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DC Comics Covergirls [Hardcover]

Louise Simonson

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Jan. 6 2009
From the trailblazing Wonder Woman of the 1940s to edgy, girl-power-driven comics series like Birds of Prey, DC Comics Covergirls takes a look at the female characters of DC Comics throughout the company's history, and features many of DC Comics' iconic comic book covers. Written by renowned comic book writer Louise Simonson, the book examines the evolution of the comic book women of DC Comics: the 1942 introduction of the most famous DC heroine, Wonder Woman, and her various incarnations up to the present; the creation of comic book spin-offs based on characters such as Lois Lane; and the recent wealth of fierce, female character-driven comics such as Supergirl, Birds of Prey, Batgirl, and Catwoman, featuring women who have no trouble being both sexy and strong-willed. Famous featured DC Comics artists include Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, J. Scott Campbell, Michael Turner, Tim Sale, and Jill Thompson. DC Comics Covergirls is a smart and in-depth look at the female comic book characters we've grown up with all these years, and is sure to appeal to new comic book fans and diehard collectors alike.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books (Jan. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318695
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 24 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #633,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Louise Simonson is one of the best-known female comic book writers working in the comic book industry today. She has risen to the top of the male-dominated business and has garnered acclaim for her work for Marvel and DC Comics, including Superman: Man of Steel, X-Factor, Power Pack, Steel, and New Mutants. She lives in Suffern, New York.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Representation of DC Cover Art Dec 15 2007
By CB - Published on Amazon.com
I want to say off the bat that, if you are a comic book fan, you can't go wrong with this volume. DC Comics Covergirls serves as an excellent gallery book of - what else? - DC Comics covers of superheroine comic books. This book is, however, less a retrospective than a gallery of more modern works - you'll largely find covers reproduced from the last 25 years or so. The book is largely broken down by heroine - so you'll find Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Catwoman, etc., each with their own little section in the book (some sections, regrettably, are larger than others). Lovers of Adam Hughes' work on Wonder Woman and on Catwoman would be wise to pick this book up, as his work is exceptionally well-represented in this volume. Overall, I'm pleased with this book - it is high-quality, the images are reproduced nicely on thick, glossy paper. You'd do well to buy this if you are a fan of comic books or interested in illustration.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent guide to the superheroines of DC Comics July 17 2007
By bOoKwOrM - Published on Amazon.com
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Recently bought this, and it was definitely worth the money spent! Written by Louise Simonson(an accomplished comic book writer, for both Marvel and DC Comics), this is an illustrated guide to the female superheroines of past and present. Besides the well-known ones like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, other lesser known characters are also spotlighted. Contains a number of full page reproductions of comic book covers(which look really amazing on the high quality paper of the book), and various other pictures.

Definitely recommended for superheroine fans. :)
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not an art showcase by far Aug. 24 2007
By Edco - Published on Amazon.com
It should have been titled "Bad Scans of DC Comics Cover Girls." The paper stock is nice and heavy, but the reproductions are horrible. There is such wonderful art to showcase here, but the majority are covered in bad moret patterns or just poor color reproductions. As the book moves towards current book covers and art, I was horrified to see the same bad reproductions, considering the source material could have been aquired in its original digital format! Also disappointing are direct cover scans-- including quite recent Adam Hughes and Jim Lee-- with all the cover logo, type, DC Bullet, and freaking UPC code in place. Such a shame.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artwork and the role of female heroes and villains in the DC comic world Dec 29 2013
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
The comics, specifically those with a superhero theme, have long been a place where the female gender was represented as being strong and capable, fighting alongside men on both sides of the law. Wonder Woman, the creation of psychologist William Moulton Marston, first appeared in December of 1941 and was depicted as powerful, able to take on the strongest foes.
There have been many heroines and strong female villains in the DC comic storylines in the decades since Wonder Woman first appeared and this book tells an abbreviated form of their story. Most of the page area is devoted to the cover art of some of the most distinctive issues featuring female characters. Much of it is incredible; the image of Wonder Woman used for the front cover of the book is one of the most beautiful images of a woman that I have ever seen.
There is also a section devoted to reporter Lois Lane, in my opinion it was correct to include her. Unlike most of the other female characters in literature, Lois was a strong personality, delving deep into dangerous stories in her attempts to get a scoop on the competition, although she did spend a great deal of effort trying to get her MRS.
This book is an excellent combination of history and art, the history of comics and the strong female characters that were an essential component for seven decades as well as the quality images provided by the artists that made them live. This book should be required reading for all lovers of comics and could serve as a supplemental textbook in courses covering the rise of females to full participation in society.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for female hero fans May 31 2011
By Angela - Published on Amazon.com
This book is wonderful in many senses

I use it for reference all the time, love just looking through it and it has great descriptions of what the comic covers were mean't for story wise.
Has Wonder Woman and how shes changed through the ages and lesser known DC comic cover girls.

Beautifully printed and a great coffee table book for any comic fan.

Hope this helps. :)

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