You probably know Italian artist Milo Manara’s work from his way-sexy erotic European graphic albums — CLICK! and its sequels„ BUTTERSCOTCH and its sequels, WWW., GULLIVERA, and so many others. He’s drawn several Marvel female character covers in recent years and even a full-on X-WOMEN one-shot with Chris Claremont, chock-full of patented Manara women with their slack-jawed-passion expressions.
So I’m a little surprised I’m seeing so many folks worked up over this variant SPIDER-WOMAN cover, drawn by Italian artist Milo Manara.
Some object to its blatantly-sexy “presenting” pose; others to the idea that it’s clearly a nude figure colored over, rather than a costume; some to the very concept that an artist so well known for his erotic art actually drew an erotic-pose cover.
And still others note that it’s far from Manara’s best work and wonder why a Marvel editor would approve a piece showing such a flattened face and minuscule nose.
Existence of the variant cover market is all about selling additional copies of the book; I suspect this cover will sell to its intended market. For those questioning why Marvel bought this cover at all, from this specific artist, that’s the answer.
Also consider the possibility that the booty in question may well be covered up by a logo on the printed book, and the release of the image without the logo in place was meant to capture attention (and, therefore, more sales).
One thing touched upon here without context is the concept of hiring a high-profile, long-established veteran artist — be it Milo Manara, Neal Adams, or anyone else of that stature. If they turn in a piece like this that may be lacking in some way — note those comments about the flattened face and too-tiny nose — most editors hesitate to ask for revisions, for fear of pissing off that artist. It could lead to the artist being unwilling to work for that publisher again; or a too-public response from that artist; or to any of a number of other things that could go wrong. Some top artists, such as Mike Deodato, are always open to revisions from their editors; others are not. And some editors would simply rather not rock the boat. It’ll sell either way.
And yet — while some folks seem up in arms over Milo Manara’s SPIDER-MAN variant cover, I’m far more bothered by this Greg Land SPIDER-WOMAN cover, which is the primary cover for the book —
— a cover in which the character’s left leg is amputated at the left knee, and her right leg is a horribly deformed stump that ends at her thigh.
This will show up in my future Seminars as an example of how NOT to do foreshortening on legs.
Because Greg Land is too talented an artist to be turning in stuff like this, I find this FAR more objectionable.