Supergirl Becomes A ’90s Icon In The Hidden Art Of Shazam
New Shazam Champion! Artist Evan “Doc” Shaner has given fans a closer look at a poster that reimagines Supergirl in a classic ’90s ad campaign.
Warning! Minor spoilers for Shazam’s New Champion! #1!
Looks like super girl has an awesome new role in the latest Shazam comic. Artist Evan “Doc” Shaner took a closer look at the first issue of Shazam #1’s New Championwhich features the Girl of Steel in a campaign familiar to book lovers everywhere.
She may not be as lauded as her cousin Superman, but Kara Zor-El is just as much of a hero as the Big Blue Boy Scout. Since arriving on Earth, Kara has tried to live up to the same standard set by Clark Kent. Although Supergirl’s reputation isn’t as stellar as Superman’s, that hasn’t stopped her from doing her best to be an inspirational hero. In fact, the young heroes even look up to Kara and see her as the kind of superhero worthy of a role model.
For example, Mary Bromfield and Darla Dudley of the Shazam Family seem to appreciate Kara’s heroism. In the first issue of Shazam’s New Champion! #1, eagle-eyed readers may have seen a poster hanging on the wall of Mary and Darla’s bedroom before the former left for college. The poster features an image of Supergirl in a parody of the American Library Association’s READ poster campaign. While the image was hard to see in the comic, series artist Evan “Doc” Shaner took a closer look at the poster. On TwitterShaner thanked fans for their support of the series’ first issue and revealed a full version as a special gift for Shaner.”other 90s kids“. The poster shows a confident Kara Zor-El reading a book, and like all other READ posters, Supergirl is reading.”for American libraries“.
Thanks so much for the kind welcome to Shazam #1’s new champion yesterday, folks. Here’s a bonus you can barely make out in the book – a poster of Supergirl in Mary and Darla’s bedroom that I cobbled together for my 90s mates: pic.twitter.com/mA1xiCT0OH
—Doc Shaner (@DocShaner) August 3, 2022
The American Library Association has been making READ posters since the mid-1980s, and by the 1990s they were everywhere in schools, libraries, anywhere they wanted to promote the joys of reading to young minds. While the real world featured notable celebrities and public figures, it only makes sense that in the DCU a few caring heroes would want to lend their likenesses to such an important cause. Not only does Shaner’s poster acknowledge Kara’s big heart, it paints her as the icon that she definitely is.
While Superman may get the lion’s share of the attention, Kara is more than deserving of a READ-style poster. Her recklessness and resilience have made Supergirl a heroine worthy of admiration. She’s the kind of character that young people could easily see themselves in and model themselves on her relentless determination. Kara’s courage and desire to help make her the best person to capture the fun spirit of the READ campaign in the DC Universe.
This naturally fits with the hero’s desire to help and makes him a great role model for children to follow. Shaner’s poster in Shazam’s New Champion! is the perfect way to have a fun 90s throwback and support yourself super girl as a modern DC icon.
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