We’re closing in on Day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas Special…
Despite never having a regular monthly assignment, José Luis García-López defined the look of the DC Superheroes via his work in the DC Comics Style Guide, a document providing nearly all the licensed image for DC Comics in the 1980s, and continues to be utilized today.
His work is technically perfect, but his figures are never bound by the confines of reality. He embodies the optimism of late Bronze Age DC Comics, before Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns redefined superheroes as mentally unstable vigilantes.
While Superman and Captain Marvel defined the superhero early on as a grinning daredevil, in the work of García-López, all the characters smile — even the villains!