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WONDER WOMAN #73 Cover Art by Brian Bolland.
While Brian Bolland did many, many stunning Wonder Woman covers back in the 90s, this has always been my very favorite one. I was unbelievably lucky to get it, and it’s going to have to be pried from my cold, dead fingers. There are any number of incredible things about Bolland’s artwork— his flawless technique, his astonishing understanding of form and texture and lighting, his insane attention to detail— but the one thing I’ve always admired and envied about Bolland’s work is that he can take the most mundane moment and make it memorable almost as if by sheer force of will. This cover is perhaps the ultimate example: all Wonder Woman is doing is holding a tray of fast food— yet it’s an image that gets your attention instantly, and holds it. This drawing could look so average so easily done by so many other artists, but Bolland pulls it off flawlessly. I wouldn’t say he makes it look easy— there’s a lot of hard work going on here— but there’s a great confidence and certainty in Bolland’s line that makes whatever he draws inherently riveting from the moment you lay eyes on it. I mean, look at the back edge of that hair! That’s not white-out— he drew around each of those strands!
Interesting Trivia: At the time this cover was drawn, editor Brian Augustine thought Gina Davis would make a great Wonder Woman. As seen through Brian Bolland’s eyes, I’d have to agree.
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