Immortal Hulk artist Joe Bennett responded to the criticism over the anti-Semitic imagery found in his art for the comic.
Immortal Hulk artist Joe Bennett has responded to criticism over some anti-Semitic imagery hidden in the latest issue of Immortal Hulk, apologizing for a mistake that he said “was wrong, offensive, and hurtful in many ways,” and adding that he will work with Marvel in correcting the error in judgement.
The panel appeared in this week’s Immortal Hulk #43, where the Grey Hulk (Joe Fixit) has taken over Bruce Banner’s body and has been working as a con artist in New York City. After stealing a passer-by’s credit card, Joe-as-Banner goes to a jewelry store to quickly buy some items that he can then fence. The name of the store, written in reverse in the store’s window, was “Cronemberg’s Jewery,” with a Star of David, a noted Jewish symbol, in the window.
In a post on his Facebook account, Bennett first explained that the “Jewery” part of the panel was a total mistake, “I’ve been including references to famous horror directors to pay respects to the genre throughout the series, and in Immortal Hulk #43, I included a nod to David Cronenberg. The misspellings on the window were an honest but terrible mistake – since I was writing backwards, I accidentally spelled both of those words wrong.”
As noted earlier, Bennett did misspell Cronenberg, as well. Immortal Hulk has frequently featured homages in the comic, with another store in that same issue named after Marvel great, Jim Starlin.
As to the design in the window, however, the veteran artist said only, “I have no excuse for how I depicted the Star of David. I failed to understand this troubling and offensive stereotype, and after listening to you all, I now understand my mistake.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.I am working with Marvel to correct this, and I am using this lesson to reflect on how I approach my stories and my work.”
CBR asked Marvel for a comment and the company replied first with Bennett’s statement, adding that Marvel “fully acknowledged this mistake was missed on our side as well.” Marvel added that all art in digital releases, future printings and collections containing Immortal Hulk #43 will be corrected to remove the imagery.
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