At Eye on Comics, Don MacPherson joins in on the criticism of DC Comics’ new “vamped-up” Catwoman and Supergirl vinyl statues, charging the publisher with contributing “to the preconception of the comics consumer as a horny, sexually frustrated basement dweller.”
But then he turns his eye to Alex Ross’ cover for Justice Society of America #7, which features Citizen Steel, and reluctantly gives DC credit for:
… sexualizing characters of both genders in its newest solicitations. Just check out the Alex Ross-painted cover image for Justice Society of America #7, slated for release in July. It depicts the newest member of the title team, Citizen Steel, a young man carrying on his family’s heroic tradition after he was altered by liquid metal excreted by a Nazi super-villain.
That strange steel elixir has transformed him into an invulnerable super-hero, a man of steel. And if one looks closely, it’s not just his fists and flesh that are hard as a rock. Perhaps his red, white and blue costume has led him to believe he’s a postal carrier, because he’s looking down at a package … one he seems more than ready to deliver.
However, at Comics Should Be Good, Brian Cronin calls the emphasis on Steel’s stars and bars “pretty darn creepy”: “My pal Jake said to me, ‘I think there are two equally creepy options – 1. Ross intentionally, on his own accord, drew a big bulge in the guy’s pants or 2. The model Ross had for Citizen Steel had a big bulge, and Ross decided to paint it in.’”