I know I’m a bit late on reporting this, but there was a travesty that was committed by Marvel Comics and Midtown Comics on Friday, October, 21, 2016.
You see J. Scott Campbell, creator of Danger Girl, had a variant cover of Invincible Iron Man #1 featuring Riri Williams, the successor to Tony Stark in the pages of Iron Man, pulled because it was too “provocative” and “sexualized.”
Normally, I would be on board with this decision except that the cover in question, isn’t provocative at all, but is merely tame, especially for a J. Scott Campbell cover. Anyone who’s a fan or who knows who he is has seen his covers, and they’re way more provocative than this, yet no one raises a stink or makes a negative comment about it. It’s swept under the rug and everyone goes about their business.
Characters such Lady Death, Vampirella, Catwoman, and even Mary Jane Watson have all had provocative covers that have sold well. However, when there is an attractive black woman, who just happens to be strong and intelligent also, there is a big fuss made over the way she’s presented.
What is the real reason for this? Is it because she’s black? Is it because she’s a woman? There aren’t that many superheroes of color or people of color in geek culture today, so any time we can get a character that exhibits positive qualities should be welcomed and not stifled or held back because they’re different. Black women can be just as sexy as their white counterparts and should be applauded for it.
I hope that Marvel and Midtown Comics come to their senses on this because they’ve sort of ruined what could have been a great debut for a potentially great character of color that’s going to have so much to live up to in the eyes of Tony Stark, and more importantly, the fans.
Ever since he first saw Star Trek at the age of three, Jason Elliott knew that pop culture was something he couldn't get enough of. With numerous afternoons and Saturday mornings spent watching G.I. Joe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe. Cartoons weren't the only thing that Jason loved. He developed an intense love of comics and video games, martial arts, and professional wrestling. Countless nights mastering Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, and any other game that struck his fancy were the stuff of legend. With comics, it was Spider-Man and the X-Men that he gravitated to because of the complex stories and relatable characters. With wrestling it was an every weekend affair as he watched legends such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, and The Ultimate Warrior do battle inside the 20x20 stage. Today, he is writing for eXpert Comics as the movie reviewer. He take his love of film seriously as it comes through in his detailed reviews and interviews.