Friday, December 08, 2006

Justice Society of America #1 Cover- Homage or Boob Fest?

Justice Society of America 1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Pictured here is the variant cover to Justice Society of America #1. At various sites around the internet there has been an outcry over the alleged focus on Power Girl's chest. There has been insinuation that if her face was shown, or that the angle was different, that it wouldn't be so obviously sexist.

I cry foul as of now.

Yes, one notices that Power Girl has gotten her boobies. The cut out in her chest area would make that obvious, no matter what the angle. The thing people aren't talking about is this: at the same angle, Mr. Terrific's package is on pretty fine display as well. Does that mean that the cover is double sexist? Is this a sign of the apocalypse?


In my mind this is a simple homage to the cover of All Star Squadron #1. That particular cover was also given tribute to on the cover of Alter Ego #32.

No one cried foul then, but I guess that is because there were only men pictured at the table then. From where I see it, I felt Power Girl's chest was pretty tame compared to other versions I have seen.

I choose to take this as a tribute to the great cover done by Rich Burchett and not to read more into it then needs be done. That is my two cents and my final word on the subject.


Anonymous said...

I agree Heidi, it's really not all that people are making it into. I've seen WAY worse (like the Emma Frost statue I blogged about yesterday). But the Alex Ross non-variant cover is better - just because it's Alex Ross.

Heidi Meeley said...

Lisa- after seeing your post about the Emma statue, I definitely have to agree! Good Lord!! This JSA cover is beautiful in my eyes, and a great tribute to Burchett's gorgeous cover.

The Alex Ross cover is beautiful! I just picked it up today, and I love it.

Heidi Meeley said...

Loren- glad to be literary for you! Hee hee! :-)

I just have to laugh because sometimes it's all about the tribute and people have to seek a deeper meaning. Sinister!

Take care!

Richard said...

Whoa. Just checked Lisa's blog to see the Emma Frost statue. The mind boggles. Has the sculptor of that thing never seen a real woman's breasts without silicone implants?

Heidi Meeley said...

RAB- I was wondering that myself! There was an unusual kind of gravity surrounding the White Queen's bosom that I have never seen in nature. Yikes!

Ragnell said...

Why is it whenever I skip checking the blogs for a day I find something I wish I'd linked immediately?

Scipio said...

A female comic blogger whose highest priority isn't claiming sexism at every possible opportunity?!?!?!

Marry me!

Okay, not me; marry Devon...

Heidi Meeley said...

Ragnell- being busy does that, and since I know you have said you are, I wouldn't worry about it.

Take care!

Heidi Meeley said...

Scipio- I gotta tell you, if I wasn't married I would probably take you or Devon up on it. :-)

Thank you for the kind words!

Anonymous said...

Nice post, Heidi, and I agree 100%.

Well, make that 99%. The All-Star Squadron cover artist is actually the Squadron's first artist, Rich Buckler. As far as I know, the great Rick Burchett wasn't working professionally yet.

Heidi Meeley said...

Rob- you are absolutely right! Thank you for the correction. I really must have had a head of steam worked up when I posted this!

Thank you again!

notintheface said...

I don't see the sexism here. Assuming Power Girl's costume and figure are what they are, that's what PG would look like from the same perspective as the All-Star Squadron cover.

Heidi Meeley said...

I didn't see the sexism either. I thought it was a beautiful homage to a great cover.