There are some comic characters where I adore a variety of artists’ representations of them. And then there are characters where there is just one artist who truly captures the character for me. When it comes to Donna Troy, for me that artist is Phil Jimenez. Not that I don’t love Nick Cardy’s pony-tailed teen Donna or George Perez’s NTT Donna or Lauren Faust’s hauty, regal Donna. I do. But when I think of Donna, it is always Phil’s version that comes to mind.
I think it’s the hair.
For someone who loves both soap operas and comics, Donna is the one DC character that could easily be on the Justice League and part of the cast of All My Children. Very possibly it’s that the drama of her life - Abandoned! Young Love! Divorce! Custody Battle! - is soapy melodrama. (I could go on and on about this and did in an essay for the book “Chicks Dig Comics” but I digress).
But as much as that is part of it, I think it’s probably still mostly the hair. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - Phil’s Donna with its feathery flips and side part is the best hair on any female superhero with the exception of Storm’s Mohawk. Discuss.
I’ve been trying to get Phil to draw me a Donna for three years. I ran into him at NYCC three years ago and he wasn’t feeling well. Then he was supposed to come to Boston and he had to cancel. Last year I saw him at NYCC at a panel but could never find him when he was drawing. But I finally caught up with him in Boston this weekend. As I said in my earlier post about Boston Comic Con, Phil is bad ass drawing machine creating remarkable pieces at a clip that was exhausting to watch.
And, here’s the thing, these aren’t really commissions - Phil does these sketches just for the asking.
Here’s the sketch of Donna Troy that I received from him with the only request that she have “big, giant soap opera hair.”
Ah, Donna I do miss you. Maybe someday you’ll show up in comics again. And Phil will draw you once more.
The winner of Wednesday match was Stephanie Brown.
Today is the last match of this round.
And today it is a wonderful match that I like to call “the Sisterhood of the occasional pants!”
In this corner a woman who is known by many names - Wonder Girl, Troia, Donna Troy, Troy and most recently Missing and Benched!
The former Teen Titan, Ms. Donna Troy!
And in this corner a woman who Donna once called sister (and wore pants)!
You can vote in this match here.
One of my favorite Wonder Family artists.
Wonder Girl, Troia, Dark Star, Wonder Woman’s sister-twin-teenage self, Teen Titan, New Teen Titan, Wonder Woman, JLA member. Wow, Donna Troy has had many, many, many roles in the DCU.
And today, according to the 1976 DC Calendar, is her birthday. Although with the many lives of Donna, you can never tell. The piece below by Phil Jimenez, my favorite Donna Troy artist, sums up the complexities of Donna.
I’m in the middle of writing an essay for a book about the confluence of soap operas and superhero comics as I have great fondness for and history with both. For me, Donna is one of the biggest representatives of that confluence. I think she’s wonderful.
I think this may be the worst I’ve ever seen Donna’s costume. From JLA #58
In preview pages from today’s JLA, Donna talks about Wonder Woman as has a knock-down fight with the crime syndicate’s Wonder Woman. See more of the fight after the click.
All the Donna Troy fans out there, this one’s for you!
This is by the same artist, Ammotu, who did the Men of DCU I posted earlier. He does commissions and his samples look great.
Today I’ll focus on Donna and Dick. Here’s a lovely portrait by Brendan and Bryan Fraim