Posts Tagged ‘DC Comics’

Merry Christmas, Ya Bastitch!

Merry Christmas, Ya Bastitch!

You see, Even the nastiest of people celebrate the holidays.

I’ve been lagging in posting as of late. My apologies. Trying to start up my own illustration website/business has kept me quite busy. More than likely, that will be my focus for the next few months, so expect the slowness of posts to continue for a bit longer.

But it is Christmas, and I always try to say thank you to my readers at some point. All of my random, incoherent jargon constantly comes out on this site without a second thought, and you guys continually come back with good things to say. Thank you, dear readers, and Merry Christmas.

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Yup, nothing really needs to be said here. The statue speaks for itself…

ARTFX Wonder Woman Statue

EPIC RIGHT?!?!? Of course everyone who follows me knows I’m a sucker for the Amazon Princess. Which means every Wonder Woman statue and action figure are my coveting treasures, but without a doubt, THIS Wondy statue installment is my favorite of them all.

I’m not usually one for promoting the superhero toys, statues, and busts, but I couldn’t resist with this one. Head on over to the Kotobukiya website to read more about the wondrous and incredibly detailed work of art! They did the entire trinity as well, just FYI.

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Here’s the truth of the matter – whether or not you agree or disagree with Goyer’s recent comments on She-Hulk, what he says holds true with ALL superheroines in comics, popular or not.

Over at Movie Pilot, journalist Alisha Grauso wrote an article on Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer’s recent bashing of She-Hulk and her “porn-star” persona. The transcript of the conversation from that article can be found below…

 The real name for She-Hulk was Slut-Hulk. That was the whole point. Let’s just make this green chick with enormous boobs. And she’s Hulk strong but not Hulk massive, right? … She’s real lean, stringy…

Goyer: She’s still pretty chunky. She was like Chyna from the WWE.

Mazin: The whole point of She-Hulk was just to appeal sexistly to ten-year-old boys. Worked on me.

Goyer: I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.

Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions and have the right to voice those opinions – even the fanboys and fangirls that really can’t see the broader picture. The outrage of Goyer’s comments can be found in more places than just Movie Pilot, and it’s astounding how upset fans are getting when a writer calls a female character a mere sex object.

I honestly don’t care when people have opinions about the standard comics are setting in society, or when they get upset by what people say about them. As stated above, we’re all entitled to our own opinions. However, when you want to make an argument that negates what a person says about gender and sex issues, you have to really think about what you use as “evidence” to prove your point.

In the linked article, Grauso uses certain images as a way of illustrating She-Hulk’s “Strong-female-character” persona. She even types out a made-up monologue of a little girl who dreams of being as powerful and epic and She-Hulk is,

I say to you, pretend it’s your little sister they’re talking about. Somewhat changes your views, doesn’t it? What about the little girl reading a She-Hulk comic right now and thinking, “She’s strong and beautiful and smart and brave! I want to be just like her!”

So what’s the issue here? Directly above this paragraph, a image of She-Hulk bench pressing impossible tons is shown…

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To be honest, this might be one of the most recognizable poses used for female superheroes, right after the stocked rear-end poses you can easily find in any movie posters with women in them. Sure, she’s lifting a million tons, but what’s the focus of this drawing? I mean, really, you HAVE to know what the artist is really doing here.

I’m unable to truly comment on She-Hulk specifically since I’m not a Marvel Comics follower except with the movies and TV shows, and She-Hulk is far from someone I’m very familiar with. But guess what, I’m a faithful DC Comics follower, with Wonder Woman and Power Girl being my favorite superheroines in DC list of strong female characters. I believe Power Girl to be an incredibly strong character, but she’s still used as a sex symbol more than she’s used as a strong character.

It’s hard to find a lot of images that support the notion of female superheroes and strong characters without promoting their overly sexual characteristics as well. Artists have been utilizing the urge for sexual power fantasies for years and everyone eats it up like candy. While the male heroes are drawn as strong and epic, the women are drawn as strong, epic, and sexually primed and ready to go. Need examples? As always, Google is a great tool – search phrases like “female superheroes poses” will help you in this hunt. However, I’ve provided some samples below in case you don’t want to go the Google route.

I’m not knocking the art, it’s all fan-freaking-tastic art! What I’m knocking is the inconsistency in fan rhetoric when it comes to strong females characters and the sexual motif that permeates all throughout superhero comics. Female characters in comics have become so much stronger than they used to be…but they’re still drawn as sexual things to be objectified.

The truth is, even if a superheroine is written as strong and outstanding, they often get a “pin-up” treatment in the artwork. If you don’t believe this, well, see the artwork in the linked article and the above images. She-Hulk, and every other female superhero, is still a badass, but she’s really drawn as a power fantasy sex object. This is undeniable and people need to accept the fact that, while comics are awesome and I love the characters, women are, visually, treated like shit.

I do, however, agree with Grauso on the point that Goyer’s interpretation of She-Hulk is dumb and short-sighted. It’s as if he remembers being 10 and he can’t view comic book females as more than what his 10-year-old fantasies dictate them to be. Has he been unable to mature enough to see more of a story line in the She-Hulk comic? Or others? There’s definitely something to be said about the current film makers and writers who can’t discuss a lot of the back stories of the characters in order to have much more intelligent and mature discussions.

The problem lies on two ends – writers and creators who say things without thinking first, and the fans who are so disillusioned to their nostalgic sensibilities that they can’t see the reality of the things they love. I love comics and always will, but I understand how they aren’t the best way to promote gender equality.

Now, time to go read the latest issue of Wonder Woman and how she’s going to defeat evil and be awesome while doing it!

I was wondering when this little romance was going to start getting good. Most of Wondy and Supe’s relationship has been boring and unnecessary since it started. As much as I’ve always thought the two would work well together, this whole ordeal hasn’t been that eventful. I was beginning to think I had been wrong all these years.

Charles Soule, however, has finally raised the bar in the super relationship, forcing its longevity, making it feel fruitful and worth the wait.

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Oh, they both die at the end too. Sorry for spoilers, I just can’t hold it in.

Of course it won’t last, and we’ll see Supes and Wondy revived and at full power. Maybe they’ll even level up! Yes, achievement unlocked! The power of love will give them new abilities to fight the good fight together in much more substantial ways.

It’s all speculation on my part of course, but I’m excited as can be for what’s to come for this super duo. I’m actually hoping Lois Lane doesn’t become Superman’s love interest for a while. I want to see where where Supes’ involvement of Wonder Woman goes.

Choose - lois or Wondy

Sometimes I wonder if the people my age (the guys) who read comics are clueless or just horny…or a combination of the two.

Here’s the thing, I understand that superhero comics objective females, but so do many other forms of media out there. I choose to read superhero comics for 1) nostalgic reasons, and 2) because there are some stories that are actually well written. Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman stories are some of the most substantial stories about a strong female character without becoming too overbearing with the female pride. And Scott Snyder’s current Batman run is crushing anything being published in comics right now.

However, fans of superhero comics get caught up with the sexual tension that obviously happens in comics – just like with most stories – and allowing it to take center stage in their minds. The above image was posted on facebook a while ago. It’s amazing artwork and I love the artist who penciled and inked it, but instead of talking about how gorgeous this piece of art is, the main topic is of concern is all about Superman choosing between two women who are virtually naked.

When did “The Bachelor” become Superman?

Wonder Woman and Lois Lane are strong characters. Not just strong FEMALE characters, but simply strong characters in general, and dehumanizing them in the way the Facebook fans are doing isn’t doing the trifecta justice. Superman never thinks to himself “Let’s see, do I want to have sex with the black haired gorgeous women who just finished taking a shower, or the black haired gorgeous women in the underwear and a smile?”

It’s an embarrassing thing for comics when fans can’t get past the sex. What are your thoughts on this, dear reader…

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Yeah, You really shouldn’t sell him short. He could kill you…and everyone else for that matter. DC Animation is still getting hit pretty hard for neglecting Aquaman for his exclusion in the Justice League: War film released a few weeks ago, and it’s a constant battle that Aquaman has to fight to prove legitimacy. Geoff Johns set Aquaman up for success, now it’s up to the Aquafans to continue the already established awesomeness that is Aquaman. Here, let me lay out a top ten list which shows Aquaman isn’t useless and could take over the world if he chose to…

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Amazing artist, stjepan sejic, put together a creative alternative look at the Dark Knight. Read it through and it all makes sense, especially if you connect it all to the new 52.  Check out his deviant art page – really cool stuff going on there!

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