This is it boys, I am giving you permission to stare, because my post today is all about boobs, jugs, breasts, gazongas, tits, dirty pillows.
I originally started this article with the idea of “the evolution of boobs in comics”. After some research I quickly started to realize, there is no evolution of boobs in comics, they are and always have been big! With the exception of a small few (no pun intended) like Tank Girl, Liz Sherman from Hellboy and depending on the artist Jubilee. I guess that also depends on your definition of small.
Breast size on female comic characters tends to vary depending on the artist. The only time I really like them big is when other parts of the women are extenuated overdramatically as well, like Rob Guillory’s women in Chew. They have very tiny waists and very large hips and boobs. I am less of a fan of the “extra large for no reason” chest types like Power Girl, Black Cat or Cat Woman. One artist who is famous for his “boobs” is Adam Hughes, and for as large as they are he is very good at drawing them. He must have a lot of experience with breasts 😉
The 90’s saw the largest boobs. I found that when the muscles started growing on the male comic characters, the boobs grew on the female ones. I think we can all admit it got kind of out of hand. Half the time these women looked like they were going to tip over.
So here is when I get a little preachy: seriously, if you are fit and active enough to be running around and fighting bad guys, or your entire body is made of muscle, you are not going to have boobs like that! Of course, there is an exception to every rule, but if you have a body of a gymnast you are going to have the chest of one too! Of course there is always plastic surgery, but I don’t think the everyday female hero is going to go out and get a boob job just to look good in some tights, plus most of their personalities don’t fit the type of person who would go and get plastic surgery.
I know that comic characters, especially caped heroes, are supposed to be a fantasy. They are supposed to be who everyone wants to be, and I am not here saying that all comic characters should have smaller boobs. I like the way most of them look, and I think women should be curvy but sometimes it can go a little overboard, and if I have to stuff my bra with a whole box of tissue just to cosplay as my favorite comic character I may rethink my costume choice.
Boobs have always been a staple in comics, just like the cape and although we whisper behind closed doors about it, I think it should be an open and out loud topic. How do you like your comic boobs?