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Adam Hughes and his quest to draw the most beautiful woman ever

"I'm still on this endless vision quest to draw the most beautiful woman and then she’s perfect and can belong to the ages"

Cropped Wonder Woman cover
Image credit: DC (Adam Hughes)

A note: Heads up that the following interview includes adult topics as well as language.

You can name any female character in the respective Marvel or DC Universes and there’s a damn good chance that Adam Hughes has drawn her. Not only has he probably drawn her, but you can bet that he’s drawn her looking the best she’s ever looked, with the most confident hotness she’s ever been seen in, and somehow also ready to be the face of an Ovaltine ad like some kind of contemporary wartime bombshell. All of these things combined make up just a pinch of the appeal that comes with the AH! signature on a piece of art; the whole of which is never as simple as a beautiful woman, a sexy pose, a cheeky smile, or some cheeky cheeks – but an impressive amalgamation that begs its viewers to join Hughes in his appreciation of female beauty AND a good laugh.

Initially cutting his teeth in the bizarre trenches of 1980s independent publisher Comico with detective series The Maze Agency – most accurately described as Moonlighting for total nerds – as well as a doing backgrounds few independent series such as Star Rangers, Nexus, and Warriors, Hughes was later snatched up by DC comics as a regular artist on Justice League America. Since dipping his toes into the DC market, Hughes has become best known to most for his pinup covers, marking himself as THE Good Girl artist of a generation. (With good reason, I might add. One can’t look at Hughes’ Wonder Woman, Zatanna, or Catwoman covers in particular, for example, without remembering the first time you saw a Vargas girl or, for that matter, a photo of Bettie Page.)

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Chloe Maveal

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Chloe Maveal is the Editor-In-Chief of the guerilla website The Gutter Review, and is a freelance essayist who specializes in British comics, pop culture history, and the subversive qualities of “trashy” media. Their work has been featured all over the internet with bylines in 2000 AD, The Treasury of British Comics, Publishers Weekly, Polygon, Comics Beat, and many others.

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