comics that fall under various genres.
Publications Lady Death
Creators Brian Pulido
Everett Hartsoe
Billy Tucci
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Bad girl art (BGA)[1] is the name for the superheroine art form trend that emerged during the early 1990s.


The term "bad girl art" was coined in the 1990s as an allusion and contrast to the "good girl art" movement of the late 1940s.[2][3] The "bad girl art" trend was derived from the visual styles first used by Image Comics' future founding artists such as Rob Leifeld and Jim Lee in the late 80s and was carried on by artists such as Jim Balent on Catwoman from 1994 to 1999 and Mike Deodato on Wonder Woman from 1994 to 1995 during the 1990s.[3] The precursor of the trend was Vampirella, created by publisher James Warren in 1969.[2]

An early bad girl character was Lady Death, created by writer Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes in 1992.[2] Notable bad girls included Razor, created by Everett Hartsoe in 1992; Shi, created by Billy Tucci in 1993; Angela, created by Neil Gaiman in 1993; Rob Leifeld's Glory and Avengelyne, created in 1993 and 1995 respectively; Witchblade, created by Michael Turner in 1995, and the early 90s Harris Comics revival of Vampirella.[2][3]

Bad girl characters dressed in revealing costumes, possessed exaggerated physiques, had no compunction about killing their enemies, and wielded supernatural powers or were of a supernatural nature.[2]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Van Domelen, Dave (28 March 1996). "Bad Girl Art Report: April Previews". Negative Space. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Conroy, Mike (2002). 500 Great Comicbook Action Heroes. Chrysalis. pp. 198–199. ISBN 978-1-84411-004-9. 
  3. ^ a b c Gabilliet, Jean-Paul; Beaty, Bart; Nguyen, Nick (January 2010). Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 102–103. ISBN 978-1-60473-267-2. 

Further reading[edit]

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