It might be surprising to you that Batgirl has appeared on very few Detective Comics or Batman covers, less than 10 for each book. (9 times on Batman and 8 on Detective) Batwoman, Robin, Huntress and the entire group of rogues have appeared on more covers than Batgirl, even though she didn’t get her own title until 2000. Batman Family was a title that focused more on Robin and Batgirl but that was short-lived.
For this list there is one rule, artists can have a maximum of two covers. This rule makes the list more dramatic and diverse. Below are some of the greatest covers featuring Batgirl.
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Batman Adventures #12 September 1993 – Mike Parobeck cover – The first appearance of Harley Quinn actually includes a really cute Batgirl as well.
Batman Family #1 October 1975 – Mike Grell Cover – Sometimes we tie an artist with some of their greatest works, in this case, Green Arrow and Warlord. But Mike Grell knew how to make a cape look fantastic too. As evidenced by this Batman Family cover that shows Batgirl on her motorcycle with her cape catching the wind. (plus Robin’s billowing cape)
Batgirl #35 (vol. 4) November 2014 – Cameron Stewart Cover – Most of the covers on this list are intense or gorgeous, this cover is too cute not to include. Cameron captures a modern moment between a girl and her cell phone, she just happens to be a superhero.
Batgirl #25 (vol. 1) April 2002 – Damion Scott Cover – This is a hard-nosed Cassandra Cain Batgirl cover that speaks to her toughness and determination. She’s bloodied, her costume is ripped and torn but she isn’t stopping!
Batgirl #4 (vol. 3) January 2010 – Phil Noto Cover – Phil did several fun covers for Batgirl but this one is a killer. Batgirl swooping down from above with perfect aim at some freak’s face. Beautiful and powerful pose for the girl wonder.
Batgirl Year One #9 October 2003 – Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez Cover – This is a simple concept but there is drama in it. Batgirl has a power stance with her legs braced, pulling down on her cape. She is here and no one can move her.
Batgirl #10 (vol. 5) June 2017 – Chris Wildgoose Cover – Chris did several Batgirl covers and interior art but this is my favorite. It shows father and daughter working together in a dire situation. Commissioner Gordon is intense and Barbara Gordon is enjoying herself.
Batgirl #37B (vol. 4) February 2015 – Bengal Cover – Whenever you look at a Bengal cover you see these tiny details like dust, cracks, and imperfections. Those little details give his work a realistic look this Batgirl issue is similar. Notice the air conditioning units attached to the building, the rust on the pipes, the sun peaking through the top. In this cityscape, a lovely Batgirl is preparing to land.
Batgirl Adventures #1 February 1998 – Bruce Timm Cover – If you are a fan of the Batman Animated show, you understand this pick. The art is more simple but it is just as striking of an image. It’s like a giant-sized “TA-DAH” for cartoon Batgirl.
Detective Comics #385 March 1969 – Neal Adams Cover – To me, this is the first cover to feature a gorgeous Batgirl. There were four Detective covers that featured Batgirl prior to #385 but they aren’t Adams. Neal captured the curves of a woman and the surprise of the moment with her face.
Batgirl #23 (vol. 3) September 2011 – Dustin Nguyen Cover – This cover has some freaky coloring but that’s one of the reasons it’s so appealing. The city is shrouded in purple and white fog while shadowy figures surround Batgirl. The dramatic cape action is reminiscent of Norm Breyfogle’s Detective run. (Detective #587 especially)
Batgirl Special #1 May 1988 – Mike Mignola Cover – Mike Mignola rarely made covers for Batman so for him to do Batgirl is amazing in itself. This cover is explosive as Batgirl breaks through a window sending shards of glass in all directions. There is no doubt that Batgirl is a woman with all the curves Mignola gave her.
Batgirl #23 (vol. 5) July 2018 – Joshua Middleton Cover – This cover captures an innocence and a delicate beauty in Batgirl’s face. The strange and wonderful thing about this cover is that her face looks like a photograph and her hair looks like a painting. After staring at this cover for a while it makes you want to join the Ginger Forever group.
Batgirl #24A (vol. 5) August 2018 – Joshua Middleton Cover – Even though issue #23 is more expensive this issue tells a story. You have the striking beauty on one side and death on the other. One look at the coin behind her and you know this is a Two-Face story.
Batgirl #4 (vol. 4) February 2012 – Adam Hughes Cover – Adam draws some amazingly attractive women. Several of his covers are iconic and incredible. On this cover, Adam captures the beauty and the fury of Batgirl.
Batgirl #26 (vol. 4) February 2014 – Alex Garner’s Cover – As you look at several covers from Alex Garner you start to notice trends. Alex puts a focus on the character or scene he wants you to notice first. Everything else has this haze over it. Even the things in the background are detailed and important to the story. This Batgirl cover is one of the best storytelling covers ever. Both figures are intense and tensed, ready for the next move.
Batgirl #12 (vol. 3) September 2010 – Stanley Lau Cover – Stanley is able to tell a story with this cover. Batgirl has been in a tough fight with rips and tears in her costume and blood smeared across her chin. But in her face you see no fear, you can see that she has enjoyed the fight. To add more interest, Stanley added rain bouncing off her shoulder and running down her cowl.
Batgirl #34 (vol. 4) October 2014 – Alex Garner Cover – This astounding cover by Alex Garner looks like it is moving. The bats look like real bats with wings so thin you can almost see through them. The cape and hair action for Batgirl is alive with action. Batgirl looks ferocious! Pray that you’re not the person in her crosshairs.
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By Ron Cloer