This is a controversy I am not so sure I feel that offended by.
For one thing, the image by Arthur Suydam does not seem all that sexed up from the original image by Takeshi Miyazawa. In fact, compared side to side, Takeshi’s cover seems to play up teen sexy more. Mainly because, Mary Jane has…you know…a face. This is also a cover for the fifth printing of the Marvel Zombies trade. All the Marvel Zombie single issues and trades have included covers that mock “famous” Marvel covers. And if anything, that seems to be the biggest flaw here. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane has no iconic covers. I mean, no kid is going to see it and accidentally think it’s a collection of SMLMJ. It’s clearly being marketed towards the Marvel Zombies (literally and figuratively speaking). But this just does not come close to the Heroes for Hire cover debacle. Hell, this is tame. Heidi M. over at the Beat sums it up a bit better.
But with this controversy has come something I have not seen nearly as much for DC…”I am so done with them!” Sure, some people have written off the big two. But the fact is, most of the folks I have seen declaring they can no longer buy Marvel did not make the same declarations about DC during DC’s multiple statue debacles, multiple Supergirl and Powergirl controversies. They demanded change. But with Marvel? It’s throw in the towel after four incidents (and bear in mind, DC’s various controversies came one right after the other as well). What’s the difference?
I relize some of this is “straw that broke the camel’s back” fatigue. Marvel is the more recent offender. But seriously, Runaways and White Tiger are not the problem, Frank Cho drawing the Avengers with “Babaliciousness” is. So, stop buying Cho’s Avengers. I honestly do not understand the mentality behind chucking all Marvel books based on the offenses of a few (which, if we look at the overall landscape of Marvel, are not the majority).
I certainly welcome peoples explanations why they cannot read comics that do not offend them due to the stuff that does…but if this is the case…why are there no blogs and message boards filled with “Dammit! I am so done with DC!!!” (the ones declaring to be done with Superhero comics or “the Big Two” do not count-I am talking specifically citing giving up on DC for their indiscretions) ???