I was going to post something last week about the “revolt” many are having over the Mary Jane Statue designed by Adam Hughes. Newsarama has a really good interview with Mr. Hughes, and since it’s been a week, the Internet has something else to pick on.
Today it’s the “scandal” over the Heroes for Hire cover that many are decrying as Tentacle Porn. Why is everyone picking on Marvel right now? How come there wasn’t the same “outrage” over the Witchblade Manga covers from months ago, when I first pointed it out?
Both Heroes for Hire and Witchblade Manga have Teenager+ ratings. Yet there wasn’t a blip out of anyone about Witchblade. No one can play the misogyny card on this one either as the artist for the Heroes cover is actually Sana Takeda – a woman. I think both of the covers are a bit weird for my taste, but I really don’t have a problem with either of them. So my only conclusion is May is Pick on Marvel Month, and nobody told me.
Take the jump to see the two covers in question, and post your thoughts on the covers and the controversy. Just remember, keep it civil.
Oh, and for those of you who might get in trouble at work for viewing such things, you have been warned. If you are the sensitive type, you have also been warned (and you know who you are).
There is certainly a highly sexual aspect to both of the covers that probably do nothing to advance the comics for girls campaign, and comparing the two, Witchblade is certainly more scandalous than Heroes for Hire.