Cartoonist Art Spiegelman, best known for Maus, his allegorical comic book about the persecution of Jewish people by Nazis during World War 2, claims that Folio Society, a UK-based Marvel Comics publishing partner, requested the removal of criticism of United States president Donald Trump from an essay Spiegelman wrote for an upcoming collection titled The Golden Age Marvel Comics 1939-1949.
Spiegelman contends to The Guardian that Folio Society requested he remove a reference to Trump from the essay which compared him to Captain America villain the Red Skull, saying “In today’s all too real world, Captain America’s most nefarious villain, the Red Skull, is alive on screen and an Orange Skull haunts America.”
Spiegelman tells The Guardian that his essay, which would have appeared in the Folio Society publication Marvel: The Golden Age 1939-1949, focuses on how Jewish creators of early superheroes "conjured up mythic – almost godlike – secular saviours” to reflect the political struggles and moral horrors of WW2. The cartoonist claims that he submitted the essay for approval in June, and was told to make the change by Folio Society who Spiegelman says cited Marvel as "not allowing its publications to take a political stance."
Spiegelman states he then withdrew the essay rather than make the edits. The piece will now be published in The Guardian instead of in Marvel: The Golden Age 1939-1949, which is currently listed for pre-order from Folio Society on their website.
Neither Marvel nor Folio Society responded to The Guardian's requests for comment according to the website. Newsarama's request for comment from both publishers have not been responded to as of this publication.