I’ve been thinking about the Spider-Woman#1 controversy for the past week & couldn’t find my words…until now.
The problem is the amount of people who can’t see that there’s a problem. It’s not her physique & it’s not the anatomy. It is, however, the use of a fuck me pose at a time when the industry is in dire needs of attracting a new audience & all eyes have been focused on the industry as a whole over the past couple of years for claims of sexism, not only through artistic representation but with the business itself.
It’s also a major blow when your company has been the perceived leader with not only female lead characters, but also with female creators. Tom Brevoort’s “you hire Manara, you know what you’re going to get” explanation even goes to show that he’s clueless to the cause of the outrage. He dances around the point. The point is don’t hire an artist who turns everything into erotica for a book that’s hoping to attract non-erotica readers. The problem is that someone looked at this and thought, “Yes. This guy. This is what we need on the cover of our mainstream comics.”
Now as this blog shows, I’m no prude. I love erotic art [presumably] as much as the next person, and think Milo Manara does beautiful work. But also I’m not necessarily trying to attract new readers to maintain & increase my business growth like Marvel. There’s a time and a place for everything, and the cover to a mainstream comic with a female lead clearly wasn’t it.