Incredibly talented and equally immature artist Frank Cho has just rage-quit his prime gig as a variant cover artist for Wonder Woman because DC didn’t think we should see Diana’s panties. Actually, according to Frank, it was all evil writer Greg Rucka’s fault
As Cho told Bleeding Cool:
All the problem lies with Greg Rucka.
EVERYONE loves my Wonder Woman covers and wants me to stay. Greg Rucka is the ONLY one who has any problem with covers. Greg Rucka has been trying to alter and censor my artwork since day one.
Greg Rucka thought my Wonder Woman #3 cover was vulgar and showed too much skin, and has been spearheading censorship, which is baffling since my Wonder Woman image is on model and shows the same amount of skin as the interior art, and it’s a VARIANT COVER and he should have no editorial control over it. (But he does. WTF?!!!)
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. Wonder Woman was the ONLY reason I came over to DC Comics.
To DC’s credit, especially [Art Director] Mark Chiarello, they have been very accommodating. But they are caught between a rock and a hard place.
I just wanted to be left alone and do my Wonder Woman variant covers in peace. But Greg Rucka is in a hostile power trip and causing unnecessary friction over variant covers.
Rucka is not publicly commenting on these allegations, because that’s not what professionals do.
For the record: This is the original cover Cho submitted to DC for Wonder Woman #3.
And this is how DC decide to alter it to meet standards.
You can see that the line DC drew in the sand was the panty line. It would have been a quick fix to redraw a small section so Wonder Woman’s unmentionables were not visible, but Cho believes it is his God-given right to draw Diana’s underwear and DC’s sworn duty to publish said underwear for the masses. So the cover he is finishing now, Wonder Woman #6, will be his last.
Cho used to be famous as the creator of Liberty Meadows and an in demand artist, but more recently he is famous for championing the rather tasteless Mino Minera Spider-Woman cover and drawing various superheroines in the same sexually dubious position (and others) with the caption “Outrage!” for fans at conventions.
Cho has delighted in picking fights with “Social Justice Warriors” on the Internet and at conventions for the past few years. But it looks like this time he got his panties all in a twist over a fight he can’t win.