Marc Alan Fishman: The Powerpuff Pituitary Problem

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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8 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    Ho and also Hum.

    I’m sure that many of the people who are upset are sincere.

    I’m sure Tipper Gore was sincere.

    Frederic Wertham may have been sincere, though, since he cooked his data, it’s a bit iffy.

    To be honest, i think the style itself was a little inappropriate (though it’s hardly Rule 34 territory), but as to the overall question of teenaged versions of the Powerpuff Girls (even teenage versions with secondary sexual characteristics), i’m pretty agnostic. OTOH, i could easily see young women cosplaying pretty much those character designs even before IDW published this cover to get them thinking…

    Some years back, Paul Taylor, who does the Wapsi Square webcomic, did a filler page that his readers dubbed the “Wapsipuff Girls” – his characters Monica (though blonde, not her usual Irish/Latina dark auburn hair), Jacqui and Shelly as mid-to-late twenties versions of the Powerpuff Girls. (The overall body proportions are from the Wapsi character designs, though Monica is rather taller in relation to the other two than in the comic.)

    (You can see it here. I promise that it is not unsafe for work, unless you work for Bluenoses, Inc. Wapsi Square and the characters and likenesses portrayed therein are the property of Paul Taylor.)

    The world did not end.

    Mobs did not show up outside his door, brandishing torches, pitchforks, rakes and left-handed Cornish hop reaper’s hooks and tar and feathers.

    IDW’s circulation is a bit wider than Pablo’s, and to an audience somewhat less self-selected for comic nerddom than his, and must inevitably include many of the people who will, doubtless, be Terribly And Publically Upset about this (and, to be fair, the people who will be bothered by it to a lesser and less-demogogic extent)

    And, in the end, this will pass, just like Wertham and Kefauver.

    Likely, of course, there will be some tightening of what comic companies are willing to produce – though not to the extent of a new Comics Code being created – and we will be one step closer to blandness.
    Would anybody care to speculate on what, in the current atmosphere, might be made of the gender relationships and innuendo of 1960s Archie comics?

    (This is sort of like the question i like to pose occasionally – can you imagine, if the bicycle had never been invented, trying to bring it to market, cold, in today’s society?

    (“Wait a minute – you wanna market this obviously-deadly-dangerous thing to kids?”)

    • mike weber says:

      Shaz and also bot.

      Could someone there at CM please add the </a> tag after t”You can see it here” up there?

      (Let’s see if the escaped ASCII character in that line comes through…)

  2. mike weber says:

    Okay – now i are confuzzed.

    What happened to my long post?

  3. mike weber says:

    This site needs a means of flagging spam posts.

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