This was one of the worst Batman tales. It was too long, too drawn out, with a pretty poor mystery. Not in love with the artwork, either. Never understood its appeal, or the appeal of the creative team.
@jonny_rogers: Sort of, Jonny. It has that kind of scope, that level of importance. But it deals with the formation of the Marvel universe, from its early days in the 1940s through to its resurgence under Lee in the early 1960s. You might compare it to DC's great mini-series New Frontier. But it goes further than how all of these characters got together; it deals with the impact just their existence has on the regular guy on the street. It's a very moving piece, and not really apples to apples with any of the great things that DC has done.
Stems. Pins. Gams. The female leg has been the object of male affection and attention for millennia. The male leg, however, has not been such a singular object of attraction with women. Men and women focus on different features (physical, material, and personality). I cannot speak for women, but I believe that the female leg (as well as the well-turned ankle) has received such attention over the years because until fairly recently those limbs were well hidden beneath folds (often many folds) of cloth. What you can't see you fantasize about.
That particular pose you mention is specific to motion pictures and was carried into print in magazine photographs and in comics. It didn't originate in print. And you're right that it is sexually charged, but not always. Sometimes (like in your Supergirl example) it's just a pretty way to draw a girl.
And you forget one important, very historical use of the image of a male donning clothing in comics:
Third movie was a turd. So MANY things wrong with it. A miserable ending for the trilogy. Thankfully, Batman will live on. More movies will be made, and while they may not be better than the first and (especially) the second Bale features, they cannot be much worse than the last one.
Frankly I love the Silver Age. Yeah ... there were goofy stories ... some goofier than others. But the kids loved it at the time. They entertained. And I really miss the old Robin. This new version is ... sad. I really like Olsen, too. You know, it's not the character that's lousy (at least much of the time), it's how the writer uses him. Sadly, the entire Superman universe has been badly written and managed for many years.
Liu is an excellent writer. She was missed in her sudden absence from Black Widow (great use of spy craft), and she'll be missed on X-23. But what bothers me more is not that X-23 is cancelled, it's that great titles like Spider Woman and Ms. Marvel and Black Widow, among others, were cancelled a little while back. Sure, those characters have nice roles in the thousand different Avengers titles, but we don't get a deep look at them like we did in their own titles. I'm not one for publishing a title because a character is male or female, black or white. But the fact that there are no eponymously-named female comic book titles seems to say less about the characters themselves and a great deal about the publisher and the creators at Marvel.