In anticipation of the release of this summer’s film; Superman: the Man of Steel, DC Comics announced this week a new digital anthology of short stories featuring Superman, entitled “The Adventures of Superman”. The digital first series starring the Man of Tomorrow is billed as being written and illustrated by some of comics’ finest talents. The list of talented creators include: Jeff Parker, Bryan Hitch, Chris Samnee, Aaron Johnston, and more. But there was one name on the list of contributors that led to an online backlash against both the series and the publisher. That name is Orson Scott Card.
Card is listed as co-writer on the first two installments of the series. Card’s fame is due to a series of science fiction novels he wrote known as the Ender Saga. This series was adapted as a comic book by Marvel Comics in 2008, entitled “Ender’s Game”. The writer also worked for Marvel Comics in 2005 writing the series “Ultimate Iron Man”, for the publisher.
Card is also know as an advocate for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which he has been a lifelong practicing member, and as a political commentator on many issues, including opposition to homosexual behavior and the legalization of same-sex marriage. It’s not the fact that a “Marvel” writer is writing Superman that has Fanboy’s screaming on the inter webs, it the fact that Orson Scott Card is a bigot.
Card is a member of the National Organization of Marriage, a political non-profit that works against the legalization of same-sex marriage. He has been outspoken about his homophobic views for decades. In an essay from Sunstone Magazine’s issue published in February 1990, Card writes that “laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books… used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”
Click on the link below to read the entire essay.
Card continued his ridiculous campaign into the 21st century when in 2004, he wrote another essay this time for “The Rhinoceros Times” in which he states that equal marriage rights for gay people could “strike a death blow against the well-earned protected status of [my] and every other, real marriage” as well as American civilization itself.
This anti-gay mentally is unacceptable in this day and age, especially in artistic communities. It doesn’t matter that Card is a straight man, hate and prejudice are emotions that should be intolerable in all social circles. Card’s bigotry should be enough to where the comics’ community should be demanding him off writing all comic books in general, but it particularly interesting for the publisher; DC Comics to hire such a homophobe. Over the last 18 months DC Comics has gone out of its way to be open and accepting of homosexual lifestyles. The publisher has several gay Superheroes including; Batwoman and Green Lantern, in fact DC celebrated their own diversity with the launch of both these characters. So it is confusing to many a Fanboy when the publisher hires someone like Orson Scott Card. Obviously Card will never write these characters for we know from his writings that Card believes homosexuals should not be equal citizens. Based on his beliefs the publisher has to know Card would never succeed at writing gay characters. So, why should the publisher believe he’d be successful at writing straight ones? After all, dosen’t Superman stand against bigotry?
Yes, Superman is a straight man. But Superman is supposed to represent the best that humanity has to offer. Superman fights for truth and justice. It is unjust for the American Government to deny the legalization of same-sex marriage, and the character; Superman would never defend that agenda. Superman believes in equality for all mankind. It is impossible for a man of Card’s character to be able to relate to the psychology of a character like Superman, without coming off as fake. Superman would never join the National Organization of Marriage, or try to deny people happiness, a man like Card simply cannot relate.
The hiring of Orson Scott Card has inspired boycotts, parodies, and an online petition created by All Out; an international campaign for LGBT equality calling for Card’s removal from the title. (The Degobot has already singed this, and feels you should too!)
DC Comics has responded to the boycotts and petitions with the following statement;
“As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that – personal views – and not those of the company itself.”
Sorry DC, but your response is a joke. This comment just shows how uncaring of your fan base you truly are. It’s obvious that you were not looking to reflect the “real” world when bringing more diversity to your line of Superheroes, but that you were looking to profit off of it. It’s obvious you are looking to use the gay community as a publicity stunt to sell more comics. It’s obvious you don’t care if the publicity is positive or negative, as long as it sells comics. This is a slippery slope you are on. Many will not purchase this comic. In fact, Zeus Comics in Dallas, Texas has already announced that they will not even stock this comic when it sees print. The Degobot will not be purchasing this comic, and will be encouraging others not to either. Why give my money to a man who will then use that money to fund his hate and bigotry? Between your conflicting views on homosexual rights, and the recent attacks made against you concerning creator rights, you should carefully consider if the path you are taking as a company is the right one, and what side of history you’ll be on.
Oh, and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remove Orson Scott Card from “The Adventures of Superman”, and do not hire him again for any other projects. We’d all really appreciate it. (This goes for you too Marvel! and Dark Horse! and Image! and all other publishers around the world!)
Sign the petition to get Orson Scott Card off the comic “The Adventures of Superman”