Black Canary 1991 No. 1 Cover by Dick Giordano

March 13, 2024|In General

Always a streetwise fighter, Black Canary had a good dose of sex appeal in a swimsuit and fishnet stockings completed with a leather jacket and matching gloves and boots. Coming along in the later Golden Age, she proved popular in solo stories and as part of the Justice Society of America.

In the Silver Age she moved over to Earth-One when her husband Larry Lance was killed. Passing through the dimensional rift between Earth-Two and Earth-One she gained her canary cry, an amplification of her own voice that could stun or knock down foes depending on how it was used.

Her long-time boyfriend is Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow, and in the 70s and 80s she was most often a part of his stories. General backlash against the objectification of female characters in the mid 1980s led to a god-awful costume design best left where it was found.

By 1991, she was back in her signature costume and in a pretty good mini-series drawn by Trevor Von Eeden and Dick Giordano. Always able to draw a smokey-looking woman, Giordano’s cover art here has Canary in fine form.

New colour and packaging by me.

Black Canary 1 published by DC Comics

As published.

Black Canary 1 cover illustration by Dick Giordaono

Original art scan from Heritage Auctions.

Black Canary 1 Seattle high-contrast graphic

A photo of Seattle turned into a high-contrast graphic.

Comic book production art by Scott Dutton

Art made production ready with the city background extended.

Comic book colouring by Scott Dutton

New colour version.

Comic book packaging and design by Scott Dutton

Re-created and new trade dress added. Black Canary logo designed by Alex Toth.