Marvel has now released an official statement and is reprinting the issue.
Marvel comics recently released a highly anticipated new X-Men title called: X-Men Gold.
The new series brings together the classic superhero mission operations taking on the new Brotherhood of Evil with the new X-Men team consisting of Kitty Pride as the team’s leader, Old Man Logan, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Rachel Grey, and Storm.
With the release of the series first issue, a major backlash was struck by fans and celebrities alike. The artist of the book, Ardian Syaf, apparently had put subliminal messages in some of the pages of the book that includes references to political protests in Indonesia, as well as a set of numbers that reference a verse from the Qur’an, which supports the intolerance of other religions.
Straight from the page in the book, there is a scene where Kitty Pride is speaking to a crowd of humans about tolerance. In the background, the “Jew” portion of a “Jewelry” sign can be seen next to her head with the numbers 212 and 51 included in the background. These numbers reference the Muslim protests of the Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
The other hidden message that was included in the book was contained on a page with Colossus. On his shirt, there was the text “QS 5:51” written on it, which is again a reference to a verse from the Qur’an that can be translated as a warning for Muslims not to make Jewish or Christian people their leaders.
Since the shock of these messages in the comic book, Marvel released a statement to ComicBook.com to address the controversial artwork, confirming these references were included without their knowledge and will be removed from future printings.
The official statement below:
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.
To make things a little worse, X-Men Gold #1 was written by Marc Guggenheim, who is Jewish. Not only this, but Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the creators of X-Men, are also Jewish.
Since the release, Syaf has also released his own statement of Facebook, saying his “career is over now”. The whole statement below:
My career is over now. It’s the consequence what I did, and I take it. Please no more mockery, debat, no more hate. I hope all in peace.
In this last chance, I want to tell you the true meaning of the numbers, 212 and QS 5:51.
It is number of JUSTICE. It is number of LOVE. My love to Holy Qur’an…my love to the last prophet, the Messenger…my love to ALLAH, The One God.
My apologize for all the noise. Good bye, May God bless you all. I love all of you.