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Thursday, July 12, 2007

On A Steel Rod.

Okay, so rather like the JLA Power Girl cover, it looks like the Powers that Be chose to tone down the JSA Citizen Steel crotch-cover. (Devon's got a comparison.)

Seeing the new cover myself, I personally think it was a bad idea to tone down the crotch though. Not because of any feminist reason really, though as a woman I was laughing my ass off during the entirety of crotchgate just so you know. Just because of something Mallet pointed out in a chat.

Basically, that without the package to draw the eye, Citizen Steel's costume is really freaking stupid looking. I'll tell you one thing, I'd rather be looking at his sensible blue-clad crotch than the rest of his stupid-ass costume. And I'm a girl who digs me some stupid costumes.

Seriously. What's with the fin?!

I also resent that it looks less shiny. Why do you hate the shininess, DC?!?!


  • At July 12, 2007 7:16 AM, Blogger Centurion said…

    I think the idea was to reference the golden age Starman a bit with the costume. Only thing I can figure out with that fin and the look.

  • At July 12, 2007 10:19 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Oh but Crotchgate was so much fun! I'm still a little bewildered over all the fuss, because as far as I could see, there wasn't a whole lot THERE! Maybe I'm spoiled. The entire universe can't be completely manned by Ken dolls can it

    And yes, shiny is good.

  • At July 12, 2007 10:20 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    There should be a question mark after my last query. I shouldn't snicker when I'm typing.

  • At July 12, 2007 11:19 AM, Blogger Seth T. Hahne said…

    Yeah, I didn't get it either. Citizen Steel seemed very, I guess, average. And, well, not the least bit erect. I guess the world of fanboys isn't ready to ancounter anatomy as it is in the wild (i.e., real life).

    But really, do you think his costume, fin included, is any lamer than most anything else out there? Have you seen that mask thing Kyle wore?

  • At July 12, 2007 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't give a damn one way or the other about the costume. I just wish they could've bothered to give the poor guy a better origin. Can you imagine?

    *Future Super-Heroes Convention*

    Spider-Man: Hi, I was bitten by a radioactive spider.
    Superman: I came from another planet.
    Citizen Steel: I was puked on by a silver man.


  • At July 12, 2007 11:50 AM, Blogger Sleestak said…

    So DC only responds to males being pissed off?

  • At July 12, 2007 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Speaking as a het male I have to say I thought the original was better. My sister saw the new cover art and like "I guess they turned on the air conditioners (shrunken package + loss of sweaty shiny-nessness).

  • At July 12, 2007 12:08 PM, Blogger Rob Rogers said…

    Um, Centurion, the Steel costume has been around since the 70s.

    And I've always loved that costume. It's got a very cool, classic Golden Age vibe.

  • At July 12, 2007 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    sleestak...well to be fair they also marginally reduced the boob size on PG for that JLA cover. It wasn't a huge difference...but it means they did change two covers -- one anti-female and one anti-male I guess? I personally never really saw the reasons behind the "controversy" so whatever.

  • At July 12, 2007 12:58 PM, Blogger Dogma Central said…

    I think he new cover is terrible, looks like he's wearing wonder woman's shorts.

  • At July 12, 2007 4:53 PM, Blogger Centurion said…

    Rob - was talking in reference to the fin itself, but upon looking up the actual steel outfit my point still loses its sharpness. Touche`

    Also, I wish they would have kept the original art untouched. Are there that many insecure males lacking reflection reading comics?

  • At July 12, 2007 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There was no editing done there, Power Girl was just mad she didn't get the cover and "informed" steel.


  • At July 13, 2007 11:56 AM, Blogger Jude M said…

    Steel clearly wanted to look just like Spiderman, who in his latest bondage cover, legs splayed and crotch prominent, was described in a blog entry somewhere as "smooth as a rub-a-dub dolly".

    I couldn't get over all the fanboys who were convinced that Steel was sporting a boner (a steeler? or is that too much of a homoerotic football reference?) Clear that they never looked at another man's hardon in clothes. Too afraid of Teh Gay!

  • At July 13, 2007 4:49 PM, Blogger tavella said…

    Citizen Steel: I was puked on by a silver man.

    No, no, puked on by a silver Nazi.

    Best origin ever!

  • At July 14, 2007 1:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Citizen Steel: I was puked on by a silver man."

    "And no, it wasn't the Surfer. Or even ROM."

  • At July 16, 2007 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So, I'm the only one perturbed that his blue tones went from cyan to indigo, with no explanation of why?

    All right, then.


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