Ant Lucia Gives The Women of DC Comics A Retro Makeover for ‘Bombshells’ Prints
Tapping into the popular DC Bombshells statues line from DC Collectibles, QMx has released a set of prints of Ant Lucia’s conceptual artwork featuring DC’s favorite heroines and villainesses in the style of mid-century pin-ups. Lucia channels Alberto Vargas’ trademark pin-up style while capturing the strength and beauty of the likes of Wonder Woman, Catwoman, et al; and the result is a fun, sexy, and chic makeover of DC’s finest. This artwork will be also used for DC Bombshell-themed variant covers for DC’s current series in June 2014.
Ever since the release of the DC Bombshells Supergirl statue last year, Lucia’s redesigns have been a hit with collectors and cosplayers alike, with the line of statues quickly expanding and with fans emulating these stylishly retro makeovers of Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and more.
What I find particularly appealing about the DC Bombshells is the attention to fashion and design. I love how Lucia translated a character’s signature style into a retro pin-up look. Wonder Woman’s classic digs are reinvented as a Rosie the Riveter homage, with high-waisted star button sailor shorts and a golden bandanna in place of her tiara. Batgirl gets an aviator-styled cowl, while Mera gets a sailor beach bunny makeover.
Two of the most inspired redesigns in the collection are definitely the retro futuristic Hawkgirl with a winged jetpack and a rockabilly Black Canary (where Dinah Lance looks like an extra from Cry-Baby, complete with a Green Arrow tattoo). Although some of these redesigns stray from canon, I would love to see the DC Bombshells in action, even in a one-shot compilation of stories about each character, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment.