facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Spider-Woman #1 causes controversy with booty-centric cover art

"Imagine Spider-Man in that position instead" says critic of the sexualized cover art.
By Matthew Bradwell   |   Aug. 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A variant cover for Marvel's upcoming Spider-Woman #1 has caused immediate controversy for disproportionately featuring the title-hero's buttocks as a focal point.


The cover, drawn by artist Milo Manara, has received wide-spread criticism for what many feel is the unnecessary sexploitation of the character for simply being a woman.

"If you're wondering what the hell Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman is doing, I believe it's what's known in the animal kingdom as 'presenting,'" criticized Gawker's sci-fi and science news imprint io9.

"All in all, the image seems to toe the line of pornographic," observed Megan Friedman of Elle.

"Imagine Spider-Man in that position instead, and the concept would have never gotten this far."

Friedman's criticism is a common one within the speculative fiction community, as many artists and models have taken to displaying the artistic hypocrisy between female sci-fi heroes and their male counterparts.

Manara's artwork has a long history of exploring the female form and implied eroticism, and the book's other cover by artist Greg Land -- despite featuring a gluteal-centric background -- is much more in line with contemporary comic book style.


© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Amber Rose declares her love for Wiz Khalifa Amber Rose declares her love for Wiz Khalifa
2
Beyonce, Jay Z reportedly renewed their vows Beyonce, Jay Z reportedly renewed their vows
3
Kendra Wilkinson to Hank Baskett: 'It's divorce time!' Kendra Wilkinson to Hank Baskett: 'It's divorce time!'
4
Elizabeth Pena died of complications from alcohol abuse Elizabeth Pena died of complications from alcohol abuse
5
Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel settle lawsuit against Heat magazine Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel settle lawsuit against Heat magazine
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback