- Posted by Johanna on December 29, 2007 at 2:54 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
The preliminary Adam Hughes cover used to solicit Catwoman #74 looked like this:
When the comic arrived in stores, it looked like this:
Aside from too much lens flare and the identifying title information, you’ll notice another rather prominent addition. It turns out that it’s typical for Hughes covers to change between solicit and shipping. It’s likely that, at the time of ordering, the final cover hasn’t been finished, so a sketch/early version is used. In the meantime, the artist might decide to go in a different direction, or the editor might have “suggestions”.
My headline comes from this blogger’s comment, “It just absolutely befuddles me and astounds me.” It shouldn’t (and I’m not picking on Heidi, bless her optimism). Those familiar with the history of the superhero genre in the American comic market will not be surprised that an image of a female hero was changed to show large boobies. And let’s not forget that she’s been many times a fetish character, what with the leather and boots and whip and feline theme.
The only thing that surprises me is that we have such a blatant example of what decision-makers think motivates purchases of female-led superhero comics.