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Alex Ross

Batwoman, 2009

Detective Comics #860 variant cover

Gouache on paper

Collection of the artist

Kate Kane is the Modern Age Batwoman presented here. Best known as the highest profile gay superhero, it is ironic that the original Batwoman was created in the 1950s to counter false rumors of Batman's sexuality.

When DC Comics wanted to update the Batwoman character from the 1950s, a redesign that Alex Ross had previously pitched for a reborn Batgirl was drafted to the cause. This cover illustration was Ross’s only painting of the character.

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Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross.  This exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.