Marilyn's Legacy

Between school and comics I am still managing to fit some other reading in these days, though it is generally limited to right before bed time so I am working on things that might some a bit fluffy.  Two of the books I am dragging my heels on getting through are one one body language and one on the history of high heels.  As I tend to do I have found somethings in common about the two, even if they are necessarily very related.  That thing is however, not a thing but rather a person - Marylin Monroe.  Of course when it comes to an expert on feminine body language or how to wear a pair of heels there may be no one better to reference, but in realtion to comics this got me thinking.  A while back I wrote about how earlier comic book characters had been based on certain real life actors and actresses but it seemed strange to me that Marilyn had never really had a lookalike in comics.  Logic would state in a sense that of course having a very similar looking character to Marilyn Monroe might set off some easy associations and serve as either a source of distraction, or as a source of complaining among fans of her being ripped off so easily.  However, in a sense I think that Marilyn does in fact get shown a lot in comics, not in a specific sense but in a more general sense.  For instance, as with her signature look with the raised eyebrows and nearly closed eyes, certain feminine aspects of the character have likely been borrowed from one of the most feminine and sexual women of the 20th century.  Of course I am not an artist so I don't have a full appreciation of this, but I have noticed just in the short time that I have been reading this book that the better artists will using things like pouts, raised eyebrows or opened eyes to different effects.  Marilyn was considered by many to be not be as talented an actress, but still the sexual and feminine nature of her actions likely served as the basis for a number of artists who followed her.   
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Posted by cattlebattle

Marilyn Monroe opened the door for good looking, untalented people....which now comprises about 80% of popular culture.....not hating on her or anything, thats just my point of view

Posted by RazzaTazz
@cattlebattle: I am not a huge fan either, just is interesting to note how she knew what she was doing when it came to body language
Posted by cattlebattle
@RazzaTazz said:
@cattlebattle: I am not a huge fan either, just is interesting to note how she knew what she was doing when it came to body language
Indeed, attractive women can literally achieve anything they want in life, sky is the limit, well in at least most countries they can
Posted by RazzaTazz
@cattlebattle: I would say there is more to it than that, she knew how to be more subtle which was actually more effective
Posted by cattlebattle
@RazzaTazz said:
@cattlebattle: I would say there is more to it than that, she knew how to be more subtle which was actually more effective
I believe her subtlety was particular to the era she was famous in, one of her most famous moments was getting her skirt blown around her waist, which was essentially X-rated for that time period, hence, why it is such a famous image...I am not trying to discredit her, she knew what she was doing. I'm just saying, she likely wouldn't have went as far as she did if not her for being visually appealing
Posted by RazzaTazz
@lykopis: I never knew there were any actual direct representations of her.  That is pretty interesting.