So, the Internet exploded today, and this time it wasn’t because of Kim’s derrière. It was over a comic book artist’s rendering of a female character. You may recall that a few months ago Marvel pulled its variant cover of Spider-Woman #1 drawn by Milo Manara, a known artist for his exotic portray of women. The decision was made by Marvel after various complaints were made, one of them being from The Mary Sue. If you haven’t seen it yet – here it is.
Ok, so it’s not atomically correct and it looks like Spider-Woman’s back is made of a giant penis (if you stare at it long enough). But what about this cover drawn by J. Scott Campbell.
Isn’t Spider-man almost in the same exact pose as Spider-Woman? Where was the outcry when this cover was released? Sure, almost every depiction of a male superhero in comics makes me feel inferior as a guy, but it’s fantasy. I know I’m never going to look as buff or handsome as Steve Rodgers is drawn, but I’m not offended by that. I have a choice to buy the comic or not.
Many were upset about Manara’s variant cover because the comic was marketed towards the growing number of female readers, and some (male and female) felt that the cover was a setback in how women are currently being depicted. Instead of being weak, partially unclothed, prostitutes *cough* Frank Miller *cough*, women are being drawn and written as strong, fearless leaders.
Let’s keep in mind that the cover was a variant cover, not the main cover to hit the shelves. Regardless, the Internet lost its mind and the politically correct won the day by having Marvel pull the cover.
Fast forward to April 5, 2015. Artist Frank Cho draws a sketch of Spider-Gwen in the same way that Manara drew Spider-Woman. Keep in mind that Cho was not paid by Marvel to draw said sketch cover; it was something Cho did on his own to directly sell to a fan. Here is the sketch Cho did.
On April 6, 2015, The Mary Sue jumped all over Cho for drawing the sketch. You can read the blog here:
Cho didn’t immediately respond to the outrage of his sketch cover until April 8, 2015 by doing another sketch cover. This time he depicted Harley Quinn in the now famous Spider-Woman pose with her asking the Joker, “How long do I have to hold this pose, Mister J.?” The Joker’s response, “Until the Internet explodes, dear.”
Well, it did. Robbi Rodriguez, the Spider-Gwen artist, tweeted, “Here’s my take on the frank cho sketch cover. Your drawing dirty pics of one of my kids. Be lucky your (sic) never around me. #spidergwen.”
Cho commented on his Facebook page early today, April 9, 2015, the following, “Well, this escalated badly. Robbi Rodriguez, the Spider-Gwen artist, threatens me publicly on Twitter, over my comic convention DRAWING. This whole outrage over nothing is too funny and surreal.”
Early today, April 9, 2015, Rodriguez clarified on his Facebook page that he wasn’t physically threatening Cho, “Let me start by saying, for one, that wasn’t a physical treat (sic). It would have been an earful similar to this post, just with more cursing. Trust me – a good ton of the pros in the business would want to do the same.”
Rodriquez’s full post can be read here: https://www.facebook.com/robbi.rodriguez.9/posts/957086417657661?hc_location=ufi
To be honest, I think Cho is in the right. He can draw whatever the hell he wants to. Who’s Rodriguez to tell him he can’t? I would have this same opinion if Cho drew Spider-Woman looking at Spider-man’s bottom. There is definitely a double standard in comics because there are zero complaints (from Rodriguez and others like him) about how men are being overly sexualized in comics. Case in point, this Rob Liefeld depiction of Captain America.
I mean just look at the size of that chest – there is no way Cap is atomically correct. #whereistheoutrageovercap’schest?
Due to the overwhelming response to this article. More on this can be found on my follow up post here.