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 . . .
Path: bga.com!news.sprintlink.net!howland.reston.ans.net!cs.utexas.edu!geraldo.cc.utexas.edu!tarawera.ece.utexas.edu!user From: anj...@mail.utexas.edu (Anjuan Rey Simmons) Newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.xbooks Subject: X-Portrayals Date: Thu, 09 Mar 1995 11:00:05 -0600 Organization: The University of Texas at Austin Lines: 32 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> NNTP-Posting-Host: tarawera.ece.utexas.edu 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