Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: Adam Hughes

UPDATE: The poll is now closed.  The two semi-final votes begin in new threads on January 25th and February 1st, and then the final vote starts February 8th.

Lots of great artists have drawn covers for Wonder Woman over the past several decades, and we’ll look at one artist each week and rank their top five covers (in hopes of eventually compiling a best Wonder Woman covers of all time list… maybe with a poll or something at the end… that could be fun!).  This week: Adam Hughes!!

Adam Hughes is considered by many to be the definitive Wonder Woman artist of the modern era.  His cover tenure on the book ran from Wonder Woman #139197, with a few breaks.  Hughes has also drawn covers for Catwoman, Supergirl, Tomb Raider, and several Star Wars books.  His best covers for DC have been collected in the recently released Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes.

Here are my favourite Adam Hughes Wonder Woman covers, in chronological order:

Wonder Woman #152:  Unlike most superheroes, Wonder Woman doesn’t have an iconic symbol or logo.  Instead, she has her accessories: her tiara, her lasso, and most notably her bracelets.  This cover is pretty much the most iconic you can get with Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman #173:  Wonder Woman’s Kingdom Come armour is always a good time, and this cover is all sorts of bad ass.  I like when Wonder Woman has a sword… you know something crazy is going down when Wonder Woman’s brought out her swords.

Wonder Woman #177:  This cover is cute AND clever.  Little girls excited to see Wonder Woman is fun, and I dig how Hughes worked in the title and CCA seal of approval by having one of them hold a comic.  Plus I always give extra points for mixing it up.

Wonder Woman #184:  As a historian researching Wonder Woman, I’m all about the old school.  And combining old AND new?  Well that’s just the best time ever.  This H.G. Peter callback cover is super classy… I actually have a framed print of this one on my wall.

Wonder Woman #190:  This might be more of a nostalgic choice than anything else.  Can you be nostalgic for seven years ago?  I remember Wonder Woman getting her hair cut being all over the news… these were the days before Spider-Man revealing his identity or Captain America dying got national coverage, and it was really fun.  Plus, it’s a cool cover, and Wonder Woman totally pulled off that hair style.

So there you have it, one of the most subjective lists ever!!  Feel free to disagree in the comments.

Vote for the best Hughes cover here:

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

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