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 is the superheroine art form genre that emerged during the early and mid-90s and lasted until the mid 2010s.


The term bad girl art was coined in contrast, and as a reference to, the term "good girl art".[citation needed]

The precursor of the bad girl trend was Vampirella, created by publisher James Warren in 1969.[1]

The first bad girl character was Lady Death, created by writer Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes in 1992.[1] 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.[1][2]

Bad girls dressed in revealing costumes, possessed exaggerated physiques, posed provocatively, had no compunction about killing their enemies, and wielded supernatural powers.[1]

The founding artists of Image Comics were a large influence on the visual style of bad girls. Artists such as Jim Balent on Catwoman from 1994 to 1999 and Mike Deodato on Wonder Woman from 1994 to 1995 continued the bad girl visual style during the mid to late 1990s.[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. ^ a b c d Conroy, Mike (2002). 500 Great Comicbook Action Heroes. Chrysalis. pp. 198–199. ISBN 978-1-84411-004-9. 
  2. ^ a b 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.