Science fiction author, and sometimes-comics writer, Orson Scott Card long has been … let’s call it vocal … in his views on homosexuality and in his opposition to gay marriage. So his hyperbolic and, frankly, bewildering column on the subject last week in the Mormon Times doesn’t come as that much of a surprise.
The reaction isn’t entirely unexpected, either; Card’s writings on homosexuality and gay rights are frequently met with opposition. What’s a little different this time is that Marvel is mentioned in some of the return volleys — from outside of the comics community.
Card, who’s best known for his 1985 novel Ender’s Game, penned two Ultimate Iron Man miniseries for Marvel in 2005 and 2007. And at New York Comic-Con, the publisher announced it’s adapting Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow, beginning in October. Marvel further promoted the titles over the weekend at Comic-Con.
In an editorial at AfterElton.com, part of the Logo network (owned by Viacom), Brent Hartinger takes Card to task, but points out that the author has received little mainstream criticism for his history of anti-gay comments: “… major media players such as Marvel Comics, Warner Brothers, and Card’s publisher Tom Doherty Associates continue to work with him.”
Elsewhere on the website, Brian Juergens provides readers with ways to contact Marvel and Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada to express their views on Card and the adaptation of Ender’s Game.
Paul Constant, books editor for Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger, isn’t quite as tactful, repeatedly using the phrase “Orson Scott Card is a homophobe,” linked back to the Mormon Times essay:
I’m never in favor of banning books, of course, but I do think that more people need to understand that Orson Scott Card is a hateful homophobe. It needs to become common knowledge that Orson Scott Card is a hateful homophobe. If Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers knew that more people know that Orson Scott Card is a hateful homophobe, they might be less likely to give Orson Scott Card (who is a hateful homophobe) a shitload of money.
Feministe, MetaFilter and a slew of other blogs and sites also have picked up on the topic — although many move away from the Marvel Comics aspect to focus on one of Card’s comments, which some interpret as the author advocating the overthrow of the government.