Marvel Comics artist Joe Bennett is in some hot water after his controversial political cartoon from 2017 resurfaced. His career is at stake after Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing issued his perspective.
One thing about being in the public eye, if you ever did anything wrong in the past, it’s going to haunt you, or in more current terms, you’ll be cancelled.
Successful comic book artist Joe Bennett is suffering the consequences of that, after being scrutinised for a political piece involving Brazilian politicians, including current president, Jair Bolsonaro.
What does the artwork look like?
Political cartoons are usually depictions of the illustrator’s views and with Bolsonaro’s controversial opinions, it’s no surprise that Marvel fans are outraged by Joe’s art – view it here.
The cartoon shows the president dressed in golden armour, riding his white noble steed as he beheads his political opponents beneath him. While Bolsonaro is characterised as a hero and prince, the other figures are portrayed with rodent-like features, such as pointy ears and long noses.
One of them is even drawn like a vampire with wings and fangs, which Twitter users have deciphered to be ex-President Michel Temer. They claim that the others are the Labour Party.
Al Ewing’s response
Joe’s latest work for Marvel was 2018’s Immortal Hulk, alongside writer Al Ewing. The series has been successful, after gaining a Diamond Gem Award in 2018 for Best New Comic Book Series, and a 2019 Eisner Award nomination for Best Continuing Series.
British writer Al has since cut ties with Joe, as revealed in his 8-tweet explanation.
After describing the artwork, he said, “even if it’s no longer up, that it was drawn in the first place, signed, and so proudly displayed by Joe speaks volumes.” He repeatedly apologised and showed screenshots of his donations to Rainbow Railroad and Rainforest Trust.
There’s only the final Immortal Hulk #50 set to be released on October 13, 2021, so that’s probably the end of any Joe and Marvel collaborations.
Everything we know about Joe Bennett
Although he’s known as Joe Bennett, his real name is Benedito José Nascimento. Born on February 3, 1968 in Belém, Brazil, Joe worked for two major Brazilian horror comics called Mestres do Terror (Masters of Terror) and Calafrio in the 90s.
His career took off since working with Marvel Comics in 1994, contributing to titles such as Amazing Spider-Man, vol. 1 and vol. 2, Captain America & The Falcon and Iron Man vol. 5.
The 53-year-old has worked with Marvel rival DC Comics, after signing an exclusive three-year contract; he produced Birds of Prey, Hawkman, vol. 4 and many others.