"Viscerally disturbing...": The Geeks at the Gates - Episode 36

 

It's the second part of the discussion about the portrayal of women in comics between Regie, Hat and Alice. Click the image below to go to the download page at SoundCloud, or just subscribe to The Geeks at the Gates wherever you get your podcasts. All of the images discussed in this episode are to be found below the image.

 We spoke about this cover to Captain Marvel #3

We noted that the cover was - if not a direct homage, at least chanelling the classic "Rosie the Riveter" image. If you've not come across that before, here it is:

For more on Rosie, follow any or all of these links:

 

http://theconversation.com/how-one-rosie-the-riveter-poster-won-out-over-all-the-others-and-became-a-symbol-of-female-empowerment-96496
 

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/rosie-the-riveter

https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/rosie-riveter.htm

 

https://www.womenshistory.org/resources/lesson-plan/rosie-riveter

 

Hat also criticised the cover of Captain Marvel #1 - not for being sexist or sexualised, just for being awful. Here it is for you to decide for yourself:

 

 

 

Both Hat and Regie reckoned the pose from the movie poster used for the soundtrack, advetised on the back of Captain Marvel #3 would have made a better cover. For your consideration, here it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice mentioned the comic Invisible Kingdom by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward as an example of amazing art. Feast your eyes on this example:

She then went on to talk about ODY-C by Matt Fraction, again with art by Christian Ward. Some samples are presented here for your consideration.

 

 

 I think it's the colours that do it for us, but you'll note the lack of sexualisation of the female characters...

 

In connection with the Hawkeye Initiative Regie mentioned the Avengers parody poster that we used as the cover image last week. For the sale of completness, here it is again: