DC artist quits rather than draw Orson Scott Card's Superman

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Mar 6, 2013, 2:46 PM EST (Updated)

Orson Scott Card's controversial opinions continue to cause trouble. 

Ever since DC announced that Card would be included among the writers and artists creating the digital series, Adventures of Superman, people have been raising their voices in protest. In addition to the many comic readers planning to ban the book, retailers who are unwilling to sell the book, DC has now lost the artist for the story, too.

Chris Sprouse, the artist in question, doesn't seem angry, but he does seem resolute.

It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I've decided to step back as the artist on this story. The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that's something I wasn't comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them.

Based on this official statement, it seems that Sprouse cares less about Card's personal politics and more about the integrity of the work. Justified or not, it's certainly hard to imagine anyone will read Card's Superman without coming in with a preconceived notion.

DC, meanwhile, have stated they "understand and respect" Sprouse's decision. Superman's story, in the meantime, has been delayed until a new artist can be procured. That is, of course, assuming anyone will want to.

(via USA Today)