Ripples from Spider-Woman Butt-Gate continues to rock the world of comics! Every day lots of changes in shipping products are announced on Diamond’s website. And today two little sentences were sent out:
Thor #2 Manara Variant (SEP140859, $3.99) will now be done by an artist to be announced, not Milo Manara.
Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #1 Manara Variant (AUG140720, $4.99) will now be done by Siya Oum, not Milo Manara, and will be retitled Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #1 Oum Variant.
Of course, everyone has assumed this is because of the word-shattering outcry over Manara’s LAST variant cover, for Spider-Woman #1. CBR had the story first, and noted that in the past, Marvel e-i-c- Axel Alonso had promised that “[W]e’ll do more Manara variants. He is a world-renowned artist with a huge fan base, and his variants, like the Skottie Young variants, are aimed at people who appreciate his art and his style. But we are aware of the growing sensitivity to covers like this, and we will be extra-vigilant in policing their content and how we use them in our marketing.”
One of the covers, the variant for Thor #2 has been released, and to be honest…it looks great. Actually this is a cover from last week. And it looks beautiful. Not very sexualized but a nice handsome male Thor. I mean, Thor is a woman now though, right?
The mary Sue had a bit of a victory lap over this.
Siya Oum is a female artist whose work definitely features attractive ladies, although nothing along the lines of Manara’s work.
In my opinion, I have NO PROBLEM with Manara doing covers for Mrvel in the future, provided an erotic cover is appropriate for the project. As the Thor cover shows, he can drew non sexy covers…he just can’t draw non-sexy women. It’s in his blood.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.