Marvel Omits Anti-Mormon Reference From ‘Amazing Spider-Man #4’


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At some point, even Spider-Man has to realize that some of his comments and humor can touch a nerve or two. Such is the case with the Marvel Comics flagship character as a recent issue of the Amazing Spider-Man series undergoes a bit of scrubbing due to some less than favorable art in a recently released issue.

The issue in question, Amazing Spider-Man 4, originally included a panel with Spider-Man outfitted with a number of buttons and patches, among them one that read “CES Letter,” which is a reference to the book entitled “CES Letter – My Search for Answers to my Mormon Doubts,” written by Jeremy T. Runnels, a former Mormon. The book involves Runnels exploring the “troubling origins, history, and practices” of the Mormon faith. Marvel quickly opted to remove the references.

“The art reference in Amazing Spider-Man #4 was included without awareness by Marvel of its meaning. As a policy, Marvel does not permit hidden controversial messages in its artwork. The reference will be removed from all subsequent printings, digital versions and trade paperbacks.”

Artist Ryan Ottley also explained that he holds no ill will or malice towards the Church of Latter-day Saints:

“I’ve spoken with Marvel about my recent artwork, and I have no animosity toward members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My entire family are members, as are many of my friends, and I would never include anything mean-spirited about them or their beliefs. The reference was in regards to a subject I am interested in and a personal decision I made in my life. It has nothing to do with the character, the story or Marvel.”

It wouldn’t be the first time recently that Marvel has found itself in hot water involving political implications and iconography in its comics, as was the case with X-Men comics not too long ago. What do you think of the controversy? Let us know in the comments below.

The second edition of The Amazing Spider-Man #4 will be released on September 19th.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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