DALLAS, Tx –
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.
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.”