Note: After wowing people with his new take on Marvel’s New Mutants, Daniel Govar is back and taking on DC’s original super-hero team, the Justice Society of America. Govar is no stranger to DC having won the Zuda competition with his webcomic series Azure, but today’s illustrations see him take that style to DC’s old-school heroes. – Chris A.
Green Lantern – I went back and forth on eliminating his cape entirely, and finally settled on keeping it as that and the red on green are what are most identifiable to me. I wanted his high collar to be part of his top, as opposed to his cape to modernize his look. Making the pants tan and making the boots match his belt and cape seemed to make his costume feel more natural to me.
Flash – Not wanting to stray too far in his design, I thought sliming his helm and making his costume more of a running suit – complete with running shoes seemed right. The metallic shiny finish to his suit was also something inspired by track athletes and the Roman god Mercury, from which Flash’s helm is derived. Additionally – I always saw Flash with a runners physique – not so bulky as he’s typically depicted – more of a distance runner.
Dr. Midnite – Going for a falconer’s look, but less medieval, I wanted his costume’s cut to have more graceful features. Also, I felt his moon motif should be more subtle – killing the symbol on his forehead. Aside from that I didn’t want to change his colors much, just tone them down a bit.
Dr Fate – I chose the spiral pattern as a motif throughout his outfit (a repeating pattern in nature), and thought of his costume as being something that grew over him once the helm was worn. I put a little more detail into the shape of the helmet, and wanted the cloak to be slightly more regal, with the two split pieces coming over his pectorals.
Hourman – I confess to not knowing much about him before researching the character for this piece. After reading about him – I couldn’t shake the thought of him being this uber parkour runner, popping a pill to increase his abilities for an hour at a time. That being the case I did lose his cape, but went with a hoodie, running shoes, and fingerless gloves. I also would put a stopwatch on one arm under the hoodie so he knows when his time’s up – his trademark hourglass turning into a logo.