What annoys me about this whole thing is this is basically censorship. I have zero problem with Marvel, or any other publisher, making their books more inclusive. Quite right too. What I do have a problem with is certain covers or artists being singled out as "bad" or "sexist" or "a hack". It's the publisher's right to hire who they want and use the covers they want. If you don't like it, you have the right not to buy it. If enough people feel the same, the book gets cancelled and those behind it don't get hired again. You also have the right to be offended by it.
What you don't have the right to do, is decide for everyone else what they can and can't like or choose to buy. I seem to remember we had this same uproar about an Adam Hughes Mary Jane statue - one hardly anyone would have paid any attention to without someone online being particularly vocal about it. Same here. It's a variant (I don't know the ratio, but if it's like Manara's other variants, quite hard to find). Hardly anyone is likely to even see one in the stores. Yet it's been reproduced on every bloody geek culture website and given an exposure it would never otherwise have had and, I bet, a nice sales boost to the new Spider-woman series for Marvel (Boycott? Yeah right! Like that always works).
There are books that aren't for me - I ignore them. There are covers that are, frankly, appalling and I wonder why the artist was even paid for such shoddy work. They show poor draftsmanship, far worse than Manara's "neck", and lack of attention to things like backgrounds and positioning. So to single one Manara cover out as anatomically dubious I find very hard to take seriously. There are literally loads of them, but I guess they don't quite fit in with this PC witch hunt so get a free pass and a gentle tutting and shake of the head instead.
And for the record, I have no self interest in this. I buy most of my comics digitally these days so I'm not going to be buying expensive variants. I'm undecided whether or not to give Spider-woman a go, and if I do it will be the digital version which has the regular cover anyway. I just find this PC witch hunt disturbing, fuelled by people who don't seem to grasp the fact that comics have their own unique language where anything goes and seem to want to make them as bland and derivative as every other form of entertainment. You only have to turn on MTV (not that anyone watches MTV these days) to see far more blatant examples of sexism and exploitation of women than one man's painting of a fictional character, designed to get hardcore comic fans to buy expensive variants.