Add three more shops to the growing lists of stores not carrying that issue of Adventures of Superman. Baltimore’s Gorilla King Comics, Ireland’s Big Bang Comic Shop and Ottowa’a The Comic Book Shoppe have decided to ban the Superman Adventures comic with a story written by Orson Scott Card.
As previously mentioned, Card’s stance on gay marriage and his activist membership caused a number of comic book fans, inciting them to send a petition to DC Comics to withdraw his story.
In a recent post on Gorilla King Comics Facebook page, they posted that they are “standing up to hatred and intolerance.”
The Comic Book Shoppe is also against selling the books in their store. They told CBC;
“This is a man who wants to criminalize homosexuality,” said Rob Spittall, the owner of The Comic Book Shoppe 2 location on Bank Street, not far from Ottawa’s gay village.
“Superman is a very iconic character to a lot of the gay community. He’s a character that stands for truth, justice and freedom for all, and to see and learn, like I had, about Orson Scott Card … I was astounded to find out that everything there was true,” Spittall said.
However on their Facebook page, the shop states that customers will be able to receive copies of the comic in question if they preorder.
For those who wish to receive a copy of the upcoming Adventures of Superman issue by Card, we ask that you please request your copy via phone or private message by Thurs., Feb. 28.
This isn’t the first time the Comic Book Shoppe has banned work from a particular artist. The store has banned Dave Sim’s work for years because of his anti-feminist standpoint.
The Big Bang Shop also isn’t completely banning the comic, merely not ordering any beyond preorders made by customers and will not display the comic on the shelf for impulse purchases.
“Ironically in all of this it’s a Superman story. And Superman stands for Truth and Justice. I’m pretty sure Superman, if he were a real living breathing person wouldn’t be into restricting the rights of any person no matter what their sexual orientation was but Mr Card is and that doesn’t represent the principles of Truth and Justice to us. The second irony in all of this, if we were to boycott the title all together we’d be no better than Mr Card restricting people’s right to get this issue if they so wanted to. We’re not about censoring rights, unlike Mr Card.”
Is that a bit like having your Card and eating it?
As the May 29th, release date draws close, one can only imagine how many more stores will join in on the ban of Adventures of Superman #1.