The only thing Power Girl is known for more than her large breasts is the hole in her costume that displays them.
Affectionately known as the boob window, it’s been the source of many jokes over the years. To the point where Power Girl herself was forced to address it.
In JSA: Classified #2, Power Girl tells Superman:
People always ask me why I have this hole right here. They think I’m showing off… or just being lewd. But the first time I made this costume, I wanted to have a symbol like you. I just… I couldn’t think of anything. I thought, eventually, I’d figure it out. And close the hole. But I haven’t.
Power Girl debuts a new costume sans boob window in World’s Finest #1, but it’s not the first time she has covered up. Power Girl got downright uppity after DC Comics hired its first female publisher, Jenette Kahn. In All-Star Comics #64 the boob window was closed but without a symbol. This newly empowered girl accused Star Spangled Kid of being a “little chauvinist piglet” for suggesting she use a “Superman emblem with a P instead of an S!”
Writer Gerry Conway told Alter Ego:
Actually, closing the circle on Power Girl’s costume was [publisher] Jenette Kahn’s idea. She felt it was sexist, and she was probably right. I doubt Wally would have had such qualms, given his taste for ill-clad buxom babes. (A taste I share, by the way, and another reason why this former Catholic boy will probably burn in hell.)
All hope is not lost. Despite her outward appearance, Power Girl is still very sexual. She tells Huntress that she do whatever it takes to get home. “Even if I have to break seven of the ten commandments to do it,” she declares. That apparently includes sleeping with Mr. Terrific for parts to power her portal (pun intended).
There’s still plenty of fanservice too. Before donning her new costume Power Girl’s civilian clothes are torn to shreds. Huntress suggests she will be arrested for indecent exposure to which PG replies, “Prude.” The cover for World’s Finest #2 (pictured left) even features DC Universe’s first donkey punch! Power Girl is on all fours while the Irradiated Man blasts her in the back of the head. The previous issue ended with the villain asking, “Did you not like my touch, woman?”
The real victim in all of this is cosplay, which was basically invented for characters like Power Girl. These girls will grow up expecting you to look them in the eye!