A recent letter from Steve Ditko to one of our customers. He asked Steve what he remembered about designing Spidey’s costume. #ditko #spiderman (at Midtown Comics)
steve ditko gives no fucks
[Discussion of rape/consent issues.]
So, I went from being upset about things in the latest Spider-Man comics, to being furious at the response from editorial.
Spoilers everywhere in the linked piece.
Also, be aware that the things I’ve tagged here are triggers for the piece I’ve written.
Please don’t go if it may upset you.
Amazing Spider-Man 700, Avenging Spider-Man 15.1, and the handling of sexual consent in comics.
Jesus Christ, someone actually said that? And believed it?
That’s almost as bad as the ol’ “I’m not racist, you’re racist for bringing it up!” argument.
I wish I could say I were surprised, but this is standard M.O. for the Marvel staff in general and Wacker in particular. It’s Marvel’s boilerplate circular logic — “If you don’t like it, don’t buy it!”/”If you didn’t buy it, you can’t have an opinion about it!” — applied to social issues. “I am not a bad person, therefore the people suggesting I or the group which I’m associated with have done a bad thing are the real bad people.” There’s no room for admitting wrongdoing or even for
The irony of that kind of thinking associated with a franchise like Spider-Man, whose lead character is the quintessential good person working through the consequences of his bad actions…
Damn, Marvel, really? Didn’t we just go through this whole thing with the Chameleon? I mean, God knows you have to expect a comic book company to be tone-deaf and ignorant these days, but to get into the same controversy twice is just willfully malicious.
And good god, it’s Spider-Man! This shit is for kids, in a way that even Batman isn’t! And they’re going “Buy the next issue to see if the female lead of the whole goddamn franchise gets raped!”? I mean, holy shit!
(I wouldn’t be surprised if this were all their sick way of trying to put a stake through Peter/MJ for good. “I’m sorry, Peter, but I can’t look at you without seeing Doctor Octopus and thinking of what he did to me.” God knows they’ve tried everything else under the sun…)
(New Mangaverse #1)
You also apparently can’t have a manga without fanservice.
A couple years back I noted the amusing similarities between MJ and Doctor Who’s Amy Pond, and the convergences have only multiplied since then. (The model thing is obvious, but does anyone else think River Song and April Parker would have stuff to talk about?)
But it was only when I was rereading Spirits of the Earth over the past few days that I remembered it’s canon that MJ has distant relatives in Scotland. Have fun with that, fandom. Meanwhile, I’m off to watch the latest episode.
I absolutely would not mind if The Amazinger Spider-Man began with “I’m the new exchange student from Scotland. Face it, tiger, you just hit the jackpot.”
Black Cat in the Amazing Spider-Man game.
Goy, why does every costume in this universe looks like crap? Like it wasn’t bad enough they added racing stripes to Spider-Man’s outfit, they turned Black Cat’s costume into… what is that? Leather pants and a long-sleeved shirt, with sunglasses? Guys, she wears a catsuit with fur trim. It’s not that hard.
Catsuit. It’s right there in the name.