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So I logged onto the Marvel online store on my iPad store and this was on the featured page.  (The full cover is here if you want to see it.)  I did a double-take because I kind of couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  A pregnant woman, in a spread-eagle being molested by aliens.
I clicked on the cover and it brought me to the summary of Wolverine and the X-Men #5:

"Kitty Pryde is pregnant?!? Could it have to do with the billion Brood that have shown up?"

So…  Not only is Kitty pregnant (which I don’t have a problem with, btw), she seems to be pregnant with alien babies that are spreading her legs.  I just… I just…  The words escape me.  It is covers and ideas for comics like this that make everyone judge comics as juvenile and sexist.  There is no way in the World I would pick up an X-Men comic with a cover like this.  I would be embarrassed to be seen anywhere holding a comic with a cover like this.
Come on Marvel… really?

So I logged onto the Marvel online store on my iPad store and this was on the featured page.  (The full cover is here if you want to see it.)  I did a double-take because I kind of couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  A pregnant woman, in a spread-eagle being molested by aliens.

I clicked on the cover and it brought me to the summary of Wolverine and the X-Men #5:

"Kitty Pryde is pregnant?!? Could it have to do with the billion Brood that have shown up?"

So…  Not only is Kitty pregnant (which I don’t have a problem with, btw), she seems to be pregnant with alien babies that are spreading her legs.  I just… I just…  The words escape me.  It is covers and ideas for comics like this that make everyone judge comics as juvenile and sexist.  There is no way in the World I would pick up an X-Men comic with a cover like this.  I would be embarrassed to be seen anywhere holding a comic with a cover like this.

Come on Marvel… really?

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What fresh hell is this?

From Bleeding Cool:

So we know that the female physiques commonly sported by Marvel superheroines are nigh-on impossible to acheive by anyone who wasn’t bidden by a radioactive Size Zero supermodel and some silicone injections on top. But that’s okay, lucky ladies, these official Marvel merchandise solves that problem. With a design that takes inches (and a couple of ribs) off each side, squeezing that waist in and emphasising breast size, all with a few lines of printed ink!

Marvel somehow think that it’s acceptable to market shit like this:

Despite the obvious creepy factor these have I’m stunned as to why Marvel thought it was a good idea to airbrush in tiny waists onto these items of clothing.  I swear with Marvel they’re trying to encourage women to read comics with their left hand and slapping them in the face with their right as soon as they get close.

Sure a lot women in comics sport these problematic body shapes but it’s something I’d at least hoped the industry and trying to move past, not trying to congratulate and make light of by marketing some ‘sexy’ merchandise.

Dammit Marvel, women come in all shapes and sizes.  Have you at all considered a larger woman being presented with one of these?  How do you think she would feel?  Hell, the model in the picture has a gorgeous body but even she doesn’t measure up to the task.

Sure these may have been cheesy, campy fun as a joke.  But that’s the thing, a woman’s body image is not a joke.  Women have a hard enough time being accepted as fellow comic fans without shit like this.  Merchandise like this only enforces the idea that comics is a ‘boys only’ club and minimizes the part played by female fans and creators in the industry.

Before the next genius at Marvel comes up with another cracking merchandise idea like this I want them to take a step back and ask themselves one question, ‘would my daughter / sister / mother be happy wearing something like this?’

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