April 19, 2017

Muslim artist fired over hidden messages in X-Men comic

David MenziesMission Specialist

Last week, the comic book world found it had gotten covertly political when it was revealed Indonesian Muslim freelance artist, Ardian Syaf, inserted coded anti-Christian and anti-Jewish messages into the first issue of the Marvel comic, X-Men Gold.

In a career-limiting move, Syaf decided to unilaterally sneak political messages into the artwork of X-Men Gold #1.

Watch as I share the coded messages with you and explain why it was all so controversial.

In the aftermath, Marvel Comics issued a statement noting it will no longer employ Syaf and that the offending images will be removed from future reprints of X-Men Gold.

For his part, in a Facebook posting, Syaf stated:

“My career is over now. It’s the consequence [of] what I did. Please, no more mockery, debate, no more hate. My apologies for all the noise. Goodbye. May God bless you all.”

I sort of feel sorry for Syaf, who is indeed an accomplished artist. He does deserve to be disciplined, though Marvel banning him forever might be extreme.

But let’s be clear - this is not a freedom of speech issue. Syaf is a freelance artist hired to visually render the writer’s script, he’s not the publisher or comic book owner.

If Syaf wants to start his own comic book and go full Sharia, go for it.

But what’s really ironic about the Syaf affair is that if an illustrator wanted to insert subtle messages of bigotry into a comic-book, the last title he should pick is the X-Men.

When comic co-creator Stan Lee came up with the idea of a group of young super-powered mutants back in 1963, The Uncanny X-Men were supposed to exist as a metaphor against bigotry, not a propaganda piece embracing bigotry.

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commented 2017-04-21 08:33:24 -0400
Talk about getting something so crooked. It’s the quran versus 51 that INSULTS christians and jews and that sentence should be erased/destroyed. I think that Syad punishment is very light. The punishment for a non-muslim for doing something similar would be death as we have seen. Marvel should charge Syad for breaking his contract and pushing his own personal agenda. He should go to jail for a few years for daring to do such a thing. Sentence to muslims are always too lenient and it’s time that people like Syad should be made an example that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable.
commented 2017-04-20 12:37:27 -0400
Another Muslim doing dirty tricks in the name of Islam. The apology reminds me of immature juveniles who profess love for their friends in a loud and emotional manner and then plot to hurt them if they slight them in any minor way. If you read the content and meaning of his apology , he’s not apologizing for what he’s done , he’s sorry he got caught. Just another POS Muslim.
commented 2017-04-20 07:48:23 -0400
I don’t understand why you think ‘Marvel banning him forever might be extreme’. He got exactly what he deserved. We cannot have this sort of behaviour in our society.
commented 2017-04-20 03:46:07 -0400
Look at the bright side. At least Night crawler did not convert.
commented 2017-04-19 19:51:35 -0400
He defaced the Holy, X Men Gold! Cut off an arm and a leg on opposite sides.
commented 2017-04-19 19:49:43 -0400
Canadian Mongrel, I completely agree.
Out of necessity, we have educated ourselves about Islam & Islamofascism. There will be other examples of muslim propaganda that will come to light….it wont’ be the “moderate muslim” pointing it out either.
commented 2017-04-19 18:33:29 -0400
This was caught. Yet probably more instances of subtle muslim propaganda out there. That this was caught is maybe due to westerners, excepting the leaders, becoming more literate about islam thanks to commentators such as Rebel, InfoWars, Rob’t Spencer,etc…a glimmer of light.
commented 2017-04-19 17:24:33 -0400
Good to see someone get punished for their hate for a change. The non edited issues will be more of a collectible now.
commented 2017-04-19 16:40:44 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 33,163 Attacks, 213,417 Killed, 294,816 Injured that we know of.