Bad girl art

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Bad girl art
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Publications Lady Death
Creators Brian Pulido
Everett Hartsoe
Billy Tucci
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Good girl art

Bad girl art (BGA)[1][better source needed] is the name for the superheroine art trend that emerged during the 1990s.


The term "bad girl art" was coined in the 1990s as an allusion – and contrast – to the long-standing "good girl art" movement that started in the 1940s, and is used to refer to the trend of femme fatale heroines that started in 1993.[2][3] The "bad girl" art trend was derived from the exaggerated visual styles of the male and female form first used in the late 80s by artists such as Rob Leifeld and Jim Lee. The precursors to the trend were Vampirella, created by publisher James Warren in 1969, and Marvel Comics' Elektra, created by Frank Miller in 1981.[2][3]

Notable "bad girl" characters include the early 90s Harris Comics revival of Vampirella; Lady Death, created by writer Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes in 1992; Razor, created by Everett Hartsoe in 1992; Shi, created by Billy Tucci in 1993, and Witchblade, created by Michael Turner in 1995.[2][3]

"Bad girl" characters dress in revealing costumes, possess exaggerated and shapely physiques, are morally ambiguous, and have no compunction about killing their enemies.[2][3]

Shi, drawn by Billy Tucci, wears a skimpy costume and carries a very large weapon.

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 Conroy, Mike (2004). 500 Great Comicbook Action Heroes. London: Collins & Brown. pp. 198–199. ISBN 9781844110049. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Gabilliet, Jean-Paul; Beaty, Bart; Nguyen, Nick (2010). Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books (1st ed.). Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. pp. 102–103. ISBN 9781604732672. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

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