For fans of Stargirl, the series offers up a lot of visual nods and references to the comics be it the moving truck in the series pilot that is lifted right off the pages of Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. to wardrobe elements on the series as well. The biggest visual nod, however, came during the series’ third episode, “Icicle”, which saw Courtney Whitmore visit the Justice Society of America headquarters for the first time — a visit that treated fans to beautiful banners of each of the team’s fallen heroes. But it wasn’t just fans who noticed the banners reminiscent of Justice Society of America comics. Legendary artist Alex Ross also noticed them as well as their similarities to his own work and now he’s calling the show out for a lack of credit where credit is due.
On Twitter, Ross, who did a series of covers and other work for the Justice Society of America series by Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham, shared his covers along with the banners from the episode (see above for example), letting fans see for themselves the similarities between the show’s images and his work.
— Alex Ross (@thealexrossart) June 8, 2020
While it’s clear that the images on Stargirl are inspired by Ross’s beautiful work from Justice Society of America, they aren’t direct copies. The images used on the series appear to be photographs of actors in actual costumes rather than artwork itself, something that a report from Screen Rant appears to confirm, noting that the images were in fact inspired by Ross but are photographs. They also note that the images shared by Ross had previously been watermarked, but those watermarks were reportedly cropped in his post.
Generally speaking, it’s an interesting situation. We’ll have to see where it goes.