Marvel is doing serious damage control after this
Fans of the X-Men will be shocked to learn that racist and offensive messages were able to be published in the comic books, totally escaping the careful eyes of Marvel’s editors and publishers.
For the past fifty years, the creators, writers, and illustrators of all of the X-Men books and films have worked hard to make the team of mutants as inclusive as they possibly could; the coming together of average humans and extraordinary mutants was often a lesson in itself. When it was found that this message of good will was being jeopardized, Marvel immediately dismissed the offensive artist. Unfortunately, the damage has already been done.
Marvel has been making X-Men comic books since 1963 when Stan Lee and his co-writer Jack Kirby dreamed them up. Sales of the comic books have only risen as new generations have discovered the awesomeness of the crime-fighting group of mutant superheroes from the successful films made about the group’s members.
Marvel hired an artist to work on a brand new series of X-Men comics called X-Men Gold. Ardian Syaf is a talented artist, hailing from Indonesia, and his work on the first three issues of the bi-weekly series looked promising. But upon very close inspection of his work, Marvel realized that he just wasn’t going to be a good fit for their company.
Indonesian readers of X-Men Gold Issue 1 noticed certain symbols lurking among Syaf’s expertly-illustrated pages. The same issue was released in North America, but readers didn’t seem to notice them as much.
The symbols were so inflammatory that Marvel immediately fired Syaf, and they issued this statement, “These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation. This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken.”
What could he have drawn that was so controversial?