Orson Scott Card

The gay owner of Dallas’ Zeus Comics store has announced he won’t carry the print edition of DC Comics’ Anthology of Superman, after the comic book maker hired a board member from the National Organization for Marriage to help write the series.

DC Comics announced Monday that Orson Scott Card will help write the new Superman. Card not only sits on the board of NOM, but he has also called homosexuality “deviant behavior” and argued that marriage equality will lead to the collapse of civilization.

Despite outrage from the LGBT community and a petition calling for DC Comics to get rid of Card that now has almost 8,000 signatures, DC Comics stood by its decision in a statement to the Advocate.

D Magazine reports that Richard Neal, owner of Zeus Comics, posted the following statement on his Facebook page:

Zeus Comics will not be carrying the print edition of writer Orson Scott Card’s Superman.

Card sits on the board of the National Organization of Marriage which fights against marriage equality. His essays advocate the destruction of my relationship, that I am born of rape or abuse and that I am equated with pedophilia. These themes appear in his fiction as well.

It is shocking DC Comics would hire him to write Superman, a character whose ideals represent all of us.

If you replaced the word “homosexuals” in his essays with the words “women” or “jews” he would not be hired. But I’m not sure why its still okay to “have an opinion” about gays? This is about equality.

Neal also linked to his husband’s Tumblr page containing a scan of a recent Superman comic that appears to show him saving a gay teen from suicide. View the scan below.


UPDATE: Watch CW33’s Doug Magditch interview Richard Neal about his decision not to carry the Superman series below.