In another blow to a comic already well-known for controversy, DC artist Chris Sprouse has announced that he will no longer be working on Superman, the upcoming digital anthology he was set to work on with noted anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card.
Sprouse later released the following statement explaining his decision to step away from the title.
“It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I’ve decided to step back as the artist on this story. 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. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever, and I look forward to my next project with them.”
This is a title that has already seen it’s share of troubles after several gay rights groups stepped up to criticize DC Comics’ decision to hire the well-known gay marriage critic to helm such a “for the people” character such as Superman. This prompted an official response from the company on the matter, stating…
“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”
Orson Scott Card’s best-selling Ender’s Game books will soon be adapted on the big screen starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford.
Due to the sudden departure of Sprouse, the story he was to be working on with Orson Scott Card will no longer be the first collected shorts for the series. Instead, the series will now launch with a story by Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee along with several smaller tales from Jeff Lemire, Justin Jordan and Riley Rossmo.
via [USA Today]