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The Line it is Drawn #205 – What if Male Superheroes Had “Sexy” Variant Covers?

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Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

Comic Book Character Spokespersons! You simply pick a product and the comic book character you’d like to see as a spokesperson for that product. Green Lantern/Energizer Bunny, Flash/Nike, Spider-Man/Papermate Erasers, you get the drift

Read on for the sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

With all of the hubbub over the Milo Manera Spider-Woman variant cover, let’s do similar covers starring male comic book characters. So suggest a male superhero and our artists will draw an equivalent “sexy” variant cover featuring that character.


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion (one exception this week).

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners! Click on any image to enlarge it!

ArghantBigAxe suggested

Pre-Nu52 Titans – Wally West, Dick Grayson, Gar Logan, Vic Stone and Roy Harper

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.


BigBearSpeaks suggested

The Spectre

This one was drawn by Mathieu Parent. Here is his website.


BigMike20X6 suggested

Flex Mentallo

Nick Perks is also the artist for this one. Here is his website.


BigMike20X6 suggested

Professor Xum takes us all to the gun show

Xum Yukinori and his wife Namiko drew this one. Here is his website.


BigMike20X6 , Ecovore and notwedge suggested


This one was drawn by David Branstetter. Here is his website.


CatWAuthor suggested

Wolverine as a playboy bunny

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


Ecovore suggested


Chaz is the artist for this one.


el_matt suggested

Machine Man

Sean McFarland is the artist for this one. Here is his website.


JLThorpe suggested

Sexy ‘Mazing Man would be cool.

This one was drawn by Rachel Ordway. Here is her website.


KeithAlanMorgan suggested


Marco D’Alfonso drew this one. Here is his website.


KeithAlanMorgan , Riselvato and rock_golf suggested


Nelson Flores did the art for this one.


LuciferanHeart suggested

Scud, Cerebus


mchin126 suggested


Paul Hostetler did the art for this one. Here is his website.


LuciferanHeart suggested

Phantom Stranger

Xum Yukinori also drew this one. Here is his website.


originaldayfan suggested

Doctor Octopus

This one was drawn by Fernando Pinto. Here is his website.


Finally, we have to say goodbye to Derek Langille, who did a heck of a job on the Line but is now going to be working on an upcoming personal comic project so he doesn’t have the time for the Line. We’ll be looking forward to it, Derek! Be sure to check in at Derek’s site to find out when his new project will be out!

With Derek leaving, we have a new Liner joining. Please welcome Rob Peters!

KeithAlanMorgan suggested


This one was drawn by Rob Peters. Here is Rob’s site.


Quite a week, everyone! Great stuff!

Okay, people, go tweet us suggestions for next week!


Sexcrawler’s tail will forever give me nightmares.

I think the Wolverine cover does the best job of mimicking the Spider-Woman cover, by having his sexy alizarin focused on his vulnerability, not his strength. That stance is something I have seen countless heroines strike. And, unlike the Man-Thing, MODOK or Doc Ock covers, the Wolverine cover is actually a little sexy. I think the Machine Man cover comes close, but although a his pose is vulnerable, he’s not as contorted. The Titans one is my favorite for, uh, reasons.

I’m going to have nightmares about Robin’s fingertips.

Congratulations! Beautiful, pertinent, light hearted and funny! Exactly how comics should be!


modok wins.

and nightcrawlers muscle tail is max disturbing.

Um… I thought that was Poison Ivy behind Batman…


You all gave the correct response to that buzz over manara’s cover….

X-tra-m-elent work every one

@XUM who added that shrubbery!?!

oh man, I forgot how much I missed SCUD until just this moment

Excellent work all around but my prize goes to ‘Mazing Man as the only one that made me laugh out loud.

Was I the only one that thought “Giant-Size Man-Thing” and “Pressed Spider-Ham” would have been more appropriate?

Poor Jeep Swenson, no one ever remembers who played Bane first….

Doc Ock for the win.

Spectre just because … Spectre cheesecake. Oy gevalt.

Oh. Oh my… Nightcrawler’s tail. I can never unsee that. I need to bleach my eyes out now.

That’s just a bunch of gay porn. Comic books ounce again pandering to the male gaze. :/

Pretty sure Milo Manara already did a Sexcrawler cover, complete with phallic tail. Amazing X-Men 001 2013

Just in case Professor Xum didn’t know, the term “gun show” refers to a gratuitous display of one’s (presumably muscular) biceps or “guns.” The traditional, if rather dickish use of the term is to give people directions to this presumed gun show by flexing and pointing in a way that shows off their arms. “Hey ladies, THIS WAY to the Gun Show!”

But what you drew works too.

Logan’s too hairless to be as sexy as he usually is in the comics… ;) (Actually, Logan’s often incredibly sexy in the comics themselves.)

There’s no small irony in the fact that when I looked at this column, there was an inserted ad of some bearded male model, in a suit. It looked like someone was going for sexy Amish.

OK, I’m popping down here to comment on my immediate response to the Spectre image that greeted me on opening the page.


Beefcake Spectre is just so wrong on so many levels.

What, no Punisher swimsuit variant? Absolutely no one thought to draw Frank Castle lounging around on the beach in a skull-insignia speedo?

(And now that I’ve written that I unfortunately cannot get that image out of my head!)

So, was the intent “Guys in beefcake poses” or “Guys put into female ‘sexy’ poses”?

As good as many of them are in terms of art and humor (Xum’s two contributions were good, and I could ALMOST see someone at late 70s DC trying to pull off that Phantom Stranger cover, if they weren’t bound by the CCA), only the Wolverine cover really captured the latter.

Do we really want to know what Wolvie’s thong is made of, given he’s stretching it out with his claws (even with the sides, that’s gotta be a class 3000 wedgie just from the stretch length)? At least he’s got the regenerative powers to handle it.

Wohoo! More please! :)

What’s funny about the Titans image is that it actually evokes some classic ads from the 1930s through 1950s.

Some examples can be found at http://closetprofessor.blogspot.com/2011/06/vintage-homoerotic-ads.html (images technically may be NSFW but not really any more so than the Titans picture). There are some Abercrombie ads from more recent years as well, but these are photos not drawings.

Spectre’s cribbed from the David Beckham undewear ad, isn’t it? I’ve seen that damn thing in UK papers so many times, it’s unreal…

@JosephW – Absolutely. I was inspired by a painting I once saw of men (sailors?) in a shower by J. C. Leyendecker (I think) and tried to find it online for reference material. Danged if I could track it down though…

Bend it like Spectre! So wonderful!

Welcome Rob. Also, ew.

I initially thought the green gloves on Batman were Robin’s, too. It took a second look (and reading the headlines) for me to realize they were Ivy’s. Too much Wertham, I guess.

Honestly, after the Sexcrawler image, I will not be able to fall asleep for a few days.

KeithAlanMorgan , Riselvato and rock_golf suggested


What? No Giant-Size Man-Thing? That pretty much writes itself.

Then again…after seeing Nightcrawler’s tale, maybe I don’t want to see that. Thank you for sparing us.

Nightcrawler’s tail alone should constitute a NSFW sign.

And that is why I did not click on this at work.

looks like the comics from the 90´s LOL


M-Wolverine, I have got to stop looking at CBR when I’m eating. I keep getting food on my computer screen :)

Wolverine–hands down winner! omg, it’s hilarious.
Know what’s really funny? I can actually picture Hugh Jackman doing this just for kicks. :-D

Doc Ock is a scream, too. His expression is priceless!

I am just waiting to see the Doc Ock cosplay that comes out of this.


Yeeeeah, well, part of the problem that may be lending toward your confusion is that these WEREN’T drawn to appeal to women. They were drawn to be a joke. (It’s hard to make Nightcrawler unattractive, but Chaz succeeded with screaming nightmare-inducing colors). Checking out slash fanart of comic characters might give you a better idea of what women mean when they talk about something being drawn for women. Here’s a few Chris Evans shots that could illustrate the point better: ( http://julieghoulie.tumblr.com/post/82177239031/thank-you-theedannyd-for-making-this-and ) Imagine if Captain America (or Superman or…) were posed like that on the covers, complete with the come-hither expression. Even those aren’t really the best (the art drawn by women for women of sexy men tends to lean a lot more on vulnerability and lithe not-super-muscular torsos), but it’s the first thing that came to mind.

Do some of those look a bit like romance novel covers? Oh, yeah, absolutely. Which…isn’t much of an argument anyway. Because those romance novels? The entire point of their existence is to be a sexual fantasy. That’s their primary role. Superhero comics…not so much.

Wait, where’s Wolverine’s body hair?

Oh, right. Hairless = seXXXy.

Except in this instance. :P

There is something wrong with me…that Doctor Octopus one was fantastic.

Spider-Man and PaperMate Erasers?

I think these images are turning me gay! That’s why they don’t do them on superhero comic covers! They need to feature sexxxy wimmins because otherwise if dudes look at superheroes in their skintight, muscle hugging, stretchy spandex like outfits that conform to every curve of their ripped, oiled bodies, we’ll….

um, what was my point?

But yeah, nice stuff. I of course enjoy the Cerebus/Scud/Maxx one especially (that is one fine aardvark ass), but these are all fun, funny images.

That turned me gay. ;)

I could have happily lived without seeing that side of Doc Ock, but I am all about that Teen Titans cover. Nightwing booty makes the world a better place.

Super sexy week at the Line. ;-)

Basara 549 – “So, was the intent “Guys in beefcake poses” or “Guys put into female ‘sexy’ poses”?”
Yeah, that made me wonder when I was making suggestions, I wasn’t sure if it should be just a name or more. A few of my suggestions I included an explanation for the “sexiness” such as “Doctor Strange faces the fickle fiends of F’ns’rvis”.

Sexy Doc Ock proves the point.

“So, was the intent “Guys in beefcake poses” or “Guys put into female ‘sexy’ poses”?”

Apparently both. The former was pretty cool. The latter, kinda dumb.

I assumed it was just beefcake, since Brian had a Hawkeye Initiative theme a while back (Male heroes in ridiculous female poses)


September 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Cyborg, he’s the shy one.

Chaz wins for weird and disturbing again.

On a completely unrelated, awesome dancing Groot cameo! :D

hi travis. i uh think they turned me gay, too! so..

@Ben- hopefully from laughing, and not gagging.

But I do find the caption on that pic a lot more risque than I remember it being….i

Cerebus is missing his tail.

Interesting how there’s a need for men to be either fully naked or 90% naked with exposes or augmented erogenous zones in order for this to somehow feel “equivalent” to the examples of how some female superheroes are portrayed in comics. The only examples I can think of where comic women are featured in the buff or almost nude is in similar taste and style to the Phantom cover, which in this case also feels in keeping with what I would expect to see on a cover in regards to male characters.

Come ‘on now those are joke covers…not sexually exploitative covers we seen of women. This entire post seems to belittle the sexism that plagues this industry.

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