Vancouver I Like Comics store owner Chris Simons will refuse to sell the first issue of Adventures of Superman when it is released May 29, 2013 demonstrating his disapproval of DC Comics’ choice of writer and anti-gay activist Orson Scott Card.
Card is a science fiction writer best known for his 1980s novel Ender’s Game.He has also been outspoken about his disapproval of homosexuality and was appointed a board member of National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay marriage organization.
DC’s choice of Card to pen an issue featuring it’s most iconic superhero doesn’t make sense to many of it’s fans. DC’s lesbian superheroine Batwoman has won two awards from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards–the most recent win was in 2012.
DC Comics released this statement to 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.”
Glen Weldon contributing to NPR wrote,”DC Comics has handed the keys to the “Champion of the Oppressed” to a guy who has dedicated himself to oppress me, and my partner, and millions of people like us. It represents a fundamental misread of who the character is, and what he means.”