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Best Abs Ever (This Week): An Appreciation Of Male Comic Book Eye Candy

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In the process of writing my article about muscles vs curves, and how the big dudes of superhero comics typically fail to represent the tastes of most androphile women, I gathered a collection of images and recommended artists from my correspondents that illustrate the sort of art they'd love to see more of -- but which there's sadly very little of compared to all the T&A fan-service targeted at straight men.

I had far too many recommendations to put in the article, so I've compiled the collection (and a few personal favorites) into a very special one-off post. The collection includes pin-ups, fan art, sketches, and some traditional superhero art from artists who aren't afraid to put a little male eye candy in their work!

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Why Big Superhero Muscles Aren’t ‘The Same Thing’ As Sexy Curves


As a man who reads superhero comics, I confess that I share a commonly-held prurient interest in big-chested, long-legged heroes in skin-baring costumes that barely cover their naughty bits -- or as I like to call him, Namor.

Sadly, Namor is pretty much alone in his category. Contrary to the perception that male heroes in comics are frequently sexually objectified, it's my experience that even Namor is only rarely presented as someone to lust over. Yet I'm fortunate that my tastes run towards the Hemsworth end of the scale. Like many straight men, I admire the kind of buff dudes that are the staple of superhero comics, even though they are rarely sexualized. If I shared the tastes of most of the women I know, I think I'd find superhero comics an even more frustratingly sexless wasteland.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Mortal Kombat, The Spirit, Rockford Files, Jimi Hendrix, Alien and More


We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.

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George Lucas’ First-Draft ‘The Star Wars’ Script Comics Adaptation Gets A Trailer And New Art [Video]


If George Lucas had filmed what was in his original script for the movie he was then calling The Star Wars, it would have been quite a different film. Han Solo would have been a lizard guy. Darth Vader would have had no mechanical suit, and Anakin (or Annikin) Skywalker would have been an entirely different guy. Luke would have been a bearded, older guy.

Folks who are curious about how that version of the story would have played out will get their chance to see just that when Dark Horse starts up an eight-issue adaptation of that original script Sept. 4. USA Today snagged a video trailer for the series, along with a preview, which you can catch after the cut.

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Dark Horse Comics To Adapt ‘The Star Wars’ Original-Draft Screenplay


It's been a good year for fans of the original Star Wars trilogy and Dark Horse comics. There's the new Star Wars series by Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda that takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, (the first issue of which CA's own Dylan Todd reviewed here), and now J...

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Dynamite Explodes At NYCC 2012 With New Remender, Waid, Ennis, Wagner And More


Dynamite Entertainment got really real last weekend at New York Comic-Con, coming out swinging with numerous new projects from an impressive roster of mainstream creators who've been given free rein on brand new series...

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Comics FutureStars: The High School Yearbook of the Comics Industry


If you ever need a reminder that the early '90s were a strange, strange time for the comics industry, then look no further than Comics FutureStars. Released by Majestic Entertainment in 1993, FutureStars was a showcase for nearly a hundred artists who were thought to be the next wave of up-and-comers who would ride the infamous boom to stardom...

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Bordering On ‘Brightest Day’ Doesn’t Look Like A Cakewalk


Despite the optimism implied by DC's "Brightest Day" banner launching this April, it looks like there's still tumultuous (and fairly dark) times ahead for the publisher's starting lineup.

Today at The Source, a four-piece cover image by Mike Mayhew linking the "Justice League: Rise and Fall" one-shot along with it's contributory "Green Arrow" #31, "Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal" #1 and "Justice League of America" #43 proves that just because the world might have a brighter outlook, overcoming adversity is still the rule of the day for DC's heroes...

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Witchblade #110 Preview


Our friends at Top Cow have provided Comics Alliance with a 7 page preview of the new Witchblade #110.

Witchblade #110
(W) Ron Marz
(P) Steve Sadowski
(I) Kevin Nowlan
(Cov) Mike Mayhew

FIRST BORN tie-in issue


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Light & Dark Throw Down in First Born #2!


Press Release

The second pulse pounding issue of this summer's hottest event, First Born, will finally reveal the true origin of Sara Pezzini's mysterious pregnancy and give fans the answers they've been looking for since Sara's life altering revelation in Witchblade #100


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