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Friday, February 10, 2006

A Favorite Panel: JSA 64:

This is one of my favorite panels in the JSA series. I'm not entirely certain why.

I think it's a bit of the gender reversal element, really. I like seeing a woman strong enough (even if it's supernaturally enhanced) to carry a guy like that. There's something fascinating about the whole dynamic.

And Power Girl just looks so amazing and strong and nurturing at the same time in there. Very feminine, if that makes sense. A woman who's strong enough to carry a man when he needs it and still seem like a woman. Her expression, her words, her breasts (:-P) she's not drawn or portrayed even remotely like a man there. And that's really nice. It's just a really nice, gender-equal image, I think.

And heck, naked-Sand, that's good too. But he needs to eat! Look at their legs! And Karen's not that big! Oh well, Ma'll make him eat, even if she has to forcefeed him to do it. She's that sort of woman. *I* wouldn't mess with her. :-)


  • At February 10, 2006 3:34 AM, Blogger JP said…

    It's also an interesting variant of the familiar Pieta pose. With the woman standing, which perhaps underlines her strength, physcally an otherwise.

  • At February 10, 2006 9:45 AM, Blogger Shelly said…

    Definitely a panel to be admired.

  • At February 10, 2006 10:59 AM, Blogger Tom Foss said…

    An homage of an homage, which somehow is closer to the original than the first homage.

    Because it's the classic "Superman-holding-Supergirl" pose, but reversed (after all, Power Girl was a Supergirl herself). And that classic pose was based on the Pieta, but the Pieta was a woman (Mary) holding a man (Jesus), as this image is, and as the Crisis cover isn't.

    Throw in some symbolism (Sand had sacrificed himself to save the world, this was his resurrection), and you've got a doozy of a loaded panel.

  • At February 10, 2006 2:45 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Yep, I admit I didn't consider the Pieta imagery much at first, but you guys are right. (Naturally, :-))

    It's the reverse of the Superman-Supergirl scene in two ways. One is that a "Supergirl" (sorta. :-P) is doing the carrying. And the other is the birth/rebirth/resurrection instead of death element.

    That and I think it's pretty. :-)

  • At February 10, 2006 2:56 PM, Blogger James Meeley said…

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  • At February 10, 2006 5:03 PM, Blogger Centurion said…

    it is a really nice panel...good balance and homage...

  • At February 10, 2006 11:26 PM, Blogger Hale of Angelthorne said…

    A Michaelangelo/Pieta reference? And they say you never learn anything reading comic books! I salute us all for our collective cultural erudition.

  • At February 11, 2006 6:03 AM, Blogger JP said…

    Wow, Foss. I usually find that kind of analysis specious (even when I engage in it), but it makes perfect sense! Whoda thought you'd find so much in a single panel of a mainstream superhero comic. :)

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