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Back in the Day Part 3 - X-Portrayals

posted Sep 1, 2015, 7:53 AM by Anjuan Simmons
This is Part 3 in a series I'm doing about posts I made as a young Minority Tech. Here I'm discussing how comic book artists often get things wrong when drawing even popular characters. Looking back over the 20 years that have passed since I wrote this, I can say that I was quite the arrogant young man . . .

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From: anj...@mail.utexas.edu (Anjuan Rey Simmons)
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Subject: X-Portrayals
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 1995 11:00:05 -0600
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   Hello, fellow X-ers.  This is just a quick post before I have to go to
class.  It's about the way some artists portray the X-Men, particularly
Ororo and Logan.  Here are my two main nitpicks:

   Ororo's eyes:  I think it is an established fact that Ororo has blue
eyes which are slightly catlike.  Most artists get this right.  However,
lately a lot of them have got into the habit of drawing her without any
pupils at all.  I think that this is supposed to be indicative of her
powers being activated, but a lot of artists draw her like this even if
she is not using her powers.  I can understand drawing the pupiless Storm
for dramatic effect, but sometimes it gets out of hand.

   Logan's claws:  Most people know that Logan has three claws in each
arm.  Well, what a lot of artists don't seem to know is how long they
are.  I believe it is stated in OHOTMUDE that Logan's claws are about as
long as his forearm.  This makes sense because they are housed in his
forearm when they are not extended ('popped').  However, a lot of artists
have drawn Wolverine with claws much longer than that.  If his claws were
that long, then when he retracted them they would go all the way up to his
shoulders!  Logan couldn't even bend his arms like that!

   Well, those are my two major gripes.  I'm not going to even get into
Jubilee's eyes, Gambit's eyes, Logan's hair, Rogues' stripe, or Longshot's
fingers (but feel free to discuss them in the newsgroup).  I better run to
class now.  I have only one more test before I can pretty much relax for
spring break.  I hope you all have a fun and safe time (for those of you
who get a spring break).  I'm going to actually be away from the computer
for a whole five days (pray for me).  Also, thanks for all who responded
to my previous topics (Black Depictions, X-Women, X-Ages, X-Trek).  It's
good to generate some THOUGHT.

Peace and Prosperity
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