A short blog to see how it comes out.
Comics have many, many reasons for getting a bad reputation. Ranging from the Comics Code Authority to geek persona, one issue that people have in comics is that of how characters are depicted visually.
There are those who complain that comic book females and guys are not realistically portrayed physically. Few have reasons for this, bare Caitlin Fairchild.
So why are 90% of the super powered characters, bar exceptions like the Blob....depicted the way.....
Science searches for an answer, and unlike Monster Quest has a good one.
Mutations and the desire to pass them on
A fare few characters, like Emma Frost do admit to having plastic surgery, and Mystique is a shapeshifter, but there are many heroes who appear to be immensely attractive without alteration.
A possible explanation for this is the biological desire to create better offspring, which is the basic idea of evolution: Where the good genes are passed on.
The idea behind this is simple: the presence of active powers would, if humanity were animals who focused on only breeding like wild animals, would they want to pass the genetics of a normal person....like Alfred...or would they want their children to have Wolverine's healing factor?
Characters like Storm, Fire, Rogue, Wonder Woman and Jean's biologies are attractive to those around them due to biology wanting to have them pass on their powers to the next generation, as Wolverine proved with Daken, Jimmy Hudson and the Ultimate X-23 for just a few examples.
(I remember reading a panel with Jubilee, Kitty and Wolverine that might explain the male equivalent of the female's most common superpower, but I can't find it. )
Other reasons for non mutants
There are exceptions to this evolutionary idea. Heroes like Batman and Iron Man lack super powers, yet they have a lot.....of company.
I can't speak for why a male is attractive or not, but while non powered heroes do train a lot.....I am sure the fact that some are extremely rich has some thing to do with it.
So, wonder if this will get any attention of a positive nature. Its a short article