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Pick of the day: 'Frank Cho's World'

"Frank Cho is at his first comic book signing in Paris doing something he excels at: drawing women's breasts.

"This particular set is spilling out of a bikini top as the young man who requested the sketch looks on. But as the 20 or so other men behind him in line well know, Cho is capable of drawing almost any permutation: breasts in profile, breasts under T-shirts, breasts amplifying superhero logos, and so on. And they all have one thing in common: their disproportionate size. For Cho, 38, who grew up in Beltsville, the son of Korean immigrants, the alphabet starts with two letters, both of them D." (!!!!!!)

Thus begins Annys Shin's excellent Washington Post Magazine profile of Frank Cho, a former cartoonist for the University of Maryland Diamondback whose "Liberty Meadows" was nationally syndicated when Cho was just 23 and who later became a star illustrator for Marvel Comics.

It's an artfully rendered take on a fascinating, complex and controversial figure who is called by his Marvel editor "a once-in-a generation artist" ("I say that without hyperbole," the editor says), but whose father still thinks cartooning is a dead-end gig.

Bonus: The story is accompanied by this cool video, which shows how the eye- (and shirt-) popping magazine cover came together.

By J. Freedom du Lac  | August 27, 2010; 9:02 AM ET
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