Dallas Comics Store Protests Superman Penned by Anti-Gay Author

Richard Neal, Owner of Zeus Comics

Richard Neal, Owner of Zeus Comics


The new man of steel won’t be shattering any sales records at Zeus Comics in Dallas. In fact, he won’t even be on store shelves. Richard Neal, the store’s owner, decided not to carry the new “Adventures of Superman” by DC Comics because of the author.

DC Comics picked Orson Scott Card to write the first two chapters of a new digital-release of the series, debuting April 29. The series will later be sold in print as well.

Card is known for his anti-gay activism, calling homosexuality a “reproductive dysfunction.”

“Why would we carry that comic book? If anything, I’m going to face protests if I carry that comic book, and it’s not going to sell,” said Neal.

Neal, who is gay, said he hopes DC Comics reconsiders its choice.

“Superman stands for broader ideals, including inclusion of gays and lesbians and the rest of the world. Why would you hire a writer that is such a bigot? Why is it okay to be a bigot today?” said Neal.

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card

A petition for DC Comics to drop Card, has more than 8,500 signatures.

A company spokesman for DC Comics told The Advocate, “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.”


15 Comments to “Dallas Comics Store Protests Superman Penned by Anti-Gay Author”

    Guest said:
    February 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    This bold stand against Orson Scott Card might mean something… if the comic in question weren't a digital comic, sold exclusively through on-line dealers like Comixology, that Zeus Comics wouldn't sell anyway.

      Kay said:
      March 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      It will later be sold in print, which is touched on in the article.

    Brian said:
    February 14, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    This is common homosexual rhetoric. They whine about equality, and then label anyone who disagrees with them a "bigot". It's a bully tactic, plain and simple….there's nothing "bold" about it. By attempting to make Orson Scott Card's work unavailable to his customers, Richard Neal is displaying the very bigotry he claims to be fighting.

      Byron said:
      February 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Completely agree. This endless "you have to agree with us or we'll cry and do our best to punish you" whining is old. Disagreeing with them doesn't make anyone a "bigot". Get over yourselves!

        Joshua S. said:
        February 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

        You're right, disagreeing with someone doesn't make anyone a bigot. However, considering someone to be an inferior human being and denying a tax-paying citizen basic civil rights does.

          Brian said:
          February 23, 2013 at 12:29 AM

          Orson Card believes homosexuals are inferior human beings? I have to be honest, I read every word of Orson's article and he never says anything like that…. doesn't even imply it. In fact, he condemns anyone that treats homosexuals as anything other than equals. His only "offense" is caring for their souls and worrying that they are living a destructive lifestyle. Richard Neal, the store owner, is the only one here that is being hateful and bigoted.

          Orson is a tax-paying citizen also….aren't you concerned that Richard Neal is denying him the civil right to express his opinions and the right to make a living by refusing to sell his work? You can't have it both ways, Josh. You can't pick-and-choose whose civil liberties and rights are worth defending, and whose are not.

    wes said:
    February 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I get so tired or hearing evrybody is against us. Grow the ____up already. Just because they have come out of the closet then we are suppose to believe that everything they say and do is right. Give me a freakin break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Guest said:
    February 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    I applaued Orson Scott Card for standing up for what he believes and not letting the worldly influences corrupt his mind. God bless him.

    felicia said:
    February 16, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I agree with richard neal it is none of orson cards business how anyone else lives their lives. life is to short to live it to please other people

      Brian said:
      February 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      The problem, Felicia, is that your philosophy should work both ways. If Richard Neal's lifestyle is none of Orson Card's business, then Orson Card's beliefs should be none of Richard Neal's business. Both men have a right to their beliefs; however, in this case, Richard Neal is trying to publicly and professionally harm Orson because his beliefs are different. Richard Neal is not the victim here – he is the bully.

    derek reid said:
    February 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    the "if you dont agree with me your a bigot" defense of bigotry doesnt work. Why did martin luther king jr. say it was wrong to be seperate but equal. he must have been a bigot. or what about the original martin luther, who thought paying to go to heaven was wrong, he must have been a bigot as well. STupidity should be stamped out. And saying homosexuality is a reproductive disfuntion is stupid.

    derek reid said:
    February 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Guns are designed to do nothing but kill. thats it. kill. heres where I get shouted down, by the very people who say you shouldnt shout down ideas. the very people saying orson card is right to hate gay people. NO hes not. Not right to hate anyone. most of these people saying this kind of stuff go to church on sundays. as Alanis once said "Isn't it ironic"

      Brian said:
      February 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Derek – your passion s appreciated, but you are confused on some of the facts. I read Orson's article and he NEVER said he hated homosexuals. Quite the opposite, actually. He expresses genuine compassion and concern for those living a homosexual lifestyle. However, he also believes that lifestyle is wrong and ultimately destructive. Does that make him hateful? Of course not.

      Orson Card is allowed to believe homosexuality is a sin, just like you are allowed to believe "guns are designed to do nothing but kill". Does that make you hateful or bigoted against people that don't kill with guns? Should companies refuse to hire you or be allowed to fire you because you believe that way? Absolutely not.

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