An issue of The Sensational She-Hulk (left), with Shreya Arora's reimagination (right)
An issue of The Sensational She-Hulk (left), with Shreya Arora's reimagination (right)

An artist in India is challenging sexist drawings of women in comic books by parodying them using male heroes in poses typically associated with women.

She-Hulk and Hulk, with the same body language
She-Hulk and Hulk, with the same body language

100 Women: The artist redrawing ‘sexist’ comic book covers. She-Hulk has superhuman strength and speed and is one of the most formidable hand-to-hand combatants in the Marvel world.

Like Hulk, not only does she have physical power, she’s also completely green.

Yet, on a 1991 comic book cover, she is shown in a seductive pose, wearing a G-string bikini, with her curves sharply accentuated.

Spider-Woman and Iron Man in a similar pose
Spider-Woman and Iron Man in a similar pose

Indian artist Shreya Arora was shocked when she saw the image.

“For Hulk, the visual representation focuses on his strength. For She-Hulk, all we see is an emphasis on sexuality,” says Arora, who grew up reading comic books. The 21-year-old graphic designer decided she wanted to flip the narrative.

Without a cape and with bare legs: Arora's interpretation of Superman
Without a cape and with bare legs: Arora’s interpretation of Superman

Her artwork draws inspiration from comic book covers but parodies the male superheroes using body language typically associated with women.

"Guardians of the male ego", by Shreya Arora
“Guardians of the male ego”, by Shreya Arora

The result – covers with familiar characters, such as Superman and Batman, in strikingly unusual poses and outfits.

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