And this is my favourite artist on Supergirl: Renato Guedes. He wasn’t on the run for long, but he was a huge change from how Ian Churchill had been drawing her. No more frilly belt, and she wore blue bicycle shorts under her skirt (instead of apparently nothing) which meant we could get more angles of her and her skirt didn’t always magically stay flat when she’s flying. I also really love the expressions he was able to do with her through body language and facial expressions.
What was sad is that there was a bunch of reaction online about how she had now become “fat” and “ugly” and apparently preferred her to wear no underwear instead of biking shorts. Also, that this was during a forgettable storyline that was a crossover with the terrible “Amazons Attack” and “Countdown” storylines, so it wasn’t supported by a good plot (though Tony Bedard did a good job with what he had to work with and wrote Kara as a caring and determined heroine.)
The art still really stands out for me. :)
For any interested, the issues were Supergirl #20-24 from 2007.
(I love Supergirl, I must end Supergirl day on a happy note. :) )
Edit: That last image is hard to see even if you click on it:
There’s the larger version, so you can see clearly all the expressions and poses. :)
This art is abso-fuckingly awesome and the babymen who chased this artist off the title are fucking morons.
And this is also why I keep saying that folks who want to see better depictions of females in their superhero comics have to boycott Marvel and DC until their publishing arms go out of business. As far as they’re concerned, the only voices that count are the babymen. This is not going to change ever because the babymen are the ones who buy the titles no matter horrible they become. Thus, to the publishers, pleasing the babymen is the only priority. Unless you manage to replace them in the sights of the publishers this will never change.
But trying to make current hero publishers better at this has been going on, and failing, for decades now. These companies are a lost cause. It’d better to do it for yourself if you really want good, human, female depictions in superhero comics. But not everyone can make a decent superhero comic since the genre has been strip-mined into nothing.