Monday, June 16, 2008

Superhero Sex

We were always told that Comicbooks are the young boy’s soft porn. That is to say, that since young boys couldn’t buy Playboy,we bought funnybooks so we could ogle the chippies in spandex. Well, that was in the days before Maxim and, well, the Internet.

Still, even with the Comics Code Authority (as tepid as it is these days), Apparently Sex and superheroes isn’t a new Though, as this old article by Sci-Fi author Larry Niven wrote in 1971 in the publication All the Myriad Ways. The article is of course the legendary Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex.

Needless to say, that was probably not the first time that anyone dared speak the unspeakable, it was certainly not the last time, as Gabriel McKee wrote in his piece, Sex and the Single Superhero. And then again by another blogger in this piece on modern day (ne: cinematic heroes).

OK, I’m out again, see you later.

Oh yeah, the Supergirl image at the top of this post is by my good buddy (and artist on my Agent Unknown revival — Springload & Renegade) Chris Torres.


Reggie White Jr. said...

Very interesting reads from those links. Isn't Spidey screwed because he's Spider-Man? The whole dual identity thing is what wrecks every single relationship he's had before he got married.

Tommy said...

I hadn't thought about Bruce Banner having that problem per say, although when he was Hulk the whole time, I wondered how that worked...and still do.

I'm pretty sure Superman's inability to have sex was no longer valid whenever he and Lois get married, but since it plays a large part in the current movie revival, needless to say, I'm sure some interesting conversations went on between parents and kids as that not only were the birds and the bees up for gabbing about, but also the past continuity of the film series. @_o

I'm curious how all of that is going to factor into the next Superman film, and if 'Cyclops' is indeed doomed as many figure.

Robert J. Sodaro said...

In Superman II he and Lois did “do it” but only after he temporarily lost his powers. Personally, I’m still buying Larry Niven’s Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex theory. Plus, there is that very funny scene in the new Incredible Hulk flick w/Bruce and Betty.