Ryan Ottley is the artist on Amazing Spider-Man. It was quite a coup for Marvel, nabbing him from the long-running series by Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman, Invincible and teaming him up with writer Nick Spencer. You’ll have first read about that here.
In the most recent issue of the relaunched issue, Amazing Spider-Man #4, Spider-Man has been split in two, a powerless Peter Parker full of responsibility and a Spider-Man with none. And taking on corporate sponsorship.
Lots of logos – but bottom left is CES Letter. That’s a book by Jeremy Runnells, described as ‘one Latter-Day Saint’s honest quest to get official answers from the LDS Church on its troubling origins, history, and practices. Jeremy Runnells was offered an opportunity to discuss his own doubts with a director of the Church Educational System (CES) and was assured that his doubts could be resolved. After reading Jeremy’s letter, the director promised him a response. No response ever came.’ The book can be ordered and downloaded here.
This came to light when Ryan posted the reference himself on Reddit
It was brought up that there may be an issue, both with the church and with Marvel, and the case of X-Men Gold artist Ardian Syaf was brought up, fired after he slipped in references to an anti-Christian anti-Jewish march that demanded the execution of a governor.
This is different, it has a religious nature but it is not one of extremism. I am sure that Marvel will not be happy with Ryan slipping in such references – but it is a different league from what transpired before.
He also talked about working for Marvel and comparing the myths of Stan Lee with those of Joseph Smith. And how that affected him, working on Amazing Spider-Man.
I would argue that this humanised the creator, adds layers to the creative process and shows an artist with passion in his work.