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Commission - Huntress, The Brave and The Bold by Femmes-Fatales Commission - Huntress, The Brave and The Bold by Femmes-Fatales
Another commission for ~Dhoomk22

I was asked to draw the Helena Bertinelli Huntress as she appears in the cartoon "Batman: The Brave & The Bold." Interestingly, Helena's costume in the show was that of her predecessor/successor's Helena Wayne. It's one of those silly little costume that fit the tone of the show but is a little funny when applied to the Bertinelli character since it doesn't quite match her personality. Still, I'm glad that she made it into that cartoon and she remained one of the more interesting characters even if she was characterized as the "hot teacher." I've seen very few episodes from the series but the controversial Birds of Prey episode remains the best episode I've seen. I think Huntress came out nicely here though and I tried to capture her 'essence' from the series.

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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner May 4, 2014   Artist
Love the original costume. I still have the Justice Society Of America comic where she first appears, Helena Wayne that is.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impractical though it may be (seriously, a cleavage-bearing lavender and magenta costume?! What crack was she smoking??), it certainly set the tone for the aesthetic all future incarnations would have. Also, Helena didn't make her first appearance in a JSA comic but rather an issue of DC Super Stars.
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner May 4, 2014   Artist
Oh! well you're the expert.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I loved Brave and the Bold. Reminded me a lot of the Silver Age comics my dad had that I read as a kid.

It is funny that the Helena Wayne costume was given to the Helena Bertinelli Huntress in the series, but it fit the Silver Age-esque look.

It's that same Silver Age mentality that led DC to replace Bertinelli with Wayne in the New 52.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Technically though, Helena Wayne was a Bronze Age creation. By and large, Batman: The Brave & The Bold felt more like the early Bronze Age with incorporations of the Silver and Modern ages.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Ah, good point.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The current Silver Age aesthetic that DC has been slowly implementing since Hal Jordan was resurrected is largely in part due to Geoff John's rise to power. He notoriously has a fetish for the Silver Age.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
And of course, DiDio has been no help in curbing it. I don't think Johns was behind the Bertinelli/Wayne switch, though. Paul Levitz wrote the story, so maybe it was his idea.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Paul Levitz is also created Helena Wayne. Of course, it could have been that he was hired BECAUSE of that fact and they wanted someone who would possess that nostalgia factor. Ironically, World's Finest remains one of the few titles at DC right now with a lot of complaints. Catwoman, however, has it beat. All of Catwoman's fans have been demanding Ann Nocenti to be fired due to her butchering of Catwoman's character.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I wouldn't be surprised if they had him write the storyline because they thought the switch would be taken better if her creator wrote it. Personally, I would've had the two Helenas end up switching Earths.

I haven't read Catwoman, so I can't really say where the reaction is justified or not. I did like Nocenti's Longshot mini, which I got in trade.
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