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  1. ha ha these are the funniest sketches ever. so so true. why hasn’t anyone thought of it sooner,. comic creators need to keep a BREAST of these things

  2. The bit where WW’s top ends up down around her hips? Yeah, if you do a racing dive in a bikini (or just get hit by a wave from the wrong angle), you’ll experience that effect first-hand.

    Hell, sometimes that stuff tries to fall down without the force of diving or flying to help it along. Watch a lady in a strapless dress some time, and count the seconds until she hitches it back up. Odd how you never see Wonder Woman doing that . . . clearly double-sided tape comes with the superpowers package.

  3. I don’t read comics looking for the practical. I like Power Girl because she has her boobs on display. I like Wonder Woman because she’s tough and has never had a nipple slip in battle.

  4. While heels in particular have struck me as absolutely ridiculous, the wind/flight and fighting issues of cleavage has now joined the list of stupid costume designs. The only practical use I can see is the “OMG boobies!…oops I forgot to fight the super heroine” aspect.

  5. I totally agree. No self respecting warrior princess would have her baps hanging out.
    In fact didn’t the amazons remove a breast because it got in the way when using a bow.
    I’m not saying Wonder woman should only have one boob, but as awesome as boobs are they would just get in the way in a battle. It never feels very realistic that a highly intelligent and skilled warrior would never leave breasts (and heart) so exposed. She would also never wear heels, ever.

  6. Toks:
    It never feels very realistic that a highly intelligent andskilled warrior would never leave breasts (and heart) so exposed.She would also never wear heels, ever.

    False, first thing to go in a highly intelligent and skilled and stone tough warrior would be her shame of her body, since it’s the amazon’s primary weapon. If the armor ever got thorn she would never stop fighting, being naked wouldn’t even phase her. These are warriors that don’t need breasts to impress men nor to feed babies, they chop them off if they get in the way.

    I always though the non logo of power-girl could be used brilliantly, this super character that uses it as an excuse to beat down men… you peeked: POW! There’s also something about a void logo that shouldn’t be replaced by a simple circle or removed entirely.

    I would take a keep decent stance, but won’t. There’s a good chunk of characters that should REALISTICALLY go about naked (male, female and things alike) and don’t because of censorship. I seriously believe that women must take on superheroes to give them new sensibilities, but not all female characters should suffer from beginning of the century puritanism.

  7. Curse you, reality! Why must your laws of physics and what have you interfere with smoking hot superheroine costumes!? *shakes fist* jk

    As much as I want to counter argue this point, its just too funny to beat. Great job.

    Mr. Q

  8. Mario

    I never said she would be ashamed of her body. I disagree that nudity would be any kind of weapon let alone her primary one. The amazons would make no distinctions between female or male they would approach every thing as a warrior and as a warrior wonder woman would wear armour that protected her vital organs especially her heart like all greek armour did.
    She would never wear a swim suit and heels into battle it has no advantages what so ever and obviously designed by a man for men. The last thing an amazonian warrior princess would do is dress for men.

  9. “False, first thing to go in a highly intelligent and skilled and stone tough warrior would be her shame of her body, since it’s the amazon’s primary weapon.”
    I’d have said women fighters who cover up their bodies aren’t ashamed of their bodies, they are being practical, without vanity, and often give off the ‘doesn’t matter what I wear, you’ll still want to date me’ feel. Also if I didn’t need to wear clothes, I’d still wear them because…hey, clothes are awesome! They’re a form of self expression as much as they are a physical necessity.
    Comic book girls don’t wear cleavage exposing outfits because they are proud of their cleavage. They wear cleavage exposing outfits because the comic producers are proud of their cleavage. Big difference imo.
    And HECK YES about this comic, it’s perfect! Jay I think those are seam lines.

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  12. Toks:
    Mario
    I disagree that nudity would be any kind of weapon let alone her primary one. The amazons would make no distinctions between female or male they would approach every thing as a warrior and as a warrior wonder woman would wear armour that protected her vital organs especially her heart like all greek armour did. She would never wear a swim suit and heels into battle it has no advantages what so ever and obviously designed by a man for men. The last thing an amazonian warrior princess would do is dress for men.

    I said her body is her primary weapon, not nudity. They live in a men free magic island, I would say they do make distinctions. Some iterations they don’t need any protection, they are busting through concrete walls after being punched by Godzilla. The last thing an amazonian princess would do is dress for men and LIKE men, basing all their designs on the Ancient Greek is the most sexist thing imprinted right in the core concept: it simply tells us that these amazon demigoddesses had to copy (because they couldn’t do better of course) a Man made and ruled society.

    For heels i agree, for swimsuits, look at what gymnasts and divers wear, when you wanna tumble the less you wear the faster you are.

    elala: Comic book girls don’t wear cleavage exposing outfits because they are proud of their cleavage. They wear cleavage exposing outfits because the comic producers are proud of their cleavage. Big difference imo.

    I see what you mean, but should we then hide all their cleavage as a new producer fad or give the characters the cleavage they (the characters) would choose, and therefore give the suits the role of SELF expression you mentioned? Not to mention some much needed character cohesion?

  13. Umm, those are supercostumes meaning they are not bound by the laws of physics just like super heroes. I thought everybody knew this.

  14. Its called depictions of women being presented merely for men’s pleasure and nothing else, aka sexism. So sad.

  15. We have make some allowances for superhero costumes. Conventionally your costume cannot be used against you, no matter how daft it is. (The Killing Joke was unusual in showing the Joker dislodging Batman’s mask to temporarily disable him.) Thus we accept that Batman’s vision is not compromised by looking through little eye holes in his cowl, that his cape does not get caught in revolving doors, and so on. He has reasons for dressing like that, and presumably the skills to make up for any disadvantages it causes.

    If one really wanted to (and had no shame) one could explain away airflow problems by saying Power Girl’s flying powers include an aura that protects her and her costume form air friction. That still leaves the problem of explaining why she would choose to dress with a big hole in her chest—I personally find it an distinctly odd fashion choice.

  16. In the 80s, my friends and I determined that all super-heroines have low power telekinesis to hold their costume on, their cleavage up, and to billow their hair fetchingly.

    Remember, comic book costumes, like all clothes, are about FASHION. Fashion serves many purposes. If you want a character to look tough, dress him to look big and strong and hide his face. If you want a character to be pretty, dress to show off the body.

    Also, feminism wanted more characters that were females, so they got characters that were female shaped. As unrealistically female-shaped as Superman is unrealistically male-shaped. Like porn, comics are about visual exaggeration.

  17. Superman’s identity is completely concealed by a pair of glasses. This renders every argument about comic-book realism and practicality invalid.

  18. psiwire:
    Superman’s identity is completely concealed by a pair ofglasses. This renders every argument about comic-book realism and practicality invalid.

    At least in one comic they were hypno glasses. :P
    There’s a myriad of levels of realism that apply to the superhero genre, from the Tick to the Watchmen there’s a big difference. Not all spy movies are James Bond movies.

    Instead of pointing the flaws in character cohesion and try to fix them (redesign), people come HERE to point out that historically comic costumes didn’t work and that rethinking the genre can’t, shouldn’t be done??

  19. It’s funny, but only that.
    You aren’t making the suits more ‘realistic’. It has nothing at all to do with realism. It is about prudery and sexism.
    As soon as you talk about ‘realistic’ you open up the whole “Well, why are they wearing skin tight, brightly colored outfits with no pockets, no place for cell phone. Why do they leave ANY skin exposed, arms, legs, faces.” thing. Seriously, if you want ‘realism’ you should just put them into soldier gear. No colors, because there is absolutely no way to justify that. But since this design change isn’t about realism and is instead about prudery, the cleavage is hidden away but the rest of the silliness stays.

  20. Darkami:
    As soon as you talk about ‘realistic’ you open up the whole “Well, why are they wearing skin tight, brightly colored outfits with no pockets, no place for cell phone. Why do they leave ANY skin exposed, arms, legs, faces.” thing. Seriously, if you want ‘realism’ you should just put them into soldier gear.

    why would supers use cell phones? to get easily tracked or listened to? A lot of them can use magic, alien tech, telepathy, and another gazillion ways to communicate but for you they seem to necessarily need a cell.
    As for pockets, maybe you missed the 90′s because pouches and straps were all the craze.
    Military suits are not the top of the line for hand to hand combat nor acrobatic movement, sport suits are. And lately they’re all skin tight. Skin tight makes the wearer smaller to go into tight spaces,more aero and hydro dynamic, liberates movement, avoids snags and grabbing.
    Some need their skin exposed, any of these my arms transforms into a weapon guys would realistically want to have them ready. Also some have no need of hiding skin since it’s stronger than any material you can cover it up with (and i cry for supe’s knee-pads).
    Bright colors can come with a variety of explanations, attract violence to them instead of bystanders, works as a deterrent when you have a reputation that goes with it, otherworldly culture symbolism, it can be the color of the material the suit is made of (not everything can be easily pigmented or painted)

    I believe you are right about the hole, but instead of ignoring it, designers should tackle this problems, there are some awesome possibilities in the solutions.

  21. Yes because I demand realism in a medium where people fly. Power Girl is an alien from another dimension and Wonder Woman was made of clay. I can see the need to make these characters more realistic or practical. This is merely an attempt to feminize a male dominated market. Why does no one seriously complain that Batman takes his son out at night in a bright costume and expose him to dangers? It’s always they have breasts. Cover them up. They aren’t realistic portrayals of women. Like Batman is of average man. Wait a minute he isn’t suposed to be average and neither are the women.

  22. Good points and I like those redesigns at the bottom.
    I have a WW costume made out of really heavy leather to look as much like armour as possible. I don’t think it would move much at all in flight, but then again I wil never be able to test the theory.

  23. “For heels i agree, for swimsuits, look at what gymnasts and divers wear, when you wanna tumble the less you wear the faster you are.”–Mario

    Speaking as a swimmer you have a point, the tighter the suit the less drag the faster you go. But here’s where your argument crashes and burns: WW and Powergirl aren’t swimmers or gymnasts, they’re warriors! Yes the extra padding and armor slow you down but you train for that (as would any Amazon/warrior/soldier) and honestly the extra protection is a God send when you get kicked in the head/chest/crotch area (yes it hurts for girls too). If nothing else give WW some straps to support that metal top!

    Oh, and just so you know, those racing suits swimmers wear? Yeah, they’re like the least comfortable thing in the world, they cut into your sides, back and shoulders and leave tons of lovely little, and painful, scars! Not comfortable or practical for daily use (and these warriors would need them daily).

    Also! Love the comic! I’m a strong believer that a woman can look sexy and strong in something that’s at least practical/appropriate. And, as a physicist, I cringe when I see basic laws of physics so blatantly abused. Great job!

  24. @Todd Well, I like Power Girl because she’s the most sarcastic and unorthodox member of the Super-Family, as well as the toughest (not strongest, simply the one most known for being able to take enemy attacks in stride).

  25. In War Goddess #6 at the end of the fight Pandora’s top was down with her boobs hanging out. I guess it could have happened to Wonder Woman too.

  26. “Oh, and just so you know, those racing suits swimmers wear? Yeah, they’re like the least comfortable thing in the world, they cut into your sides, back and shoulders and leave tons of lovely little, and painful, scars! Not comfortable or practical for daily use (and these warriors would need them daily).”

    You are forgetting….those racing suits you mention will be worn by some seriously durable women (and men) with skin far more resistant than your own to scars, abrasions, and the like.

    Many mention how unrealistic superhero suits are (examples in the cartoons above), but seldom does anyone mention the lack of zippers, snaps, buckles, velcro, laces, and buttons. Do we really want to see that much realism in our costumery and the inherent problems associated with it? Do we really want writers to explore the complications of a split seam, popped button, or a faulty buckle that enables The Joker to escape The Batman’s justice? Imagine a story in which a seam in Spider-man’s costume is torn and his naked butt is hanging out as he swings around NYC. Is that what you want?

    Okay…I think I have both proved a point and disproved it, b’cause I want to see those stories. :)

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  29. These are TV shows. They aren’t meant to be practical, they’re meant to be sexy. I’m tired of all these drawings explaining the importance of armor, costumes, etc.

  30. Extremium: “Oh, and just so you know, those racing suits swimmers wear? Yeah, they’re like the least comfortable thing in the world, they cut into your sides, back and shoulders and leave tons of lovely little, and painful, scars! Not comfortable or practical for daily use (and these warriors would need them daily).”You are forgetting….those racing suits you mention will be worn by some seriously durable women (and men) with skin far more resistant than your own to scars, abrasions, and the like.Many mention how unrealistic superhero suits are (examples in the cartoons above), but seldom does anyone mention the lack of zippers, snaps, buckles, velcro, laces, and buttons. Do we really want to see that much realism in our costumery and the inherent problems associated with it? Do we really want writers to explore the complications of a split seam, popped button, or a faulty buckle that enables The Joker to escape The Batman’s justice? Imagine a story in which a seam in Spider-man’s costume is torn and his naked butt is hanging out as he swings around NYC. Is that what you want?Okay…I think I have both proved a point and disproved it, b’cause I want to see those stories. :)

    Extremium, you are so right!

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  32. I have yet to see a comment that picks up on the real purpose of the fully clothed superheroin suggestion – self respect. Young girls read/see these comics and it is clearly displayed that when the women are dressed in their alter-ego (ie: normal people) clothing, they are vulnerable. It is not until they change into their ultra revealing super suits that they are able to fight the injustices that surround them. This tells young girls that, in order to be respected by others you must have a perfect body and be willing to expose it. I certainly don’t want to see my teenage daughter dressing like that to get others to like her.
    The other point is in re: to the swimmers & gymnast suits. They are made to move in and none of them expose cleavage! Also, none of them are fighting crime while wearing them :P

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