superheroes’ derrieres + the artists who draw them


hypothesis: the only silver age artist able to draw rear ends accurately was gene colan

method: rigorously test this hypothesis by researching evidence against it (next five images (c) marvel comics, various dates in the 60s)

giant man’s bum by don heck (not his best work)

the invisible girl’s bum by jack kirby + joe sinnott

spiderman’s bum by steve ditko

conclusion: the impression of gene colan being the only silver age artist who was any good with superhero posteriors must have been down to his frequent use of low angles looking up at them

iron man’s bum by gene colan

the buns are higher in the frame + for this reason are more likely to make an impression on the viewer

daredevil’s bum by gene colan again

even in this instance with its higher angle

despite their different uniforms note these two characters + by extension perhaps all of colan’s characters would be difficult to tell apart based solely on images of their behinds. perhaps this is also the case with other artists + is something they should think about

what, I hear you ask, is the rationale underlying this article: it concerns my own artwork. for some reason (time?) I draw the shoulders, neck, arms + head first, try to get the position of the legs right so the figure looks like it’s in balance + distributing its weight realistically (which is difficult), + at some point after that I lose interest + fail to complete the pelvic area

or just get it wrong as in the example above on the right

there was no sense really in publishing any of this but once you’ve done the research it’s a waste not to

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