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.