So there’s been much to do made about Erik’s statements on twitter regarding the recent push towards more practical outfits in Marvel & DC. Of course anyone who knows him knows he’s not sexist. Much of this was overblown, internet rage. But hey!! We don’t have to say anything really. Erik says more than enough in this interview! Go read it for yourself if you have any doubts. His intent should be crystal clear by the end of the interview.
I would like to add 2 things. For some reason the discussion about the logic behind not piling on layers and comics being unrealistic seems to throw people off and is commonly cited as circular logic. All Erik’s saying is that if you’re going for realism by introducing armor and layers and layers of additional clothing, that’s actual counter intuitive to reality where those things inhibit movement.
The other sentiment I see commonly stated is that he has no place commenting on design work of other artists or he’s not in touch with modern audiences. It’s sad to think that a 30+ year industry vet with thousands of pages drawn and hundreds of characters designed would be considered not qualified to offer design advice on a medium he’s worked in for decades. As for not being in touch with modern audiences, the traditional spandex super hero outfit is iconic and synonymous with super heroes. At this point it’s somewhat timeless. It’s the push towards movie based outfits that’s less proven and it’s not out of touch to say that the more time consuming designs aren’t playing to the strengths of the medium.
At any rate regardless of the creators intent (which I personally think is noble and worth applauding), the aesthetics and design sensibilities should still be open to discussion. Especially by someone who has so much experience in that regard and even more so when one takes in to consideration he’s not championing sexy outfits.. just easier to draw, more iconic outfits.