Adam Hughes: Catwoman Comic Book Covers
Adam Hughes’ Catwoman: Busty, Wide-Eyed, Quirky Even
Adam Hughes’ Wonder Woman and Catwoman depictions are very similar. Possibly due to their close association chronologically. His Wonder Woman (Volume 2) covers ran from December 1998 through December 2003. His stint on Catwoman began nearly two years later with Catwoman #44 in August 2005 and ended with Catwoman #82 in October 2008, the final issue of the series. In March 2010, however, DC added #83 as part of the company’s title-wide Blackest Night event and Hughes also provided the cover for the one-shot event tie-in.
Readers of this site and others may recall that Hughes left the Wonder Woman book after #196 under some controversy for his depiction of DC’s flagship heroine. Too sexualized, showing too much cleavage, too much skin, and, the final straw, a minor character’s touch to Wonder Woman’s bare thigh. DC coerced Hughes to alter his cover for #196, and he left the title after #197.
It is odd that DC would invite Hughes back for another high-profile flagship character such as Catwoman. Perhaps Hughes’ depiction of women is more appropriate for villains and anti-heroes. Or perhaps Hughes’ cover work lead to overall increased sales and popularity of Wonder Woman, in part because he gave her a more rounded and interesting cover personality compared to what had been a historically wooden, stoic, flat character with an equally flat and uninteresting love interest in the form of Steve Trevor. While some aesthetically pleasing art graced Wonder Woman comics previously – perhaps most notably by legendary artists George Perez and John Byrne – none gave the character – well, character – like Hughes. We believe it is safe to say that Hughes breathed new life into the otherwise-dull heroine during his tenure on Wonder Woman (Volume 3).
Adam Hughes’ comics are sexy, beautiful, clever, fun, humorous and human, to list only a few characteristics one might say of his most popular work. He sometimes contrasts the old with the new, as in Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #184; or introduces a modern physical trait to a character who, for the most part, may have been virtually unchanged for years, sometimes decades. In the case of Catwoman, she received augmented breasts and became noticably more voluptuous under Hughes’ pen. Such characteristics mark Hughes’ work on other titles as well, including Tomb Raider.
We present to you Adam Hughes’ best Catwoman comic book covers, in all their quirky, surprised, curvy appeal.
We hope you enjoy the gallery!