The indian artist updates the covers sexist She-Hulk, Spider-Woman and Wonder Woman


Published on Aug 20, 2018


She-Hulk has a strength and a speed superhuman, and is one of the most formidable fighters in Marvel. As the Hulk, then, is also completely green; and yet, on a cover of the 1991, is shown in a pose, seductive, with a bikini with a thong and with her curves portrayed in a way that accented. The indian artist Shreya Arora was shocked when he saw the image. “For the Hulk, the visual representation focuses on his strength: for She-Hulk, everything that we see is an emphasis on sexuality,“ says the girl, and grew up reading comic books. The federal reserve has decided to then flip the narrative:



His works of art draw their inspiration from the covers of the comics, but parodiano superheroes males using body language usually associated with women. The result is to portray characters such as Superman and Batman poses and outfits, extraordinarily unusual. A Spider-Man outfit in a brief way, is depicted only in a thong, a shy Hulk covers himself with a newspaper, while a Iron Man with prominent buttocks strip on a ledge.


Marvel, DC and other publishers in the comic book world have been accused of sexism in the past. But Arora, who is in his third year at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, says she has noticed the problem only while studying in France.

“Maybe see the comics with the text in a language with which I had no familiarity allowed me to focus more on the graphics,” he says. Part of the problem is that “comics are often designed by men, for men to have fun”, he says.

“The current representation of the superheroes exists because of this vicious circle: companies decide on the basis of a specific market of reference, and then use that strategy as a reason to continue the same troublesome process of content creation. I wish that the publishers of comic books understand that there is definitely a market for comics more inclusive”.

His project has been criticized for failing to recognize that the comics show not only female characters with body shapes and poses not realistic, but also male. Arora argues that comics are misogynistic, especially on the covers.

“The standard of the body for men and women with huge biceps and abs, there are to make them look strong and powerful, characteristics which are known to the superheroes,” he says, “The standards body for women are optimized to make them sexy”.

“People consider the body types of women's athletic and strong, real-life, such as Serena Williams, too “masculine””.

“If the cartoonists want to make it seem like the supereroine strong, they have a lot of inspiration in real life.”

Arora is working on other projects that relate to the representations sexist of the female body and the gender imbalance in the media, as an advertisement, a magazine invented, which shows a woman with lips closed, unable to speak out against domestic abuse:

“While there are many young artists and enthusiasts who are currently working on social problems and initiate a dialogue, these dialogues have a limit for participation – people with access to Internet, fluent English and, to a certain extent, visually educated,” says Arora.

“But there are people in India and other countries, which do not fit these criteria: I want to bridge the gap between all of these good intentions and the lack of impact at grassroots level”.

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