She-Hulk #40-49 (1992)

John Byrne’s last issue will be the giant-sized #50, so this is his last real She-Hulk story, and the entire arc is about body image.  Guys like Rob Liefeld, whose style Byrne deliberately satirizes…

…were turning Marvel comics into a cheesecake factory, and Byrne–who was also known for drawing buxom, beautiful women–had something to say about it all.

Over…

and over…

…Throughout this story.  He also returns to the Fantastic Four…

Who try to “help” when an overweight woman gets stuck in a perfect 10 body.

Across these issues, She-Hulk takes on Spragg the Living Hill, Xemnu, skrulls, etc. and meets back up with space trucker US-1.  Intertwined with the space epic, John Byrne and his editor keep battling over She-Hulk nudity and body-image stuff.  It’s actually nice to see comics wrestling with this issue, but it’s also a little tedious since it goes on and on and on.

I could go into more detailed synopses, but ultimately it’s not important.  Nothing really “changes” as a result of these issues.

Creator: John Byrne
Grade: C+

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