Christian bookstore boycotts Action Comics because Superman said “gd”


Not “God Damn”. Not even “GD”, an abbreviation of “God Damn.” Supes got hit by a tank and made an onomatopoeic “gd” noise on this page from Grant Morrison’s Action Comics reboot. Action Comics, you’ll remember, is the catch-all DC series where Superman, a character created by a Canadian Jew and a Chicagoan Jew, was first debuted. Superman quickly became the icon for all that is good and Godly in America, proving that to be a good Christian American, you have to take orders from a Canadian Jew (amirite?).

A comics store in North Carolina called The Comic Conspiracy, run by an evidently dedicated Christian, opted to boycott not only the Action Comics line but any work by Grant Morrison as a result of this particular comic. When confronted on their Facebook page over this ridiculous but well-within-their-rights business decision, the proprietor decided to double down, and to avoid carrying any comic deemed to have “adult content”.

Via BleedingCool, the proprietor’s justification as expressed on Facebook:

I could see Guy Gardner and maybe even Hal Jordan (Green Lanterns) saying it. I could see Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) saying it. I could easily see Damian Wayne (Robin) or MAYBE even Bruce Wayne saying it. But Superman was created to be the “perfect” super-hero. Unblemished. Superman is an American icon.

It grieves me to see a liberal Scottish schmuck like Grant Morrison take these liberties. I’m sorry, Superman would NEVER take God’s name in vain. In the words of the late Jim Croce, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape.

The story “attitude” didn’t bother me. I’ve had to accept a LOT of changes over my nearly 35 years in the business. However, Superman saying “GD” isn’t going to fly with me.

This wasn’t creative flow. It wasn’t necessary in the story. It isn’t Superman at all. And it goes against a basic Christian principle. It was a blatant stab.

I deal with books like “Crossed” and “The Boys”. I accepted gay characters being introduced into a children specific book like Archie Comics. I however am getting very tired of having comic writer’s liberal agendas force fed to me. Mr. Morrison has stepped over my line. If I have to stand alone on this… I will.

The boycott stands. All orders for Action Comics #2, as well as any other books written by Grant Morrison will be cancelled as soon as Diamond Comics opens it’s offices today. I ask my customers to understand as best they can. I understand that it’s only a comic and it’s not the real world, but I feel that as a Christian I have to draw the line somewhere.

The page in question:

I personally like this comic rebuttal:

And they call us atheists hypersensitive when we get pissed off about all the god-bothering going on in governmental institutions or memorials to the dead. Put the wrong two letters in a row when you make your onomatopoeic grunting noises and you’ll bring down the ire of some very vociferous Christians who honestly think they’re being persecuted (somehow) by your unfortunate (somehow) choice of letters.

Comments

  1. says

    Just as a follow-up, Grant Morrison (the comic writer in question) clarified that it was just a grunt. The comic shop owner apologized for the overreaction and cancelled the “boycott” in question.

  2. says

    He may have lifted his boycott, but on the Facebook page, the last top-level post I see on the topic is:

    As a result of feedback garnered from this issue, I have decided that comics which have any type of mature content, will no longer be ordered to stock on the public shelves. Any subscription service customers or walk in customers who would like to acquire ANY books offered in the Diamond Comics Previews will be able to get these books hassle free just by telling me what you want. I will be glad to order it for you. Yea… I learned something.

    So he’ll source whatever you want just fine, but he’s not stocking anything he deems “mature content”. I’m glad he realizes “gd” is a grunt, but his actual actions smack of doubling down.

  3. says

    If he’s not going to sell anything that’s mature content, he’s not going to be selling much of anything comics-related in this era, that’s for sure. Not too bright.

  4. Juniper Shoemaker says

    Mr. Morrison has stepped over my line.

    Wait a minute. He’s talking about the same Grant Morrison who wrote The Invisibles, right? And this is what he considers “crossing the line”?

    AHAHAHAHAH!

  5. docslacker says

    “But Superman was created to be the “perfect” super-hero. Unblemished. Superman is an American icon.”

    Superman is an illegal alien.

  6. Makoto says

    @6 docslacker – yep, he certainly is. And he went to schools in the US, and is stealing jobs! Journalist, defense forces, security, car crushers, jet engines, etc, etc…

    The “GD” thing is just kind of silly. Think about the sound you’d make if you were smacked in the back by some heavy force. It’d sound something like “GD”, “GHD”, “GUD”, etc (a grunt, as Jeff reports). I can see avoiding “GUD” because it’s too close to “GOD”, so of the choices, “GD” is the furthest away from the prohibited “GOD”.

  7. 'Tis Himself, OM says

    I suspect if I got slugged in the stomach by a piece of flying machinery I’d say “gd…er, that’s not be mistaken for reference to any deities nor does it ask that said deities, which were not referred to by me as stated hitherto before, should damn or otherwise punish neither the equippage which struck me nor the person or persons involved in launching, propelling, or in any other form causing said paraphernalia to buffet my body.”

  8. Aliasalpha says

    ‘Tis, that was very good but the phrase “Buffet my body” sounds like it could be a bit rude, maybe change it to “my person”?

  9. michael says

    One of the big attractions of Christianity is that it gives sad little people a chance to become martyrs. This guy will be down at church next Sunday, bravely accepting the sympathies of the flock and promising to never give up the fight for goodness and light.

    And if he loses business and goes broke? Well so much the better – one step closer to martyrdom.

    Google “Circumcellions” if you want to see how stupidly Christians can act once they’ve decided that martyrdom is the way to go.

  10. tim says

    He called Morrison a Scottish “schmuck.” Doesn’t this God-fearing Christian know what the English translation of the Yiddish word “schmuck” is? And yet he’s bent out of shape over “gd.”

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