Zeus Comics Will Not Carry Orson Scott Card's "Adventures of Superman," Issue One

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His writing isn't welcome at Zeus
"Superman is a hero for all of us," says Richard Neal, co-owner of Zeus Comics. "He's not just a hero for some people."

Neal is responding to a divisive decision brought about by industry giant DC Comics. It recently announced that comic fans will get the Man of Steel storylines they've been hoping for, ones that aren't defined by the rules and structure described in the currently streamlined new 52 line. The project is called "The Adventures of Superman" Digital-First, and each installment will be authored by a different popular writer. As the name implies, issues will run online initially then be released in print, through local retailers.

Here's where things get sticky. Despite the highly collectible nature of issue one, which Neal believes will be a two-parter, it will not be for sale here, in Neal's Dallas comic book den. And that's because it's being written by science fiction legend, and anti-gay activist, Orson Scott Card.

Best known as the author of Ender's Game, which is currently being turned into a movie, Card is a blockbuster name. By signing him to create the opening issues of this new take on Superman, DC has given Card a blank canvas; he's allowed to set the initial tone for our hero. And that, says Neal, is exactly the problem.

In early 2000, Salon's Donna Minkowitz sat down to interview Card. What transpired over their two hour chat gave the public a first look into Card's true ideals. The Mormon author said biting words about the gay community. This was just the beginning; he's now known for this kind of proselytizing through both interviews and character structures. When he isn't writing, He sits on the National Organization of Marriage's board, in effort to actively block gay marriage.

Zeus Comics is a gay owned and operated business, and Neal doesn't care if Card writes the greatest Superman story ever told, it will never sit on his shelves. He's not alone on the conflict, a petition has been circulating to stop Card's work on the project, and it's received more than 7,000 signatures in the last few days.

"Orson Scott Card has advocated our destruction multiple times - on marriage equality, relating origins to rape, abuse and pedophilia. Why would I carry someone's comic book who has that opinion about me? And what's to make us think that he's not going to extend that to Superman? Where's that line going to draw regarding homosexuality - that we're all tragic characters, and we're all doomed? That's not what I want to read, or what I want kids to read, especially not from Superman."

Neal and the rest of the team at Zeus will continue reaching out to other retailers, tweeting at DC Comics and making their voices heard on the matter until the issue is either released or reassigned. But if it does come out in April with Card as the author, you'd better read it online, because Dallas' most popular retailer will not be carrying it.


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11 comments
ktbaxter
ktbaxter

Good for Zeus, and Neal, I applaud them for taking a stand.

dwwalker.dw
dwwalker.dw

So Card has no problem imagining a dude in tights squaring down on other dudes named "Toyman" and "Bizarro"?  

libtardssuck2733
libtardssuck2733

Gotta love the liberal tolerance: You have to tolerate us 100%, but we don't have to tolerate you. Go figure. Then again, the left isn't known for having brains. 

JoshuaCovey
JoshuaCovey

Good for Zeus Comics.  Card has no business on that book and they have every right to not carry it.  

whitney.leneveu
whitney.leneveu

This just means more business for small local comic book stores who WILL be carrying it, so Yay! 

JoshuaCovey
JoshuaCovey

@libtardssuck2733 Man there are plenty of conservatives who don't hate homosexuals.  I guess it's a lot easier to make this about your lame polarized political issues then to actually consider the topic at hand and contribute even slightly to the discourse.  This isn't about tolerating someone's views it's about not paying someone to campaign against my rights.  

KenLowery
KenLowery

@libtardssuck2733 Yes, good call. "Not wanting to support a bigot" is morally equivalent (or worse!) to the same bigot actively working to destroy families and treat LGBT citizens as subhuman.

No one's saying Card can't get work anywhere; no one's saying Card can't visit his loved ones if they're in the hospital; no one's saying Card cannot have a legally recognized union in the country he lives in and pays taxes to. The worst thing that could possibly happen to him is he loses a one-off work-for-hire gig at a publisher and continues puttering along as normal. What he advocates and works for is the actual suppression of rights.

But sure: "liberals" (in this instance, people who just believe in actual equal rights) are the enemy here.

Overall, smart take.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

@libtardssuck2733 Dude, trust me most of us progressives have tolerance of all views, just not ones that are tantamount to hatred, which OSC likes to push.  In addition, an overwhelming majority of us are at least college grads w/ a bachelors, so we have that brain part covered as well..

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