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Edited By Theodore

Nice glasses, FOUR EYES!
 
just kidding, I wear glasses.

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Posted By MuadDiab

people love legs :)

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Posted By gmanfromheck
@MuadDiab: Even Kingpin's? 

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Posted By comicbikerscott

its makes good covers
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Posted By .Mistress Redhead.

Its a very commonly used image to display a SHOW DOWN of two characters, ala westerns. 
 

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Posted By MuadDiab
@G-Man: especially Kingpin's :)
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Edited By .o0Johnny0o.

hahaha great video, nice ending.
 
I've never really noticed this one but now you've brought it to my attention I just know it's gonna be one of those 'can't unsee' things when I look at covers at my local shop.  I suppose the positioning always gives the 'legs' a sense of power over whoever's inbetween them.  That way the reader's curiousity is piqued with the thinking of 'but who's stronger than X ?'  
 
Edit: sorry uploading images is being weird with me =[
This little iconic nugget is pretty nice

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Posted By redmanta

G MAN HOW MANY COMICS YOU HAVE AND COULD YOU MAKE A COLLCTION VIDEO
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Posted By Supreme Marvel
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Posted By caesarsghost
@.Mistress Redhead. said:
"Its a very commonly used image to display a SHOW DOWN of two characters, ala westerns. 
 

 
 

 
 
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Well seen!  
 
I was actually going to point out that this is a common cinematography device, anot not just in Westerns.  
 
Comics use cinematic framing, language, tools, devices all the time. The two media are inextricably entwined.  
 
As such, as Redhead said, that framing is used as a 'showdown' device in Westerns, and by framing the heroes in between the legs of the other person it makes the hero seem smaller and thus makes the villain more threatening.  
 
Just look at the screenshot above- poor Cooper looks so small compared to this impending threat. The same feelings (from an audience perspective) come across when we see the device in comics- we feel the heroes are small compared to the new villain, which makes the enemy seem more menacing.  
 
Its all about who has the power in the frame, in this case, its the larger object.  
 
A brilliant little framing convention modernly seen in films, used to great effect in comics.  
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Posted By tonis

lol, funny topic and good observation on it's uses throughout the years. 
My fav was actually the first one you showed with Supergirls legs. I remember picking that one up actually because of that. Plus it was the first time she had reappeared after crisis.

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Posted By longbowhunter

I cant say I've ever noticed this. Wish we could get some feedback from a professional artist.
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Posted By Omega Ray Jay

                    
 
I'd have to say this is my personal favorite.

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Posted By weapon154

I agree with longbowhunter, I never noticed this before, now I'm realizing its something that's been used.

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Posted By EisforExtinction

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Posted By roadbuster

In Marvel's Sneak Peeks, this struck me... 
 

 
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Posted By SC

Its a another horrible. example of the frequent phallic symbolism so prevalent in comics culture now days. 
 
No, but seriously, its the "A frame", feel free to use that, its less awkward to say than the between the legs shot lol (but not as funny, on second though, ignore using the A-Frame.) i think it was used as frequently for males, as it was for females, until Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only become so popular, and its use in that poster, was definitely intended to be sexy, as opposed to prior examples, which would vary a lot more. So subsequently it became a more female centric trope. 

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Posted By GothamRed

keep the glasses, they work on you, just saying

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Posted By red_rover
@G-Man:   You got some kinda flexibility going on there.  I didn't see that coming.  
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Posted By vishwasshrikhande
@EisforExtinction: Its the Jack and the Giant Cover
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Posted By red_rover

   I wonder who the mysterious character is?
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Posted By EdwardWindsor

 @G-Man: The recent Pyslocke cover for me is favorite since the art is great. The end of the video both suprised and amused me .

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Posted By Joe Venom

Hmm, I could have sworn I had a Mummymon pic just for something like this........oh well
 

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Jo Chen for the Win!
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Posted By psyrax2k11

The person on the cover of that Uncanny X-Men issue you held up is Lila Cheney, she appears at the very end of the issue and teleports the X-Men away to the Shi'ar homeworld.  I remember because right before it happened, Cyclops and Jean Grey were trying to get to them but missed Lila's teleport, it's where the both of them first met Guido aka Strong Guy.
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Posted By Fantasgasmic

I'd go so far as to say the "behind the legs" shot is NOT a "behind the legs shot" in the case of the Ibuki comic, the Psylocke one above, or any time you can a) see the person's face turned back towards "camera" and/or b) there is no action to be viewed between the backs of the character's legs, like the Boris the Bear comic above. 
Obviously the goal of the shot is sometimes suspense, whose legs are they, and sometimes when you know whose legs they are (like with Supergirl) you are in suspense as to WHY they are in conflict with the person framed by the legs. But that right there is the other more OBVIOUS reason for the shot (unless there are a lot of cover artists with back-of-the-knee fetishes) the legs act as a frame. They draw your gaze in and make you focus on the reaction of the other character.  Also, I imagine the use of perspective makes it a great way to fill a cover if you're a cover artist on deadline and you just can't think of anything cool to draw. 
 
As for having little to nothing to do with the content of the issue, well how is that different from OTHER cover shots?

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Posted By .Mistress Redhead.
@caesarsghost said:
" @.Mistress Redhead. said:
"Its a very commonly used image to display a SHOW DOWN of two characters, ala westerns. 
 

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             Well seen!   I was actually going to point out that this is a common cinematography device, anot not just in Westerns.   Comics use cinematic framing, language, tools, devices all the time. The two media are inextricably entwined.   As such, as Redhead said, that framing is used as a 'showdown' device in Westerns, and by framing the heroes in between the legs of the other person it makes the hero seem smaller and thus makes the villain more threatening.   Just look at the screenshot above- poor Cooper looks so small compared to this impending threat. The same feelings (from an audience perspective) come across when we see the device in comics- we feel the heroes are small compared to the new villain, which makes the enemy seem more menacing.   Its all about who has the power in the frame, in this case, its the larger object.   A brilliant little framing convention modernly seen in films, used to great effect in comics.   "
What is sad is its also used heavily in the actual filming of Westerns lol  
 
I love the idea of the bad guy bracing themselves, tensing their legs standing so they wont fall..
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Posted By Video_Martian

I like the Supergirl covers =D

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Posted By Donomark

Batman #511 
 
 
 
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Posted By queenfrost_

LOL love it!

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Posted By grasslover
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Legs are good...but that butt is awesome :).
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Posted By SC

Does Marvel or DC have any characters with no upper torsos and parts?  We so need this to happen, but on a cover, until you open it.  
http://sluggy.com/images/comics/070815c.gif     
 
Or either that or a Hulk and Wolverine comic. You see an A-Frame shot of Wolverine, open it up, and he's legs are running around kicking up a storm, apart from his upper body. 

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Posted By SirSparkington

When its done with ladies, you can almost guarantee it is for some sort of sex appeal. 

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Posted By MadClawMannn

great observation G-Man

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Posted By Doctor!!!!!

It looks really,really dramatic and makes the the "standie" look super awesome.......and or rape them......

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Posted By Decept-O

Great video!  I think G-Man is emulating Clark Kent with the glasses.   
 
While not necessarily comic book related the first image that came to mind was this iconic poster from James Bond:   
 

 
 
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Posted By TheCheeseStabber

i think some of the ones that show a behind view are to make you question who that person is

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Edited By ArtisticNeedham

I guess its to have the reader looking up at the character, making the character seem larger and powerful, and if there are any other characters in the cover, like Superman or Superboy, making them looking up at the character as well making that character looking up seem less powerful.
and maybe its also a way to keep the secret character more secret since you can't tell much from the legs.  
They could try showing the back of the person's head and shoulders with the other characters looking shocked, but then its less dramatic.  And the back of a person's head might be a little more revealing as to who it is.
I am not saying with some of the covers there isn't the possibility of trying to be sexy or something.  I have seen many between the legs covers compared to a James Bond movie poster.
But I can imagine some reasons why it was done, with the Gog cover and X-Men cover about Professor X dying that never occurred to me.  But I am sure some of those covers had that intention.

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Posted By manofsteel42
@Theodore:
You just made my day!
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Posted By Mumbles

looks defeated, and the hero(s) in trouble. you want to flip that cover, and see what is going to happen. doesn't bother me at all.

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Posted By Bigheart711

It's also prevalent in movie covers as well, but most of us know that, right? :p

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Posted By SC

A necessary reminder as well, that peoples knees are ugly, no exceptions, and therefore should never be depicted on covers, and also that the back of the knee is like a little bridge connecting the thigh to the calf. 

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Posted By leokearon

I think it is a way to create a sense of mystery and slso to give the character seem more powerful and imposing.
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Posted By fred9101

For me its Green Arrow here: 
 
   

 
 
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Posted By ImperiousRix
@SirSparkington said:
" When its done with ladies, you can almost guarantee it is for some sort of sex appeal.  "
My thoughts as well.  When done with dudes, it seems to be displaying some sort of intimidation and power factor, but ladies seem to always have a prominently detailed ass or some other sexual factor included.
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Posted By Cruz

Yeah is nice to see someone's butt crack once in a while.. -_-

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Posted By DMC

The covers where the legs are in the center and take up most of the image work best. As you said, they make the character seem more ominous and threatening and to complement that having the terrified hero/villain in between the legs, in that small space helps to amplify that feeling of basically, "oh crap I'm in trouble now"

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Posted By Ninjistic

#1. We all come from between a pair of legs. 
#2. Women's legs and bums are attractive. 
#3. Triangles are a pleasing, popular shape. 
#4. Suspense, tension and terror can easily be shown with this device. 
#5. There are simply only so many ways to position and illustrate the human body. Show my every comic with a man flying forward with his fist out. There are many. But yeah. If we need ONE answer, I'm sticking with my #1.

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Posted By EGoD

This was so funny, like how you emphasized to keep it clean. Still laughing.
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Edited By comicfetish

 
between the legs shots are nice. but a good face shot will always catch your eye  ;d

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Posted By .Mistress Redhead.
@Decept-O said:
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Great video!  I think G-Man is emulating Clark Kent with the glasses.   
 
While not necessarily comic book related the first image that came to mind was this iconic poster from James Bond:   
 

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Fun Fact, that poster was banned in Australia when it was first released, it was deemed to smexy