UPDATE: Edited for formatting and to change "brokeback" to "broke back."Recently, there's been an outcry over the cover for Catwoman #0. Drawn by Guillem March, it's a classic example of the "broke back," an anatomically incorrect pose often used in comics to show the boobs and butt at the same time.
When we ran an article on the ten worst brokeback poses, some people questioned whether they were anatomically inaccurate. Fortunately, there are plenty of real artists who are all too happy to illustrate the point.
Here's some artwork featured at Comics Alliance.
First, a side-by-side comparison by Kate Beaton that shows the original cover and a side view.
Cameron Stewart, an artist who once drew Catwoman, also created this artwork with a little more detail on what the side view would be like.
Giaaeron used computer modeling to show what she would actually look like from this perspective without a broken back with these comments on the original: "The pose, specifically the relationship of butt to bosom. The right arm placement, which is impossible without dislocating her shoulder. Her head placement can’t be duplicated. If you look at Figure 3, you’l notice that the curve of her back is already incredibly pronounced, even in this truncated pose."
Do these illustrations explain the problem with the brokeback pose? What do you think of the new Catwoman cover?
[Image Source: Comics Alliance]