'Spider-Man' Comic Features Reference to Anti-Mormon Book
In a move that echoes last year’s discovery of political propaganda in the pages of an X-Men comic book, it has been revealed that a recent issue of Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man features the hero wearing the logo of an anti-Mormon movement on his costume.
The Amazing Spider-Man No. 4, released Aug. 22, features a scene in which Spider-Man — who has been separated from Peter Parker through a scientific MacGuffin and therefore possesses none of his trademark responsibility — appears sporting a number of logos as the result of new corporate sponsorships. Of the eight logos seen in the image, some bear resemblance to existing companies — most notably a near-perfect copy of the Apple logo — but only one specifically references something real: CES Letter, a book described as “one Latter-Day Saint's honest quest to get official answers from the LDS Church on its troubling origins, history, and practices.”
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Ryan Ottley, the artist of the issue, is believed to have confirmed the reference on Reddit in a now-deleted post — which was screenshot and posted on a Mormon message board — describing it as “a little Easter egg.” (Although that post is deleted, the screen name matches a post identifying Ottley’s identity and occupation.)
Unlike the response to Ardian Syaf sneaking references to then-Jakartan Gov. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama into the artwork for X-Men: Gold No. 1 last year — the issue was withdrawn from digital circulation, then reissued with edited art, and Syaf was dismissed by the publisher — Marvel has yet to react to the discovery of Ottley’s reference, even as commentary begins to appear online.
A Marvel spokesperson declined to comment.
Aug. 29, 12:50 p.m. Marvel and Ottley have issued statements to THR. Read the story here.
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