The Perennial Quest for the Perfect Butt

Comics added Nov 26, 2022 | Comic Cover Special Collections, Thematic Groupings

The Timeless Quest for the Perfect Derriére Continues

Artists have sought to capture the perfect derriére in their preferred medium – stone, the written word, paint, wood, photography and more – since the beginning of time. Although the butts of men and women alike have been immortalized throughout the ages, women have always and continue to garner the most frequent attention.

The buttocks of women across the ages have been a symbol of beauty, desire and fertility. Primitive statues dating back to 24,000 BC feature prominent buttocks, hips and thighs. The Greeks and Romans, too, eroticized human buttocks – both male and female. Bare female buttocks in China during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) were likewise a cultural erotic hotspot. Similarly, the West has considered the ass an erogenous zone, with spanking appearing prominently in pornography and erotica in Victorian Britain. Corsets and bustles were designed to make women more attractive – to draw attention in fact, some believe, to the wearer’s hips and, dare we say, buttocks. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud theorized that a fixation on the ass and anus is one of three stages of psychosexual development. In short, an appreciation for a well-presented ass – whether it be the ass of a man or woman – is simply human nature.

With the trendy advent and adoption of jeans in the 20th century, the decline and near-abondonment of women’s dresses, and increasingly popular modern athletic wear (i.e. yoga pants), the human ass – particularly a woman’s ass – is emphasized and appreciated more frequently and more openly than ever before. Where a dress once cloaked a woman’s nether regions, jeans and tight/athletic fashions today famously put them on public display. Women’s jeans in fact account for nearly 70% of all denim sales worldwide while Victoria’s Secret, one of the world’s largest retailers of women’s intimate apparel such as bras, panties and other lingerie, rakes in more than $5 billion annually. As the times have changed, women from all walks of life have, like artists, sought to sculpt their butts to their cultural ideal of perfection using whatever means available: clothing, accessories, physical exercise and even plastic surgery.

Men, by the same token, are not immune to ass vanity. Like women, they choose physical exercises to shape and tone their posterior and select underwear and outerwear which best present their ass-ets to whomever may bear witness.

The quest and appreciation for the perfect ass as a timeless artistic tradition is alive and well in comic books. Women, however, continue to reign supreme. Their buttocks figure prominently in this medium, as they have across the ages. Some of the most popular female characters whose assets have been and will continue to be on prominent public display (in no particular order, except publisher) are Power Girl, Catwoman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Black Canary, Starfire, Psylocke, The Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Spider-Woman, She-Hulk, Elektra, Black Widow and Ms. Marvel. Male characters with the best backsides include Nightwing, Batman, Flash, Superman, Captain America, Spider-Man, Nightcrawler, Thor, Deadpool, Iron Man and Daredevil.

Some of today’s most popular artists are recognized  – and sometimes criticized – for their renditions of the female form, which typically accentuate a woman’s lower – some might say better! – half, while other perhaps more popular or well-rounded artists are generally lauded and revered for their occasional slip to the dark side of desire. Artists who have drawn attractive male backsides, on the other hand, have not generally faced the same cricisms. Some great covers, presenting a wonderfully attractive yet tame-by-comparison pair of well-rounded cheeks – both male and female – by a minor or unknown artist, may completely overlooked and forgotten.

Interestingly enough, professional photographers and commercial artists share common techniques which emphasize the bum, as the English might say – and other parts of the female anatomy. These poses can be struck standing, sitting or reclining, or in the case of comics, running, jumping, flying and fighting.

  1. Sculpt the spine into an ‘S’ shape, curving the lower back and cinching the abdomen to accentuate the curves of the buttocks to make them pop.
  2. Turn to the side slightly and cross the legs, bending one leg (less than 90°) to make the thighs appear narrower and butt to appear fuller, rounder; while at the same time pointing a foot or feet downard (if possible) to create fuller calves.
  3. Tilt a shoulder toward the camera/viewer, making the chest and waist appear narrower and the butt and breasts/chest rounder/larger.

If we look closely, we find these same or similar techniques used by the most professional and appealing artists in the comic industry, as seen in the cover gallery below.

Humanity’s timeless fascination with buttocks has only increased with the hordes of users adopting social media platforms – i.e. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for example. Someone somewhere circa 2013 or 2014 coined a new term to describe our butt fixation and digital self-portraits: the “belfie,” or “bottom selfie.” The belfie, true to historical tradition, is frequently posted by female celebrities. While most belfies feature athleticwear such as the aforementioned socially acceptable yoga pants, belfies may also feature imaginative and revealing lingerie or no clothing at all. Just like the covers featured below.

We hope to showcase some of the finest derriéres in the comic industry, from lesser artists and fan favorites alike, as this gallery grows.

And we will do our best to represent both sexes.

Feel free to recommend your favorite male & female derriéres.

 

Sources: Wikipedia (Cultural History of Buttocks); Statista (Global Denim Market Statistics; Urban Dictionary (Belfie); PRWeb.com (Introducing the Belfie, A Parent’s Guide); Daily Mail (The “Keech Peach”); Allure (“7 Weird Tricks for Looking Great in Photos“); & Victoria’s Secret Statistics & Facts)

 

Florida Man (Vol 2) #1 (Marcelo Salaza Coppertone Variant) – July 2022

Florida Man (Vol 2) #1 (Marcelo Salaza Coppertone Variant) – July 2022

Catwoman (Vol 5) #39 (Golden Apple Sozomaika Virgin Variant) – March 2022

Catwoman (Vol 5) #39 (Golden Apple Sozomaika Virgin Variant) – March 2022

Catwoman (Vol 5) #39 (Sozomaika Incentive Card Stock Variant) – March 2022

Catwoman (Vol 5) #39 (Sozomaika Incentive Card Stock Variant) – March 2022

Catwoman (Vol 5) #39 (Sozomaika 2nd Print Recolored Variant) – March 2022

Catwoman (Vol 5) #39 (Sozomaika 2nd Print Recolored Variant) – March 2022

Nightwing (Vol 4) #88 (Jamal Campbell Workout Variant) – March 2022

Nightwing (Vol 4) #88 (Jamal Campbell Workout Variant) – March 2022

Invincible Red Sonja #9 (Carla Cohen Virgin Variant) – February 2022

Invincible Red Sonja #9 (Carla Cohen Virgin Variant) – February 2022

Invincible Red Sonja #9 (Carla Cohen Trade Dress Variant) – February 2022

Invincible Red Sonja #9 (Carla Cohen Trade Dress Variant) – February 2022

Belle Annual #25 [One Shot] (Ivan Tao Variant) – February 2022

Belle Annual #25 [One Shot] (Ivan Tao Variant) – February 2022

Lady Death: Cataclysmic Majesty #1 (Anthony Spay & Ceci de la Cruz Premium Foil Variant) – January 2022

Lady Death: Cataclysmic Majesty #1 (Anthony Spay & Ceci de la Cruz Premium Foil Variant) – January 2022

The Waking #4 (Eric Basaldua [Ebas] ComicCon Variant) – May 2010

The Waking #4 (Eric Basaldua [Ebas] ComicCon Variant) – May 2010

Lunar Room #1 (Wolf Variant) – December 2021

Lunar Room #1 (Wolf Variant) – December 2021

Lunar Room #1 (Wolf Foil Variant) – December 2021

Lunar Room #1 (Wolf Foil Variant) – December 2021

Suicide Squad (Vol 6) #6 (Tiago Da Silva Minimal Dress Variant) – October 2021

Suicide Squad (Vol 6) #6 (Tiago Da Silva Minimal Dress Variant) – October 2021

Suicide Squad (Vol 6) #6 (Tiago Da Silva Virgin Variant) – October 2021

Suicide Squad (Vol 6) #6 (Tiago Da Silva Virgin Variant) – October 2021

Suicide Squad (Vol 6) #6 (Tiago Da Silva Trade Dress Variant) – October 2021

Suicide Squad (Vol 6) #6 (Tiago Da Silva Trade Dress Variant) – October 2021

Invincible Red Sonja #4 (Josh Burns Virgin Variant) – August 2021

Invincible Red Sonja #4 (Josh Burns Virgin Variant) – August 2021

Invincible Red Sonja #4 (Nathan Szerdy NYCC Anime Virgin Variant) – August 2021

Invincible Red Sonja #4 (Nathan Szerdy NYCC Anime Virgin Variant) – August 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Jamie Tyndall Bootylicious Neon Minimal Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Jamie Tyndall Bootylicious Neon Minimal Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Jamie Tyndall Bootylicious Virgin Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Jamie Tyndall Bootylicious Virgin Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Jamie Tyndall Guns & Angels Comics Elite Bootylicious Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Jamie Tyndall Guns & Angels Comics Elite Bootylicious Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Dejah Thoris vs John Carter of Mars #1 (Jamie Tyndall Wrap Virgin Variant) – July 2021

Dejah Thoris vs John Carter of Mars #1 (Jamie Tyndall Wrap Virgin Variant) – July 2021

Dejah Thoris vs John Carter of Mars #1 (Jamie Tyndall Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Dejah Thoris vs John Carter of Mars #1 (Jamie Tyndall Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Dejah Thoris vs John Carter of Mars #1 (Jamie Tyndall Wrap Virgin Blood Variant) – July 2021

Dejah Thoris vs John Carter of Mars #1 (Jamie Tyndall Wrap Virgin Blood Variant) – July 2021

Invincible Red Sonja #2 (Carla Cohen Virgin Variant) – June 2021

Invincible Red Sonja #2 (Carla Cohen Virgin Variant) – June 2021

Invincible Red Sonja #2 (Carla Cohen Variant) – June 2021

Invincible Red Sonja #2 (Carla Cohen Variant) – June 2021

Grimm Fairy Tales: Bad Girls #2 (Jamie Tyndall Variant) – September 2012

Grimm Fairy Tales: Bad Girls #2 (Jamie Tyndall Variant) – September 2012

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Virgin Foil Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Virgin Foil Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Virgin Foil Tattered Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Virgin Foil Tattered Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Virgin Foil Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Virgin Foil Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Virgin Tattered Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Virgin Tattered Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Trade Dress Variant) – May 2021

White Widow #6 (Josh Burns Trade Dress Variant) – May 2021

Die!namite #5 (Arthur Suydam Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Die!namite #5 (Arthur Suydam Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Die!namite #5 (Arthur Suydam Grayscale Variant) – February 2021

Die!namite #5 (Arthur Suydam Grayscale Variant) – February 2021

Die!namite #5 (Arthur Suydam Variant) – February 2021

Die!namite #5 (Arthur Suydam Variant) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Standard Trade Dress) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Standard Trade Dress) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Red Variant) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Red Variant) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Purple Variant) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Purple Variant) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Black & White Variant) – February 2021

Dejah Thoris (Vol 3) #10 (Lucio Parrillo Black & White Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Elias Chatzoudis Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Elias Chatzoudis Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Elias Chatzoudis Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Elias Chatzoudis Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Elias Chatzoudis Black & White Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Elias Chatzoudis Black & White Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Lucio Parillo Tint Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Lucio Parillo Tint Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Lucio Parillo Black & White Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Lucio Parillo Black & White Virgin Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Lucio Parillo Standard Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Lucio Parillo Standard Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Lucio Parillo Black & White Variant) – February 2021

Sacred Six #7 (Lucio Parillo Black & White Variant) – February 2021

Totally Rad Life of Violet (Season Premiere Variant) – January 2021

Totally Rad Life of Violet (Season Premiere Variant) – January 2021

Red Sonja (Vol 8) #22 (Jamie Tyndall Variant) – December 2020

Red Sonja (Vol 8) #22 (Jamie Tyndall Variant) – December 2020

Red Sonja (Vol 8) #22 (Jamie Tyndall Metal Variant) – December 2020

Red Sonja (Vol 8) #22 (Jamie Tyndall Metal Variant) – December 2020

Nira X: Zombies vs Cheerleaders #1 (Webber Kickstart Variant) – October 2020

Nira X: Zombies vs Cheerleaders #1 (Webber Kickstart Variant) – October 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Tinted Virgin Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Tinted Virgin Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Tinted Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Tinted Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Black & White Virgin Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Black & White Virgin Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Black & White Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Black & White Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Standard Cover) – September 2020

Mars Attacks Red Sonja #2 (Lucio Parrillo Standard Cover) – September 2020

Robyn Hood: Justice #3 (NYCC Mike Krome Topless Z-Variant) – September 2020

Robyn Hood: Justice #3 (NYCC Mike Krome Topless Z-Variant) – September 2020

Robyn Hood: Justice #3 (NYCC Mike Krome Sin City Variant) – September 2020

Robyn Hood: Justice #3 (NYCC Mike Krome Sin City Variant) – September 2020

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #6 (Kunkka Incentive Virgin Variant) – August 2020

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #6 (Kunkka Incentive Virgin Variant) – August 2020

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #6 (Kunkka Incentive Trade Dress Variant) – August 2020

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #6 (Kunkka Incentive Trade Dress Variant) – August 2020

Totally Rad Life of Violet #1 (St. Paddy Bunny Foil Variant) – May 2020

Totally Rad Life of Violet #1 (St. Paddy Bunny Foil Variant) – May 2020

Totally Rad Life of Violet #1 (St. Paddy Bunny Variant) – May 2020

Totally Rad Life of Violet #1 (St. Paddy Bunny Variant) – May 2020

Cimmerian: Red Nails #1 (Comic Kingdom Carla Kohen Virgin Variant) – April 2020

Cimmerian: Red Nails #1 (Comic Kingdom Carla Kohen Virgin Variant) – April 2020

The Cimmerian: Queen of the Black Coast #1 (Kael Ngu Virgin Variant) – March 2020

The Cimmerian: Queen of the Black Coast #1 (Kael Ngu Virgin Variant) – March 2020

Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 (Lucio Parrillo Classic Minimal Variant) – February 2020

Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 (Lucio Parrillo Classic Minimal Variant) – February 2020

Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant) – February 2020

Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant) – February 2020

Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 (Lucio Parrillo Trade Dress Variant) – February 2020

Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 (Lucio Parrillo Trade Dress Variant) – February 2020

Van Helsing vs League of Monsters #1 (Paul Green Gretel’s Charms Cereal Z-Rated Showcase Variant) – February 2020

Van Helsing vs League of Monsters #1 (Paul Green Gretel’s Charms Cereal Z-Rated Showcase Variant) – February 2020

Van Helsing vs League of Monsters #1 (Paul Green Gretel’s Charms Cereal Variant) – February 2020

Van Helsing vs League of Monsters #1 (Paul Green Gretel’s Charms Cereal Variant) – February 2020

Black Cat #7 (J Scott Campbell Virgin Variant) – February 2020

Black Cat #7 (J Scott Campbell Virgin Variant) – February 2020

Black Cat #7 (J Scott Campbell Retail Variant) – February 2020

Black Cat #7 (J Scott Campbell Retail Variant) – February 2020

White Widow #4 (Josh Burns Virgin Tattered Variant) – January 2020

White Widow #4 (Josh Burns Virgin Tattered Variant) – January 2020

White Widow #4 (Josh Burns Trade Dress Error Variant) – January 2020

White Widow #4 (Josh Burns Trade Dress Error Variant) – January 2020

Catwoman (Vol 5) #17 (Joelle Jones Acetate Variant) – January 2020

Catwoman (Vol 5) #17 (Joelle Jones Acetate Variant) – January 2020

Morbius the Living Vampire (Vol 3) #1 (Kyle Holtz Variant) – January 2020

Morbius the Living Vampire (Vol 3) #1 (Kyle Holtz Variant) – January 2020

Lady Death: Nightmare Symphony #1 (Jim Balent Premium Foil Variant) – October 2019

Lady Death: Nightmare Symphony #1 (Jim Balent Premium Foil Variant) – October 2019

Vampblade (Season 4) #5 (Elias Chatzoudis Midtown Comics Variant) – September 2019

Vampblade (Season 4) #5 (Elias Chatzoudis Midtown Comics Variant) – September 2019

Robyn Hood: Outlaw #3 (Dawn McTeighue Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo Variant) – April 2019

Robyn Hood: Outlaw #3 (Dawn McTeighue Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo Variant) – April 2019

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Tyler Kirkham Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Tyler Kirkham Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Tyler Kirkham Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Tyler Kirkham Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Danger Girl Gallery Edition (J Scott Campbell Smoking Gun Pink Virgin Variant) – June 2018

Danger Girl Gallery Edition (J Scott Campbell Smoking Gun Pink Virgin Variant) – June 2018

Danger Girl Gallery Edition (J Scott Campbell Smoking Gun Pink Trade Dress Variant) – June 2018

Danger Girl Gallery Edition (J Scott Campbell Smoking Gun Pink Trade Dress Variant) – June 2018

Danger Girl Gallery Edition (J Scott Campbell Smoking Gun Hardcover Variant) – June 2018

Danger Girl Gallery Edition (J Scott Campbell Smoking Gun Hardcover Variant) – June 2018

Belle Beast Hunter #3 (Michael Dooney Wizard World Philadelphia Winter Soldier Cosplay Z-Rated Variant) – May 2018

Belle Beast Hunter #3 (Michael Dooney Wizard World Philadelphia Winter Soldier Cosplay Z-Rated Variant) – May 2018

Belle Beast Hunter #3 (Michael Dooney Wizard World Philadelphia Winter Soldier Cosplay Variant) – May 2018

Belle Beast Hunter #3 (Michael Dooney Wizard World Philadelphia Winter Soldier Cosplay Variant) – May 2018

Oz: The Wizard (Josh Burns Variant) – May 2018

Oz: The Wizard (Josh Burns Variant) – May 2018

Danger Girl: Twenty Years (J Scott Campbell Virgin Variant) – April 2018

Danger Girl: Twenty Years (J Scott Campbell Virgin Variant) – April 2018

Danger Girl: Twenty Years (J Scott Campbell Trade Dress Variant) – April 2018

Danger Girl: Twenty Years (J Scott Campbell Trade Dress Variant) – April 2018