Adam Hughes is most commonly known for his stylized renderings of women; super heroines, damsels in distress, figures in fantasy. About the time Adam began making waves in art circles and his artwork really began to be noticed, the term “Good Girl Art” had been coined, and it best describes exactly what Adam does. He is considered by many to be one of a new generation of Good Girl artists inspired by Petty, Vargas and Elvgren. When describing his own work, Adam has used the term “naturalistic” as opposed to the term “realistic” ; which describes what he does perfectly.
Adam began working in comics at the age of 19, in 1985. In 1988 Adam lent his talents to a comic book called Maze Agency; a book which many consider to be his first real artistic “run” on a title. He did over a year on the book; of both interior and cover artwork. In 1989 Adam began working on his first “mainstream” comic book title: DC Comic’s Justice League. He worked on the book for almost 2 years, doing covers and interiors until 1990, then switching to supplying artwork for just the covers. Eight years later, Adam began what many see as his most acclaimed cover work. Adam’s recognizably strong and elegantly drawn women have graced the covers of four years worth of DC Comics Wonder Woman title, which was followed by 4 more years on Catwoman.
Prior to Wonder Woman, Adam had a short run on the Dark Horse series Ghost, which many feel a noteworthy point in his career. It was here that we see Adam delving heavily into art nouveau in his attempt to create a “Film Noir” genre in comics. This was also about the time that Adam first worked on GEN-13: Ordinary Heroes for Wildstorm; which gave him an opportunity to write and draw his own run on a book. Adam has since worked on a variety of projects, for major publishers and independents, including Top Cow’s Tomb Raider, Dark Horse’s Star Wars Legacy, design’s for Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film, covers to DC Comics’ Catwoman, and assorted statue designs for Sideshow Collectibles and DC Direct, to name but a few of the highlights of the past handful of years.
Today Adam is best known as a cover artist. He pencils, inks and colors his own covers, using both traditional and digital mediums. His artwork can be seen on an amazing assortment of comic book covers as well as many places outside the comic book industry. His work can be found in magazines like Imagine FX and Playboy and on trading and sketch cards for sets like Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and many others. He also published his first coffee table book in 2010, collecting his more than 20 years of artwork for DC Comics. Cover Run: The DC Comic Art of Adam Hughes debuted at number 2 on the New York Times Best Sellers list when it was released, and is currently in its third printing.