PR storm rages over anti-gay Superman writer

Comic book fans are furious after DC Comics hired anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card to pen part of a Superman anthology. The publisher has offered a statement to the media, but said nothing to critics on social media. 

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How much flak can the Man of Steel take?

For Superman publisher DC Comics, the answer is quite a bit—but all of that flak might begin to tarnish the comic book company’s image.

Ahead of the Superman film “Man of Steel” due out this summer, DC Comics plans to release a digital anthology of short comics titled “Adventures of Superman.” Among the writers is Orson Scott Card, who is staunchly anti-homosexual.

Card, famous for his sci-fi book “Ender’s Game,” has written and spoken out against gay marriage. He’s a board member of the National Organization of Marriage, a nonprofit that fights gay marriage initiative. In many of his writings on the topic, Card has suggested that incidents of child abuse and rape cause children to become gay.

Superman fans aren’t haven’t it.

Since the news about Card’s involvement broke last Wednesday, much of the comic book community has been up in arms, criticizing the decision fiercely. For instance, Brett White, a contributing writer for Comic Book Resources website, said:

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