Comics writer Chris Sprouse has announced that he is no longer going to be writing “Adventures of Superman” for DC Comics because of the controversy surrounding another one of its writers, Orson Scott Card.
“It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I’ve decided to step back as the artist on this story,” Sprouse says in a statement to The New York Times. “The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with.”
DC Comics adds, “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.”
This news comes after DC announced that Card would be a writer on the new digital anthology “Adventures of Superman.” Card is a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a not-for-profit group whose goal is to “protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it,” making him an active anti-gay advocate.
Online petitions have popped up following the announcement of his involvement asking DC to remove him from the book, while some retailers threaten to not sell “Adventures of Superman” when it becomes available starting April 29 digitally, March 29 in stores.
As a result of this, it has been revealed (via Wired) that Card’s story will not be released digitally or in print like it had been planned. Instead, it will be replaced by a tale penned by Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee.