Jon Malin, current artist of Marvel’s Cable series, has attracted widespread criticism and condemnation following a controversial tweet comparing “social justice warriors” to Nazis.
The tweet, published Sunday night, was in response to a fan who took issue with an earlier comment by Malin decrying “SJW insertion of identity politics into mainstream comics.” The fan stated that Marvel’s X-Men — of which Cable is frequently a member — could be defined as literal social justice warriors, in a positive sense rather than the negative connotation used by Malin, given the characters’ history of fighting against injustice and prejudice.
In response, Malin invoked World War II, and stated his belief that “X-Men are closer to Jews in SJW Hitler’s Germany,” comparing “SJWs” — presumably encompassing a section of comic book fans and professionals — to Nazis. “SJWs are not Nazis but Nazis are SJWs and X-MEN aren’t SJWs.”
X-Men are closer to Jews in SJW Hitler’s Germany fighting for freedom because they see ideologues rising, silencing them, weaponizing hate, racism and socialism against the people they claim are the root of social ills. SJWs are not Nazis but Nazis are SJWs and X-MEN aren’t SJWs. https://t.co/GlspfHMhLN
The tweet quickly drew a negative response. Jay Edidin, co-host of podcast Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, wrote on Twitter, “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.”
Later on Sunday night, Malin appeared in a Q&A streamed via YouTube with DC Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver, and expressed his belief that the the comic industry will begin to reject creators based on 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 praised the quality of artists at DC Comics, but expressed frustration with 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’s run as artist of Cable wraps with February’s issue #154, with a new creative team on board with March’s #155. Before Cable, Malin was the artist on Marvel’s Thunderbolts from 2016 to 2017. The artist currently has no announced work at Marvel past February; on Twitter on Monday he promoted a new Patreon account to support original work, dubbed “comic related content the 14 year old in me yearns for, big flashy art with slick colors and a good story.”