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Mary Jane Litho by AdamHughes Mary Jane Litho by AdamHughes
Infamous Mary Jane litho/print for Sideshow Collectibles. A fun drawing, a cute idea, all kinda ruined by some people who don't have the ability to see anything that exists outside their agendas.

Much fuss made about Mary Jane doing Spider-Man's laundry, to which I respond with: who the hell does laundry in a basket on a table? Even if they are so poor that they don't own their own washing machine, you'd hand-wash clothes in the SINK. Maybe she's not doing his laundry.... maybe this is about that classic couple moment when someone finds out their partner's dirty little secret in the wash? Maybe THAT makes mroe sense?

Also: I'm much funnier than that. If I was ACTUALLY going to do a statue/print about Mary Jane doing Spider-Man's laundry, it would be a HELL of a lot funnier. Washboard, do-rag, apron..... Mary Jane would've had a really dirty look on her face that said "You bastard... I better get breakfast in bed for this!!!"

Bottom line: look at my other 20+ years of work. Yes, i darw overly sexy women. But they are all powerful women in control of their own lives. Why would I become a mysogynist overnight, do this peice, and then go back to my previous behavior?

I wish people would redirect their anger & energies in productive ways.

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SeeGRAY Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooops, after getting worked up I forgot the most important thing which was that I thought this was a beautiful piece and I loved the color scheme and the way you rendered the jeans!
SeeGRAY Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How is it chauvinism or mysogyny to have your PARTNER supporting you by washing your costume for you after a hard day of crime-fighting?  Since when aren't partners partners in all things, the glamorous and unglamorous alike?  The idea that people took umbrage over this image sound like people who aren't in a relationship and don't understand that aside from squeezing out a baby, there are no gender restrictions on tasks.  Party on, Adam, party on...
seivour Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
maddy-2014yo Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
i love how you draw women super sexy and muscly! it fills me with happiness lol. that description tho, pretty funny xD
katherinemagpie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm a feminist, and I approve of this work. 
Dragonblaze87 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Amazing job
Ali-Radicali Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, feminists and feminism aren't reasonable, and I doubt they're much happier with your portrayal of other women as strong and desirable (because that's obviously just setting the bar too high for real women to live up to and creating false expectations in boys........).

There's nothing you can do that would make you immune to some form of criticism from some feminist angle or another. Either you're being a sexist for drawing the girls too sexy, or you're a misogynist not making women feminine enough....
klimaanlage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a good picture! I don't think you need to be so defensive about it. What's wrong with a woman doing her man's laundry?
Rorschach-Art Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I hope you like it. :D

Pepper Potts: [link]
iamkomics1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
understand your frustration, sir - but really, what is wrong with the wife doing her husband's laundry?...and THAT's right! she better get breakfast in bed and a foot massage;)'s a give and receive partnership, darn it!:)



Nothing is as it first might seem. VAMPEER Cometh. Spring 2014.

BTW, always have enjoyed your artistic ability to draw AWESOME females, sir!
x19a Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Honey, where's my Super-suit?" [link]
BeckyDIllustrations Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL LOVE IT! That is exactly what I was thinking :P
Dryftwood Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   General Artist
Great piece! And I do agree with you some people just see the sexist pov in things even these days. I'm sure any married woman with a sense of humor could appreciate this if they're open minded. ;3 Keep up the good work and to hell with the nay-sayers bashing this whimsical bits like this. Given the state of the world we need a few more good laughs and less sobs.
borkington Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
love this
Komposti Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
This is great picture!! :D
oliver76 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
love this... grrrr.... :P
lordish Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
That is a great picture! The shirt looks great! Maybe she has just ironed the shirt. Gotta make her spider look sharp!
fox-illustration Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
i just love the look on her face. very lovely! :)
Costalonga Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I loved this piece and your work in general is fantastic, don't listen to stupid people that don't know waht art is! I'm a great fan of you!
steven725 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Adam, this is a cool picture. People offended by it need to get over themselves.
steven725 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Not to mention, yes, regardless of what some people think, the wives of many husbands do do laundry.
Larsgo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The picture is, of course, masterful- practically to the point that it goes without saying. I have to say though that I felt compelled to comment mainly because of the anti-feminist sentiments I see reflected in the comments for this picture (not perpetuated by you, I'll add). I identify as a feminist, though not a radical one (in my perspective anyway) but I'll admit that when I first looked at the picture, I thought it was an intentional reference to "barefoot and in the kitchen", which is demeaning for obvious reasons. I didn't feel deeply offended or outraged, but that was my genuine first reaction. Having read your description and some of the comments you replied to, I now see that wasn't your intention, but in the interest of critique, I'd say that it's not a leap that the picture could be interpreted that way. I think a certain burden falls to the audience to inform themselves of the media their consuming, but I'll follow that by saying that the rest of that burden falls onto the creator. So, not trying to feed the flames so to speak, but I see a mass dismissal that there could be anything that could be construed offensive or suggestive about this picture, and that just wasn't my experience. I don't know if that's valuable information for you or not, but I just thought I'd raise my voice in the chorus of opinions here. :)
amorousdino Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Didn't really like the sculpt for the comiquette.

MJ's face looks better here ;)
PeachBum Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I'm a woman and I am soooo tired of hearing that women have to be strong, independent, successful, beautiful, and smart. Can a woman be those things? Yes. But the expectation to be all those things is maddening and not very practical. My greatest want in life is to have a family, to be with my children. Society has made it increasingly difficult for women to have families because they demand that she go out being this essentially unrealistic woman who "doesn't need a man!". Uhh... I'd like to turn to my husband and the father of my children and depend on him for things. That's called a relationship.

IT MAKES NO SENSE! By the way, reality IS laundry, and if Mary Jane is willing to do it - then so be it.

Sorry, done my rant.

I love her pose! And her jeans look fantastic! Also, I think it's a cute idea. And yes, the picture could totally be taken as her just being a sneak and have nothing to do with (GASP! Heaven forbid!) washing laundry.
KarlyNoelleAbreu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The only issue I'd raise for it is how weird her back is- it's more pronounced in the statue of course, but it still looks like she'd be more comfortable with at least two more legs to hold her up.
Tharshinaa Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, Adam, your women are all so beautiful. Doesn't matter what people say or think, just PLEASE DON'T STOP CREATING THE PEOPLE AND STORIES YOU DO!
whyhellohaley Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I read about to controversy of this piece before I saw the original, and I have to say they need to lighten waaay up. This is the beauty in and purpose of art; to depict fantastical scenarios to convey emotion and feeling, not always to mirror what is or should happen in real life. I love this piece, and to those that are able to let down their guard and enjoy it, it conveys a very playful, tender moment in an aesthetically astounding package. I love it. As they say, "haters gonna hate." There will always be people out there that try to cut down the work of others. Don't let it get to you and keep making this amazing art!
whyhellohaley Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I read about to controversy of this piece before I saw the original, and I have to say they need to lighten waaay up. This is the beauty in and purpose of art; to depict fantastical scenarios to convey emotion and feeling, not always to mirror what is or should happen in real life. I love this piece, and to those that are able to let down their guard and enjoy it, it conveys a very playful, tender moment in an aesthetically astounding package. I love it. As they say, "haters gonna hate." There will always be people out there that try to cut down the work of others. Don't let it get to you and keep making this amazing art!
IrishEnchantress Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
This is a fantastic piece! I love how sexy she looks. And the outfit is AWESOME. I would love to have that shirt. :)

And for the record, a drawing of a woman doing laundry isn't misogynistic. I do my husband's laundry all the time. Not because it's my "wifely duty" but because he sucks at it. Plain and simple. I don't want to be buying new clothes every week because he can't do the laundry correctly. People are stupid.
nick-rees Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Just saw this now and I think that you completely nailed the 'naughty secret' discovery look. It was the first thing that I thought of. All it takes is a few people kicking up a stink for things to get out of hand. Keep up the good work. Loving the new Uncharted poster.
fairycloud22 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
...and who does laundry in a plastic bin while wearing PEARLS? Seriously, some people will make anything and everything an attack against the rights of womankind. It's a little embarrassing for the females among us who see how ridiculous some of the accusations are and are too afraid to say anything against them because there is a high possibility of being called sexist themselves as a result.
Mad-Maven Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
ITS SEXY AND HOT! I LOVE IT! screw the damn haters !!!! seriously.... .. let it go. Id do Batmans laundry anyday as long as I got to take him out of the suit first rrrrrawrrr...
jimmu-tenno456 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We need more of this kind of art in the world. Your detractors are the ones who are the misogynists, the ones who think women should be ashamed of their curvy bodies and that clearly any woman who dresses sexy and has curves is just a whore. Does she look like a whore? Does MJ have a vapid expression on her face? Not in the least. It's obvious to me that your portrayal of Mary Jane is confident and sexy. You can see in her expression that she knows just how sexy she is. Keep making beautiful art like this!
mattisune Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
The eyes and smirk give off a 'look what I fooouuunnd' look. Besides, hiding your super costume in a laundry basket is a great idea. And I'm sure they each have chores they do and switch off on. I'm fairly sure if MJ has an important meeting, or something the following day and doesn't have the time to get her best outfit/suit ready, then Peter makes sure she will have it. But I see no laundry/women only good for cooking/cleaning here. I'm pretty sure MJ would kick his ass if Peter tried that.

Its a realy nice picture.
LadyNorthstar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a very cute and sexy piece~ :heart:
zabelbock Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
sublim !!!
Kristine-X3 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As a woman, I didn't even pick up misogynous from this until I read your description. Regardless, beautiful work. I love your Marvel work, especially your Spider-man work.
tolliver Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
such a beautiful piece adam... humbling, the way you portray the female form, whether in action or repose...... such an extraordinary gift... i wish i could find myself a nice mary jane so exquisite..... -sts 2011 anno domini!i!i!
yuuhikira Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist
It really irritates me that people took this image the wrong way. It's a cute, sexy little idea and an even cuter, sexier little pic :} This is my favorite image of MJ ever, and I love everything about it. As a girl, and someone who considers themself (herself?) a bit of a feminist, I adore this. Haterz gon' hate.
aseoart Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
How did you get the Jean texture?
Jesalynn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
i think she looks sexy and in charge. like she's actually dying it to mess with him for asking her to do his laundry in the first place.

i love your style!
Delwynn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love your little rant :P
Love the drawing too by the way!
amparanstudio Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
anabeldamaso Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
im a gil and i like how you draw them lets face it they were never meant to be cute, or, hot, or something you would look twice at the were meant to be sexy vixens!
jayaren Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
the humour was not wasted - this is a fantasticl piece - fun, intriguing and beautiful to look at - i would say keep up the good work - but you already do!
Tago73 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
amazing use of colors, i love your works!
mangolang Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
whatever..!! I like this so much..!
Eme-san Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!
laibhargaid Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
as a long term fan, I don't think you need to explain yourself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with drawing sexy women, but there are always people who take advantage of a creators' willingness to engage to try and draw them into self justification.
This is a simply fabulous piece of art, and all the saddo's who complain are just jealous. If they feel that strongly about it, they should go to Saidi Arabia, and tell it to the sheikhs. I love your work. It is an inspiration.
Steve Galvin.
Mister15to1 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
i love it, i saw the figurine of this, looks exactly like it
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