Over at The Beat, Heidi notes that Diamond asked comic shops this week to destroy copies of All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #10:
Dear Diamond Customer:
Please be advised that copies of DC Comics’ ALL-STAR BATMAN & ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #10 (FEB080203-4D) may be included in your September 10 shipment.
At DC’s request, please do not place this book out for sale to your customers. Instead, please destroy any copies that you receive. You will be credited for these copies on your September 17 invoice.
Diamond apologizes for any inconvenience this creates for you or your customers. If you have additional questions, please contact your Diamond Customer Service Representative. Thank you.
So, why the call to shred copies of a book customers have been anticipating for months? Apparently there was a printing problem, as Funnybook Babylon points out:
The reason behind All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder’s recall revealed! The censor bars didn’t print properly a whole bunch of times! Cusswords are visible! Look out!
You can see pictures of black censor bars inadequately covering up all sorts of dirty words over at their site. So what caused the bars to malfunction? Back to The Beat, where Heidi reprints an email from Nat Gertler saying it looks like the black bars were a different shade of black than the letters, and while it probably looked fine on a computer screen during the proofing stage, once it was printed, well … not so much.
So, mystery solved; now we just need someone to come up with a clever name for the uncensored versions so people can start listing them on eBay.