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New Superman blasted as blasphemous by stupid Christian comic store owner

LAST week DC launched a revamped version of Action Comics, which has been given a makeover by veteran Scottish comics auteur Grant Morrison.

According to this report:

Just as the first Action Comics premiered against the backdrop of the Great Depression, imminent technological advancements like television, and the rise of Nazi Germany, Morrison wanted to tap the zeitgeist of current economic and global turbulence, as well as infuse his foreigner’s perspective of America to into Clark Kent’s alien acclimation to humans.

Well, this did not go down well with Jeff Lamb, owner of The Comic Conspiracy in Asheboro, North Carolina. He declared he’s boycotting all Grant Morrison comics after what he views as religious blasphemy in Action Comics #1. And he’s calling for Christian comics readers and retailers to join in the Morrison boycott, characterising the first issue of the relaunched DC Comics series as:

A slap in the face to Superman, Christians and Superman creators Siegel and Shuster!!

The panel that upset Christian moron Lamb

That “slap in the face”, according to this report, is a single panel in which the Man of Steel, when struck by artillery fired from a tank, utters “GD.” What many read as a grunt — Superman says “GNUHH,” “HNN” and “GGAAAAAA” in the same scene — Lamb interpreted as an abbreviation for “goddamn” (or maybe simply “God”?), an affront to his religious beliefs. He wailed:

Superman was created to be the ‘perfect’ super-hero. Unblemished. Superman is an American icon … 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.

Lamb added on Facebook:

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’.

Lamb said he intended to contact Diamond Comic Distributors to cancel orders for Action Comics #2 and all other titles written by Morrison, whom he called:

A liberal Scottish schmuck … 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.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

 

17 Responses to “New Superman blasted as blasphemous by stupid Christian comic store owner”

  1. barriejohn says:

    North Carolina again!

  2. Broga says:

    This just has to be a send up, hasn’t it? A fictional super hero, uttering non words which are interpreted as blasphemous, and some nutter saying that as a christian he “has to draw the line somewhere.” These christians are just so desperate to find reasons to be offended. They are hunting for hints of offense the way my cat hunts mice – obsessive, intensively and, it has to be said, with invention.

    If this man ever reads The God Delusion, The End of Faith, God is not Great (and many which are similar) or our own esteemed organ The Freethinker or if he beaches up on this site he will have a heart attack. This character is so separated from real life on earth that he could be on another galaxy.

  3. barriejohn says:

    He had to eat humble pie in the end, but he seemed somewhat reluctant:

    http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/09/grant-morrison-responds-to-gd-gate/

  4. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: They usually back off when confronted and especially if profit is likely to be reduced. How precious can this guy be if he finds offence in a couple of meaningless letters. He must be a highly selective reader of his bible. If he is looking for offence – approval of slavery, vengeance, brutality, slaughter, torture and much else – he will find it there.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    barriejohn

    The end of that begrudging apology is hilarious:

    “Thank you to those who supported my stance. To those who didn’t… I respect your opinions. To those who only posted to bash Christians and people with opinions different from yours… grow up and get a life.”

    And there’s me thinking that it was Lamb who was bashing people with opinions different to his own. And that it was Lamb who needed to grow up and get a life. Just shows how wrong I can be.

  6. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: Echoes of the sainted pony-tailed Nadine Dorries there: despite being well and truly trashed, defeated and sent scuttling for cover they still retain a sense of having been supported.

  7. john c says:

    Superman would be past believing in such fairy tales anyway, hes from a fictional advanced civilisation.

  8. Daz says:

    Is it part of the daily routine for these people?

    Get up, put kettle on, shower, make coffee, eat breakfast, brush teeth, look for something to be offended at, take dog for a walk…

  9. KurtRex1453 says:

    Gosh! Gee whizz fellas. I think it’s swell when my comic book heroes to match my vocabulary and downright mean when they do not. If the reds at DC comics cannot keep comics like they were when I was a kidl, I will just say,”see you later alligator.”

  10. dogon says:

    “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.”

    Please Mr. Lamb more comics of that sort till they “stab”
    the religious bullshit enough times that it dies is so well deserved death.

  11. ZombieHunter says:

    WOW where to begin.

    I read the link in barriejohn’s post and it mentioned he sells a comic series called “crossed” which it turns out is by Garth Ennis who is a known atheist and also creator of the awesome and highly recommended “preacher” series, this lamb charachter would literally shit himself to death if he read “preacher”

    It would be cool if somebody created an atheist superhero who fought against religious nutjobs.

  12. Tanin says:

    God worship is performed by intellectually underdeveloped human societies. Superman is an alien from an advanced civilization.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Zombiehunter: The thought of Lamb “literally shitting himself to death” over a comic had me in stitches!

  14. Us chickens says:

    “… as a Christian I have to draw the line somewhere.”

    And you drew that line firmly in a fantasy world.

    Anyway, since Superman is not human, then according to Xian rules, he does not have a soul and will not go to heaven. Jesus did not die to redeem him. So why would he choose to be Xian?

  15. Paul says:

    Maybe he should read a book with a main character not based on an idea that Nietzsche had.

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  17. Ash Pryce says:

    A slightly immature, yet I find amusing response: http://cdn.the-gutters.com/comics/c4317c4a0a91013f5ffcf13d7a3fae95720e6cca.jpg