Nice glasses, FOUR EYES!
just kidding, I wear glasses.
Nice glasses, FOUR EYES!
hahaha great video, nice ending.
I've never really noticed this one but now you've brought it to my attention I just know it's gonna be one of those 'can't unsee' things when I look at covers at my local shop. I suppose the positioning always gives the 'legs' a sense of power over whoever's inbetween them. That way the reader's curiousity is piqued with the thinking of 'but who's stronger than X ?'
Edit: sorry uploading images is being weird with me =[
This little iconic nugget is pretty nice
"Its a very commonly used image to display a SHOW DOWN of two characters, ala westerns.
lol, funny topic and good observation on it's uses throughout the years.
My fav was actually the first one you showed with Supergirls legs. I remember picking that one up actually because of that. Plus it was the first time she had reappeared after crisis.
Its a another horrible. example of the frequent phallic symbolism so prevalent in comics culture now days.
No, but seriously, its the "A frame", feel free to use that, its less awkward to say than the between the legs shot lol (but not as funny, on second though, ignore using the A-Frame.) i think it was used as frequently for males, as it was for females, until Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only become so popular, and its use in that poster, was definitely intended to be sexy, as opposed to prior examples, which would vary a lot more. So subsequently it became a more female centric trope.
I'd go so far as to say the "behind the legs" shot is NOT a "behind the legs shot" in the case of the Ibuki comic, the Psylocke one above, or any time you can a) see the person's face turned back towards "camera" and/or b) there is no action to be viewed between the backs of the character's legs, like the Boris the Bear comic above.
Obviously the goal of the shot is sometimes suspense, whose legs are they, and sometimes when you know whose legs they are (like with Supergirl) you are in suspense as to WHY they are in conflict with the person framed by the legs. But that right there is the other more OBVIOUS reason for the shot (unless there are a lot of cover artists with back-of-the-knee fetishes) the legs act as a frame. They draw your gaze in and make you focus on the reaction of the other character. Also, I imagine the use of perspective makes it a great way to fill a cover if you're a cover artist on deadline and you just can't think of anything cool to draw.
As for having little to nothing to do with the content of the issue, well how is that different from OTHER cover shots?
" @.Mistress Redhead. said:What is sad is its also used heavily in the actual filming of Westerns lol
"Its a very commonly used image to display a SHOW DOWN of two characters, ala westerns.Well seen! I was actually going to point out that this is a common cinematography device, anot not just in Westerns. Comics use cinematic framing, language, tools, devices all the time. The two media are inextricably entwined. As such, as Redhead said, that framing is used as a 'showdown' device in Westerns, and by framing the heroes in between the legs of the other person it makes the hero seem smaller and thus makes the villain more threatening. Just look at the screenshot above- poor Cooper looks so small compared to this impending threat. The same feelings (from an audience perspective) come across when we see the device in comics- we feel the heroes are small compared to the new villain, which makes the enemy seem more menacing. Its all about who has the power in the frame, in this case, its the larger object. A brilliant little framing convention modernly seen in films, used to great effect in comics. "
Does Marvel or DC have any characters with no upper torsos and parts? We so need this to happen, but on a cover, until you open it.
Or either that or a Hulk and Wolverine comic. You see an A-Frame shot of Wolverine, open it up, and he's legs are running around kicking up a storm, apart from his upper body.
I guess its to have the reader looking up at the character, making the character seem larger and powerful, and if there are any other characters in the cover, like Superman or Superboy, making them looking up at the character as well making that character looking up seem less powerful.
and maybe its also a way to keep the secret character more secret since you can't tell much from the legs.
They could try showing the back of the person's head and shoulders with the other characters looking shocked, but then its less dramatic. And the back of a person's head might be a little more revealing as to who it is.
I am not saying with some of the covers there isn't the possibility of trying to be sexy or something. I have seen many between the legs covers compared to a James Bond movie poster.
But I can imagine some reasons why it was done, with the Gog cover and X-Men cover about Professor X dying that never occurred to me. But I am sure some of those covers had that intention.
" When its done with ladies, you can almost guarantee it is for some sort of sex appeal. "My thoughts as well. When done with dudes, it seems to be displaying some sort of intimidation and power factor, but ladies seem to always have a prominently detailed ass or some other sexual factor included.
The covers where the legs are in the center and take up most of the image work best. As you said, they make the character seem more ominous and threatening and to complement that having the terrified hero/villain in between the legs, in that small space helps to amplify that feeling of basically, "oh crap I'm in trouble now"
#1. We all come from between a pair of legs.
#2. Women's legs and bums are attractive.
#3. Triangles are a pleasing, popular shape.
#4. Suspense, tension and terror can easily be shown with this device.
#5. There are simply only so many ways to position and illustrate the human body. Show my every comic with a man flying forward with his fist out. There are many. But yeah. If we need ONE answer, I'm sticking with my #1.
"Fun Fact, that poster was banned in Australia when it was first released, it was deemed to smexy
Great video! I think G-Man is emulating Clark Kent with the glasses.
While not necessarily comic book related the first image that came to mind was this iconic poster from James Bond:
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