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"Broken Wings," take 2 - Nothing New Under The Sun
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bellatrys
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"Broken Wings," take 2
Okay, this is definitely Evil of me. I mean, the intention is Good, but I'm enjoying this far too much--





This redraw of Uncanny X-Men #491 is using the new, redesigned Robin costume of my own devising:

In homage to the original character concept, it retains the traditional colors and many of the design elements, but updated for a sleeker, sexier - and, dare I say, more practical - 21st century look. The protective gauntlets and dashing cape remain, but gone are the goofy ankle shoes and the chilly-looking bare legs: the new Robin uniform sports sturdy thigh-high boots for maximum knee protection while scrambling over those Gotham rooftops or tumbling over asphault! A jaunty thigh utility belt for gadgets adds a whimsical touch, while the old bulky shorts and double-layered top, cumbersome and conducive to overheating in action, are replaced by a a streamlined high-cut bottom and wide belt for midriff protection, which expands the front lacing to back and sides, allowing for maximum flex in those gymnastic flips and rolls. In a further nod to tradition, the lines of the sleeves and vest have been echoed with stylish arm and shoulder bands, a bright reminder of Grayson's circus heritage which serve to show off his biceps and chiseled shoulders. Holy Beefcake, Batman! Our Boy Wonder's all grown up now! (Don't worry, he might be down and out at the moment, but Robin will surely be back up on his feet and swinging soon--)

(--I'd blame it on voxwoman, only I was already thinking how to do it before her comment.)

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fledgist From: fledgist Date: October 6th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's an interestingly androgynous image.
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: October 6th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

And it's all the costume, and the pose.

I deliberately redrew Robin to be hunky, beefing up his thighs and upper body, as well as de-wasping his waist, removing the breast, straightening his shoulderblades and spine, flatting his buttocks and filling his jockstrap (comparison of tracings here). That can't just compete with the effect of bare skin and a bum getting the spotlight over any other body part, including the face.

But it's more the costume, and how everything about it is coded "feminine" now, than the pose even. It doesn't get significantly less genderbent when I paperdoll it onto original action scenes of Robin in the original costume.

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From: deiseach Date: October 6th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

*applause*

But why stop there?

Superman is invulnerable - he doesn't need a costume covering his complete body!

Wolverine - his healing factor is one more reason he shouldn't be stifled in head-to-toe leather!

I'm sure there are many other suggestions?

bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: October 6th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hey, it works for Joe Quesada!

I mean, what other rationale could he have for drawing Painkiller Jane in next-to-nothing? (And yes, that was Mr. No-there's-no-sexism-in-the-Marvel-Navy himself who drew that beaut.)

I'm seriously open to suggestions, everybody - the best ones will be if you can find a good hi-res original cover or scan online that I can use to redraw over, and feel free to suggest matching pairs for "costume makeover genderswap" - ie, a particularly egregious outfit, like Starfire, or a particularly egregious T&A pose, (or best of all both like this) on a Superheroine, and a particularly famously macho superhero (like Wolvie) to mix up.
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the_resa From: the_resa Date: October 6th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Impressive!
You know what we need? We need a website gallery where any and all outlandish depictions of female heroes are reversed artistically, by various willing artists, with their male counterparts.

Come on -- be our leader!
aramuin From: aramuin Date: October 7th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
There's always CounterPunch?
blueinkedpalm From: blueinkedpalm Date: October 6th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is awesome art. I don't quite like the shirt wobbling over his chest to suggest breasts, but I really like the way you've reinterpreted him to show how weird a lot of some female costuming is.
voxwoman From: voxwoman Date: October 7th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Proud to be blamed :-D

You know what I like even better? Your shoulder bands remind me of Kirk's drill Thrall costume in the Gamesters of Triskelion

I think the thigh utility belt is an excellent touch!

Now you have to design action figures with the whole Marvel "pantheon" in new, updated beefcake outfits. I'd buy them!
aramuin From: aramuin Date: October 7th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh this is wonderful. I love the juxtaposition and the reinvention of the costume.
skalja From: skalja Date: October 7th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoa, I hadn't seen this version when I commented on the other.

I also made the mistake of having a sip of water in my mouth while loading this post XD.

Hmmmm ... I'm thinking of how this would work for my fave hero Spider-Man, who tends to end up in some quite compromising positions on his covers. Well, see icon. Erm. It's even kinkier as in its uncropped, fullblown Romita Sr glory, trust me. And while it's certainly not comparable to what superheroines go through, I can't really imagine dear ol' Wolvie being drawn that way, y'know?
From: deiseach Date: October 7th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poor Spidey

Though I greatly appreciated the role-reversal retort on the site to the godawful 'Mary-Jane as the Little Woman, Teehee!' statuette.

Still, it somehow seems unfair to do this to Peter - but what the heck, go for it!

There's a lot of room for costume redesign - some of the guys have been wearing the same old, same old for ages, simply ages!

With the benefits of new materials, better understanding of construction (ahem) and the boon of dress tape (http://www.hollywoodfashiontape.com/products_tape.cfm

well, how do you think the stars keep their strapless, backless, sideless gowns from falling off?), anything is now possible!

Plus, we're all adults, we're all sexual beings, we're not closet homophobes and would never feel threatened in our masculinity by seeing rippling muscled chests, bulging biceps, long toned legs with firm calves and rock-hard thighs on display, now would we?
brown_betty From: brown_betty Date: October 7th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
He's showing a lot of flesh, but that just means he's secure in his sexuality! He's a good-looking, confident boy, why shouldn't he?

This is awesome. I'd be interested in including it in girl-wonder's gallery at Counterpunch, if you'd be willing?
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: October 7th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sure, go right ahead -

I've done a couple more for comparison, which I'll be posting shortly.
nenya_kanadka From: nenya_kanadka Date: October 7th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
The thigh utility belt (and the artist's commentary in italics) just totally makes it. :D
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: October 7th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

I tried to capture the tone

and the bright-eyed naivete that goes along with explaining why sexed-up superheroine costumes aren't Implausible when it comes from the PTB. (The thigh belt was inspired by one that I saw recently on a female chara, btw.)
From: vito_excalibur Date: April 3rd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahahaha this is fucking awesome.

Thene just linked me to it on the feministsf blog because I'm doing something related. Nice to be in good company. :)
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: April 3rd, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Let me know when you finish - I'll post a link too

The more the merrier! (There are more in this series, btw - look in the gallery or tags under "Broken Wings" & "Comics" - and will be more in the future, too, when I get ahead of the wolves for a bit...)
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