Ardian Syaf is a talented artist and a devout Muslim from Indonesia. He’s also someone who likes to let his politics infiltrate his work, even if it happens to be anti-Semitic and anti-Christian.
Of course, his latest stunt might just be his last. At least, he seems to think so.
Artist Adrian Syaf has returned to social media following a brief hiatus after his hidden political and religious messages in this month’s X-Men: Gold #1 were exposed. In a post on his Facebook page, the Indonesian artist has said “my career is over now.”
Here is his statement:
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.
Syaf has two other issues he’s illustrated that are already at the printer, so those will come out as planned according to a statement by Marvel, but he won’t be doing any further work for the comic company. Marvel also claims to have been ignorant of Syaf’s messages.
The mentioned artwork in X-Men: Gold No. 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.
While Marvel has had their recent dalliances with SJWism, they claim to have recognized the error of their ways. In this case, I’m more than willing to believe Marvel. After all, Syaf’s message was subtle enough to be easily missed unless you’re familiar with the Koran, a fact Syaf undoubtedly hoped would protect him from criticism.
Further, since Marvel moved pretty quickly on this, I’m inclined to believe they really were surprised by this. I almost wrote “as surprised by this as the rest of us,” but given their recent SJW track record, I wasn’t all that shocked at it. The powers that be at the comic company, however, were.
I’m glad to see swift action. Maybe Marvel really does want to abandon SJWism as a business model.