Jon Malin, who is currently handling the art of Marvel’s Cable series, faced a great deal of criticism and condemnation after a controversial tweet where he compared the “social justice warriors” to Nazis.
The tweet that he posted on Sunday night was as a response to someone who was offended by an earlier Malin comment where he had decried “SJW insertion of identity politics into mainstream comics.” The offended fan claimed that Marvel’s X-Men, which features Cable as a frequent member, could be considered as social justice warriors, in a positive way rather than the negative meaning given by Malin, since the characters’ had a history of battling injustice and bias.
In his reply, Malin referred to WWII and said that his belief was “X-Men are closer to Jews in SJW Hitler’s Germany,” as he compared “SJWs” probably comprising of a section of fans and comic book professionals to Nazis. “SJWs are not Nazis, but Nazis are SJWs and X-MEN aren’t SJWs.”
When contacted by CBR, Marvel refused to comment on the incident.
The tweet soon led to a backlash. The co-host of Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast, Jay Edidin tweeted, “Social justice is a FUNDAMENTAL VALUE of Judaism. Fundamental. The reason you weren’t seeing a lot of discourse about it in WWII Germany is because Jews were FIGHTING TO SURVIVE. Holding up that forced silence as an ideal is beyond horrific.”
On Sunday night, Malin participated with DC Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver in a Q & A streamed via YouTube and stated that he believes that comic industry will start rejecting creators according to political views.
“The next guy like me, it’s just going to be even more harder,” Malin said. “These people are getting further and further into control of these companies, and when they find out you’re a Trump supporter, you’re gone.”
Malin also had great words of praise for DC Comics artists, but, vented his frustration regarding the current state of Marvel creative.
“We keep pulling these people from these indie markets that are drawing airplane manuals,” Malin said during the Q&A. “They don’t know what they’re doing; they don’t know anything about comics. The writers… do not understand the intricacies of writing a plot so you can really build a story from panel to panel to panel.”
Malin finishes his tenure as the Cable artist with the upcoming issue #154 in February, and a new creative team will take over with March’s issue #155. Prior to Cable, Malin worked o Marvel’s Thunderbot from 2016 to 2017. As of now Malin doesn’t have any announced work at Marvel beyond February; and on Monday he was seen promoting a new Patreon account which supported original work, stated: “comic related content the 14-year-old in me yearns for, big flashy art with slick colors and a good story.”