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

Eden Fesi-Stefano Caselli-hed

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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Buffy and Joss Whedon Return in Dark Horse’s ‘Season Nine’ #1 [Preview]


On sale this week from Dark Horse is Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #1, continuing the adventures of Joss Whedon's plucky, cult favorite killer of bloodsuckers. Written by Whedon with Andrew Chambliss (TV's The Vampire Diaries) and featuring the work of returning artists Georges Jeanty & Dexter Vines, Season 9's inaugural storyline "Freefall" finds Buffy looking to find some normalcy in the city of San Francisco.


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Teenage Liz Sherman Steps Up ‘B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered’ [Preview]


On sale now from Dark Horse is the first issue of B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered. Co-written by creator Mike Mignola and longtime Hellboy editor Scott Allie with art by Karl Moline & Andy Owens and cover by Jo Chen, the three-part miniseries is a standout tale in the history of the B.P.R...

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Jo Chen’s Wonder Woman Pencils From Her Mystery Project Astound


Jo Chen's high-powered rendering abilities have been proven in comics via "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," UDON Capcom work and "Runaways" cover art, but some of the greatest gems in her portfolio came via these Wonder Woman pencils she made for DC's licensing department, destined for an unnamed mystery creation...

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Will Death Come Knocking for Dawn in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ #38?


As "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon ramps up his run on Dark Horse's comic book conclusion to season 8, it's become increasingly clear that even the book's most popular characters aren't necessarily guaranteed a happy ending...

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Dark Horse Goes 3B With ‘Buffy,’ ‘B.P.R.D.’ and ‘Baltimore’ Covers For October [Exclusive]


Yeah, I really just wrote "3-B" in a headline. You would too if Dark Horse Comics shot you an exclusive (with the exception of Georges Jeanty's "Buffy" variant) first look at its most prominent titles beginning with the letter "B" out this October...

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The Runaways Race Back To The Future


Press Release

The critically acclaimed "Dead End Kids" storyline continues in Runaways #28! Super-star scribe Joss Whedon (Astonishing X-Men) and rising star Michael Ryan (New Excalibur, New X-Men) have wowed audiences with the first three chapters of this exciting story, but now Runaways are


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UDON’s Art of Capcom


Press Release

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Street Fighter® franchise, UDON is celebrating the studio's unique creative relationship with video game giant Capcom®. UDON's Art of Capcom is a 300+ page art book that features UDON's best artwork from popular franchises like Street Fighter®, DarkstalkersT, Mega Man®, Devil May Cry®, Resident Evil® and more!

The UDON/Capcom ride


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The Runaways Hit A Dead End!


Press Release

Superstar scribe Joss Whedon and fan favorite penciller Michael Ryan continue their critically acclaimed "run" on Marvel's hottest teen team in Runaways # 27! Under their tenure, Whedon & Ryan have taken the Runaways to New York and introduced them to some very important people, such as the Kingpin and the Punisher. No


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