After contributing variant covers for the first six issues of the series, artist Frank Cho has left DC Comics‘ twice-monthly “Wonder Woman” title. Cho was hired to contribute 24 variant covers for the hit “Rebirth” series, which would release over the course of a year.
According to comments published by Bleeding Cool, Cho’s departure comes as a result of his frustration over perceived censorship of his covers, which he believes stems from the demands of series writer Greg Rucka.
“All the problem lies with Greg Rucka,” Cho told the site. “Greg Rucka has been trying to alter and censor my artwork since day one.”
Cho added, “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.”
The artist cites what he describes as Rucka’s “weird political agenda” as the root of the problem. “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.”
Cho posted a black-and-white version of his “Wonder Woman” #3 cover on his website. Notably, the final product has been cropped so that Wonder Woman’s underwear is no longer visible.
Cho’s art has received criticized in the past for being overly sexualized. In response, Cho has produced satirical “outrage” covers that specifically call out what may make critics upset about the image.
CBR News has reached out to DC Comics for comment on the situation. Rucka declined comment when reached by CBR.
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