Seriously. If Picasso were solicited on a cover, would you be complaining the face he drew had 2 eyes on the same side of its head? C'mon. — Dan Slott (@DanSlott) August 20, 2014Gail Simone, the creator of the concept of the Fridging Effect (where female characters are killed off or de-powered for the sake of a male character’s storyline) as well as being the writer of Batgirl, Red Sonya, and Deadpool, among many others, has also put her thoughts into the debate:
I don't understand why we never see Bill O'Reilly in that Spider-Woman pose. #fairness — Gail Simone (@GailSimone) August 21, 2014When people then claimed that, because the cover is a variant, it shouldn't matter is much, Gail had a response for them too.
I don't get the variant excuse at all. Why does that make a difference? @TiredFairy — Gail Simone (@GailSimone) August 21, 2014
I am gonna buy the other cover. I really like the character a lot. — Gail Simone (@GailSimone) August 21, 2014
"I think that the people who are upset about that cover have a point, at least in how the image relates to them," Brevoort wrote. "By that same token, Milo Manara has been working as a cartoonist since 1969, and what he does hasn't materially changed in all that time. So when we say 'Manara cover,' his body of work indicates what sort of thing he’s going to do."Brevoort also stated that it was his belief that the Spider-Woman #1 cover is "one of the less sexualized ones " Marvel has published by Manara. "Given that the character is covered head-to-toe, and is crouched in a spider-like pose, it seems far less exploitative to me than other Manara pieces we've run in previous months and years."
"I think a conversation about how women are depicted in comics is relevant at this point, and definitely seems to be bubbling up from the Zeitgeist," Brevoort concluded. "That too is fine. Nothing gets better unless ideas are communicated."Spider- Woman is being released as part of the “Spider-Verse” run where all of the incarnations of the spider- family are coming back for a huge comic event. What do you guys think? Are people over-reacting or are things like this pushing the cause of equality in comics back a couple of years? Personally, I think that with such an iconic character getting her own book, it goes against what that stands for to have a cover like this. Variant covers are usually the ones which go on to be worth something and so do we really want this to be how the book is remembered? I don't think so. Please let us know what you think in the comments!
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