Over the weekend I went to Sky High Comics with a friend of mine while he participated in a card tournament. While at the comic book shop, I began to see the obvious connections that comics have with masculinity and the warrior myth. The comic book memorabilia and artwork around the store reflected the exaggerated masculine identity, reminiscent of a cartoon Rambo. Nearly every inch of the walls was covered in posters of super heroes with bulging muscles, taking on the most dangerous villains the comic book world as ever seen. I noticed that almost none of these posters were of female super heroes, and in fact, if they did show a woman, she was often in the process of being rescued by her male counterpart. Comic book heroes such as these clearly display the overly masculine heroes, who's creators and followers "began to dream, to fantasize about the powers and features of another kind of man who could retake and reorder the world" (Gibson 632).
Gibson, James W. "Warrior Dreams." Signs of Life in the USA. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009. 625-33. Print.