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20 February 2009 @ 12:31 pm
Fat Superman: Some memes never go out of style  
The ad wizards who put together Fat Superhero weren't the first to show Superman as the Man Whose Pudge Overlays the Steel. A health club some years ago created this image of soft Superman, one which I really like because it captures very nicely how a bigger man's hip often curves out. He's slouched under his weight, but it still looks good on him.





Like fat pirates, fat Superman is a time-honored and loved meme. Fatness, body morphing, and inflation were played for laughs in the early 1960s "Golden Age" of DC Comics. While the body changes were portrayed as negative and everything gets fixed in the end, the tone was still light and amusing, not like today's hyperventilating rhetoric.


Some inflated Superman story art:



Don't know where this came from; love the surprised expression on his face, though.





Fatness Rays!!1!





Awww, someone needs to show Superboy this banner:

      
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Is that mini-skirted Lois Lane looking on in awe? :D


At least from the covers, it seems that Fat Superman still retains his powers, which is interesting. Interesting, too, how children have to be "protected" from images of fat characters, and yet forty, fifty years ago were supposed to have been some Ideal Era of No Fat Kids. (Right ...) I guess fatness was another one of those "ten-cent plagues" you couldn't catch from the comics after all. Somebody needs to send the memo to the recent advertisers.

 
 
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Belic Bear: Bear Gris Fat Chocolatebearknight on February 20th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Look like Supperman. ;o) Now that's a superhero I can identify with! XD

Great find! Thank you for sharing! ;o)
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 20th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
LOL, "Supperman." Stay tuned for another amusing one tomorrow, on that note.
LID: b&w jaredinlaterdays on February 20th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
I always LOVED the Superman-gets-fat stories.
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 20th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I used to collect DC comics but don't remember these particular stories, although I do remember one where Lois Lane gets fat (and goes through all kind of angst about it.) DC didn't just limit it to Superman, either, as the comment below with The Flash shows.
Marctic: party time!marctic on February 20th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Here is a Flash one you might enjoy:



men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 20th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
More Fatness Rays!1!11!
Mike: The Great Antonioprogbear on February 21st, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the Dynomutt episode about the Blimp Ray? It left a pretty strong impression on me as a kid:

men_in_full: jeun silenusmen_in_full on February 27th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
No, I hadn't seen that ... I can see where it would make an impression, though!
Dave: Herbieshake_it_up on February 21st, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Although I got a lot of shit for reading comics, my whole family read the "Herbie the Fat Fury" comics (see icon). Herbie wasn't too bright, he was sullen, and pretty homely on top of his roundness. His tag line was, "You want I should bop you with m lollipop?" (the source of his powers) I don't know how this got past my parents but they'd read it and howl.

Marctic: taco bellmarctic on February 21st, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Not only is Herbie hilarious, he gets all the girls!

I may have to look for this one to own :)
(Anonymous) on February 22nd, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
Sadly, he expresses his own hatred for fatter women. Not really a great thing to see :(
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 22nd, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's too bad, but sadly not surprising ...
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Herbie comics, but "bop you with my lollipop" sounds pretty funny.

Fortunately, my parents couldn't have cared less about comics. My single great regret is that I didn't save any of the early 1960s-vintage DC comics that filled a box in the closet.
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Marctic: animemarctic on February 22nd, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
I never actually read this comic, just collected the cover in my internet travels :P
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men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 24th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
I didn't save mine either; they didn't survive the move from the East Coast to the Midwest. Believe me, I wish I *had* saved them, even though most of them were "loved to death" and not in the pristine condition many collectors seem to want.
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
and fat wonderwoman
Fat wonderwoman has always been one of my favs as well -
http://fatwonderwoman.blogspot.com/
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 20th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: and fat wonderwoman
Wow, I didn't know that ... a whole site of fat Wonder Woman pinups. Cool!
Mike: The Great Antonioprogbear on February 20th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I actually own the Two-Ton Superman comic, and was considering having it framed for display or something (like the copy of Another Explosion at Hand I scanned in from a book, reprinted and put in an 8×10 frame, and is currently on display atop my chest of drawers). Although I couldn’t help but notice Superman clearly isn’t anywhere near two tons in the comic; probably more near the 350-400 lb. range!
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 20th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hi, progbear , and welcome. LOL to over-weighted Superman; maybe he's just dense from all that musculature.

Cool that you own "Two-Ton Superman." Haven't read it myself - was I right about Superman getting to keep his powers, even though he's fat?
Mike: The Great Antonioprogbear on February 20th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, it’s absolutely true. I haven’t looked at it in a long time (it’s buried under a stack of pr0n magazines in a cardboard box), but I distinctly remember Lois Lane observing Superman using his “super-fat tummy” to demolish a condemned building, or something. But yes, how could he weigh two tons and still fly? It boggles the mind!
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 22nd, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
LOL, comic physics.
Franz "tummibear" Brown (John Porthos Falstaff)tummibear on February 28th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Superman flies
As I remember Superman's ability to fly is not related to his weight? After all how does he fly if he only weighs 200 pounds? It's the yellow sun of earth that gives him superpowers including the ability to fly.
Aaron, Lawyer Peppervarro on February 20th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Bouncing Boy...
....from the Legion of Superheroes - not only is he only partly played for comic relief (he pilots the ship in the cartoon) - he gets the girl(s) - Triplicate Girl/Duo Damsel is his girlfriend, and later wife.
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 22nd, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Bouncing Boy...
Yup, I've seen some of the Bouncing Boy covers, too. Thanks for mentioning him!
Troubled Tribbleshilohmm on February 21st, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Is that mini-skirted Lois Lane looking on in awe?

Sadly, no. Lois has black hair (it's red-haired Lana Lang in the Superboy one).

I'm with varro on the Bouncing Boy love. Despite the fact that they often played into fat guy cliches, on the whole he was a terrific character. I don't think he appears in the recent reboot, though (nor does Matter Eater Lad).

As I recall there were some fat Batman comics in the '60's but my google fu is failing me. I thought you might enjoy this, though.

http://www.freakingnews.com/Fat-Batman-Pics-17126.asp
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 22nd, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Fat Batman deserves a whole post of his own some day - that was one image I hadn't seen yet, so thanks! And welcome, too, BTW.
Debbie N.wild_irises on February 22nd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I just blogged this one at Body Impolitic. Thanks for posting it.
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 22nd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thank *you* for the shout-out; I really appreciate it! :D Glad you liked.
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men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 22nd, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Fat Superheros
Yay, you got an LJ account!

Yup, Fat Batman does deserve a post all of his own at some point.

my_daroga (who also moderates the Orson Welles community obedientlyyours has suggested Fatty Arbuckle as a subject as well. I've only hesitated so far because I haven't seen any of his films. I, Fatty sounds interesting, though.
chuffed4angst: Mr. Incrediblechuffed4angst on February 22nd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
How about Mr. Incredible? I love that Pixar made his getting old and out of shape part of the plot of the Incredibles. Better yet, he was still incredible with his paunch. Much as I love him, the one thing I never quite understood was the absolute lack of gravity where his tushie is concerned. So I must say I am very heartened to see Superman with a wide arse.

also check out some fan art: http://manlyart.blogspot.com/2007/06/mr-incredible_11.html
men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
LOL, the tuchis always seems to suffer from artistic neglect. That's one reason I liked the top Superman image too.
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men_in_full: fat supermanmen_in_full on February 24th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Thanks - interesting link. I didn't like the snide anti-fat remarks either, but did like that they included dates for the comics. I remember some of these (from the early 1960s!)
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