This Batman villainess had her roots in TV, but became a high point in Terry’s career In 2000, DC took an innovative step in taking Harley Quinn, a character from the highly stylised Batman: The Animated Series, and put her into a comic book. Terry Dodson was the artist who was chosen to work alongside writer Karl Kesel, with Rachel Dodson doing the inking and Alex Sinclair the colours.
“I was a super-huge Bruce Timm fan at the time, so it couldn’t have been better for me to work on it,” says Terry. “This was the first time Harley was drawn in a realistic style and I was able to draw the Batman universe without the pressure of the Batman book. This remains to this day one of my most popular projects, because DC keeps the entire run of it in print.”
he fell in battle. However, this ability waned and on his last re-incarnation he ended up in the body of a woman called Eden Blake. Like Wonder Woman, Eden was blessed with a very curvy physique and an even tighter outfit.
Jester bit of fun
Later, Terry worked on Harley Quinn, who received her own series in 2000. Again, he drew alongside his wife Rachel, and developed a strong female lead, this time in the Batman canon. Dressed like a jester and beginning as a cohort of the Joker, she forms her own gang of hellcats. The title of book one, A Harley Quinn Romance, played on the name of the US publisher Harlequin, with its racy novels aimed at housewives.
In 2006, he added something new to his portfolio in the form of Songes, which was drawn for the French publisher Les Humanoïdes Associés. He produced another of these volumes in 2012, with a sexy female lead once again prominent in his work. It gave Terry a taste for working with European talents.
Today, one of his favourite projects is called Red One, a creator-owned publication he’s doing with French writer Xavier Dorison. “It’s set in 1977 and the catchline is: ‘ What happens when America’s greatest superhero is actually a Russian spy?’ It’s very much a Tarantino, funky, 70s-inspired romp – a totally different project for me – but challenging and rewarding in its own way.”
Terry adds: “I enjoy doing the creatorowned work the most because it’s always the type of work I enjoy as a reader and is usually the most satisfying, because I love to create. I feel like I’m able to do the kind of work that I’ve always wanted to do. My tastes are varied and so it would be stifling to only work with company-owned superhero universes.”
Watch for Red One in March 2015 if you’re looking for something a bit more innovative, but if you love superheroes Terry’s Axis crossover featuring the X-Men and the Avengers will be out before Christmas, as will his Teen Titans graphic novel called Earth One. He also has another of his Bombshells sketchbooks coming out in 2015, which he’s working on at the moment. Twenty two years in the business, and Terry’s certainly showing no signs of hanging up his artist’s cape!
I enjoy doing the creator-owned work the most, because it’s always the type of work that I enjoy as a reader