A new piece of official artwork for HBO Max’s Harley Quinn animated series pays tribute to the work of the late, great comic book artist George Pérez.
The artwork, shared with the official Harley Quinn Twitter account, comes from Jennifer Coyle, Dusty Abell, Jeffrey Purves, Peter Girardi and Megan Phonesavanh. It is based on Pérez and Romeo Tanghal’s cover art for New Teen Titans #1. In the homage, Harley Quinn herself stands in for Robin (Dick Grayson), with Poison Ivy standing in for Raven, Frank the Plant standing in for Starfire, Nightwing standing in for Wonder Girl, Batgirl standing in for Kid Flash, Robin (Damian Wayne ) and Harley’s tiger standing in for Beast Boy, and Swamp Thing standing in for Cyborg. Also joining the fray are King Shark and Clayface.
Wolfman and Pérez’s Run on Teen Titans Was Legendary
Created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani, the Teen Titans originally joined the DC Universe in the 1960s. However, it was Marv Wolfman and Pérez’s 1980s take on the youthful superhero team that would become arguably the most defining. Written by Wolfman and illustrated by Pérez, New Teen Titans #1 was originally published by DC in 1980. For their run, Wolfman and Pérez created the now-iconic characters of Raven, Starfire and Cyborg, as well as re-defined the character of Garfield Logan/Beast Boy, re-christening him the Changeling. They also ultimately gave Dick Grayson/Robin his most famous alter ego of Nightwing as part of “The Judas Contract.”
Wolfman and Pérez’s New Teen Titans has served as the basis for numerous on-screen adaptations, including the Cartoon Network animated series Teen Titansits comedy-oriented spinoff Teen Titans Go!the animated feature film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and the live-action DC Universe/HBO Max series Titans. Moreover, Pérez worked on numerous other iconic titles for both DC and Marvel, including Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wonder Woman swear Avengers. Earlier this year, Pérez passed away at the age of 67 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Harley Quinn Is Still Going Strong on HBO Max
Starring Kaley Cuoco as the voice of DC’s Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn initially premiered on DC Universe in 2019. The show returned for a second season in 2020 before jumping to HBO Max for its long-awaited third season, which finally premiered this past July and concluded just a few days ago on Sept. 15. Despite animation having an uncertain future on the platform, HBO Max has officially renewed Harley Quinn for Season 4.
Harley Quinn Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on HBO Max.