I’ll admit Tony Isabella‘s gag in today’s comic made me laugh out loud. (I might have even giggled.)

Having spent much of my adult life working in the comic book biz, I’m not exactly a stranger to the tendency for comic artists to emphasize the way most super heroines fill out the top half of their costumes.

The most obvious example of this is Power Girl. According to comic book lore, Power Girl’s co-creator Wally Wood bet a studio mate that he could draw Power Girl with a bigger chest each issue and that editors at DC Comics would never notice or object. They didn’t.

Original art featuring Power Girl drawn by Wally Wood in All-Star Comics #65, 1977.

 

Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “One Too Many Heartbreaks” in FIRST KISS #39, 1964.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Woman talking to a male artist who is sitting and drawing at his drawing board.

WOMAN: Hey, mister, my eyes are up here!

ARTIST: Listen, babe, if I wanted to draw your eyes…I wouldn’t have become a comic-book artist!

1964 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “One Too Many Heartbreaks” in FIRST KISS #39, 1964.

↓ Transcript
SCENE: Woman talking to a male artist who is sitting and drawing at his drawing board.

WOMAN: Hey, mister, my eyes are up here!

ARTIST: Listen, babe, if I wanted to draw your eyes...I wouldn’t have become a comic-book artist!

1964 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

DJP.410
Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story "One Too Many Heartbreaks" in FIRST KISS #39, 1964.