Marvel comics announced it will be taking “disciplinary action” against Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf regarding the controversial first issue of X-Men Gold.
Syaf inserted coded anti-Christian and anti-Jewish messages that center around the numbers 212 and 51 in the artwork, symbols “related to current religious and political issues happening in Indonesia,” The Jakarta Post reported.
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The symbols reference the protests against Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, The Post reported.
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In one of the panels showing a baseball match between the new members of the X-Men, “QS 5:51” is written on Colossus’s shirt.
Another panel also shows the numbers “212” above a building near to X-Men leader Kitty Pryde’s head, one of the most prominent Jewish heroes in Marvel Comics, according to io9.gizmodo.
QS 5:51 is allegedly a reference to the surah Al Maidah verse 51 of the Quran.
Ahok, a Christian and a Chinese-Indonesian operating in a Muslim-majority country, angered Muslim groups after he referenced the verse during a visit to Thousand Islands regency on Sept. 27, 2016.
In response to a growing outcry, Marvel released a statement Saturday.
“The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold No. 1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings,” the statement said. “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.”
Following Marvel’s announcement, Syaf took to Facebook to essentially say his career is finished:
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