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Have You Seen The Powerpuff… Ladies?

I’m sure many of us have imagined this at some point, but to actually see it is quite riveting. The talented Stanley Lau (a.k.a. Artgerm) featured a mature version of the Powerpuff Girls in his collection of satirical “Justice Magazine” covers. The end result turned out to be nothing short of glorious.


A little bit Sailor Moon-ish, yes, though I personally don’t see a problem in that. This is an excellent tease if not an amazing piece of fan art. Now excuse me while I catch myself from slipping into a fit of anger over the fact that this is not real.

Check out some of Stanley Lau’s other “Justice Magazine” Covers:

Via: Kotaku, Stanley Lau (Artgem)

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  1. Rangle says:

    That’s an inntillgeet answer to a difficult question xxx

  2. Daniel says:

    For all of those saying they don’t like them being sexualized, did you watch the episode when they were teenagers?

  3. RG says:

    There’s a fine line between pro-sex feminism and objectification, but there’s also a fine line between being ethical and slut-shaming. The only worthless perspective in any discussion is the one that says to shut something down without consideration.

    Just because objectification, sexism, and the promotion of an imbalanced female body image are major topics, it doesn’t mean that you’re supposed to avoid them and anything that resembles them with a ten-foot pole. Satirical or not, there must be content pf all sorts to keep the wheels turning. The key is discussing and understanding the content objectively… not projecting an intent upon it (and then, as so many do, using that projection as a pedestal to shame someone else and promote your own shining standards).

  4. Lucy says:

    I agree with Nate on one point. The article says these are supposed to be satirical covers but I couldn’t find anything to prove that. All I see are highly-sexualized images of female characters. Which is a thing and a thing that artists are welcome to produce and consumers to enjoy. But don’t say it’s satirical without a source because as far as I can tell this is just more of the same.

  5. R E Miller says:

    I used to thing I could like things. Then I read comments on a website and I learned that I should be pissed about everything. Should I feel bad that I like things? Some things I like!

  6. varcilla says:

    Apperantly people want ugly people as their heroines? I loved the PPG show and any re-imagining of the characters i’ll take. Plus pretty sure this was one artists’ take on how they’d look older so chill out kids. Its not official. Great piece stan! Keep making renditions of badass chicks who are sexy as well!

  7. Phe says:

    @Nate – Are we really about to compare a highly detailed drawing such as this to a fairly simplistic style of animation? …Okay.

    “What…made the artist think they’d all grow up to be nearly identical…” Let’s start here shall we? How about the fact that they DO look nearly identical. Google some images. They have the same size and shape bodies. Only difference is their hair style and the color given to each one.

    “What made him think that all three of them were so generically white, without a hint of ethnicity?” Again, look up some images from the show. They are all the same skin color…GENERIC WHITE.

    Again, this is HIS take on the concept of “The Powerpuff Girls.” It wasn’t meant to be a direct copy and paste of the design from the show. If you don’t like the image, say so, and leave it at that. It’s that simple.

  8. Nate says:

    Please point me towards any evidence that there is anything “satirical” about any of these images. It’s straight-up cheesecake, with a straight face, and there’s nothing about the poses or the styles or the text on the covers to let you know the artist thinks he’s “commenting” on anything, he’s just doing highly skilled pictures of hot babes.

    And that’s the problem with this image. The Powerpuff Girls were little girls, they weren’t model-perfect sexual objects. What about their pudgy, rounded, cartoon bodies made the artist think that they’d all grow up to be nearly identical, large-breasted glamazons? What made him think that all three of them were so generically white, without a hint of ethnicity? The thought of three little girls created by a scientist in a laboratory is weird enough, but the thought of three hot babes created by a scientist in a lab is just softporn or a bad “reboot” of *Weird Science*.

    No question this artist is skilled, but this image just bums me out.

  9. Dan says:

    You folks read the word “satirical” in the article, right? As in, these covers are supposed to be over-the-top and make fun of the sexualization everyone’s blaming the artist for? If you’re skeezed out by this, Lau did his job.

  10. Phe says:

    You people are a bunch of tools. One of you can’t even get the name correct. It’s POWERpuff, not POWDERpuff…seriously, it’s in the title of the damn article. But more importantly it’s the “were not supposed to be “hot.” Huge fail.”” and “Doesn’t do much for women other than sexualize them. No thanks.” bits that piss me off. Do you complain that Robin The Boy Wonder has aged into Nightwing and runs around in a tight bodysuit showing off his rippling muscles and bulging package? He too was a fun loving, crime fighting child character that at some point someone decided it was time for him to mature. I guess that doesn’t matter though since you can only sexualize females, right? Stanley Lau is an amazing artist and this was his take on the concept of “The Powerpuff Girls.” Why don’t you jackasses take it for what it is, art. He wasn’t trying to make a political statement. He wasn’t trying to degrade women. He was making art. Whether or not you like his style or this particular piece is a matter of opinion. But you can take that feminist crap back to the kitchen.

  11. boB says:

    Did Team Unicorn model for this? Two of them look an awful lot like an artist’s rendering of Clare Grant and Michele Boyd.

  12. Jenny R says:

    I see the puff. I don’t see the power.

  13. Kelly says:

    I can’t get into Stanley Lau’s work. Tiny heads and tig bitties. Doesn’t do much for women other than sexualize them. No thanks.

  14. Jonathan McGaha says:

    That’s certainly a different take on the characters. It’s not to my taste, but I don’t hold my opinion as somehow the definitive qualifier on what is an isn’t an acceptable version of a character.

    I actually somewhat prefer a world in which there can be radically altered versions of old characters without someone getting sued or berated for it. Hot pink Darth Vaders and weirdly-statuesque Power Puff girls, change is the spice of life.

  15. Beth says:

    Turn the tights into thigh highs and make sure the dresses are short. Charming.

  16. Tedydy says:

    Where are the other months???

  17. Leslie says:

    Seriously? The Powderpuff girls were not meant to be “hot.” Huge fail.