Back in the early 1980s, DC Comics artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez worked tirelessly to create a “DC Bible,” as it were, to keep the look and feel of all the heroes in line. Now a whole lot of pages have finally made it into the wild.
As Newsarama notes, more than 200 pages from that mythic1982 Style Guide have been posted to the Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Fans Facebook group. Though the document has never actually been released publicly, a whole lot of the art should feel familiar — since it was the building block for that (extremely '80s) aesthetic that permeated the publisher’s books for about a decade. Many pieces have also been used for advertising and merchandising over the years.
Though it’s hard to recognize a few of these characters, in comparison to their modern-day counterparts, you can still see the design influence to this day in many costumes and faces. Garcia-Lopez’s style guide standardized the look of some of the world’s most famous superheroes, and this is a fascinating dive down memory lane.
Check out some sample art below, and click here for the full gallery.