By Andrew Wheeler

As a man who reads superhero comics, I confess that I share a commonly-held prurient interest in big-chested, long-legged heroes in skin-baring costumes that barely cover their naughty bits — or as I like to call him, Namor.

Sadly, Namor is pretty much alone in his category. Contrary to the perception that male heroes in comics are frequently sexually objectified, it’s my experience that even Namor is only rarely presented as someone to lust over. Yet I’m fortunate that my tastes run towards the Hemsworth end of the scale. Like many straight men, I admire the kind of buff dudes that are the staple of superhero comics, even though they are rarely sexualized. If I shared the tastes of most of the women I know, I think I’d find superhero comics an even more frustratingly sexless wasteland.

Big muscles are a male fantasy. That’s not to say that women aren’t ever into them, but let’s face facts; women have never been the primary target audience for superhero comics, and male heroes are drawn with big muscles anyway. Make no mistake; women are there. But those big muscles are not there for women. They’re there for men; straight men who find male power exhilarating. If women didn’t exist, superheroes would be drawn just as buff as they are today — because as far as most superhero comics are concerned, women as consumers do not exist.

Yet I’ve seen it said more times than I can count that male heroes are objectified, sexualized, idealized, just the same as the women — because they’re big and ripped and dressed in tight costumes. It’s an idea that’s completely tied up in the narcissistic notion that androphile women are attracted to the same qualities that men find appealing.

Talk to a few women, and you’ll find that’s broadly untrue.


Danae Mines has just become the first female firefighter to appear in FDNY’s Calendar of Heroes. A Bronx firefighter for 11 years, she was initially refused a place in the annual fundraising beefcake calendar.

“I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me I couldn’t do what I wanted to do,” Danae said. “I was determined. I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job.”

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Fanart: Tony the tiger

Ohhh man, have I always wanted to take a shot at this guy.

Not only is his cereal tasty as heck, but he’s probably one of the only cereal mascots that go out of their way to be beefcake rolemodels for little kids on TV by promoting sugary cereal. Eh, it works, right?

Anywho, sexpizza started this Tony The Tiger hype, and I couldn’t help but give it a try and draw him myself! Even colored it. Who’da thought?

Not the best physique in the world but I started working out again and I feel good about it. Sometimes ya just feel good ya know?! Gotta shape up! #Fitness #health #gym #swolepatrol #shirtless #manboobs #happytrail #alitteextra #eyebrows #shiteatinggrin #flex #bicepts #sunsout #gunsout #pewpew #batmansymbol #wink #hurrgg #nipper #nipple #beefcake #gunshow


By Matt D. Wilson

Since the launch of DC Comics’ New 52 back in 2011, Superman’s costume has been basically trunkless, causing consternation among many hardcore fans. Best known for his contributions to DC: The New FrontierThe Spirit and IDW’s The Rocketeer comics, cartoonist J. Bone has concocted a costume that is almost exactly the opposite of the characters armor-like New 52 togs: They’re pretty much just trunks and a cape.

The idea is that Superman’s powers are fueled by sunlight, so why would he want to cover most of his body? Wouldn’t he want to soak those rays directly into his skin? With the recent trend of artists making superhero costumes functional and practical, it makes total sense.