Who does it best? How has it been handled most effectively? What are the traps that people fall into?
The thought occured to me while reading The Fade Out, as I think that Brubaker & Phillips are one of the best at pulling off sex scenes in their comics (both in that book and others, particularly Criminal and Fatale). There’s a real sense of intimacy and intensity created - the sex scenes are never drawn out or lingering, but manage to be clear and (when necessary) explicit without ever coming off as exploitative or gratuitous.
It got me thinking about who else has done particularly well at incorporating sex into comics (outside of dedicated erotic/pornographic books) - Moore’s psychedelic “Rites of Spring” issue of Swamp Thing springs to mind, as well as his ‘magical education’ issue of Promethea.
And Bitch Planet played with the idea of “the sex scene” quite smartly recently, with a shower scene that deliberately subverted the male-gaze aspect that often accompanies the depiction of sex in comics.
Any other memorable examples? And is this a conversation we can have without tittering?