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Marvel removes ‘troubling and offensive’ anti-Semitic trope from Hulk comic

Artist apologizes for depicting diamond store with a Star of David, Jewish name in its window

An Incredible Hulk model in the exhibit hall during the fourth day of the Comic-Con International 2011 convention held in San Diego, July 24, 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
An Incredible Hulk model in the exhibit hall during the fourth day of the Comic-Con International 2011 convention held in San Diego, July 24, 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Marvel Comics edited a piece of artwork in its latest comic book release after fans pointed out that an artist had included anti-Semitic tropes in an illustration.

Shortly after the “Immortal Hulk #43” comic was published on February 3, fans spotted anti-Semitic imagery and criticized the artwork on social media and fan forums.

The comic included a panel showing a character called Joe Fixit in a jewelry store called “Cronemberg Jewery” discussing diamonds. The store had a Star of David clearly visible in its window.

A writer for the ComicsFX fan site said, “The only conceivable interpretation, to put it frankly, is that this is a visual play on the old and antisemitic trope of Jews running the diamond business.”

The Brazilian artist who drew the image, Joe Bennett, apologized on Facebook.

“I have no excuse for how I depicted the Star of David,” he said. “I failed to understand this troubling and offensive stereotype.”

“This was wrong, offensive, and hurtful in many ways. This is a mistake I must own, and I am sorry to everyone who I hurt by this,” Bennett said, adding that he was working with Marvel to correct the issue.

The jewelry store’s sign was misspelled and the name was a reference to horror director David Cronenberg, he said.

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Posted by Joe Bennett on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Marvel said in a statement it “fully acknowledged this mistake was missed on our side as well.”

Marvel removed the Star of David and writing from the comic’s digital edition and began reprinting the hard copy of the comic. It told retailers they could return the issues they already have for replacements.

The Comic Book Resources fan site said the original versions may become collectible items.

In 2017, Marvel retracted hidden messages in an X-Men comic, which included references to Koranic passages that are regarded as anti-Semitic and anti-Christian.

Many of Marvel’s iconic superheroes were created by Jews. Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and the X-Men were all created by Stan Lee, who is the son of Jewish immigrants.

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