No DC Comics Police Calls Over Bisexual Superman Death Threats

A couple of days ago, TMZ reported under the headline "SUPERMAN Bisexual Backlash Spurs LAPD PROTECTION FOR ARTISTS, STUDIO" that "LAPD officers were recently dispatched to patrol the homes of some of the illustrators/production staffers who created the latest iteration of Superman. The extra protection comes after major backlash that included some so-called fans making threats. We're told the pissed-off comic book readers inundated the studios to voice their displeasure with the character's newly-announced sexuality. Our sources say the studios called LAPD, requesting for patrols to keep an eye out — both at the private residences of some artists, and at the studio itself. While nothing legitimate came from the threats, our sources say cops still patrolled out of an abundance of caution — and that the situation has since settled down."

Bleeding Cool checked with our own sources and found that, if true, none of the DC Comics people involved with the production of the comic seemed aware it. And that there was no sign of LA police being called keep an eye out over creators or staffers. Indeed, the writer of the comic book in question lives in Australia and the artist in Costa Rica, which may be a little outside the LAPD's jurisdiction.

But not for The Independent, the UK newspaper site, who took TMZ's story and made it even more sensational and even less rooted in truth, with a headline that read "DC Comics illustrators call police after 'receiving death threats' over Superman's bisexuality" and "'The extra protection comes after major backlash that included some so-called fans making threats,' an LAPD source said". Writer Peony Hirwani only cites TMZ rather than any other report, it's not clear where the line about police responding to death threats came from, and Hirwani did not respond to inquiries made yesterday. Checking with the Wayback Machine shows that no amend was made to TMZ's original story to remove any mention of death threats.. Lisa Wehrstedt at the Metro does similar, also using the 'death threats' line as coming from TMZ, despite TMZ not reporting that. And Alex Hammer at the Daily Mail does likewise, This is churnalism of the worst kind.

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A kiss is not a cause for death threats.

Now, Bleeding Cool understands that indeed there have been death threats made against the creators, but nothing that seems to have escalated to a level requiring police. There is a history of this kind of thing though, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby at Marvel Comics offices were inundated with hate mail and phone calls when Captain America was first published, because he was portrayed as fighting for intervention of America in Europe against the Nazi threat. When a mob began to form, a police guard was put on duty at the offices, with New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia expressing support. A few years ago, Dan Slott and Nick Spencer both received death threats at Marvel over their Spider-Man and Captain America storylines respectively. While Tom King had to hire a bodyguard for a show. But this time, it mostly seems to be people getting very angry on social media and screaming into YouTube videos for unspecified reasons.

A couple of months ago, Bleeding Cool first told you that Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and the new Superman of Earth, would be revealed as a bisexual young man in an upcoming issue of his comic book series, Superman: Son Of Kal-El #5, and that hacktivist Jay Nakamura would be his first boyfriend. Then, on National Coming Out Day, DC Comics made the news official and it hit all the headlines. And plenty of stupidity. After a colouring and printing delay, that is the comic will be published on the 16th of November. For which DC Comics are reporting unprecedented sales, and will be accompanied by the reprinting of all four previous issues. Reaction has been mixed but there have been heartwarming stories to tell.

SUPERMAN SON OF KAL-EL #5 CVR A JOHN TIMMS
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) John Timms
Faster than fate. As powerful as hope. Able to lift us all. For all his great power, Jon Kent can't save everyone, but that won't stop him from trying. How much can Earth's new Superman do before this Man of Steel buckles? And when he does, who swoops in to save Superman?
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 11/16/2021

SUPERMAN SON OF KAL-EL #6 CVR A JOHN TIMMS
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) John Timms
Superman has recovered from the devastating attack against him. After the life-changing events of issue #5, Jon Kent and his new ally Jay Nakamura are ready to strike back. They are on a collision course with the type of power that is used to swatting problems out of the way. But Superman is not so easily swatted!
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 12/14/2021

SUPERMAN SON OF KAL-EL #7 CVR A JOHN TIMMS
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) John Timms
Superman has recovered from the devastating attack against him. After the life-changing events of issue #5, Jon Kent and his new ally Jay Nakamura are ready to strike back. They are on a collision course with the type of power that is used to swatting problems out of the way. But Superman is not so easily swatted.
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 1/11/2022

SUPERMAN SON OF KAL-EL 2021 ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR B STEVE PUGH CARD STOCK VAR
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Steve Pugh
Jon Kent's first days as Earth's new Superman have been a trial by fire. His actions have already put those he loves in harm's way. He has stood strong in the path of constant attacks, but the immovable object is about to meet an unstoppable force. Lex Luthor—the man, the myth, the menace—returns to Metropolis.
Retail: $6.99 In-Store Date: 11/30/2021

 

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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