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Marvel Issues Statement About X-Men Gold #1 Art

Written by Tim Midura on Sunday, April 09 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Marvel Issues Statement About X-Men Gold #1 Art

Artist Ardian Syaf snuck in a Qur'an verse about intolerance of other religions.

Source: TV and Movies Dot Com

X-Men Gold #1 hit stores this week and eagle-eyed readers might have noticed something different hidden inside the artwork. Artist Adrian Syaf, an Indonesian artist, snuck in references to a Qur'an verse, about intolerance of other religions and a political protest taking place in Indonesia.

The first reference, on Colussus' shirt during a baseball game, is QS 5:51, which is a Qur'an verse that says Muslims should not appoint Christians or Jews as their leaders. The current governor of Jakarta, Indonesia, Basuki Tjahaja  Purnama is a Christian.

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 The Qur'an verse 5:51 is:

O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.


In a scene containing the Jewish mutant Kitty Pryde, she's standing by a jewelry store, where her head is adjacent to "Jew". Purnama is currently on trial facing blasphemy charges, with large-scale protests from the country's Muslim population calling for his arrest. The largest protest was on a December 2, 2016, hence the 212 in the scene. Syaf attended the protest.

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Of note, X-Men co-creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are Jewish, as well as X-Men Gold writer Marc Guggenheim.


Marvel issued a statement on the matter to its PR wing, Tv and Movies Dot Com:

The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings. 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."

Syaf has already completed the art for X-Men Gold #2, set to release April 19. He is also one of three rotating artists on the series, alongside RB Silva and Ken Lashley. No word on what that disciplinary action will entail, or Syaf will be pulled from the book.


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