- Posted by Johanna on April 29, 2006 at 9:15 am
- Category: Comic News
I know this image has been out there for a while, but looking at it on actual paper really brought home for me just how emblematic it is of how male and female characters are portrayed so differently in superhero comics.
The male Black Panther is fully covered, to the extent of having completely extraneous layers of elements on this costume. What is that thing that looks like tubing wrapped around his torso? Symbolic of some other type of pipe, perhaps?
He also wears a full-length cape, yet another layer of covering.
The female Storm, in contrast, is almost bare. She wears a bikini, just enough to cover the “naughty bits”, and the lower half is small enough to demonstrate that she must use certain hair-removal products.
If you added up the various strappy strings of beads and necklaces the artist has draped on top, you might get the same amount of material as in her actual clothing. Female characters are dressed for display and decoration, not coverage.
Additionally, let’s look at the poses. She stands, shoulders back (pushing the breasts forward) and legs spread, in front of him, meaning he’s not even visible from the waist down. No way to compare, then, whether he’s even given genitalia, let alone how prominently it’s on display.