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 “realsitic” ; 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.
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 relying heavily on art nouveau influences 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 in dependants, including Top Cow’s TOMB RAIDER, Mike Oeming’s HAMMER OF THE GODS, Black Bull Entertainment’s GATECRASHER, Mark Wheatley’s FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER, to name but a few.
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 (see the checklist put together by Larry Dempsey) as well as many places outside the comic book industry. Adam’s most recent break from comic book work is still pertinent to the industry; the creation of a teaser poster for the much anticipated WONDER WOMAN MOVIE. Adam had worked previously with WW Movie director Joss Weydon on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer poster for the episode ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING.
Currently, Adam is the monthly cover artist to DC Comics title CATWOMAN. He tours, appearing at close to a dozen conventions a year.