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Batgirl Cover No 1 by AdamHughes Batgirl Cover No 1 by AdamHughes
Year: 2011
Client: DC Comics
Media: Media: Pencil, PITT Pen on Strathmore Drawing paper, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

Here she is, the new Barbara Gordon Batgirl, courtesy of the coming major DC Comics reboot. I'll be providing the covers for this series, written by the fabulous Gail Simone.

It's a very odd thing for me, to be working on a Barbara Gordon Batgirl. I'm old enough to remember a time before Oracle, when Barbara Gordon being Batgirl was the norm. I know several young people who feel that way because they grew up on the early 1990's BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, where Babs was Batgirl and there was no Oracle.

But I remember reading the great old Batgirl backup stories in DETECTIVE COMICS, second-hand (both Batgirl and I were created in the same year - 1967). Great art by Carmine Infantino or Curt Swan or GIL KANE. Batgirl was awesome.

I was working in a comic book store in 1988 when THE KILLING JOKE came out. I sold it to people. I was loving the gritty Batman revival in the mid 80s, with DARK NIGHT RETURNS and BATMAN: YEAR ONE. But I, like everyone else, was unprepared for what the Joker did to Barbara Gordon. It had RESONANCE.

When I started working for DC the following year, 1989, a little part of me was sad that I'd never get to draw Batgirl. Barbara Gordon was to be Oracle now, and remain so for the next 23 years. I applaud DC Comics for keeping her in the wheelchair THAT long. Do you think Marvel would keep Jean Grey dead for 23 years, LOL?

So here we are, on the threshold of a new era of DC Comics, one where Batgirl is once again Barbara Gordon. Many fans who have clamored for her return for over 2 decades are probably going to be happy. Here's a link to a wonderful op/ed piece by Jill Pantozzi, representing the fans who would prefer that Babs remain Oracle. Read and think; nay, PONDER. [link]

Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle is a polarizing character, one who'll probably invite great debate over the next few months and beyond the premier of her new book.
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:iconmad-maven:
Mad-Maven Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Im In love with this bought the comic..... and just stared at the cover for aaaaaaages..........
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RobotBash Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Love this, great!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, you have been re-featured in my Weekly Feature Article.
For more details about how this feature works feel free to check the "About Features" section in my journal.
Have a nice day :huggle:
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HannahMarie-H Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Proud to have this comic in my collection! Your cover art is amazing!
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:icontekmeb:
tekmeb Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Niice colouring !
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:iconmegansmourning:
megansmourning Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
So lovely!
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ShinLae Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice depth and foreshortening on this difficult pose!
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LeonardoEnrique Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing, and 2nd, still on cs2?! wow, you are amazing.
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xLeroix Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Picked up this issue when it came out. Love the cover.
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TigerUpGAF Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
I'd love if you were to do a Psylocke image.
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maxgregorart Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
stunning work... i've followed your stuff for awhile , and without being to much of a fan boy you're one of my all time favourite artists
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:iconlilithzariel:
lilithzariel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011   General Artist
A stunning and thrilling version of Babara's return as Batgirl! Thank you very much for sharing your inspiring and astounding art with the world!
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theASTORID Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I was just holding this in my hands, but not able to walk away with it.

I absolutely love the background. Her face, is just awesome.
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TicoDrawing Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice, but somehow i feel your work is lacking lately, or that it is the same nothing new to add to your work ,im talking about evolving as an artist, or maybe youve reached the pinnale of your skills and theres not anyhting further
you should make like an ultimate adam hughes piece that becomes your master piece
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misterprickly Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
I agree!

Adams "referenced" work has never ceased... To give me something to complain about.

Can you spot the 1 MAJOR error in this picture?
Can you say "light source"?

If the ONLY light source in behind her... How come her whole body is so well lit?

There should be shadows all over her.
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SilverGodYouko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student General Artist
It depends on how you are looking at it. I see the background as being independent from the figure (especially since it is abstract in relation to Batgirl), so it would be logical that they may not share the same light source. It seems to me that this is Mr. Hughes intent, as the figure uses realism and the background does not. I believe this is much more a matter artistic choice rather than a lack of skill.
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misterprickly Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nah!
It's just lack of skill.

Had he actually gone to an art school he would know these things.
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ctwin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love the cover! Love the reboot too! I like Barbara as Batgirl, haters be damned.
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Awesome!!!
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LukeMill Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Brilliant as always! :)
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childersart Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
WIcked Cool MAn!!
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:iconmictheghost:
mictheghost Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
There is no one better at capturing the female form than you sir. I have admired your work for so long. This is just another example of why you are the best.
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JayAxer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I envy your ability to catpure form so well in motion.
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:iconmisterprickly:
misterprickly Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's a TRACED PHOTO!
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RICKALICIOUS Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
this looks great. very lively. those gloves look cool.
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microdns Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
GREAT JOB!
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Giuliabeck Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, I can't believe it! :D Is Barbara Gordon back for good? I LOVE her! <3
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Catwomans-stitches Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I really love your artwork, I adore it - this is such a captivating image for the first cover as well :) I'm gutted though because I really like Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, and now that Catwoman has her own book back - please, please tell us Adam, will you at least be doing a variant cover for Selina anytime in the future??????? Pretty Please!!! :)
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franklinsh Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice art work a amazing
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PowderDaRabbit Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I work at six flags magic mount and was so excited to see your art work on the DC Universe arch!
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
What the WHAT?

That's news to me! What art did they use?

:-)
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PowderDaRabbit Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Your Batgirl Cover No 1
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IntoBlueMemory Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
It's beuatiful. But I still think she should have stayed as Oracle. I have a mental disability rather than a physical one, but she was deeply inspiring for me.
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SPITEREDESCENT Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Superb work (always) :D
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TheSharkAttack Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
great action shot!!!!
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:iconrdatzko:
rdatzko Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm VERY excited for this relaunch! Perfect Cover!
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MoonCrusher Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's going to be AWESOME...can't wait for september!
Awesome btw
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Artema Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason I love how grippy the palms of her gloves are. It's a nice touch.
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qiqo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Goodness, This is amazing.
Please don't ever, ever, ever stop drawing. Not even after in 100 years. Maybe 200. Then you may decide to stop or not.
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Dasseo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Unbelievable render!
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colandra79 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Nice work!

This has been featured here: [link]
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thejason10 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
It kind of feels like something is right with the world again ... :)
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SerjoMaksimov Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
это шикарно, как и все ваши рисунки

this is gorgeous, as all of your pictures
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
What a great piece of art! I love your take on the Barbara gordon Batgirl. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the reboot of the DC universe. I hope it works, but from what I am hearing in rumors and in Comic Times, it's not going to be a full reboot. There's going to be elements of the current continuity, that just makes it all sound strange to understand how it will work. I like everyone else will just have to see how it all plays out and hope for the best. I do like your version of Batgirl here and am glad you are getting to work with this character at last! Good luck to you! :D
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salekali Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent piece, sir :) Are the orange hues in the mask a reflection of her hair?
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jmralls2001 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   General Artist
That's great art! It's good to see Barbara Gordon as Batgirl again. I didn't get really into comics until about '89 or '90, around the time of the Tim Burton movie and The Flash live-action TV series. So, my only exposure to Batgirl back then was the '66 TV series airing in reruns on The Family Channel. And then there was Batman: the Animated Series. I honestly don't remember Barbara Gordon becoming oracle until about the "No Man's Land" storyline. I think it's about time they made her Batgirl again. It's good to see that they did just that. :batman:
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batgirl916 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I am so excited for the new batgirl comic. She is my absolute favorite character in the DC universe. I love the costume!
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AbrahelLust Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student General Artist
big fan!!!!
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mikegloady Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Love it. The hand and pose sell it as an action piece and the face is PURE Babs.

I'm sorry to see Oracle go, I always found her the most interesting version of Barbara - but with creative like Gail Simone onboard I don't think this book has anything to worry about.
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Rocawayman Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There was a time when I had to let go of my comics collection, but I could not let go of my Adam Hughes issues.
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