Although All-Star Batman & Robin #10 received the lion’s share of the attention last week, it wasn’t the only title that DC Comics recalled.
The “terrible and glorious” production error that led to the (supposed) pulping of the Frank Miller-Jim Lee comic has been widely documented. But what about Action Comics #829 and DCU: Decisions #1? Surely, they didn’t include no-no words.
On Monday, Rich Johnston reported the offenders were the bottles that Clark and Pa Kent are holding on the cover of Action, and a Condeleezza Rice lookalike in Decisions.
Johnston followed up yesterday with a closer look at that Action Comics cover which, as originally solicited and printed, shows the Kent men shooting the breeze while holding bottles of “Crow [Illegible] Beer.” It looks as if the obscured word is “Root,” which is a wholesome enough drink.
But just in case anyone thought that the well-over-21 Jonathan and Clark were sharing a beer, the reprinted cover replaces the bottle labels with the generic “Soda Pop.” (The image on the DC Comics website has been updated, too.)
Retailer Brian Hibbs, who contends that, “You just know that Pa Kent has a moonshine still,” finds the change to DCU: Decisions even more strange:
… Apparently it was to “de-Condi” one of the candidates, but between solicitation and publication, the cover suddenly now has a piece of graffiti on a wall that says “Heroes don’t vote!” which, to me, is like 10,000 times worse than Clark drinking a brew, or Condi in the DCU. To me, I read it as “Hey kids, be a hero: Don’t vote!”
Thankfully, The Chicago Tribune is there to lend some historical perspective to last week’s recalls. (Or is that ThreeCalls?) Really. The newspaper puts together a slide show that touches upon titles from Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #5 to Universe X: Spidey #1.
Related: Brian Hughes has some Photoshop fun with the Action Comics cover.