I don’t understand Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics, for some stupid reason, hired Italian erotica comic artist Milo Manara to draw a variant cover for an upcoming comic, Spider-Woman #1. The crudely done image found above is what Manar’s cover looks like.

This is pretty terrible.

I don’t know who Milo Manara is. Not really. I’m not familiar with his work, mostly because when I do read comic books, I don’t read erotica comics. At least not on purpose or consciously. I had to look Manara up on Wikipedia. Evidently he’s well-respected in the world of funny books, though by judging from his Spider-Woman artwork, I never would have guessed.

His Spider-Woman cover looks pretty awful. Her costume looks to be painted on, which means she’s technically naked. With her rear way in the air and her legs spread apart, she looks like a baboon waiting to be mounted. That’s not a good look, especially when you’re only wearing paint.

Whoever hired Milo Manara to do a special variant cover of Spider-Woman #1, shouldn’t have. Just because Manara was paid to do artwork by Marvel, doesn’t mean that the resulting product had to be used by Marvel. Some people have reacted to the artwork by saying that it’s misogynistic.

I think it’s partly that, but more so, I think it’s just bad.

I don’t think anyone, male or female, should be portrayed with their butt in the air, especially wearing a costume that looks like it was created by Sherwin-Williams.

I don’t understand Marvel Comics. It’s hard to believe that they are part of the same group that created the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. They should have more respect for their own intellectual property than to pay a European erotic comic artist to pencil a female superhero posed like this. I think this just goes to show that comic books is a dying medium. I can’t remember the last time I purchased a comic book. On the other hand, I went to the theater to see Guardians of the Galaxy the very first weekend it came out.

I can’t imagine a scenario where I would do the same thing with a comic book.

Trying to get a comic book writer fired is one of the worst kinds of censorship

Evidently there has been a quasi-organized campaign to get Marvel Comics to fire writer Rick Remender. There’s even a special Twitter hashtag connected with the crusade, #FireRickRemender. The reason some folks want him fired is because they don’t like some of the things he’s written in the current monthly Captain America comic.


This is what Jackie, the person who supposedly created the hashtag mentioned above, had to say about it on her Tumblr blog, Weiner Soldier:


I don’t understand the mindset of trying to get someone fired because you don’t like them or because you don’t like what they wrote. I can’t think of a single scenario where I would want to get another human fired, especially because of their writing. That seems to be one of the worst forms of censorship. If I don’t like something that someone writes, I just don’t read it. It looks pretty straightforward, but it works for me.

Also, if you don’t like something someone wrote, don’t blame the writer, blame the editor. You don’t know what story the editor told the writer to tell, this is especially true when it comes to characters owned by Marvel Comics and their parent company, Disney. If the editors of Captain America didn’t like what Rick Remender wrote, they would have kicked it back and told him to do it again.  I guess they didn’t do that.

When people call for someone to be fired over something they said or wrote, I often wonder how exactly they will be ultimately satisfied. Will a single firing do the trick or do they want a permanent ban on all future employment? For example, say Marvel Comics fired Rick Remender over this, and then DC Comics signed him to an exclusive contract, would people then demand that DC Comics fire him too? What if he left the world of funny books entirely and got a job serving endless salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden? Would he need to be fired from that job too?

When will the get-someone-fired madness end?