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Mary Jane Litho
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Published: July 12, 2008
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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.

Rargh.
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SeeGRAYHobbyist 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!
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SeeGRAYHobbyist 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...
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seivourProfessional Digital Artist
Splendid!
maddy-2014yo's avatar
i love how you draw women super sexy and muscly! it fills me with happiness lol. that description tho, pretty funny xD
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katherinemagpieProfessional General Artist
I'm a feminist, and I approve of this work. 
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Ali-RadicaliHobbyist 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....
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klimaanlageHobbyist 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?
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Rorschach-ArtHobbyist Artist
I hope you like it. :D

Pepper Potts: [link]
iamkomics1's avatar
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;)...it's a give and receive partnership, darn it!:)

cheers!

Tony

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

BTW, always have enjoyed your artistic ability to draw AWESOME females, sir!
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x19aHobbyist General Artist
"Honey, where's my Super-suit?" [link]
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BeckyDIllustrationsProfessional Traditional Artist
LOL LOVE IT! That is exactly what I was thinking :P
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Dryftwood 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.
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This is great picture!! :D
oliver76's avatar
love this... grrrr.... :P
lordish's avatar
That is a great picture! The shirt looks great! Maybe she has just ironed the shirt. Gotta make her spider look sharp!
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fox-illustrationStudent General Artist
i just love the look on her face. very lovely! :)
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CostalongaProfessional 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's avatar
Adam, this is a cool picture. People offended by it need to get over themselves.
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Not to mention, yes, regardless of what some people think, the wives of many husbands do do laundry.
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LarsgoHobbyist 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. :)
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amorousdinoStudent General Artist
Didn't really like the sculpt for the comiquette.

MJ's face looks better here ;)
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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.
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