As most of you no doubt remember, last year feminists had a fit over this alternate cover for Spider-Woman #1 by Milo Manara.
The victim-mongering cesspool The Mary Sue called it misogynistic and said that it gave them the message of “Run away. Run far, far away and don’t ever come back.” Because if there’s one thing a feminist can’t stand, it’s attractive women.
Eventually, the pressure caused Marvel and the artist to cave, and the cover never saw the light of day. So if you were a fan of Spider-Woman and thought this alternate cover looked cool, too bad: a bunch of moralizing busybodies said you couldn’t have it. Seems like that happens a lot in comics these days.
A Breath Of Fresh Air
A few days ago, legendary comic book artist Frank Cho—who’s done art for books such as Mighty Avengers and Hulk, as well as creating Liberty Meadows—released this sketch of the alternate reality character Spider-Gwen.
The cover wasn’t connected to Marvel; it was something Cho drew himself on one of those alternate blank covers meant to be drawn on. Then he put it on his own site, which sent the feminists into a tizzy.
Over at The Mary Sue (I hate to cite them twice in an article, but they’re a veritable treasure trove of feminist horseshit), the nattering nabobs said that even if it was a joke, it doesn’t matter because “it would be helpful to remember that jokes can cause real hurt and real harm to marginalized communities.” No, they can’t, so grow the hell up, feminists. Didn’t they ever teach you that “Sticks and Stones” rhyme in grade school?
Frank Cho’s Response
Rather than bow to feminist pressure and censor himself, Cho stood by his artwork. That ought to be the norm, but sadly, it’s not. Frank refused to allow a bunch of joyless harpies tell him what he can and can’t put on his site. Not only did he not back down, but like a boss, he doubled down with this Harley Quinn sketch cover.
Cho also released a statement telling his critics to grow the hell up.
Wow. What a crazy couple of days it has been. My parody cover sketch of Spider-Gwen aping the infamous Manara Spider-Woman pose sent some of the hypersensitive people in a tizzy.
To be honest, I was amused and surprised by the uproar since it was, in my opinion, over nothing. It’s essentially a small group of angry and humorless people ranting against my DRAWING of a pretty woman. It’s utter nonsense. This world would be a better and a happier place if some people just grow a sense of humor and relax.
Now, I’m getting bombarded by various bloggers asking for an interview addressing this “scandal”. Instead of me wasting my breath and precious time over this non-issue replying to all the interviewers, I’ve drawn another cover sketch in response which will, hopefully, answer all the questions.
SJWs Are Killing Comics
Sadly, the SJWs usually get their way when it comes to comics, and it’s making comics suck. Not only do new comics suck, they don’t sell, even though they should. Even though superhero movies dominate the box office and there are four superhero TV shows on network television right now, Marvel and DC Comics are lucky to sell 100,000 copies of any comic. Part of the reason superhero comics can’t sell—despite the popularity of superheroes—is because SJWs are making them suck.
Thanks to the SJWs’ influence, many fans and creators have been chased away from comic books. If these whiners get their way, artists like Cho would be driven out of the industry altogether, and who would take their place? Well, over on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, we have an artist Marvel found off Tumblr who draws Squirrel Girl as a chubby girl with a harelip.
This is the future you’re choosing, Marvel.
Thank You, Frank Cho
I just want to close out this article by saying something to Frank Cho, should he happen to read this: thank you. Thank you for standing your ground and defending your art. It shouldn’t be rare, but sadly it is, and this long time comic fan appreciates it.