Ever the masters of self-sabotage, DC Comics recently revealed the cover for Catwoman #0:

When I saw this thing, a horrible song instantly popped into my head:

And now it will be in your head forever!

The only thing I can figure is that the New 52 version of Selina Kyle has some kind of stripper scoliosis that allows her to contort into positions that would impossible for a normally-spined woman. Undoubtedly, this is physical trait is helpful during those moments when you need to steal things from a strip club.

Besides the questionable anatomy, what really irritates me about this cover is that from a strict technical stand point, it’s well executed. The lines are clean, the skin tones are warm, the coloring on the catsuit makes it look like patent leather. It’s clear that Guillem March possesses the ability to turn in some decent work. I mean, fuck, look at Huntress in this cover done by March earlier this year:

Sexy. Powerful. Spine.

Despite their insistence otherwise, the company that greenlit the Catwoman cover for publication cares little for their female readership. How can anyone possibly take superhero comics seriously when things like this get published ALWAYS? You don’t have to break a woman’s spine to draw her in a sexy pose. Sexy pose without spine removal drawings happen all the time. Just look at the work of Adam Hughes. He’s known for his good girl work. Click through his gallery and you’ll see lots of sexy poses that can actually happen with a real human body.

The internet is mercilessly mocking the cover as it should. Comics Alliance has collected some of the most entertaining riffs on the bloody thing. I hope DC’s editors will get the hint and approach their cover illustrations more thoughtfully. Honestly DC, covers like this make it seem like you’ve run out of fucks to give.

  • Anon

    I beg to differ. In all honesty, my girlfriend can replicate this pose. I’d take a picture, but it’s private (yep, it definitely can be done).

    BTW, she can also lick her elbow. Seriously.

  • awesomemvs

    That women are portrayed as twisty Gumby sex pieces for maximizing titillation in most media and advertising, but the Michigan GOP banned someone for using the word “vagina” is hilarious. Seriously. I’m crying here, fools. Call the orphanage–some kids who never grew the fuck up need adopting and sippy cups.

  • Sherri Murphy-Jacobs

    It does look terrifyingly like her ass is on her shoulder. While I have seen circus contortionistd get into approximately similar postures, it doesn’t seem practical. But female superheroes lack internal organs.

    I gave up on supers long ago. It felt weird at some point always identifying with male characters and being contemptuous of the female ones. I had enough problems with self esteem.