Ardian Syaf Off of X-Men Gold
Marvel has terminated their contract with artist Ardian Syaf after the artist placed hidden messages within X-Men Gold #1.
The artist’s work will still be seen in X-Men Gold #2 and X-Men Gold #3 as both issues have gone to the printer. RB Silva will take over with X-Men Gold #4 and continue on art through X-Men Gold #6. Ken Lashley will then take on the art duties with X-Men Gold #7-9.
A permanent artist will be announced in the future.
Here’s Marvel’s full statement.
Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately. ‘X-Men Gold’ #2 and #3 featuring his work have already been sent to the printer and will continue to ship bi-weekly. Issues #4, #5, and #6 will be drawn by R. B. Silva and issues #7, #8, and #9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley. A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘X-Men Gold’ in the coming weeks.
Below is some of the “hidden” messages Syaf included in the issue which are interpreted as being anti-Christian and antiSemitic.