A few days ago, the artist Frank Cho, known for realistic but sexualised imagery in comic books, and creator of Jungle Girl, posted a parody of the infamous Milo Manara Spider-Woman cover, featuring the Gwen Stacy version of Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen.
It caused a little discussion at Bleeding Cool Towers. I posted it as a late night, end-of-play “Frank will be Frank” piece, noting that this image was now a repeating meme and had been embedded in comic book culture.
My editor-in-chief, Hannah Means-Shannon, pointed out to me that the Gwen Stacy of the title Spider-Gwen was a teenager, rather than the twenty-something character we had left back in the seventies, something I think I’d failed to pick up on. Which did give the drawing a different flavour, one that The Mary Sue then pointed out.
Here’s my take on the frank cho sketch cover. Your drawing dirty pics of one of my kids. Be lucky your never around me. #spidergwen
— RobbiRodriguez (@RobbiRodriguez) April 7, 2015
I can understand the sentiment, but violence or threats of violence against artistic works can lead us into dangerous territory.
There’s a Marvel summit this week, but I presume both creators aren’t at it.