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« Reply #32 on: December 03, 2005, 06:10:41 PM »

Well, the endowment was a little silly in its own right...

What makes me wonder is that individual muscle development to the state seen on the Elseworlds cover, for example, is the result of very specific targeted work (along with steroids in some cases) these heros spend 5 hours a day on this work, and what do they use for equipment?  And the artists still exaggerate the effect even more...
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« Reply #33 on: December 04, 2005, 05:24:20 AM »

Well I think people have forgotten that alot of it has to do with the language of superhero comics and part of that is using glorification fo the human form to convey a sense of power and nobility. Some degree of exaggeration will come along with that. In a way, the body is a part of the costume itself. Helping to inhance it.

Alot of what we see in modern comics is to some degree taking on the Gil Kane school without even realizing it and taking it way too far. I think this is part of where the criticism of superhero costumes as "body paint" or "body condoms" comes from.

But mileage varies on this because I look at Ed McGuiness and it doesn't look that wrong to me since it's kind of inline with his cartoonist approach. But when I look at Bart Sears stuff *that's* what looks steroid driven to my eyes.

Then you have guys like Liefeld where they're just being careless about it. If superheroes is a stylistic language then Liefeld is what it's like when you speak jibberish.

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