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Well, the first image would be suggestive if the artist had drawn the sword as actually going into Batman’s chest, and not enlarged and sticking into the sand in the background.
There’s a Demon’s Head joke waiting to happen there, that’s for sure.
I don’t think it’s that the images are more or less suggestive than each other per se (we can read all sorts of things into Ra’s’ intentions, while the girls are just standing there), more that the women are far more physically distorted for purposes of titillation. Bats and Ra’s are reasonably well proportioned, while Harley Quinn’s arse/waste ratio is ridiculous.
1. I’m sure these same fans could spend days telling me of the widespread reverse-racism and -sexism against white males in comic books.
2. I’m sure these same fans, who say they consider these two covers to be equally sexy, would also only ever consider taking just one of the two into the bathroom.
3. But maybe these two covers are equal in that neither are any good at being sexually suggestive! The bottom one looks like someone’s trying to seduce me with my kid cousin’s Barbie dolls.
I don’t think it’s that the images are more or less suggestive than each other per se … more that the women are far more physically distorted for purposes of titillation.
But trying to explain that to some nerds the other day was giving me a migraine as they insisted that Batman with his shirt off is as pulchritudinous as Harley Quinn’s impossible anatomy.
But but but…MANS HAIRS!
Have to say the first image, despite being drawn by Neal Adams, is the sexier of the two…
Does anyone else get this feeling that, by geek standards, the Batman pictured above would be considered “naked?” That’s the only way it could be considered as sexual as the other image.
Can I point out that according to that cover, Batman wears a second pair of underwear/tights underneath his costume? Or maybe he was naked in the original drawing and it was edited before publication? Kinda strange.
I think what’s sexy about the first cover is that Ra(?) went to the trouble to strip Batman…for some reason. Y’know? Nudge nudge wink wink. Batman also looks more like he’s orgasming than dying, but that might just be my imagination running amok (again).
For the second, I’d have to agree with Brian:
3. … The bottom one looks like someone’s trying to seduce me with my kid cousin’s Barbie dolls.
That made me laugh and it’s true! And, aside from Ivy’s (?) cantaloupe tits, those girls are fully clothed with spray-on spandex or whatever it is.
So, I’ve thought about this, and now I think I’ll take a shower. Thanks, D, you know I’d never think about these things without you.
What’s weird about the second cover is that the artist has clearly drawn Catwoman’s costume as bunching and folding – it looks like she’s wearing clothes. Harley and Ivy look like they’re wearing body paint – I’m surprised he didn’t go to the trouble of drawing Ivy’s navel.
This is from the same artist that drew those ridiculously sexualized Oracle covers, yes?
Well, when they actually draw Ra’s and Batman’s packages suggestively, THEN I’ll consider the arguement.
Is Batman wearing tights? I thought it was shadow on his legs.
Poison Ivy has a good waxer.
HCE is correct. Batman has tights on from the waste down on that cover. Even though Ras appears to be holding Batman’s entire costume minus the mask.
Obviously, Batman does think of everything if he even has backup pants.
You know, weirdly, I overheard a conversation about that Batman cover at a convention a few weeks ago. Adams HAD originally drawn Batman naked on the cover (which accounts for the crotch shading) and it was changed in editing. Appearently this was one of Adam’s first issues of Batman and there was some communication mix-up on how the cover was supposed to look.
This is all overheard conversation, so take it with a grain of salt.
The larger point stands, of course. That’s some freaky unreal cheesecake-anatomy going on with Harley. But does Ivy even wear a costume anymore? I was under the impression that she wasn’t at all human anymore, but admittedly that might be from the last season of JLU.
Personally, I always like the “Emma Peel” Catwoman costume best, so I’m inclined to give that portion of the image a pass, even if all the girls seem to be playing a game of twister on top of the batsignal.
WAIST, GODDAMMIT! WAIST WAIST WAIST!
Don’t WASTE the opportunity to learn how to spell, kids.
That was actually one of Adams’ last issues of Batman, not his first.
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