AceShowbiz - Marvel and Midtown Comics have pulled the "Invincible Iron Man" cover after fans criticized the artwork for "sexualizing" its teenage superhero. It's widely known that Riri Williams a.k.a. Iron Hart is still a teenager, but J. Scott Campbell's variant cover features the 15-year-old heroine in not-so-age appropriate way.
The variant cover of "Invincible Iron Man" #1 was canceled a day after several Twitter users criticized the drawing as an unrealistic and sexualized depiction of Williams. "Is this how people see 15 year old black girls? I keep seeing these cover variants for Riri Williams and maybe 2 or 3 she has looked 15," one user wrote.
Is this how people see 15 year old black girls? I keep seeing these cover variants for Riri Williams and maybe 2 or 3 she has looked 15. pic.twitter.com/zlCGJ1maFt— MistyKnightsTwistOut (@Steph_I_Will) October 19, 2016
Another user said, "So, apparently, body shaming is completely acceptable as long as the person being shamed is fit and attractive," crediting @JScottCampbell. Campbell responded, "Ha! Nope, nope. Sitting this SJW whine-fest out. Not taking their bait this round ;)."
@ErikJLarsen Ha! Nope, nope. Sitting this SJW whine-fest out. Not taking their bait this round ;)— J. Scott Campbell (@JScottCampbell) October 19, 2016
The artist defended himself by explaining that he was told to draw the cover based on the earliest artwork of the comic book series. "This is the character I was asked to draw, people understand that, right? Is it THAT different?" he wrote, adding the hashtags, "#nonconroversy #movealong."
Marvel later took to Twitter to share a few additional drawings which showed Williams in more appropiate way.