Wonder Woman #2

Anyone who has ever doubted that modern social-justice activists have a lot in common with the Puritans of the 1600s needs to look no further than the career trajectory of artist Frank Cho.

Comic book fans know all too well how Mr. Cho’s work makes feminist heads explode on a regular basis, but his sudden departure from Wonder Woman perfectly spotlights everything that is wrong with the industry.

Mr. Cho confirmed to Bleeding Cool on Thursday that writer Greg Rucka’s “weird political agenda” has forced him to cut short the 24 variant covers he originally planned for the book. There was allegedly friction between the two over the amount of skin shown on the artist’s variant (yes, variant) covers, but anyone who looks at them knows immediately that such a claim is absurd.

“I tried to play nice, not rock the boat and do my best on the covers, but Greg’s weird political agenda against me and my art has made that job impossible,” Mr. Cho told the website. “Wonder Woman was the ONLY reason I came over to DC Comics,” (emphasis added.)

Translation: Mr. Rucka, like all the other activist-writers in the industry, seeks to punish anyone who does not march lock-step with a thuggish ideology that hides behind the rhetoric of “tolerance.”

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

13 comments

  1. Reading up on it, several people pointed out that there are quite a few covers for Greg’s work in the past that were much more sexual than Franks variant cover work for Wonder Woman.

    Maybe…well, maybe I shouldn’t…but I get the feeling that poor Frank here didn’t fit in correctly either…a little too much of the ‘long duck dong’ horny asian for a not-really-prude Greg, who has excused sexy art in others…just speculating of course…where a leftist would just scream the ‘R’ word, point and jump.

  2. What a bunch of crap. Wonder Woman should be drawn in a burka from now on, I suppose. People spend more time now fretting over how much skin she might be showing over anything the character does.

    As someone who considers themselves Left-leaning politically, it really seems to me that this new overly-PC attitude in the industry is becoming the new House on UnAmerican Activities. Next they’re going to start blacklisting writers and artists that don’t kowtow to their demands.

    1. “As someone who considers themselves Left-leaning politically, it really seems to me that this new overly-PC attitude in the industry is becoming the new House on UnAmerican Activities. Next they’re going to start blacklisting writers and artists that don’t kowtow to their demands.”

      The thing that is fascinating to me about the Greg Ruckas of the world is the next-level Doublethink they display. They really think they are paragons of tolerance while actively creating an environment that is hostile the free exchange of ideas. The dude had to push Cho off the book for variant covers. Mr. Cho said DC Comics was nice about the situation, but I can’t help but feel as though he was thrown under the bus.

      There is no way on earth a single writer should be able to dictate the variant covers that go with his story — especially since no reasonable person would say those Wonder Woman covers are vulgar.

    2. If we went by Aristophanes description of Greek women, she’d be fighting in nothing but sheer cloth that would show off a meticulous adherence to regular depilation.

  3. Really disappointing again. In the past, Rucka drew strong characters, male and female, without resorting to sjw speak. Queen & Country is one of my favorite series in the last 10-20 years.

    Just really disappointing based on the information out there. Will wait to see what happens next. I will guess that people will see this as open season on Cho so get ready for some unhinged attacks.

    1. “Just really disappointing based on the information out there. Will wait to see what happens next. I will guess that people will see this as open season on Cho so get ready for some unhinged attacks.”

      Mr. Cho was very direct about what happened. He wasn’t messing around, so I’m guessing that Mr. Rucka made his life miserable for the past few months. I’ll be on the lookout for updates, but if you see anything then feel free to pass along. Thanks for the comment!

  4. It’s pathetic that Cho essentially gets forced off Wonder Woman for drawing her “incorrectly,” but David “Eat a Bag of D***ks” Walker still has a job. Same with Nick “Republicans Are Evil” Spencer.

  5. The irony, of course, is that in their attitude toward women’s dress, DC and Rucka (and, for that matter, Marvel – as demonstrated by the firing of Milo Manara) have more in common with sharia-observant Islamist rape gangs than they do with many women in Western culture — who dress as they please with no regard for feminist or quasi-feminist scruples.

    The affair, moreover, stinks of hypocrisy. Let’s perform a counter-factual thought experiment. Suppose that Greg Rucka had converted to evangelical Christianity. Suppose he then expressed strong objections to Cho’s variant covers based on evangelical Christian convictions concerning modesty. What do you suppose the reaction would be from DC? Or what would be the reaction of those who frequent comic fan sites and who are now vociferously supporting Rucka?

    The answer is obvious and exhibits the hypocrisy, inconsistency and bigotry of DC, Rucka, Marvel and so-called social “justice” activists.

  6. Wait, so the problem is that the artists are drawing Wonder Woman in skimpy outfits? Did they miss the time when she ran around in a bathing suit colored like the American flag? That’s most of the time! Why is it that feminists walking around topless in “slut walks” is empowering but a comic book character in a bathing suit is sexist? Or am I totally missing the problem here?

  7. First I’d like to comment on the opening picture in the blog. It’s nice to see a woman in comics with a physique more in line with one of the Williams sisters, of tennis fame, than a Victoria’s Secret model. The garment Wonder Woman wears seems to be only a little more revealing than what many female pro tennis players wear.

    Why in the world is Greg freaking Rucka dictating anything about variant cover art. Has Greg written a bunch genre defining iconic stories? Has Greg created a slew of characters ripe for merchandising? So if Greg is just another “good” writer and not a money printing machine, There shouldn’t be this kind of clout. Where is management to tell people to do their JOBS and run the place like a BUSINESS?

    The majority of these morons could of never survived in the world Stan, Kirby, Ditko, Romita, and the other greats thrived in.

    1. “First I’d like to comment on the opening picture in the blog. It’s nice to see a woman in comics with a physique more in line with one of the Williams sisters, of tennis fame, than a Victoria’s Secret model.”

      There was a woman on my YouTube channel who said Mr. Cho was nearing “Liefeld levels of muscle exaggeration” and I just thought, “What the heck are you talking about? I worked full-time at American University’s gym when I was in graduate school and a lot of the girls on the volleyball team looked very much like Wonder Woman. You can’t criticize Mr. Cho for drawing good-looking women and then knock him as Liefeld-esque when he makes them muscular. Yeesh.

      “Why in the world is Greg freaking Rucka dictating anything about variant cover art. Has Greg written a bunch genre defining iconic stories? Has Greg created a slew of characters ripe for merchandising? So if Greg is just another ‘good’ writer and not a money printing machine, There shouldn’t be this kind of clout. Where is management to tell people to do their JOBS and run the place like a BUSINESS?”

      A good editor will stamp that kind of stuff out right away. I’ve witnessed it during my day job. A good editor will essentially say, “Hey, shut up and do your job. Don’t worry about the guy next to you — that’s my job.”

      The majority of these morons could of never survived in the world Stan, Kirby, Ditko, Romita, and the other greats thrived in.

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