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Philip Eagle On The Additional, Dated Quality Of Certain Comic Book Cheesecake Drawings
posted October 20, 2016
 

The fact that the J Scott Campbell cover of Riri Williams/Ironheart is getting criticized for being too sexualized is overshadowing the fact that it's a symptom of another problem, that a substantial proportion of superhero comics artists just don't seem to pay any attention to what real women are wearing nowadays other than how much surface area of skin they're revealing. That ultra-low-rise waistline has been all but extinct in real life for getting on for ten years now.

There are increasing numbers of artists now on superhero and related comics who do care about fashion and about characterization through costumes, like Babs Tarr, Sophie Campbell, Jamie McKelvie, and Marguerite Sauvage, to name but four, and who, yes, can still go to the "sexy" place while keeping it as something that the character in question would believably pick to wear. So it gets ever more embarrassing that some artists, when asked to design street clothes or a superhero costume for a young woman, can't get beyond swiping a costume from an early 2000s Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera video that stuck in their memory. And it's not just one-trick cheesecake artists like Campbell, some much more versatile and respected guys seem to have the same affliction.