That’s right fellow fans of fantastic fiction, hellacious hellcat Harley Quinn turned twenty five this month… which obviously means that this weeks calculatedly celebratory commemorative comic collection of ceremonially charming and cheerful covers (phew! alliteration avalanche!!) is dedicated to the mischievous minx of mayhem.
Welcome my comic collecting compatriots to an extra special instalment of Comic Cover Of The Week, celebrating Ms Quinn’s quarter century turn as one of the medium’s most beloved and zany characters. After (just) surviving our recent up close and personal interview (which you can read right here) with the crazy clowness of crime we would be rightfully remit if we didn’t offer up this week’s episode to our favourite psychedelic psychopath, and hoo boy do we have an awesome set of covers to share with you. Beginning, of course, with our favourite of the bunch, from astounding artistic auteur Amanda Conner:
The recurring team of Amanda Conner and her hubby and co-writer Jimmy Palmiotti kick off this quad tale anniversary special by recounting Harley’s adventures in Las Vegas alongside her Gotham Siren buddies Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Amanda not only delivers another outstanding cover image but also lends her impressive artistic talent to the tale contained within, proving once again that she is one of the most adroit and skillful creators in the wonderful world of comic book craft.
Her artwork portrays eloquently expressive characterisation, and her writing talent showcases her always exemplary comic timing, Amanda Conner is THE jewel in DC’s crown of comic book composers!
Alongside Amanda’s sterling cover are a host of other variant issues, with our next fave from DC Comics’ Co-Publisher and incredible illustrator Jim Lee:
And this magnificent masterpiece from Terry and Rachel Dodson:
‘Celebrate twenty five years of Harley Quinn with this collection of stories by some legendary Harley talent and some who have never drawn her before! How does Harley manage her insanely jam packed life on Coney Island? What haven’t we seen from her past with The Joker? And can even Harley’s psychological acumen crack the twisted mind of Robin: The Boy Wonder? Find out with the Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1, available at your local comic book emporium right now!
DC Comics’ mega popular ‘Bombshells’ line deftly re-imagined some of its most iconic female Superheroes with a 1940’s pin up style makeover, originally envisioned by illustrator and cover artist – Ant Lucia.
The burgeoning franchise was adeptly brought to life in 2011 when DC Comics’ Collectables alongside Udon Entertainment produced four illustrations based upon Ant Lucias’s original artwork for a possible line of statues. The preliminary four characters of Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Stargirl and Poison Ivy were later redesigned by Ant Lucia and handcrafted into sculptures by Tim Miller in 2013.
Ant Lucia’s designs drew heavily upon the pin up culture from the 1940’s, WWII aesthetics and infused them with a rockabilly style. The final statue design paid close heed to the nostalgic golden age of comic books, with the initial figurine from DC Collectables – Wonder Woman, appearing on shop shelves in September of 2013.
Now you may be thinking that the idea of a line up of classic female Superheroes re-interpreted as 40’s pin up girls doesn’t sound like a fantastically realised concept, especially Wonder Woman who has always been seen as a feminist icon and hero to the cause of equality and egalitarianism, but Lucia only drew upon the dynamic artistic technique of the original pin up style, and unlike its more graphic forebear Bombshells has mostly shied away from the titillation and suggestive nature of its predecessor and brought us powerful and uplifting renditions of its fabulously famous females and used any inherent sexuality to empower the Superheroines contained therein.
To cement the idea of a group of powerful female heroes based upon a 40’s pin up approach, DC brought in two talented female comic book auteurs – writer Marguerite Bennett and similarly monikered artist Marguerite Sauvage, who took the premise and gave us a stunningly realised and playfully dynamic storyline entrenched firmly in its WWII setting that brought us weighty material heavily influenced by historical events of the time.
Bombshells proved a massive hit with the fans, and DC’s newest upcoming series ‘Bombshells United’ continues the heroic heritage of its predecessor, but with a significant twist to the motivations of its eponymous cast.
‘Bombshells United’ reunites us with our favourite force of feisty fictional females, this time however rather than taking up the cause and battling the evil regiments of the Axis powers, they tackle a decidedly domestic threat, the internment of Japanese citizens by the American Government. Marguerite Bennet also adds to the fold, Wonder Girls – Donna Troy and Cassie Sandsmark re-imagining them as Japanese/American citizens whose parents are being forcibly held in the prison camps, Donna and Cassie ultimately join forces with Diana to fight against the U.S. executive order imprisoning their families.
Bombshells United #1 is available at your local comic book emporium on September 6. Written by: Marguerite Bennett. Art by: Marguerite Sauvage. Cover Art by: Terry and Rachel Dodson. Variant Cover by: Babs Tarr.