- Posted by Johanna on July 28, 2006 at 12:12 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Sometimes the visual says it all — but it helps to have someone to explain it to you. Girls Read Comics points out how the cover to an upcoming issue of Supergirl, guest-starring Nightwing, demonstrates how superhero comic artists marginalize women, even when they’re the title character.
He: Facing the reader.
She: Staring vaguely off somewhere else.
He: Active acrobatic pose to better expose the sole of his boot.
She: Passively arching her back to better expose her torso.
Meanwhile, Carla, comic salesperson, takes apart Black Panther #18, the so-called “Wedding of the Century”.
I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out who was that woman in green behind them sort of… off center. Tacked in. My guess? Photon. But really, who’s looking at her when Storm’s enormous breasteses are front and center? I know she has a history of ‘warm weather, less clothing’ but on that cover it looks, as one person next to me at lunch, ‘hooker-y’. Yes, I know, soap opera clothing designer or something-something, great. Whatever. Just give the woman a break. And a neckline.
She moves on from the cover to talk about the really poor messages inside:
Elsewhere, for her first in book appearance, Storm’s first words are ‘Whatever makes you happy, dear.’ as they talk about what the wedding will entail. That’s my strong African goddess. Apparently, the ceremony doesn’t matter, it’s the very scary Panther God that gets to decide if all this hullabaloo is going to mean anything. It may deny Ororo the privileged of wedding T’Challa, it may eat her, all sorts of terrible things. In a genius move, Storm notes that, should the Panther God not like her, Black Panther better drop his crown and marry her. T’Challa? Love of her life? Childhood sweetheart? The man she shares much love and history with? He changes the subject. Storm notes he didn’t answer. He never does. I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be funny or not.
Lots more at the link.
I’d say it’s a bad week for women in superhero comics, but really, when isn’t it?