In the past decade, DC Collectibles has embraced a particularly eclectic approach to its statues, avoiding a common house style to cast its resin and vinyl in a range of aesthetics. The Batman Black and White series immortalized the Dark Knight by basing each entry in the quirks of a specific creator, including inspired takes from Sean Gordon Murphy and Mike Mignola. Likewise, Ant Lucia’s vintage pin-up renditions of DC’s heroines translated beautifully to the Bombshells line of statues and subsequent comic series from Marguerite Bennett.
DC is revealing four new statues in tandem with San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, and their creativity stacks against some of their best recent designs. These additions join the vinyl line DC Artists Alley, which highlights specific upstart illustrators with a debut set for 2018. “The motivation to create a line celebrating radical new artists stems from years of visiting cons and being impressed by the raw talent and artwork on display,” explains Jim Fletcher, the Executive Creative Director of DC Collectibles. “When we decided to launch DC Artists Alley, we approached visionaries we felt would best represent the line, while bringing their own creative signature to our classic characters.”
Paste is jazzed to give you a sneak peak at these glorious molds, including Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn from artist Sho Murase, Batman courtesy HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulque and Wonder Woman by Chris Uminga.
All of them look fantastic and, appropriately, each assumes a style with radically different artistic DNA. Murase’s sleek approach uses long, loping curves and a palette consisting solely of black, white and red for a look not unlike Yoshitako Amano or Patrick Nagel. Nooligan’s Batman is far more whimsical by nature, featuring exaggerated expressions, tube socks and sneakers, answering any question of what the Dark Knight might look like if he fended off villains in a high school locker room. Chris Uminga accentuates the awe and wonder of a juvenile Wonder Woman, and is also pretty damn cute. These statues join previously announced renditions of Catwoman (Murase); The Joker and Harley Quinn (Nooligan); and Batman and Superman (Uminga). Each vinyl piece will retail for $40.00 and scale 6.75’’.
Check out a sneak peak of the pieces in the gallery above with quotes from the artists (who will also be at San Diego this weekend) below.
I was so happy to get the call from DC Collectibles about DC Artists Alley. I’m all about girl power, and DC female characters are so striking, powerful and iconic, that I jumped at the chance to work on this line. It feels amazing to be able to bring these DC characters to life in my own style and its fascinating to see my 2D artwork reimagined in three-dimensional form. I hope fans enjoy them!
I’m thrilled to be part of DC Artists Alley and working with DC Collectibles is the best! I’ve always been a huge DC fan and to be able to put my creative spin on the world’s greatest Super Heroes like Batman Superman and Wonder Woman is a dream come true.
HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulque:
I’m excited to be part of something truly special from DC Collectibles. Not only does DC Artists Alley celebrate artists’ unique art styles, but the line also offer fans a new take on their favorite DC characters – which I find very refreshing and inspiring. I’m humbled and grateful to be among such talented artists like Sho and Chris and the larger DC family. When it’s all said and done, I’m just happy to be here.
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Harley Quinn by Sho Murase
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Poison Ivy by Sho Murase
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Batman by HaiNaNu "Nooligan" Saulque
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Wonder Woman by Christopher Uminga