Giraffe Supergirl

Lea Hernandez marks up the new Supergirl action figure, pointing out just what’s wrong with the work of Michael Turner and contributing her own Superman cartoon. I like the comment “She looks like a *giraffe*. A giraffe with Botox and eyeliner.”

Lea's Supergirl figure annotationsevil Supergirl figure variant

I had no idea that there was an evil version, wearing leather straps with evil glowy red eyes.

What happened to the idea of Supergirl being a hero girls could read about? Apparently, it’s better business to target pervy men.

18 Responses to “Giraffe Supergirl”

  1. Jer Says:

    DC doesn’t seem to consider their “mainstream” (for lack of a better word) superhero line to be marketable to anyone but aging fans. The animated tie-in comics are kid friendly for both boys and girls (at least I think so), and the Vertigo line has traditionally been a place where they target both male and female demographics, but their standard superhero line is targetted at folks who’ve been reading for at least a decade.

    Marvel seems to be doing the same thing too – though they also seem to be trolling through their backstock looking for anything they have that can be put into a manga-sized digest that might appeal to the “teenage girl” demographic (that’s the only reason I can think that we’d see a release of Tom Defalco’s old Firestar series this week as a digest – that book is something like 20 years old). And like the DC animated tie-ins, Marvel’s “Marvel Adventures” titles also seem to be going after the “kid” market with stories that would seem (to me anyway) to appeal to both boys and girls.

    (I find it amusing that the best superhero stories I’ve read in the past few months have been in either the Marvel Adventures branded titles or in the DC animated tie-in series. There’s good writing and artwork going on over in these little corners, and I think its getting ignored because they’re thought of as “kiddie books”).

  2. James Schee Says:

    Hah that was great!

    I like Supergirl as a concept, but the current one is just icky.

  3. craig Says:

    Point them toward Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Much more appropriate, even if the belly shirt is still prevalent.

  4. Chris Galdieri Says:

    The problem isn’t the shirt, it’s Turner and those who draw like him — in SG&LSH, Kitson’s rendition of the costume is fine, and it fits in with similar costumes on Light Lass and Dream Girl, and on JLU, Bruce Timm’s tweaking of the costume showed that it could be drawn non-exploitatively. But when you take the costume and stick an anorexic giraffe inside, it all turns to crap.

  5. Dwight Williams Says:

    *scratches head in puzzlement*

    Not sure I understand it either…

  6. Johanna Says:

    Jer, that’s always the way, that the quality of kid-targeted entertainment is overlooked. It’s particularly ironic with comics, though, because the medium itself used to be tarred with the same brush.

    I just can’t figure out what’s supposedly so sexy about having extra ribs and vertabrae.

  7. Lea Says:

    As I said in the entry what really gets me is that this is deemed acceptable while the Supergirl figures from late last year were recalled.
    While they were very poorly manufactured, this is not better. It’s fecking awful.

  8. James Schee Says:

    Hmm the discussion in this thread just made me wonder something. With the Teen Titans animated series having ended, does that spell the end of the excellent Teen Titans Go! series is over as well?

    The ribs thing is icky. Supergirl dressed as bad Las Vegas magician’s asst. is just kind of disturbing.

  9. Rachel Says:

    As I said at Leah’s entry, if I were to produce artwork with this kiind of disregard for anatomy, no one would take a second look at my work. Really, try showing something like this in a portfolio at a convention. You’ll hear, “Your work shows promise, but you need to work on your anatomy.”

  10. Phil Says:

    Dear God, that “evil” version isn’t even sexy. Just arthropod-like.

  11. Rob Staeger Says:


    Craig’s absolutely right, incidentally. Supergirl & the LSH is the same character, but artistically treated right. Turner and Churchill? So very, very wrong.

  12. Marionette Says:

    When they decided to give Supergirl a major relaunch it would have been an excellent time to target the teen girl market with a light, fluffy, magical girl approach that would hook all the Tokyo Pop readers and Sailor Moon fans and catch a whole new wave of fans who weren’t reading DC.

    So obviously they went for a continuity heavy fanboy wet-dream, drawn by an artist capable of only drawing adolescent crack-whores.

    And people wonder why I think Jeph Loeb is a git.

    At least I got my revenge on Ian Churchill.

  13. ~chris Says:


    Scary enough that pervy men are buying comics when they can buy Playboy. Scarier still is that there are men who think art like this is sexy. (My comment at Lea’s blog: “Mr. Turner needs to throw away the cross-dressed Stretch Armstrong he’s using for reference, get out of the house and observe what real women look like.”)

    BTW, Jer, another good Marvel “kid” book that adults would enjoy, if they gave it a try, is Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane.

  14. Jonathan Switzer Says:

    Funny, when I read this post without looking at the picture, I thought for a half second, “Wait, I thought the new Mattel Supergirl figure wasn’t half bad …” That would be the Supergirl figure that’s actually out there in toy aisles where the kiddies might see ‘em (saw one at Wal-Mart yesterday), seen in this review here:

    (Really love the shot of her putting up her dukes against Sakura from Street Fighter. Didn’t quite realize how similarly dressed they are, either …)

    Yeah, that GODAWFUL Turner one is stinking up the local comic shop, but I thank my lucky stars that’s not the one out there and up front in the toy aisles during a year when there’s a Superman movie coming and everything. At the same time, I think it’s funny that the figure at Wal-Mart comes with a reprint comic of the version of the character that wore that particular outfit — the Peter David version that was just retconned away. Heh.

  15. Johanna Says:

    Whew! That’s good news, that there’s an alternative out there.

  16. Bob Wilson Says:

    Speaking of Supergirl- why does she always wear a skirt? She flies. Wouldn’t people just look right up it? Tights or something would seem more practical… although personally, I always liked Wonder Girl in the late, lamented Young Justice series. She wore Pants (thus confirming she’s a heathen) and a tank-top, for mobility, and a jacket and goggles, so she wouldn’t get cold and bugs in her eyes when flying. And it looked pretty good, too! All around a class act… ah, those were the days.

  17. M Says:

    Personally I like the way Turner draws women’s faces. I think for his female anatomy he should shorten the torso a bit. I don’t know if you guys are talking about just the toy figure and/or the drawings, but I think he’s pretty talented. Especially with how he draws the men, it’s just what I’m looking for for style in comics. It’s cutting edge. super girl does look kind of on the thin side but he did a great job on wonder woman and other girls. Whoever was the figure designer for this toy didn’t do a good job…it looks cheap XP But anyway, I think Michael turner is a great artist and I look up to his style of anatomy for men. And I do agree, supergirl’s attire isn’t very practical but I guess the whole idea of superheroes isn’t exactly practical :P

  18. Johanna Says:

    Reactivating this thread a year later… I’d be interested in seeing what you think a good example of one of his men looked like (if you knew of a link). I don’t recall anyone ever paying attention to that aspect of his art.




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