Har­ley Quinn

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Terry Dodson -

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

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