If superheroes really existed, I don't think the female ones would look anything like they're usually depicted in comics. I mean we're talking about women who've dedicated their lives to violent conflict with extremely dangerous people (and aliens, and robots and monsters).
In discussions on this topic, one counter point that is often made is that female superheroes don't need big muscles because their strength is supernatural. That may be the case, but then why does Superman have big muscles?
The scars, of course, wouldn't be there if she had Superman-like invulnerability, but whenever Batman is seen with his shirt off in the comics, he's shown as being completely covered in scars, but I've never seen Catwoman (for example) depicted that way, even though she has a similar history of injuries.
Line art is ink. Color and text is digital (vector).
PS I'm happy to debate the issues raised by this piece, but childish name-calling will get you blocked.
PPS It's been pointed out that my "Chest like a stripper" vs. "Chest like an athlete" comments are a false dichotomy, i.e. some athletes have large breasts and some strippers have small breasts, as well as being disrespectful to strippers. If I were to redo it, I'd replace those comments with something like "Magical anti-gravity breasts" vs. "Breasts that obey the laws of physics."
If she would be my friend, I would recommend her to wear protective gear and steal-toed-shoes.
If she would be my wife, I think, I would be concerned a bit to see her in danger. But no matter if she is a cop or fighter pilot or chief blaster, most important is, she is happy with what she is doing.
Most people statistically dies at home. Housework is dangerous too.
I've seen photos of woman athletes. Some do look quite feminine (as the culture defines it) while being obviously toned. It's too bad that some artists just don't have the time to properly work on panels because they're paid per page.
Interesting picture with valid points. But I've seen wave after wave of female super heroes with the muscles of the one on the right combined with the hair and breasts of the one on the left. Most of them I think. In fact, I'd deliberately give her muscles to add to sex appeal and then decide she was a super hero as an excuse to justify it. You're absolutely right about the battle scars though. The short hair, maybe if she's ex army. Aren't superheroes just self appointed thrill seekers rather than disciplined professionals. 1 in 10 female superheroes would have the short hair maybe.
Are we really arguing the realism of superheroes? I get the feminist aspect of making them less sexualized, but 1.) it's not one sided, male superheroes are models too, 2.) superheroes are super, they're supposed to be the next level, of course they look like gods! I dunno, it's just a little irritating when I argue for women's rights and see dumb stuff like this.
This cartoon is meant to be more "good for thought," not a commandment of how things need to be done. I'm not arguing that all superhero stories need to be more realistic, but there's room in all sci-fi and fantasy genres for a range of degrees of realism. Compare The Dark Knight to The Avengers, for example, or Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings. I love them all. Personally, I think that drawing female superheroes to look more like athletes is peak physical shape makes them look more super and next level, not less.
I guess in a sense that makes sense, but in my opinion, I only get upset at characters when what they are is a bad example, not what they look like. Like a damsel in distress (though it is possible to work around that by making the character interesting) or a male meathead. Like, it all depends on certain elements like character and the setting. Something can come off as mean spirited and wrong if you do these elements incorrectly. Like, let's say there's maybe a fan service-y girl in an anime, but then they make her a badass and fun character, then I would defend her. But if she was boring and had no purpose besides fan service, then I would feel that it's wrong. That's just my take on it. But I understand your point.
I would point out that most "traditional" male superheroes arn't really covered in scars (though that is mostly a "to taste" thing), same thing on the issue of hair since it is possible to cover and control hair
But to ask a question, should it possible for a realistic female superhero to be "traditionally" beautiful, in your opinion. (Artemis from Young Justice springs to mind).
I bring this up because I prefer lean muscle to bodybuilder physique, even in males.