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I'm sorry. This is not a cover, but it is possibly my favorite thing on the internets. I'm sure you have seen the version some completely AWESOME person drew to "expose" what Caps anatomy would really look like without his clothes on. (If not: LOOK HERE.) (Thanks to a commenter for finding that full-frontal version)
This drawing makes me happy on so many levels. The chest. My god... I mean, how do you get past the pencils phase of this drawing without thinking "maybe if he could actually eat a plate of food off his chest without using his hands, it might be too much?" How? I don't know how, but I'm so glad it happened.
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You may feel a little bit freaked out by this one. Perhaps you haven't seen much of how Rob sees the world. Welcome. Once the shiny glamour of Image Comics in the 90s clears from your eyes, you might feel like something.... you don't know just what.... is off. The young lady in the foreground.... does she actually have internal organs? Why won't someone get her a wheelchair? Clearly her back has snapped in half. What do you think those pouches contain? As for the giant woman in the back.... note that she is a rare sighting... a Liefeld creation that doesn't have any pouches. That must be why she's wearing a tutu. Note how the sword she is carrying appears to be bolted to her hand -- not actually being gripped, as that would require him to draw a hand "doing something".
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I Sense A Stroke Coming On...
I feel like maybe Liefeld drew these hands here just to spite all the people who say he can't draw hands. Well, he sure showed us! Look at the natural, not-at-all posed hands he's put here.... totally not copied from a figure drawing book. BUT... that's not the mystery of this cover. Take a look.
Why is there a face growing out of his thigh? Whose hand and forearm is that down there? How did he get his shirt to rip like that? Oh! My! God! Cap doesn't have ... he seems to be missing.... you know. His package. Ow. This is truly a classic cover for Rob... we have the straining, the anenurism waiting to happen... the misshapen arms... oh, and look at that hilarious little foot back there. Is Cap wearing dress shoes?!
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Yep, hands clenched around swords... no feet. Pouches and straps, plenty of both. This is a classic. Oh, and the stroke seems imminent, as it should with all those blood vessels popping out.... Leifeld's creations are always one step away from a level of intensity that should technically damage the brain in some way. But I digress.... look at the size of those thighs! I mean, think how many pouches you can strap around those bad boys!
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Armpit of Despair
Oh dear. First ... no hands, no feet. Check. Second... what? What am I looking at? I didn't read this series so I don't know ... is that a robot? With one leg? Or maybe... are those metal panties? Why is there a black hole coming out of the red-haired woman's armpit? Oh my god, her legs have been cut off at the knees! No wonder she's so upset.
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