Monday, November 11, 2013

RANDOM WORK OF WOW: Greg Land's Catwoman Has Eyes For Nightwing

Sometimes you stumble across a portfolio where the artist only has a couple of comic based pieces, other times there can be just one work so brilliant, you'd risk being stoned to death by fellow art lovers for putting something else beside it. These are Random Works of Wow and illustrating the point this week is Greg Land and Catwoman

Not that 'Greg Land' - this is from his pre-magazine reference days. Yet if you can draw Selina Kyle this well, do you really need photos?

Like Batman is arguably a bigger icon than Superman, Catwoman is arguably a bigger icon than Wonder Woman, yet deceptively harder to draw. 

Alot of Catwoman's charm is in just that. It's her body language, and how she can go from playful kitty, to flirty tabby to feral vixen all in the space of a few seconds. In Nightwing #52, Greg proves he can render all three in ways that would make most artists blush, and still have them 'read' as the same character.

For a Nightwing issue, the story centres more on Selina, who attempts a jewellery heist in Bludhaven, flirting relentlessly with 'the junior Bat' in the process. Coming under fire from the owner's thugs for interrupting his own schemes, Selina's true goal is revealed; making Bats jealous, and it goes well.. that's what back issue bins are for.

With Greg's art this good, believe me, it's worth the dig.

 What do you think?  Sound off below or view more Random Works of Wow here.


  1. Catwoman was always at her flirtatious best in those bygone days, and one could say Greg Land was the purrfect artist outside of Jim Balent for her.
    Lands images do grate with me, however. Its all Sports Illustrated swimsuit models for him, all sexy poses and it spoiled his Ultimate FF for me for the most part.
    His Catwoman on the other hand, when not flirting to get her own way -which wasn't often! - was terrific though.

  2. Thanks for the comments Karl! Yeah by the time Land had reached the FF, he was leaning a little too heavily on the mag reference and things weren't flowing as smoothly, but I guess we can't blame him for doing so as many folks didn't start cheering for him until he pulled the tricks out on Sojourn doing just that.

    My favourite Selina Kyle artist (aside from Bruce timm)? Leinil Francis Yu. He drew the character for a trading card once, and that image is now THE image I think of whenever the character is named.

  3. I remember reading this issue the first time, and just being bowled over. I don't think I had been smacked on the head with so much kitty sensuality since Eartha Kitt used to purr into the camera. He really nailed that supple flow flirting thing. Which both pleased and irked me. I mean, get the hell off my Nightwing, Selina! He's got enough girl trouble.

  4. It was deffinitely that way during the issues around this one wasn't it Random. Catwoman's advances, getting caught out of the shower by Black Canary, and being rescued by Oracle (and always his best date - sorry Starfire) Barbara Gordon, he was a man in demand.

    You're right on the sensuality thing too - Catwoman just purred right off the page!

  5. I'm not even commenting on the Babs thing. I've gotten into that fight one too many times. :)