The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials

The Marvel Swimsuit Specials were a unique breed of Nineties comic double-you-tee-effery. They took sober, serious superheroes and made them flaunt their décolletage and banana hammocks (more so than usual). Here's the ripest cheesecake we could find.

Over at The Comics Journal, Richard Cook argues that the nigh nude heroes and heroines served an aspirational role for the ogling heterosexual male reader:

The juxtaposition of beefcake and cheesecake allowed the reader to shift from the fantasy of being the perfect male to the fantasy of acquiring the type of hottie that only perfect males can acquire.

You can read Cook's thoughts at the Hooded Utilitarian. And for your viewing pleasure, here are the best moments of the Marvel Swimsuit Specials throughout the years. Hat tip to the exhaustive galleries of Shirtless Superheroes.

The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials

Northstar, one of the comicdom's first gay mainstream superheroes, is also one of the most prim and priggish superheroes around. A Fire Island spring breaker he is not.


The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials A good rubdown, Colossus? Those ladies better have brought their steel wool.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials This Captain America illustration was a collaboration between Norman Rockwell and Tom of Finland.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials You know how Bullseye kills his victims? He takes their breath away.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials Nothing screams Swimsuit Special quite like "karaoke with your dad."
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials When Ghost Rider hits you with his Penance Stare, this is what you see.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials Luke Cage: never a man for restraint, never nude.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials Namor had to swim through an entire humpback whale mating season just to get here.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials Q: Could Thor look any more ridiculous?
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials A: Yes, he can look like a Manowar album cover. This really should be the poster for the movie. The "hammer as a penis" metaphor has never been so lucidly depicted.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials What are Dr. Doom and Kingpin doing in the bushes with their clothes off? Where did the blow-up doll come from? Why aren't the heroes arresting them? Are they voyeurs? So many questions left unanswered.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials Wasp is cheering for the Branch Dravidians.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials This is concept art from Hustler's This Ain't Multiplicity XXX.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials Rob Liefeld did a jeans ad. It's only sensible Cable did one as well.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials This is why the Punisher kills people.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials Is Morbius going to exsanginuate those women? Whoa. The Marvel Swimsuit Special just got extremely real.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials The Black Widow, dressing understated as any good spy should.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials I like how X-Force's surfboard is even equipped with guns.
The non-stop erotic thrills of the 1990s Marvel Swimsuit Specials Wait, isn't this duo like the most sexually frustrated pairing in superhero history? Why are they cavorting around in their skivvies? I bet the two of them enjoyed a lot of heavy petting wearing dishwashing gloves.