A redraw/critique of That Cover (and also the non-variant for the same issue).

What I like about this is that it tries, as much as possible, to keep the original poses while still making them into something that looks like they could be achieved by an actual human with bones and organs and stuff.

Because, like, okay. I get that comic artists are on deadlines and have a lot of stuff to churn out and so sometimes not everything is going to be 100% anatomically correct 100% of the time or whatever. But the problems with comic art go way beyond time pressures. The telling part is that, when people are rushed and they do tend to default to these demeaning and nonsensical “stock poses” for female characters. Or, as Karine Charlebois puts it:

Artistic anatomy is all about drawing structure, from the inside out. Your muscles by themselves can’t look right if they aren’t placed on top of a properly proportioned skeleton. Boobs won’t look right if they aren’t drawn as following the curve of the ribcage, its center line, or the movement of the arms which either pull or push on the pectorals on which the breasts hang. [This cover] shows that [Greg] Land is drawing by guessed shapes, copied contours, and practiced repeated motions. There’s no real structure underneath his shapes.