This week’s one-shot Wolverine: Switchback included an unsolicited eight-page back-up story written by Gregg Hurwitz and illustrated by artist Juan Doe.
In it, our hero runs afoul of a trio of thugs, one of whom is wearing a pretty odd shirt, the design of which looks like it was rather hastily edited at some point after the art was completed.
Scans and questions, after the jump.
So check out this bad guy’s shirt:
Apparently he is wearing three-fourths of a swastika. And yet, because of the placement of the symbol within the white circle, it looks like the fourth arm of the swastika was simply removed, rather than drawn that way by Doe originally.
If that’s the case, I wonder what the objection to a swastika on a bad guy’s shirt was? Because Nazis are so often used as the heavies, swastikas are pretty commonplace in super-comics in general. Certainly Marvel’s Captain America is lousy with swastikas.
Is it perceived as worse for characters who aren’t actually real, war time Nazis to be depicted wearing swastikas? Because the above guy is in the company of two large white guys with shaved heads, which, when combined with the other guy, gives the trio the appearance of neo-Nazis. Still pretty bad guys, so it’s not like the swastika was glamorizing Nazism or anything.
Additionally, this particular comic has the words “Parental Advisory” over the UPC symbol, and contains some pretty adult material: In the lead story, Wolverine bloodily dispatches a serial killer who causes car accidents, takes gory photos of the results and keeps the mummified bodies and skeletons of his victims as trophies. The back-up, with the altered swastika shirt in it, is the story of Wolverine stopping three rapist/murderers from attacking a woman in a cave full of skulls.
Anyway, just something kind of weird that I noticed this week. Given what Marvel (and DC) allow in their superhero comics these days, I’m always fascinated by what they don’t allow.
Or, in this case, don’t seem to allow.