DC Comics teamed up with Walmart last year for a Giants Comics run of classic series featuring select Batman, Superman and Justice League comics, amongst others. This initiative started back in July of 2018, with Walmart getting exclusive distribution access to these select reprints. Well, some of the reprints appear to have been modified from the originals, and some flagrant censorship has taken place for the female characters in select issues, especially the one featuring art from the late Michael Turner.
Bleeding Cool is reporting that the Superman #9 and Superman #10 that were originally released back in 2006 and were recently reprinted as part of the new Giants Comics run, contained rather flagrant censorship. Specifically the leotard on Wonder Woman was given more coverage, while Artemis’ outfit was completely altered where her entire right thigh and part of her butt were completely covered up.
As you can see, not only did they bring the coverage down below the buttocks so that part of the glutes are covered, but they also removed indentations for the buttcrack, so that it looks like she has a uni-tard that doesn’t cling so much to her body. Essentially, the idea is to remove the sex appeal from Michael Turner’s designs for the female characters, almost identical to what NetherRealm Studios purposefully did to the female fighters in Mortal Kombat 11.
Obviously certain artists (and plenty of real comic book fans) were up in arms about the censorship.
If you will censure Michael Turner´s work, at least bring someone who understand how butts work pic.twitter.com/d9qloiu1EK
— GENZOMAN (@MrGenzoman) April 24, 2019
— coverbpodcast (@coverbpodcast) April 25, 2019
The men, based on the reports, have basically been left alone, but the women had to undergo various kinds of redress for today’s more puritanical standards.
Women obviously aren’t allowed to dress certain ways nor can they be depicted in certain forms, even in fictional media.
Bleeding Cool’s readership were a-okay with the censorship since most of them don’t read or like comic books, nor do they want to see them sell well. This kind of censorship will likely only turn off more readers as comic book sales continue to take massive dives. Heck, Captain Marvel still can’t move 40,000 comic books a month, and struggles in the upper 30s, while the best selling comics oftentimes month in and month out, according to Comichron, are DC’s heavy hitters like Batman, or Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Continuing to purposefully de-sexualize female characters, drive away longtime fans with agitprop, and antagonize anyone who voices their opinion about the propaganda isn’t going to help the industry one bit. Both Marvel and DC have been going through a desperate cycle to find something to bring audiences back, all while still catering their sensibilities to the Regressive Left’s agenda.
It’s no wonder that indie comics from authors like Ethan Van Sciver and Richard C. Meyer are racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars while big-name publishing houses continue to struggle under their own weight. Censoring classic comic book art from late artists like Michael Turner certainly won’t help in appealing to the core demographic.
(Thanks for the news tips Tomato Tentacle and Ebicentre)