Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.43: Adam Hughes

No.43: Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes is a US comic artist whose seemingly simple comic images belie the fact that he takes his influences from the likes of Alphonse Mucha, Toulouse Lautrec and the Art Nouveau movement in general as well as comic artists like Michael Golden and Kevin Nowlan. Hughes’ elegant pieces have meant that he has become one of the most in-demand mainstream comic cover artists of the past twenty years.Words: Joel Meadows…

Hughes never trained professionally as an artist and he began his comics career creating pin-ups for Eagle, a comic created by Mark Ellis in 1987. His first series was Mike W Barr’s detective comic The Maze Agency, published by Comico. This was what got him noticed by the mainstream publishers and after a year on The Maze Agency, he jumped to DC to draw their popular team book Justice League America. 

When he was 24 years old, Hughes joined Gaijin Studios in Atlanta, Georgia which was a hotbed of modern comics talent with other notable comic artists like Tony Harris, Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze and Dave Johnson all members at one point or another. 

Hughes drew the first appearance of Dark Horse’s Ghost superhero character in event series Comics’ Greatest World and went on to draw a number of issues of the character’s own series.

He went on to write and draw a two part Gen 13 series for DC’s Wildstorm imprint in 1995 and in 1998 he began a four year run on DC’s Wonder Woman as its regular cover artist. This cemented his reputation as one of the finest and most distinctive cover artists in the business. 

In the 2000s, Hughes moved on to create covers for DC’s Catwoman series and he displayed his dexterity and versatility as an illustrator here, with a number of inventive and cleverly composed single images. 

In the 2010s, Hughes drew Before Watchmen: Dr Manhattan, a series that acted as a prequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal  comic of the 1980s.

In recent years he has returned to interiors again working with Mike Mignola on the award-winning Hellboy: Krampusnacht which was published in 2017.

Hughes also cites artists like Dave Stevens, Steve Rude and Mignola as major influences on his illustration and you can also see modern US illustrators like Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and Dean Cornwell in his pieces. His bold lines and subtle use of light makes his work instantly recognisable and he is able to bring his influences to bear while offering a new take that is distinctly Adam Hughes. 

 

 

 

Here’s links through to the other entries in our 101 Greatest so far as well

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.44: Daniel Clowes

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.45: Gene Colan

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.46: George Perez

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.47: Michael William Kaluta

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.48: Cary Nord

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.49: Frank Quitely

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.50: Mike Ploog

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.51: Johnny Craig

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.52: Darwyn Cooke

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.53: Steve Dillon

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.54: Gil Kane

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.55: Michael Zulli

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.56: John Romita

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.57: Joe Maneely

 

 

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.58: Marshall Rogers

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.59: John Severin

 

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.60: Alex Toth

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.61: Brian Bolland

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.62: David Mazzuchelli

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.63 Reed Crandall

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.64 Harry Anderson

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.65 Nick Cardy

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.66 Matt Wagner

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.67 Bryan Hitch

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.68 Shawn Martinbrough

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.69 Al Feldstein

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.70 Nestor Redondo

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.71 Tarpe Mills

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.72 Eduardo Risso

 

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.73 JH Williams III

 

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.74 Irv Novick

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.75 Dan Zolnerowich

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.76 Gilbert Shelton

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.77 Tommy Lee Edwards

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.78: Sean Phillips

 

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.79: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.80: Dan DeCarlo

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.81: Marie Severin

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.82: John Paul Leon

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.83: Jim Lee

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.84: Denys Cowan

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.85: Ross Andru

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.86: Paul Gustavson

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.87: George Evans

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.88: Michael Golden

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.89: Matt Baker

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.90: Todd McFarlane

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.91: Fiona Staples

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.92: Carl Barks

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.93: Carmine Infantino

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.94: Alan Davis

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.95: CC Beck

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.96: Syd Shores

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.97: Bob Fujitani

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.98: Tim Sale

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.99: Jim Aparo

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