Bad girl art

Bad girl art is the name for the superheroine art trend that emerged during the 1990s.

Bad girl art
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  • Brian Pulido
  • Everett Hartsoe
  • Billy Tucci
  • Lady Death
  • Razor
  • Shi
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The term "bad girl art" was coined in the 1990s as an allusion – and contrast – to the "good girl art" movement that started in the 1940s, and is used to refer to the trend of femme fatale heroines that started in 1993.[1][2] The "bad girl" art trend was derived from the exaggerated visual styles of the male and female form first used in the late 80s by artists such as Rob Liefeld and Jim Lee. The precursors to the trend were Vampirella, created by publisher James Warren in 1969, and Marvel Comics' Elektra, created by Frank Miller in 1981.[1][2]

Notable "bad girl" characters in the 1990s include the Harris Comics revival of Vampirella; Lady Death, created by writer Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes in 1992; Razor, created by Everett Hartsoe in 1992; Shi, created by Billy Tucci in 1993; Angela, created by Neil Gaiman in 1993; Glory and Avengelyne, created by Rob Liefeld in 1993 and 1995 respectively, and Witchblade, created by Marc Silvestri in 1995.[1][2]

"Bad girl" characters dress in revealing costumes, possess shapely physiques, are morally ambiguous, wield supernatural powers or are of a supernatural nature, and have no compunction about killing their enemies.[1][2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Conroy, Mike (2004). 500 Great Comic Book Action Heroes. London: Collins & Brown. pp. 198–199. ISBN 9781844110049.
  2. ^ a b c d Gabilliet, Jean-Paul; Beaty, Bart; Nguyen, Nick (2010). Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books (1st ed.). Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. pp. 102–103. ISBN 9781604732672.

Further readingEdit

  • Lavin, Maud (March–April 1994). "What's So Bad About 'Bad Girl' Art?". Ms. Magazine. Lang Communications. 4: 80–83.