March 06, 2013

Orson Scott Card's Superman tale in limbo now

After Card's artist on the story (Chris Sprouse) bolted due to the [predictable] media uproar over Card's "homophobia, sorry, gay marriage opposition'” (real cute there, author Graeme McMillan) DC has announced that the Superman story by Card will be put on hold:

As a result, the Orson Scott Card story (co-written with Aaron Johnston, Card’s writing partner on Marvel’s Ender’s Game comics) will not appear in either the digital or print editions of Adventures of Superman, the upcoming anthology series launching later this year; instead, it will be replaced by a story by respected creators Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee, with the print edition featuring the Parker/Samnee collaboration in addition to work by Justin Jordan and Riley Rossmo, as well as Jeff Lemire. Because of this last-minute substitution, the first print issue of Adventures of Superman will be made returnable to comic stores that have already ordered it.

The news has inspired speculation about whether or not this could mean that DC will quietly kill off the controversial Card story entirely, with some suggesting that the story remaining un-illustrated gives the publisher an “out” to avoid any potential breach-of-contract legal response.

So there we have it. As I Tweeted to the "witty" Mark Waid (who posted plenty of Tweets in favor of this occurrence), maybe next time it will be him ... for something controversial HE may say. Or do. Or anyone of these guys ... who actually put personal political views in their stories (and there's plenty more), unlike Card.

Jeffrey Meyer has more at Newsbusters.

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Remember when Grant Morrison said Batman was gay ... but that he was also "sexually deviant"?

Interesting how Morrison's comment get shoved under the rug (or was that 'put into the closet'?) ... while the speech of another man gets him put into employment limbo.

Posted by: Douglas Ernst at March 6, 2013 07:03 PM

I will reiterate that Superman, as a whole, needs to be put on permanent hiatus.

Posted by: Duffy at March 7, 2013 03:20 PM

Good point there, Doug. Morrison, being liberal, is on the "correct" side of the issue, so he'll automatically get a pass.

Posted by: Carl at March 8, 2013 12:46 AM