I'm sure everyone remembers the hubba-dubba surrounding Alex Ross' Citizen Steel cover on JSA. Even I talked about it. I even talked about how "the fear" surprisingly didn't apply to artists who aren't Alex Ross.
Well, apparently, the frightened fanboys are still out there!!!
Over at Comicbloc, a guy posted a warning: WAR HEROES #2 - Spoilers! NOT FOR CHILDREN!!
Never mind that the book carries a "Mature Readers" label. I guess it's okay for kids to read a book intended for adults, he didn't bring that up.
Never mind that every. single. page. contains "f*ck," "sh*t," "ass," or "c*ck" in the dialogue. I guess it's okay for kids to read that type of stuff, he didn't bring that up.
No. The problem was the book contained (warning! if you click the NSFW-link you will see) full frontal male nudity.
To the Comicbloc community's credit, every follow-up comment to the original post was along the lines of: "Dude, what's your problem?"
When you think about it: The majority of comics readers are male. And I'd guess that for a war comic, the percentage of male readers is even higher. D'ya think that maybe, at some point in their life, they may have seen one of those?
Over at the Dynamite Entertainment boards we've got a problem with Alex Ross covers...again.
Here we have a guy who posted the cover to BLACK TERROR #3 saying: "Someone might want to tell Alex to relax a little on genitals, looks kind of gross for a comic book cover; might want to darken a bit some of that happy brightness there big boy :-)"
He then takes it upon himself to fix the problem: "Imagine how far just 20 seconds of photo editor smudging can go into improving from an embarrassing situation [sic] ..."
"Since Alex Ross likes alternative covers, maybe he can honor us with an few seconds of his time to also give us a not so happy to see me cover...
"If not, then, I'll settle for an alternative cover by an other artist, or just a blank page. Maybe Dynamite Entertainment should put their company logo over the problem spot that month :-)"
Problem spot. LMAO!
Someone else points out that Alex Ross has "been doing this more and more lately, and it's striking me as kind of immature."
Who is immature?
Have these guys never seen a real life male-gendered being before. Do they not realize that male-gendered beings have genitalia that extends from the body? That when clothed, especially with tight material, that it causes a bulge?
WTF? Are they only comfortable around Ken dolls? Have they ever seen themselves in underwear?
Do they think: "I can tell the difference between a male and a female by looking above the belt! If it has boobies, it's female, if it doesn't have boobies, it's male. I don't need to see that!"
When was the last time you saw rabid fanboys complain about the state of female anatomy in comics? When was the last time someone felt compelled to "correct" an artist's "mistake?"
"OMG!! Wonder Woman has boobies!! Fix it! FIX IT!!!"
I'm just saying...