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Artist Joe Bennett issues statement on antisemitic imagery in 'Immortal Hulk' #43
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Artist Joe Bennett issues statement on antisemitic imagery in ‘Immortal Hulk’ #43

This week’s ‘Immortal Hulk’ sparked backlash after antisemitic visuals were discovered.

Yesterday Immortal Hulk #43 released and as the series has become an instant classic, many folks were reading it the second it was available. Within its pages, however, was a specific image that many are calling antisemitic in nature.

In the scene, Joe Fixit, an alternate ego inside Hulk, goes to a jewelry store to buy items to sell and make a quick buck. The name of the store, written in reverse in the store’s window, was “Cronemberg’s Jewery,” with the Star of David in the window.

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Around 9:15 pm EST on February 3rd, Joe Bennett took to his Facebook account to explain it was a mistake.

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Bennett explained he did not understand using the Star of David is offensive and misspelled the words on the window like “Cronenberg” and “Jewelry” due to writing backwards.

Around midnight on February 3rd, Comic Book Resources reported Marvel Comics issued a comment saying they “fully acknowledged this mistake was missed on our side as well.” They also said that all art in digital releases and future printings would be corrected.

This news is troubling, to say the least, and reminiscent of anti-Christian and Jewish messaging Ardian Syaf inserted into X-Men Gold way back in April 2017. In that instance, Syaf was fired from Marvel and hasn’t worked in mainstream comics since.

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