Marvel Comics It has published tens of thousands of issues since its founding under the name Timely Comics in 1939. Some of these comics feature iconic cover art, while others have been forgotten. Then there are the wrappers that people remember but for the wrong reasons. With art dating back to the 1930s, it’s no surprise that some of the covers are poorly aged. Even more surprising is the number of covers from recent decades that have joined their unfortunate ranks.
Marvel throughout its history has tried to be progressive. The company made headlines with its decisions to tackle issues such as alcoholism and domestic violence before the comics regularly dealt with topical issues. Marvel titles also feature characters with different genders, races, and abilities, including some of the earliest LGBTQ+ comic heroes. Despite its track record, Marvel didn’t always get it right.
10 Captain America Comics No. 13 (1941) presents wartime propaganda
captain America He made a big splash in 1939 when his first cover of Simon and Kirby hit Hitler’s head in the face. The cover was well suited to the character’s message, given his role as the pinnacle of American patriotism. Interestingly, Cap was a premature anti-fascist, having entered World War II two months before his country did.
After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1942, it’s no surprise that Cap turned his attention to America’s newest enemy. Captain America comics #13. Unfortunately, Al Avison, who painted the cover of this issue, treated the Japanese people on this cover quite differently than the Germans, drawing on racial caricatures and endowing them with inhuman traits like long fangs in an attempt to dehumanize America’s opponents in the war. .
9 She-Hulk didn’t want to be naked in She-Hulk #40
Strong woman It can be said that it is one of the Earth’s Strongest Characters in Marvel Comics. This strength is nowhere to be seen, however, in her cover depiction of Sexy She-Hulk #40 Drawn By Series Writer And Artist, John Burn.
Here, She-Hulk gives up and tries to extend her nickname comics icon’s body seal of approval to cover her naked body. She clearly isn’t comfortable with her nudity, and the caption “because you asked for it” indicates her disapproval on her part. Byrne’s hand coming offstage, handing her props and telling her to stop stalling makes this cover even more terrifying.
8 A #48 (1991) attacks a marine mammal
Most Marvel fans may have forgotten that the company once published a sitcom based on the 80s TV show. ALF. Marvel may hope that fans’ collective amnesia remains the same if this cover references its content.
cover ALF Number 48, drawn by Dave Mannack and Michael Gallagher, plays with the words “safety seal” on new products by showing ALF holding a (animal) seal. The seal is in obvious distress, and it’s easy to wonder if something abominable is going on here.
7 Patsy Walker #105 (1963) loves fur
It was a different era when her “first fur coat” could have been the basis for an entire comic book issue, as it was in Patsy Walker #105. Patsy’s affection for animal-wearing outerwear hasn’t caught on over time, as attitudes toward fur have changed dramatically over the years.
Although artist Al Hartley had no way of knowing that fur might ever go out of fashion, his condescending attitude toward teenage girls has aged even worse than fur, declaring that “the most exciting day in any teen’s life” is Today they get the first fur. Patsy herself says that she would rather die than remove her new coat.
6 Heroes For Hire #13 (2006) Goes Hentai
Heroes in Danger are common on the covers of comic books. This cover is for Heroes for hire #13, however, takes this concept to a new level. Elektra, The Black Cat, and Colleen Wing are attached to this hood, barely covered in their clothing, while their fallen claws glisten near their chests.
5 Making Iron Man Invincible #1 Alternate (2016) embarrassingly her adult child heroine
Assorted covers It allowed many artists to contribute their visions of characters to a wide audience. However, some are more successful than others. When Marvel published a variant cover for Invincible Iron Man #1 featuring Riri WilliamsPainted by J. Scott CampbellIt provoked an immediate violent reaction.
The cover depicts the 15-year-old Iron Heart as an inappropriately sexual adult in a seductive pose. In response, Marvel pulled the issue off the shelves, and Campbell drew a new, more age-appropriate rendering of the hero for the next issue.
4 Marville #6 (2003) replaces Pin-ups for heroes
Marvel It was widely criticized by critics as one of the worst comic book series of all time. The series of events was launched as a satire of the superhero books during Marvel’s marketing promotion and included a complex plot related to time travel. The series has also used incredibly sexual images of women on many of its covers.
casing Marvel #6And the Created by Greg Hornsemi-naked, Mary Jane Watson Swinging on a rope made of Spider ManStrap, looks uncharacteristically vacant. On the bright side, the sexually charged images failed to appeal to readers, and the series was canceled after only 7 issues.
3 Fantastic Four #375 (1993) is a ’90s comics in a nutshell
Many picture books cover age poorly due to changing social values. However, some of them simply reflect an aesthetic that has fallen in their favour. This cover is for The Fantastic Four #375, drawn by Paul Ryan, reflects (literally!) a lot of Comic book trends in the early 1990s.
For some time during the ’90s, comic store shelves were filled with lids using foil or holograms to make them look valuable and collectible. This number adds massive shoulder pads, random army jackets, and silly big guns that were also the style of the time. The result is an incredibly dated relic of its era.
2 Amazing Spider-Man #601 (2009) The sex of Mary Jane melancholy
Mary Jane Watson has a tough role to play as Peter Parker’s loving partner. Readers can certainly sympathize with the anxiety you feel when Spider-Man heads out to fight crime.
cover The Amazing Spider-Man #601 by J. Scott Campbell It reflects MJ’s anxiety but many people have objected to the sexual depiction of anxious women. Mary Jane’s laying on the couch is quirky and unnatural, supposedly accentuating the curve of her hips and breasts, which are pushed forward by her arms.
1 Young Allies #8 (1943) exposes all the stereotypes
The Young allies Followed the comics from the forties The adventures of some MarvelsIncluding Bucky Barnes And friend of the human flame Toru. Young heroes often faced dangerous situations, and Young allies #8 is no exception. However, the number of items from the cover that have aged so poorly since its publication is exceptional.
The cover artwork, drawn by Alex Schomburg, displays offensive stereotypes of the Japanese people that were popular in propaganda at the time. This cover takes this one a step further, though, by portraying the black hero in incredibly offensive style as well. Both renditions dehumanize the people they portrayed in ways that are thankfully no longer welcome.