Re: Not to sound like a idoit..

Date: 2011-08-04 12:59 pm (UTC)
wizardru: Hellboy (Default)
From: [personal profile] wizardru
Golden Age Lois was a firecracker, until the editors demanded that they make her 'pretty' and less independent or sexy. To Wit:

"Murray and I have gone over the magazine stuff, and we find that a great deal hasn’t been done to make Lois look better. The roly-poly hair-do is still the same way we complained about, and why is it necessary to shade Lois’ breasts and the underside of her hair with vertical pen-lines we can’t understand. She looks pregnant. Murray [presumably Murray Boltinoff, longtime DC staffer - BC] suggests that you arrange for her to have an abortion or the baby and get it over with so that her figure can return to something a little more like the tasty dish she is supposed to be. She is much too stocky and much, MUCH too unpleasantly sexy. Please call it to the attention of Joe and his lads that the better artists in this field draw their heroines more or less by a certain formula that makes them look desirable and cute. This they do by having the hair prettily done instead of making it look like a rat’s nest. On top of this they make the face pretty – and they try to draw it in the same way every time. Then, by drawing the shoulders wider than the hips they give the girl a lisesome quality that is absent when the accent is on hips. Also, the waistline is drawn higher thant it would be in real life, and the legs are longer and slimmer. There is usually no attempt to prove pictorially that the female tummy has a certain roundness if not confinded within a girdle, nor that bosoms cast teriffic shadows by virtue of their outstanding quality. While the dames in SMILIN’ JACK may be very tasty and exciting, I certainly do not approve of them for exploitation in publications like ours. You know as well as I do what sort of censure we are always up against, and how careful we must be.

Since writing the first page of this, Mr. Jack Liebowitz has seen the artwork in question, and is extremely dissatisfied with Lois. He says that in addition to making Lois look like a witch, you have apparently dressed her out of a Montgomery Ward catalogue. He suggests Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar as likelier spots for dress-research."

Re: Not to sound like a idoit..

Date: 2011-08-04 01:26 pm (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
unpleasantly sexy.

What is this I don't even . . .

Re: Not to sound like a idoit..

Date: 2011-08-04 03:53 pm (UTC)
wizardru: Hellboy (Default)
From: [personal profile] wizardru
Here's an example of the Lois Lane he was complaining about, from Superman #6:

Apparently both Tasty and Exciting!


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