The ratio of the bust of the American comic heroine to the cover has tripled in half a century, and researchers say, '30% of the cover width has been breasts in the last 10 years.'

In a study of female characters on the cover of American Comics, 'the area of the female character's chest in the cover area' was more than tripled compared to the middle of the 20th century, and 'the cleavage of the chest' was more than doubled. It became clear that it has become.

300% Increase in Boob Size on Comic Book Cover Art

'As a result of collecting the covers of tens of thousands of comic books, I realized that over the decades, the depiction of female characters has become more emphasized,' says the game price. This is Mr. JJ Hendrix, the founder of Price Charting, an information gathering site. PriceCharting has a database of comic book prices as well as game software.

Mr. Hendricks, who set out to examine how the image of women in comics changed with the times, has three works, ' Wonder Woman ,' ' Cat Woman ,' and ' Red Sonja ,' which have been read as the leading works of women for more than 40 years. Was selected as a research target. We selected 10 covers of the heroine's whole body for each age group, measured the bust, bust exposure, waist size, and hip size in pixels and summarized the data.

And the measurement result is as follows. From the left, it is a graph of the heroine's 'chest occupies the cover', 'chest exposure', and 'hip to waist ratio'. Regarding this result, Mr. Hendricks said, 'The decade from 2010 was a decade in which the breasts were particularly emphasized, saying that'nearly 30% of the width of the cover is breasts'. I drew, and as a result, both the proportion of the breast on the cover and the degree of exposure of the breast peaked. After that, I was under pressure to 'normalize' the looks of the female character in the 2020s. After entering, all of them started to retreat. '

On the other hand, the waist-to-hip ratio has hardly changed over time, and Mr. Hendricks was surprised to think that 'the waist should be thicker than when the waist was thin like a pencil.'

Therefore, Mr. Hendricks added 12 female characters to the measurement target, selected 2 covers for each age group, and compiled the measurement data of 124 covers with a total of 15 characters drawn. The results are shown below, and the graph shows 'Chest occupies the cover (upper left)', 'Chest exposure (upper right)', 'Hip-waist ratio (lower left)', and 'Bust-waist ratio (lower right)'.

Hendrix summarized the differences in the depictions of women between modern comics (since 2010) and early comics (1940-1960) that were discovered through this study.

・ The ratio of the chest to the cover area has more than tripled.
・ Chest exposure has more than doubled. In particular, more than 50% were not observed until the 1970s and have become relatively common since then.
-With the passage of time, the waist of the female character has certainly become 'thick'. That is, the hip size relative to the waist was reduced by 15%.
・ The bust / waist ratio did not change. In other words, as the bust grew, so did the waist.

In addition, regarding the entire study, 'This study was a fun project that I did in my spare time in the last few weeks. I have not verified it statistically rigorously, but the results are clearer if I increase the data set. In addition, I would like to conduct a similar study on how men's physique has changed over time. '

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