You really just have to wonder what they were thinking …
Over on her LiveJournal, comics creator Lea Hernandez posts a letter to Joe Quesada about the cover:
Seriously, Joe, Marvel got a lot of “ha-ha feminists are stoopid the statue’s already sold out” coverage from the mainstream and tabloid press, and the sad fanboyishness of that staue was deflected into contempt for feminist bloggers and female comics readers.
But this week, Joe? Not to put too fine a point on it, you just blew your “Well, it’s not for you.” load.
Thanks for reminding me again of one of the reasons why I chose to stop seeking work in the “mainstream” (or is it “MANstream?”) comics.
J. Caleb Mozzocco also mentions the statue when commenting on the cover:
I love breasts. And I love tentacles. But for some reason, I don’t much care for them together. Perhaps it’s the whole helpless women about to be groped by slimy tentacle-having alien thing of some kind.
This had damn well better generate at least as much controversy as the MJ comicquette (at least within the comics blogosphere; I doubt anyone outside of comics to care, since it has nothing to do with a character who’s now a household name like Spidey’s girlfriend Mary Jane) because, if not, then Dirk Deppey wins.
… seriously: whoah. Marvel’s putting tentacle rape on their covers. They’re not even allowed to SMOKE in Marvel comics but you can have tentacle rape on the cover? Then again, noone ever got second-hand tentacle rape….
And in the cleverly titled post “And the tits just keep coming,” Heidi talks about the cover and its artist over at The Beat:
Now, here is the SHOCKING TWIST ENDING!!! R U READY??? That salivating, salacious cover? It was drawn by an artist named Sana Takeda. Who is Japanese.
And a woman.
Yep, that cover was drawn by a woman.
Are you confused? Is she a gender traitor? Is hentai what girls really like?
I don’t know what went into that cover. I know the editor is Mark Paniccia, the father of a one year old daughter that he loves more than anything. I know Mark well enough to hazard the guess that he wasn’t trying to “oppress” women, “oppress” Misty Knight, or follow a secret agenda. He was probably just trying to sell more books. I imagine Sana Takeda wanted to sell more books. The really really sad thing is that inside the Biosphere, up on the mountain, probably nobody gave this a second thought. Nobody thought that “Misty Knight and the Black Cat and Colleen Wing shouldn’t be shown this way because it demeans them as characters.”
And you know what’s even sadder? That no one at Marvel or DC will ever say a word about any of this. The Mary Jane statue controversy had been going on for well over a week, and been on TV shows, with nary a peep out of an official spokesman at either company. Will anyone ask Joe Quesada or Paul Levitz about any of this? Will anyone remember?
And that, ladies and germs, is why we can’t shut up.