By any measure, Stanley "Artgerm" Lau is one of the hottest artists working in superhero comics today. Working primarily as a cover artist, his digital painted style has earned him a legion of fans around the world.
Throughout his run as a Catwoman cover artist, Lau has offered several stunning interpretations of Catwoman in some of the most famous costumes in her almost-80 year history.
For the upcoming Catwoman #15, Lau's cover depicts Catwoman in a costume featuring black leather and visible stitching inspired by her appearance in 1992's Batman Returns, where she was memorably portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer.
While this will be the final cover in Lau's tenure as a Catwoman cover artist, he took to Twitter to explain why his Catwoman doesn't bare a picture-perfect resemblance to Pfeiffer.
Finally it comes to the end of my Catwoman run. It has been a fun ride and I would like to end it with her most requested costume from Batman Returns. **I can’t use Michelle’s face due to legal issue, in case you wonder. #catwoman #batmanreturns pic.twitter.com/7jateOrX7E— Artgerm🔜SDCC2019 (@Artgerm) June 15, 2019
As Lau explained, a "legal issue" kept him from using Pfeiffer's face in the illustration.
While the other elements of the costume are owned by DC or Warner Bros., the actor's likeness would likely have to be licensed separately. For what could be the same reason, elements of Catwoman's Batman Returns costume have appeared in other places like video games, but Pfiffer's face has not.
You can check out the solicitation for Catwoman #15, which will see the feline femme fatale battle mercenaries and the villain Lock-Up, below.
- written by RAM V
- art by MIRKA ANDOLFO
- cover by JOELLE JONES
- card stock variant cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
- After running a gauntlet of assassins to get her hands on the dossier detailing all the illegal activities of Villa Hermosa, Selina Kyle must go up against the big bosses of the criminal underworld. She must deal with their gun-toting mercenaries, yakuza hit women and the masked bounty hunter Lock-Up. All while still carrying a price on her head. Is there a way she can collect both big prizes herself and still walk away alive?
- ON SALE 09.11.19
- $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
- CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99
- FC | RATED T+
- This issue will ship with two covers.
Catwoman #13, by Ram V, Mirka Andolfo, Joelle Jones and Fernando Blanco, is set to be released on July 10.