Jim Shooter is thinking about sex in comics:
Think about good (or at least well-crafted) movies you’ve seen. Raiders of the Lost Ark, for instance. Every time Spielberg and Lucas show you anything, it is relevant to the story. Think about what they show you. Indy has a fear of snakes, demonstrated in an early scene. Later, trying to retrieve the Ark, he is surrounded by…snakes! Also, think about what they don’t show you. Maybe Indy is an expert ballroom dancer, but it’s irrelevant so they do not establish it. There is not a drop of fat on that film. Everything shown serves a purpose relevant to the story at hand. Same with Rocky. Or The Wizard of Oz. Or any story written by a skilled professional.If it’s not necessary, leave it out.In Body Heat the sex was absolutely germane. So it was there, and done with steamy effectiveness. In Cat People sex is the core of the conceit.In comics…? I’m trying to think of good examples. Hmm. Jaime Hernandez did some sweet, elegant, usually brief, intrinsic sex scenes in early issues of Love and Rockets. David Lapham did some well-crafted, germane sex scenes in Stray Bullets. I’ve been told that Bill Willingham’s Fables had some good and necessary ones. In Elfquest, Wendy and Richard Pini did some nice scenes. Others? Help me.
He goes on to say that, in comics, “characters are twisted to serve the whims, puerile fantasies and personal proclivities of the creators,” with illustrations of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne’s sex scene from Geoff Johns’ Avengers run and the infamous Norman Osborn/Gwen Stacy sex scene from “Sins Past” in Amazing Spider-Man, amongst others. Coming from the man who wrote the unsettling Ken/Duck relationship into Star Brand – There was so much wrongness going on there, and yes, I have now referenced something that the majority of you have probably never even heard of, sorry – this rant is either the product of rethinking earlier attitudes or a great lack of self-awareness.