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Caleb M. Edmond
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Posted: 25 February 2013 at 9:48am | IP Logged | 1  

JB,

Having been a longtime fan of the character, what struck me recently was the unique design of the character. 

Not quite a body builder physique, but more that a 'athletic' build, the/your design of the character was both distinct yet 'believable' in term of scale and form. The fact that she could perform such amazing feats (incredible strength/stamina/durability) all while remaining quite feminine.

Could you give us a little insight into your thoughts behind designing the look (or if you're aware, of the thoughts behind those who created the initial design) of the charter?

Thanks.
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JB's She-Hulk is one of my very favorite interpretations of a superheroine, hands down.
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She-Hulk had many fathers, and as such it is hard to describe any sort of real "design process". John Buscema was the first to draw her, and he drew a big Buscema Babe, only the color of her skin distinguishing her from many such he had drawn before.

There was some flirtation with giving her a real bodybuilder physique, after that, but it went away quickly. I was in the office when one particular cover was turned in, for instance, and the artist had drawn her with deep "cuts" on her arms and legs. Shooter ordered these removed.

When I inherited the character, I basically followed Buscema's lead.

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Jeff Fettes
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I remember reading the first couple of Savage She-Hulk issues as a kid. People were running and calling her a "monster" when she appeared and I'd flip back to the Buscema covers and think, "but...she's GORGEOUS!"

Late 90's on a Stan Lee Q&A panel at an Orlando con, someone asked a question about She-Hulk's origin in general and as part of his response, Stan described her as a "Raquel Welsh" type. That comment stayed with me and I've often wondered if an off handed comment like that to John Buscema inspired her original look.
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Luke Styer
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There are far worse leads in this world one could follow than that of John Buscema.

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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 25 February 2013 at 11:21am | IP Logged | 6  

Or Raquel Welsh!
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Sure. . .

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Andrew Bitner
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even at the age of 72 today, ms welch is ridiculously hot
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I really liked how Mr Byrne drew her on the cover of her Graphic novel...I always thought she should have some muscularity..

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Brian Miller
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She's more toned than muscle-bound, I think.
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Joe Hollon
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She-Hulk should look like a fitness model, not a body builder.  I'd post a pic but I'd be worried about single handedly setting off a new "Boys Will Be Boys" thread!
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Love that rendering above from the She-Hulk GN cover by JB. A bit more defined than the Buscema version but still curvy. When artists draw Jen super lean, the image just screams "breast implants" to me.
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