Artist Chris Sprouse has stepped down as artist on the upcoming Adventures of Superman story written by the incredibly unlikable Orson Scott Card. Card is a homophobe, and under other circumstances one could make the argument that his views and his work shouldn’t impact one another. In Card’s case however, that doesn’t apply; he has used his fame – primarily based on his successful Ender’s Game books, comics, and forthcoming movie – to be a virulent and extremely nasty anti–gay activist. He has spewed unbelievably hateful things, and he’s used the fame accrued by his work as a platform to espouse his views that legal recognition of gay marriage would mean ’the end of democracy in America,’ and going on to say that if it should happen then we should all rise up and overthrow the government.
As a result of Sprouse’s departure, DC made the very wise decision to not include Card’s story in either the print or digital editions of Adventures of Superman. I personally view this as a very good thing, I’m not always in favor of boycotting but that changes the moment that an artist uses his work to pursue an ideological agenda, particularly when that ideology is a call for hate and inequality. Superman is everything that Orson Scott Card could never understand – a hero who fights for the good of all and who stands for peace, justice and democracy.
The Card story will be replaced in the digital edition of Adventures of Superman by a tale from two of my favorite comics creators, Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee. The Parker/Samnee story will also be included in the print edition, as will a story by Justin Jordan and Riley Rossmo, and yet another piece by Jeff Lemire.
Adventures of Superman #1, which I’m now looking forward to, will be released digitally on April 29, followed by the print edition which hits stores May 29.