Saturday, May 19, 2007

Snort.....The Comic Dudes Do It Again..


This has some people a bit upset...other's don't get what the big deal is!

I found this on Zero Boss.....Wow..

The thing is....it isn't anything new. Sideshow has been doing stuff like this for years.

Why? Because it sells.
Why? Because guys like drawing stuff like this.

But when will these industries realize that there is a HUGE female fanbase out there and do the same for the MALE heroes.

Oh yeah..because most of us don't really care and don't really want pretend PORN and buy statues of half nekkid PRETEND heroes.

Let's not even get into the fact that the character of Mary Jane IS the worst written 'sidekick' out there.


I have no problem with over muscled and over boobed heroes...comics ARE fantasy after all.

But the 90's saw this stuff go over the top...Image Comics and that darling Rob Liefeld was one of the worst perpetrators of 'wank' art in Comics.

I think things have toned down a bit now.

Or maybe not.



14 comments:

Alex said...

Do they have one of her making me a sandwich? I might buy that.


To be serious, this is why feminism is one of the many 'isms' that bother me: it tries to dictate what other people can like, buy, think, and feel. I honestly don't care if ugly women think its wrong to enjoy looking at beautiful ones. If they were hot, they'd get laid once in a while, and wouldn't need to join pointless causes to try to tell people how they're supposed to act.

Good post, Squirters.

Alex said...

Oops! That was Crunchers, not Squirters.

My bad.

Crunchy Carpets said...

I feel all icky reading words like crunchers and squirters together...

Alex.. I am torn on this stuff too...

I actually did a paper on this years ago in University...

I do think that this IS comic book stuff AND so therefore the characters are just that...CHARACTERS.....tasteless maybe..juvenile...for sure...but not really worth getting all upset about....and really...MJ? I mean can she do anything else? Is she a good rep for all womenkind in the 21st century??

SQT said...

You guys are so funny.

As you know, I can get on my feminist soapbox with the best of them, but honestly I'm a bit torn too.

I don't really care if this stuff is out there; freedom of speech and all that. I do get annoyed when it's totally in my face.

There's nothing wrong with wanting to look at beautiful women. It may surprise you Alex, but my husband has a subscription to Playboy and that's fine with me. I just get all feminist and preachy when I'm afraid of my daughter being influenced by the Girls Gone Wild culture. I don't mind my husband looking at Playboy, but I wouldn't want my daughter to pose for it. Yeah, that's probably hypocritical, but there it is.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That image did make me smile, although Mary Jane is a little more err....

Stewart Sternberg said...

I love busty babes, but Alex, your comment reflects a totally male oriented, naive view of feminism. One, which I'm sure, Bee would agree with. But, Alex, feminism isn't about whether or not models are exploited or women have a bad image because of Cosmopolitan or Playboy. Those are issues that are mostly used by the media when they want a quick story for their feature stories. Your view of feminism is the reactionary view that went out with the seventies..unless you count Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Feminism today, take note, is more about biological rights, the right to choose. It's about the fact that while women are in the majority, the majority of Congress is still old white guys. Feminism is about the lack of economic parity that still exists. Feminism is about the fact that in the Middle East and parts of Europe, there is still honor killing going on.

Don't mistake objection to a sexy, busty redhead (sigh) as what's important about feminism. It's rather petty considering what issues should be and are (to the informed) at the front of the women's movement.

Crunchy Carpets said...

Yeah but even the feminists don't know what they are fighting for anymore....

While the big issues are out there and women fight for those rights and freedom...for some it seems to have been reduced to men bashing or wanting cake and eating it too.

but that is a whooooole other discussion for a whoooole differnt type of website...

I think things like the statue just get women upset mainly because they should.

Yes it is cheesy and a tad tasteless..but it is all in fun right?

Stewart Sternberg said...

Feminists still know what their issues are, Crunchy. I named a few off above this comment. However, feminists aren't as organized as they once were (too many advances I would assume) and their issues are dismissed and minimized by the right.

SQT said...

I think Crunchy may be right, the feminist movement doesn't seem to have much of a direction anymore.

But the feminists haven't had THE big issue here in the U.S. in awhile. Abortion has been legalized for a long time, and despite fears that Bush would find a way to outlaw it again, nothing really seems to be happening on that front.

Honor killings are terrible, but I don't know how many women in the U.S. would be willing to step up and fight for an issue that doesn't affect them directly. And truth is, sometimes you can't fight someone else's fight. I remember when I was in Japan and ran into lots of overt sexism. I would talk to other female students while I was there about it, but none of them thought it was important enough to do something about. I never felt like it was my right to change their culture, especially if the one's most concerned didn't feel it was worth the fight.

weenie said...

I was majorly into comics in the early 90s so yeah, it was just full of buxom lasses and hugely muscled guys - what's not to like? :-)

But I never realised how much of a feminist a friend of mine was until I was chatting to her husband and he revealed that he was never allowed any of the Tomb Raider games because of the 'exploitation of Lara Croft.'

I never told her that it's one of my favourite games...

Hey there, Skippy said...

Feminism isn't so much with the dictating of how people think, it's more with the objecting to men portraying/reducing women as/to nothing more than sex objects, which is precisely how MJ is portrayed here.

And SQT, plenty is happening to deny women in America access to abortion. South Dakota made it illegal to have an abortion under any circumstances other than rape or incest, and the Supreme Court upheld that decision. Including occasions in which the woman's life is at risk. In several US states it is effectively impossible to get an abortion unless you have health insurance, which many women don't.

I'm gonna do a lighthearted post to make up for this one, promise!

SQT said...

South Dakota made it illegal to have an abortion under any circumstances other than rape or incest, and the Supreme Court upheld that decision. Including occasions in which the woman's life is at risk.

Yeah, this goes to effect in July. I expect there will be a ton of lawsuits to tie this up. The only thing I can find that the Supreme Court has upheld is a ban on partial birth abortions, but nothing more sweeping than that.

I don't agree with outlawing abortion, but as long as there are states that allow it, and I'm fairly sure there always will be, I'm not too worried.

SQT said...

Oh, and not to keep yammering on about this, but here in Ca the voters keep voting down any measure that would require parental notification if an under-aged girl got an abortion, but we won't allow gay marriage. Soooo, a 14 year old getting an abortion is okay but allowing two consenting adults to marry isn't? I don't get that.

Carl V. said...

I don't have a real problem with this or with Sideshow doing it. After all, they make some really wonderful stuff that aren't oversexualized.

For this kind of statue, it actually isn't that bad. I've seen worse.

I guess I shouldn't say 'statue', I should say 'bust'...

sorry, bad jokes are my speciality.