Episode 122, “Nightcrawler’s Inferno”

X-Men Annual #4, November 1980
“Nightcrawler’s Inferno”
Written by Chris Claremont, Pencils by John Romita, Jr., Inks by Bob McLeod, Lettered by Tom Orzechowski, Colors by Glynis Wein, Edited by Louise Jones, Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter.

All That Glitters Is Not X-Men Gold!

In Which We Learn That Nightcrawler Can Finally Ditch His Fake ID, That Kitty Pryde Has The Drinking Habits Of A Bitter Joan Crawford, And That It’s Hard Out Here For A Sorcerer Supreme, Getting Enough Magic For His Rent!

Storm Gets Only 78% Of The Praise Of Her Male X-Men Counterparts!

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X-Men Gold #1 made a big media splash upon its release, but not exactly in the manner that Marvel had hoped. Its artist, Ardian Syaf, decided to slip in multiple references to a controversial Indonesian political issue. The character of Colossus can be found wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the cryptic QS 5:51. This refers to the Qur’an Surah (Chapter) 5, verse 51: which is roughly translated in Indonesian as “Oh you who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians as leaders/advisors.” Specifically this is in reference to the Indonesian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok. In a muslim-majority country, he is Christian and therefore ran afoul of this Surah verse, or at least how it has been translated in Indonesia. He made the further error of publicly criticizing this translation/interpretation, which rapidly got him charged with the crime of blasphemy. So essentially Colossus is wearing a strongly political and religiously conservative message, from a culture that has nothing to do with his character or the X-Men. Good catch, X-Editorial.

It must be emphasized that this Indonesian political movement, often referred to as the “212” movement from the date (Dec. 2) of its first major protest rally, represents the reactionary, anti-pluralistic, and anti-tolerance factions of Indonesian society. Its more extreme members are notoriously anti-Christian and anti-Semitic. Check out this image from the same comic. It prominently features the 212 and 51 numbers, immediately clue-ing in anyone even mildly familiar with the controversy as to what is being referenced. In this image with otherwise fairly limited signage,  the word “Jewelry,” with the ending of that word partially blocked, is set right next to Kitty Pryde: the Jewish X-man who has just become the new X-Men leader. Considering the entire context, it is fairly unlikely this was an accident and much more likely a tasty bit of anti-semitism thrown in for good measure. Mr. Syaf has basically been fired and is highly unlikely to be found working in mainstream comics any time soon. Governor Ahok lost both his re-election and his blasphemy trial, and is presently serving a two year prison sentence.

Nothing says I love you, like likenesses of you.

Bob McLeod could not pick up his overturned jar of India Ink fast enough to save poor Nightcrawler.

Foolish Kitty. Never sit on Wolvie’s beer hand side.

Now that’s what I call a Cucumber Medley!

Few survive the rear exit of their local Taco Bell.

I’ve had this exact same wet dream. Er, I mean, dream. A regular, normal dream. Very dry. You know what? Let’s move on to the next one…

One thing about harpies, no internal structure.

Do not worry. It will be cool. First, I fill the bag with hairspray. Then the cigarette lighter and then…

If you keep making that face, Ororo, it will freeze like that.

Clearly this is the circle for uppity Herpetologists who were SO certain snakes were not just lizards without legs.

This modern art installation must be handled with care!

I wished you dead and… Hold on. Is that coconut and almonds? Where do you get your hair gel?

It has just occurred to Kurt that the cosplay opportunities are now literally limitless.

They seemed so happy right up until the moment they were struck by that oncoming train.

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