The internet outrage machine took out another variant today, Invincible Iron Man #1 Midtown Comics Variant by J. Scott Campbell. The outrage on this one was that the depiction of 15 year old Riri Williams was “too sexy.”
Only a day after the cover was revealed, Marvel and Midtown Comics have decided to pull its retailer exclusive “Invincible Iron Man” #1 variant that portrays Riri Williams in what some interpret to be a sexualized depiction of the character. The cover, by J. Scott Campbell, drew some criticism from fans and creators for its portrayal of the teen hero.
Marvel and Midtown decided to pull the cover in a joint decision. Another variant, depicting the same pose, but with Riri in full Ironheart armor, will still be released by Midtown.
In case you haven’t seen it, here is the disputed art:
Midtown is still selling a version of the cover where Riri is wearing full body armor.
J. Scott Campbell drew Riri in his normal “long torso” style and described giving her “sass”.
Several sites and tweets mention the over sexualizing of Riri. The Mary Sue interjected racism into the mix saying, “If you want people to stop “overreacting” to things like sexism and racism, here’s a thought: stop allowing sexist and racist things to happen!” in reference to the cover in a post entitled “Dear Marvel: Stop Sexualizing Female Teenage Characters Like Riri Williams. Love, Everyone”…..
Of course, J. Scott Campbell, himself, asked the question if his cover was any more sexualized than this previously released variant cover: