Superhero fashion watch: Kate Beaton on Dagger’s “tit windows”

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Whether it’s a boob window or a tit window, female superheroes have a very particular fashion sense. It’s one that http://www.comicsbeat.com/when-the-top-heavy-must-wear-white/n noted on twitter the other day. That ink goes to a NSFW Storify, so I’ll link you on her webpage, and a few of the SFW Cloak and Dagger comics.

I had a lot of fun with this on twitter, so I just kept on going with it. But you know, I’m always kind of touched by how strongly fans support their favourite characters, and there is a lot of love for Cloak and Dagger, and you can see why because there are some pretty great things about that pair. But that costume, come on, it’s a big old slice of tit window pie. They don’t always dress Dagger like that, but yeah they mostly do! But they probably won’t on the tv show!

I didn’t dwell on Cloak very much in a comic about tit windows, but, here’s something. I tweeted this essay a while ago when I read it, but Cloak’s lack of a body really brought it to mind again, and you should totally read it, though mostly it is about the character Cyborg, it is relevant here too:

Humanity Not Included: DC’s Cyborg and the Mechanization of the Black Body by Robert Jones, Jr.


The not safe for work, costume falling off cartoons are even funnier, believe me. 

May I also direct your attention to a classic Beat post: “When the top-heavy must wear white.”

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Comments

  1. Remco says

    I did have a chuckle out of this, and indeed it’s completely preposterous!
    BC also -eh- covered this. The comments there were… shall we say… shrill! Pure “bottom half of the internet, do not read” stuff!

  2. Lucia says

    I found all of Ms. Beaton’s cartoons hilarious, which was her point. I love the character but come on now, to even defend the design? It’s one amongst many. This is the reality in the comicbook world.

    Again, all very funny, very amusing and therefore, awesome.

  3. Tim says

    I wish Beaton and Frank Cho could’ve teamed up on this to do some kind of social experiment…something like Beaton’s ideas here and Cho’s visuals, release that and then a couple days later come out that Beaton was behind the idea.

    Especially the term “tit window”…that would’ve offered some glorious internet-breaking material right there.

  4. Steve Eidson says

    We are dealing with this by the bucket load at our house. Our elementary age daughter is big on saving allowance for the fancier action figures to make a girl superhero army which runs us into lots of discussions as to why Catwoman, Black Cat, and especially Starfire are so to hard to find modestly dressed.

    These comics are an awesome way to address it. Especially loved the sweater one. Tell Kate that Dagger is at least modest in the Disney XD Ultimate Spider-man cartoon.

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