Jill Thompson’s Supergirl, Batgirl & Wonder Woman

Note: Jill Thompson’s one of the greats when it comes to comics, from her early work on Wonder Woman to her dalliances with Sandman and her creator-owned work with Scary Godmother and Beasts of Burden. Be that as it may, she has an itch to return to super-heroes. Look at the imagination going on from this piece she did back in 2006! – Chris A.


20 comments on “Jill Thompson’s Supergirl, Batgirl & Wonder Woman
  1. I can’t deny that the art work here is stunning. The pseudo anime rocks and the coloring is beautiful. But – I dislike these as super heroes/crime fighters. These are non-costumes at best, and at worse pretty cheesy. I see these as three young ladies dressed up for Halloween or something.

    Country chick super Girl needs to lose that belt buckle, it’s just one too many ‘S’ insignias. There’s something cool about the red jacket though.

    Goth chick Bat Girl looks like every other 14 year old I see when I’m forced to be at a mall. Also needs a mask, but I do like the green utility belt instead of the standard yellow.

    Jock/Hip Hop chick Wonder Woman is the worst of the bunch. She looks like some insane cross between a NBA cheerleader and Evel Knievel. Maybe if she lost some of that bling bling…

    Can we do away with “realistic” costumes already? They’re fine or live action movies I suppose but as a child of the late 70′s/early 80′s I like my illustrated heroes in tights!

  2. Jay:
    Can we do away with “realistic” costumes already? They’re fine or live action movies I suppose but as a child of the late 70′s/early 80′s I like my illustrated heroes in tights!

    They’re not realistic, they’re fashion styled. And, if you are into designing anything at all, you cannot “do away” with any of the possibilities. If you don’t like the idea, take it, file it, but keep it, for it may be the design answer for another character.

    I enjoy this fashion illustration approach, especially since it can potentially attract the still pretty marginal female audience & artists.

    As for the designs, Batgirl’s suit doesn’t work: Finger-less gloves, skirt, opened boots and no mask… all go against her job. Even fashion needs to take into account function.

  3. Jill Thompson’s work is awesome. And though I don’t think reading a book with the characters running around in these outfits would be my favorite, I can still appreciate this inventive and exciting take on them.
    She says about the image on her blog, “I was asked a few years ago to do a redesign of Supergirl, Batgirl and Wondergirl. I wanted to design costumes that could be actual clothes. Something that would work on a TV show. Unfortunately, nothing ever came of it but I still love these…I think girls would love some dolls like these, I know I would! :-) ”

    All that to say, these are really cool.

  4. I’m feeling the opposite sentiment, Jay. Maybe you’ve read more books with “realistically” dressed heroes than I have, but I enjoy this sort of thing. These costumes actually tell us something about the characters’ personalities without expecting the reader to recognize trademarked logos and color schemes, or to suspend their disbelief that everyone, no matter their age, gender or socioeconomic background, wants to dress in retro-futuristic circus costumes. I *like* being able to look at Supergirl and immediately tell what kind of music she listens to, even if I hate that kind of music. Other than being dressed in black and wearing dark eye shadow, Batgirl doesn’t look especially “mall goth” to me. It’s actually a pretty sensible outfit for urbex/rooftop running, or the sort of thing you might wear to a confrontation with riot cops. The hood works as well as mask, as long as you’re not famous and you don’t get caught. And if you think Wonder Woman’s regular costume *doesn’t* look like an NBA cheerleader crossed with Evel Kneivel then you may have grown just a bit numb to it over the years, which is exactly what these designs correct.

  5. Shame they’re all so anorexic, with waists thinner than their thighs, if they’re comics aimed at young girls, what message is that giving them. I know they’re stylised, unrealistic with big Manga eyes, but still. I’d rather see a Xaime Hernandez re-boot.

  6. I love Jill Thompson’s work and I really REALLY dig this Batgirl. I would buy everything related to this comic. It gives me that feeling I had when I was a high school kid drawing my own superhero costumes in the back of the Algebra class I would eventually fai…barely pass. This hits the perfect aesthetic for a Batgirl comic. I want this to exist and I want to read it now.

  7. @Nick Sedillos – “…if you think Wonder Woman’s regular costume *doesn’t* look like an NBA cheerleader crossed with Evel Kneivel then you may have grown just a bit numb to it over the years…” – You have a very good good point! I may in fact be “numb” to what I see, I’ll work on this.

    But I still prefer “retro-futuristic circus costumes” to jeans, hoodies and track shoes. But, to somebody who loves these particular characters I can see the interest in these, especially for a “Smallville” type show/story or dolls.

  8. These costumes are awful. They don’t look remotely like superhero costumes. They look like laundry day and goth night at the mall. Diana possibly looks like a hip hop dancer. These aren’t superhero costumes at all. This is why people don’t take female superheroes seriously. You are never going to “redesign” Batman or Superman with a belly shirt.

    seriously, comics and comics artists. Stop with the belly shirts. The 90S are OVER. I haven’t seen a real woman on the street in a belly shirt in over ten years.

    And all of them need to eat. Immediately.

    There’s absolutely nothing about these dolls that I would have wanted as a child. And certainly nothing that I want in a hero as an adult.

  9. they are so kawai(cute) and i see them as girls inspired to dress like superheroes than actual superheroines,their clothes are all real stuff you could find in shops.
    I’m totally in love with batgirl ;)

  10. Nick Sedillos: or to suspend their disbelief that everyone, no matter their age, gender or socioeconomic background, wants to dress in retro-futuristic circus costumes

    Just watch what they wear in sports TODAY and maybe you’ll get why skin-tights would be pretty famous for most heroes, especially as soon as they would join a group (who normally have at least one character with the funds or technical expertise for it)

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  12. There’s no denying the artist’s talents when it comes to drawing, but the designs themselves are atrocious. I know it’s more street-fare/fashion kind of clothes, but even from a fashion perspective they’re still pretty bad. Crop tops are from the 80s/90s and should stay there. The jacket for Batgirl looks 3 sizes too big/bulky for someone who needs to use stealth everyday. And is Wonder Woman really wearing a gigantic gold necklace with gymwear? Really? As nitpicky as I may seem, I do like the idea of a casual looking superhero. I just wished the clothes looked like something women would actually wear.

  13. Well, I like them. I think that the Wonder Woman outfit is better suited for WonderGirl (partly because it’s so young, and partly because Jill had done an awesome individual Wonder Woman), and the Batgirl outfit says more Misfit or Stephanie than Babs to me, but these are still great. Much better than those travesties they’re all wearing in the DCnU.

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  15. I’ve seen all of those outfits… almost recently. Keep in mind, just because you or your peers don’t wear it, doesn’t mean someone somewhere doesn’t.

    As for, the waist lines and needing to eat something, we don’t say anything about men whose biceps are bigger than their heads, legs that couldn’t support the torso on top of them, or proportions it would take steroids to develop. Men… and especially women don’t rail on and on about how these guys don’t represent real men and hurt the male body image, yet applying that same level of wish fulfillment/proportional deformation to women seems to have folks up in arms. I am all for removing slut-suits in comics and a plethora of body shapes amongst these characters , but can we stop trying to deride stylistic choices for making women skinny. People are so caught up on the chain, that they didn’t notice the gold undershirt on WW’s outfit, which means she’s wearing layers, the fact that none of these characters are unnecessarily busty or the fact that Diana’s hair is actually curly making her look more clasically Greek. These are GOOD DETAILS.

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