Just about everyone, from creators to readers to online pundits, has weighed in on the production error that led DC Comics to recall All-Star Batman & Robin #10. Everyone, that is, except writer Frank Miller.
But, thankfully, the LA Times’ Geoff Boucher gets Miller on the phone, only to discover he was unaware of the printing mistake that allowed some R-rated language to show through black bars designed to blot them out.
“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Miller says. “I have no idea how this awful thing happened. It’s just one of those terrible and glorious things that happen time to time in publishing.”
Yes, just awful. However, Miller continues, “my first reaction is simple: I want at least three copies.”
Miller goes on to explain the practical reason behind including the actual curse words under the black bars, instead of, say, just leaving the space blank:
“I wrote the actual words in the script and had them put on the page so the black bars would be the right size on the page,” Miller explained. In this latest issue, the bars are there but on a few you can read right through them; they’re more gray than black. “It’s a simple printing error,” Miller said. “That’s what it is.”