Marvel comics has fired artist Ardian Syaf after reports that he inserted anti-Semitic and anti-Christian messages in the X-men comic Gold.
This news comes after social media users spotted multiple messages subtly hidden in the comic. For example, the Indonesian artist drew Colossus wearing a shirt that reads “QS 5:51”. It's a reference to Qu’ran Surah 5:51.
The passage reads, “’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 another instance, the comic contained the number “212” in a street scene. This is a reference to a real world protest where, according to CBR, 200,000 Indonesians marched against Purnama for alleged blasphemy against the Quran during a speech.
Marvel issued a statement to CBR that reads, “Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately. ‘X-Men Gold’ #2 and #3 featuring his work have already been sent to the printer and will continue to ship bi-weekly. Issues #4, #5, and #6 will be drawn by R. B. Silva and issues #7, #8, and #9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley. A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘X-Men Gold’ in the coming weeks.”
One Angry Gamer reports that Syaf posted on Facebook saying, “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.”
His Facebook page has now been deleted. As too, it seems, is his career.
For more about the hidden messages, you can read Robert Spencer's article here.