This is what pre-serum Steve would look like if, instead of being waify and tragic, he were chubby and still a 5’2” weakling. No really! I used a really good ref of a twink of the correct height and combined it with a photo of Chris Evans’ face—all I added was the fat. This is exactly what Steve would look like.
It occurred to me as I was drawing this that fandom probably would not be as obsessed with pre-serum Steve if he were canonically chubby like this. They just wouldn’t, even though this is just as likely a body type for Steve to have. (If anybody tries to give me shit about “But it was the Depression, he wouldn’t have enough food to look like this”: FUCK OFF, some people are naturally built this way even when on a restricted diet) It wouldn’t change anything about the plot or characterization, because Steve could still be every bit as sickly while looking like this and he’d still get harassed and mocked just as much if not moreso. Bucky could still be in love with him.
But people don’t think that fat disabled kids are sweetly tragic like people think disabled-and-painfully-underweight Steve is. If pre-serum Steve were fat, I’m willing to bet more of the fandom would agree with all the bullies and think he really is pathetic and should be fixed.
Can you tell I made myself really angry while drawing this? Because this, this is the pre-serum Steve I actually want. I’m tired of the glorification and romanticization of starved, underweight bodies.