Art history does not lack for anatomically incorrect representations of bodies, and the cover of DC Comics‘ forthcoming issue of “Catwoman,” to be released in September, is no exception. In fact, this may be one of the most exaggerated renderings of the female body we’ve seen since Ingres. The comic’s newest issue, which revisits Catwoman’s origins, also makes some conspicuous revisions to her figure.
Artist Guillem March’s extremely buxom-chested, contorted, and possibly scoliosis-suffering version of Catwoman is drumming up Internet buzz as the newest art-inspiring meme — and making us wonder if the feline femme fatale is in fact a cousin to Mattel’s Barbie. March is no stranger to creating oddball, Frankenstein versions of women in his drawings: He portrayed a female hero for the cover of “Green Lantern: New Guardians #0” holding the same impossible pose. The Outhouse jokes that March has called much needed attention to the disease of scoliosis through his artwork, while others have simply taken the cover’s absurdity and drawn up their own versions. See Below:
Some of the parody covers attempt to boil the original down to its most essential flaw: depicting the female form as, basically, a ball. Kate Beaton’s shows the perfect L-shape that March’s Catwoman would most likely make is seen from the side. Josh Rodgers makes Mushface’s version all T&A. Nevertheless, the gold medal goes to the blog, My Mephetic Life, for turning the drawing into a literal bouncing ball gif.
While the comics-verse has long had a history of objectifying women, from skimpy outfits to always being the sidekick, this newest cover version of Catwoman does not do the feline villain justice, and we await a revised version.
— Alanna Martinez
(Image: “Catwoman #0″ by DC Comics, cover art by Guillem March)