Yes, Virginia, comic book physique is possible. Within reason. Thing is, who wants to be a comic book character these days?
Most of you have seen the I'm a Marvel / I'm a DC spots. I didn't even bother to watch them all, because they made DC look so bad, and, always having been a DC girl, that just put me off.
But maybe, it's time to take a closer look at things. Tally. On the Marvel side? Spidey dealing with child abuse and fighting people who want to give bad sex ed (I'm not making this up, follow the link! Issue includes some sex ed basics, advertised by Stan the Man himself, at that. The bit about homosexuality is certainly off, but hey, it's from the '70s — not an excuse, certainly, but an explanation.).
Meanwhile, what does DC offer us? The rape of Batman. The rape of Green Arrow — and his son Conner/Green Arrow 2 kissing daddy's rapist, because, you know, that's better than being considered gay — right? Right?
Somewhat "interestingly", you get a lot of responses to Batman 656 on the boards that are essentially, "ah, that's how he wants to remember it," "he changed his mind afterwards", "he said no? yeah right, who's gonna buy that crap, she's *hawt*!" You know, the same denial crap women have been hearing since the beginning of language.
Yeah, I noticed that, too. Mostly the first one, though. Having not read 656 or the issue that 656 references, I have no opinion, but rape sure is coming up a <I>lot</i> in DC comics, lately, as a plot point. And I'm pretty sure that the mind wiping that was going on was compared to rape, too. So you've got Doctor Light and Batman there, too.
Apparently, Marvel fans aren't so happy either, if on a different count:
But yeah, we certainly get that in DC-land too; it's hard to keep track of what's been Crisised out of existence, and all that. Plus I just gathered my courage and read WW:OYL. Ugh. More on that later. Maybe.