Comic Book Eyes

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.

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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.

Make America Pretty Again

 

Art by the Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Hidden Love” in First Kiss #26, June 1962.

 

 

Transcript:

FEMALE FLIGHT ATTENDANT: I love witness protection!

OTHER WOMAN: I’m so glad we blew the whistle on Dad…before he threw us under the bus! I shudder remembering the tread marks on Ivanka and Jared!

1962 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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FEMALE FLIGHT ATTENDANT: I love witness protection!

OTHER WOMAN: I’m so glad we blew the whistle on Dad...before he threw us under the bus! I shudder remembering the tread marks on Ivanka and Jared!

1962 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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Royal Revenge

Vintage art & text.

Art by Bill Ward from the story “The Vengeance of Love” in Diary Loves #2, 1949.

 

 

TRANSCRIPT:

WOMAN WITH LOTS OF LARGE, TIGHT CURLS IN HER PINK HAIR (thinking): They’re laughing at me now…But when these cocoons hatch…I’ll be the QUEEN of the beauty parlor!

SOUND OF LAUGHTER COMING FROM OFF PANEL: HA HA!

1949 Art: Bill Ward Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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Art by Bill Ward from the story “The Vengeance of Love” in Diary Loves #2, 1949.

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WOMAN WITH LOTS OF LARGE, TIGHT CURLS IN HER PINK HAIR (thinking): They’re laughing at me now...But when these cocoons hatch...I’ll be the QUEEN of the beauty parlor!

SOUND OF LAUGHTER COMING FROM OFF PANEL: HA HA!

1949 Art: Bill Ward Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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Art by Bill Ward from the story "The Vengeance of Love" in Diary Loves #2, 1949.

The Magic of Being Me

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “The Gay Deception” in FIRST KISS #8, 1959.

 

Transcript:

WOMAN WITH A COMPACT PUTTING ON LIPSTICK: Being me takes forever…but I’m worth it!

1959 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Character Color: Allen Freeman

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WOMAN WITH A COMPACT PUTTING ON LIPSTICK: Being me takes forever...but I’m worth it!

1959 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Character Color: Allen Freeman

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Missed Universe

1953 Artist: Tom Feelings. From the story “Blues” in ALL TRUE ROMANCE #14.

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Transcript:

SCENE: Woman is dressing (or undressing) in a room when a man walks in. She yells at him.

WOMAN: No, this isn’t the Miss Universe pageant! Get out!

1953 Art: Tom Feelings Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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SCENE: Woman is dressing (or undressing) in a room when a man walks in. She yells at him.

WOMAN: No, this isn’t the Miss Universe pageant! Get out!

1953 Art: Tom Feelings Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk270