I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Gratuitous Ice Cream

Evidently my love/hate relationship with Grimm Fairy Tales goes on.  It is a very specific love/hate relationship though as it breaks down almost evenly into two different areas.  On the one hand I generally love the stories which are told internally as they give me as a female comic reader a healthy dose of female characters to be interested in.  On the other hand the covers are generally pretty juvenile and downright exploitative of women.  It is not fair to say that I dislike all the covers, some of them have actually paid homage to some pretty interesting characters, some of whom like Marilyn Monroe are ones that I have a fascination with.  For every nice cover though there are probably ten that are just excuses to show women as comic likes to show them.  A while back I thought that issue 69 of Grimm Fairy Tales had gone a little over the top by including its two main characters in a sexually suggestive position.  Beyond my low expectations for the covers the artists may have in fact outdone themselves with two new covers recently.  In one from Grimm Fairy Tales 74 Sela spills ice cream on herself while wearing a bikini.  Taking that up a notch in Myths and Legends 18 what looks like to be Samantha and Sela are each sharing an ice cream cone, until Samantha spills hers on Sela’s breasts and is in the process of licking it off.  Once again the covers fail to impress.  I get that the group of series has an effect it is trying to accomplish, by hooking in some readers with the gratuitous covers.  That this influx of cash allows the interiors to continue I guess is something which benefits me by keeping these stories and characters going.  Still I would be happier overall if they could at least tone this down a little to at least the realm of likely exploitable occurrences, not just some derivation of male fantasies.  

12 Comments
12 Comments
Posted by TheCrowbar

@RazzaTazz: Who's your avatar?

Posted by RazzaTazz
@TheCrowbar: No idea
Posted by jhazzroucher

I love the title of this thread. : )

Posted by RazzaTazz
@jhazzroucher: thanks
Posted by Trodorne

GFT is a series where the stories tend to pull more female readers but the art is straight up designed to pull in the men. I avoid the series just because of the straight up half naked covers. cartoon boobs are not going to draw me into a comic..... nudity maybe.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Trodorne: The stories are usually pretty good, though you may want to check out the swimsuit editions.
Posted by Silkcuts

@jhazzroucher said:

I love the title of this thread. : )

I second this comment.

@RazzaTazz:

great blog. Yes covers sell books, but why does it have to lean too much to one side?

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Silkcuts: It would be worse if the interiors were exploitative but that is not a problem here so much
Posted by COBRAMORPH

Arent there alternate covers for each issue? Just buy one of the less sexy ones.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@COBRAMORPH: Agreed, but that was not my point ...
Posted by Crimsonlord53

So sela in prison coveralls unzipped to the waste is better?

Posted by RazzaTazz

@Crimsonlord53: I dont really like most of the covers