We often read about the unrealistic depictions of the female figure in comic books and, oh, say Barbie dolls. But what about the men, I ask you. What about the men? Ahem. Well, Newsday wonders the same thing, asking, How much muscle is too much?
Have you noticed just how freakishly muscled today’s superheroes have become?
“How could you not notice?” says Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of a new historical thriller, The Book of Fate (Warner Books), and a writer for the popular Justice League comic book series. “Superman’s biceps have biceps!”
Indeed, in both comic book and action figure form, the Man of Steel looks as if he’s been spending less time leaping tall buildings in a single bound than doing multiple sets of squats and bicep curls at the local gym.
But it’s not just superhero comics. Newsday looks at men’s fitness magazines, Playgirl centerfolds and “the great pop culture pump-up.”