Did someone ask for a Clark/Lois fix? And if not, why not?! Lois <3
Frank Quitely’s cover for All-Star Superman #3
Ironically… Lois didn’t really do much with her powers the whole chapter.
She was just being fought over by Sampson and Atlas.
I’d give anything for FQ to do a Lois Lane mini… written by Mindy Newell (‘Lois Lane: When It Rains, God Is Crying’).
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You won’t like it.
But I like ALL THE THINGS.
Then I sincerely hope you like pugs (since I flood my blog from 8pm-12pm with them), and egalitarian issues.
I think it’s impossible not to like pugs! I’m kind of an anarcho-communist, so should be fine on that score.
“As long as people can get annoyed that a woman has covered herself up we can see that sexism and misogynistic entitlement are alive and well. Sadly for Power Girl, she exists in a culture where women are routinely sexually objectified and hyper-sexualised. One of my arguments is that with greater diversity in our women characters in superhero comics, such outfits would be far more palatable. If we had women characters in all shapes and sizes, all styles of costume, all manner of presentation, it would be grand to have some women in what is currently the stereotypical superwoman outfit.”
Ah Peej and her bust, always relevant… I actually liked the look of her 80s headband wearing days when she was really muscular :)
Source: Women in Comics: Power Girl Costume (02/12)
I think it’s a bit sexist to say that she can’t be shown in her classic costume, that she can’t be proud of her body and flaunt her assets because it’s not “palatable.”
Yes, there are both better and worse costumes, but the assertion that people are complaining about her new costume are doing so merely out of misogyny…that’s completely out of bounds, I think. I have so many problems with DC feeling the need to make Power Girl Supergirl, needing to make her a Clark rip off, needing to give her a logo when it’s part of her character that she has and needs none of those things in canon text.
Saying her costume is not palatable is akin slut shaming.
Is she objectified? Frequently, but if you read older texts, you will see her rejecting, refuting, and fighting against the objectification dressed as she is. I think Power Girl represents feminism on several levels, and more than that, she represents women not being ashamed of their bodies.
Basically a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
That’s not what the article is about though? It’s a follow up to this one, which states that were she a person, she could wear what she likes, but that she is being created for the male gaze (linked in article). Also clarified in this para from the quoted article: “To be perfectly clear, there is nothing wrong with a character having large breasts, nor having a revealing outfit. I’ve spoken out about Power Girl in particular and other women in comics frequently in the past. But the fact remains that the fan reaction to her was very telling – Power Girl was a powerful strong women, and many readers punished her by reducing her to a pair of boobs.”
Exactly the same as Catwoman in many ways, having a revealing or figure hugging outfit, emphasising curves and what not is fine BUT not when every single woman in comics has the same thing going on. PG used to be muscular, chunky even, but she had to conform, and drop many of her original feminist statement along the way.
True, thank you.
I do honestly wish PG has muscular arms and a body type.
But as the whole “Batwoman is fat” picture showed us, we will not be getting different body types any time soon.
And that is truly the worst.
Oh my god, I hadn’t seen that Batwoman quote. “No one is going to want to read a comic with a fat female protagonist.” What. The. Hell. Media portrayal of women is so screwed :(
It’s so awful!
But at least some of the stuff getting published by smaller pressed (like Glory) features female characters with different looks.
And Marvel, in the long run, is better than DC just slightly, as they have (had?) characters like Gert, who don’t fit the female “norm” in comics.
It’s interesting as Marvel have gone backwards just as DC is moving forwards. The latter have a host of female led titles, but Marvel cancelled most (all?) of theirs… though at least Captain Marvel is here - and brilliant!
I mean, Marvel does keep trying, with Captain Marvel, and the upcoming Red She-Hulk, but they’ve always focused on teams (which are usually well balanced).
But I wish Marvel had more solo female titles and not just Spidey and Wolverine.
I work part-time in a book shop and in our comics/graphic novels section, I always have Spider-Girl and Black Widow and others face out. But people pick them up and are like, “yay, do you have more?”. It’s a real shame, especially with all the new Avengers fans wanting more Natasha.
I’ve had people coming into the shop I work at asking for Black Widow or Hawkeye solos…no dice (until now for Hawkeye).
Marvel kinda dropped the ball there.
Yup, which is the part I really don’t get. I mean, not having lots of women, sure, join the rest of the media world. But not exploiting a prime sales opportunity like a blockbuster film that has created an instantly huge movie-verse fandom?! Disney know better than that, even if Marvel doesn’t o_O
I’m still really surprised that there isn’t a new Black Widow ongoing. I shouldn’t be, but I am!