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Grant Morrison clarifies that, yes, ‘GD’ is a grunt, not a blasphemy [Updated]

It looks as if The Great “GD” Controversy has ended as quickly as it began, with Action Comics writer Grant Morrison assuring anyone concerned that Superman didn’t utter a blasphemy in the first issue of the DC Comics series.

“It should go without saying that the offending panel and caption, a mere ‘GD’, is a sound effect grunt – to suggest Superman’s breath being forced through gritted teeth – much like ‘DHH’, ‘GNUHH’ or the many others used throughout this book and in general in the comics business,” Morrison said in a statement posted this morning on DC’s Source blog. “It’s not in any way representative of God or a curse.”

The clarification may satisfy Jeff Lamb, owner of The Comic Conspiracy in Asheboro, North Carolina, who on Thursday announced a boycott of Action Comics and all Morrison titles after he interpreted “GD” — see the offending panel below — to mean the Man of Steel was taking God’s name in vain. Labeling Morrison as “a liberal Scottish schmuck,” he called the first issue of Action “a slap in the face to Superman, Christians and Superman creators Siegel and Shuster!!” Lamb announced his intention to cancel orders for the second issue of the series, writing on his store’s Facebook page that, “I ask my customers to understand as best they can. I understand that it’s only a comic and it’s not the real world, but I feel that as a Christian I have to draw the line somewhere.”

But earlier this morning, Lamb indicated that a statement from Morrison could make the whole problem go away. “The bottom line is that nobody but Grant Morrison knows the TRUE intent behind the GD letters. This issue could be easily resolved by a simple post from either Mr. Morrison or the editors at DC Comics,” he wrote on Facebook, adding, “I will say that this was NOT a publicity stunt. I will be back later in the day for a final, and I do mean final, rebuttal. (Unless of course we hear from Grant or DC) As of now though, all things considered … the boycott stands.”

Jeff Lamb, the ball’s in your court.

Update: Lamb has responded to Morrison’s explanation, writing on The Comic Conspiracy Facebook page: “Thank you Grant Morrison. The boycott is lifted. Once again my apologies to Grant for the unwarranted name calling. Thank you to those who supported my stance. To those who didn’t… I respect your opinions. To those who only posted to bash Christians and people with opinions different from yours … grow up and get a life.”

From Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales

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What a joke.

I think it worth noting the creators of Superman were JEWISH, and in general we’re pretty used to offended Christians.

let the guy boycott himself out of business. Last i heard these new 52 books are doing great numbers…if he doesn’t want in, more power to him.

Its sad that Grant even had to take the time to do this.

Next time Lamb, ask first and do later

Christ n a bike, some people just want to be offended.

Based on all the articles and comments I read on the internet before Morrison released his statement, it seems that everyone on earth EXCEPT Jeff Lamb knew exactly what the intent behind the “GD” was. Can we please stop giving this man attention now?

How very Christian of Mr. Lamb. “I don’t understand it, my interpretation is correct! Ban it! (Make sure everyone knows I am doing this as a CHRISTIAN by the way).” Jackass. Since when is Superman a christian? I thought he was an alien from a world where atheism was understood as far more helpful to society than religions…

BTW: Please join me in boycotting The Comic Conspiracy.

Some of my fellow Christians will find any reason they can to be OUTRAGED!(tm). I think this man is just seeing what he wants to see.

He is right about the new Action Comics being a slap in the face to Siegel and Shuster though.

Such GD BS! Zam Sinner hit the nail on the head with his comment below! Besides, why hasn’t this christian nut-job banned the other 98% of comics that feature women in near-pornographic costumes and poses? Typical christian idiot: bend and twist the bible to suit your agenda. Get a life, loser. JC lost his so you could have one. Thus, think of how disappointed he is in you?!?

I will definatly support the boycott by not flying from the Uk to visit The Comic Conspiracy!

Next issue Supes should say “God damnit, as an extraterrestrial i love taking the ‘lords’ name in vain” just for fun.

I grew up in Greensboro, about 10 miles from Asheboro, and I have to say that this Lamb bozo makes me ashamed of being from the same area. He’s never met a member of a Christian denomination who uses that sort of profanity freely? He needs to get out more.

why does this nutcase even get his headline???

if he had met it a swear word it would have had a break between G and d it pretty obvius really

Idiots.

Morrison uses TONS of nonsensical dialogue in his books, and I tend to dislike, but accept all of it.

My favorite is in an early JLA with Batman screaming something like UUUUUUUUUUUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!

Or NNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

That shit happens all the time in Morrison’s books, god dammit.

Everyone knows Rao is the only true god!

@Manfred “Next time Lamb, ask first and do later”

Exactly!
If this man was SO offended. If this supposed “slap in the face” so enraged him that he was ready to damage his own business by not supplying products to his customer, then why didn’t he simply ask/inquire with DC FIRST.
Why not simply ask?

That’s the main problem here. It has nothing to do with Christians, religion, offending, etc….
No, it has to be with the common sense response to something you have a question with.

DON’T rant and rage publicly about something that you don’t know anything about.
Don’t ASSUME Mr. Lamb that something is what you think it is.

If he had inquired from DC and they either refused to answer or ignored him, then yes, THEN go public with your outrage.

So wait. I can get Grant Morrison to personally respond to me just by saying something fucking crazy?

That’s great! I say crazy shit all the time!

Most of comics he sells have broken every single Commandment, outright.
He doesn’t even know what GD could have meant besides what he read into it.
It could have been “gosh darn” for all he knew.

Seriously, screw this Jeff Lamb guy. Even if it was an abbreviation of ‘god damn’, which Grant has now explicitly stated it wasn’t, not to mention that was a pretty big leap in logic Lamb made in the first place considering the other grunts present in the issue and Morrison’s past work – so what? Really, so the **** what if Superman said god damn? That of all things in comics offended his precious sensibilities? I find Lamb saying “a liberal Scottish schmuck” way more offensive than a fictional character possibly saying ‘god damn in response to getting hit by a tank.

Johnson Gobronson

September 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

The best is how the guy went on to bash the idea of Gay characters in comics as well… First get on your soapbox about Jesus, then add a stepstool to that soapbox to do some good ol’ fashioned Gay Bashing!!

“Hey Jeffy, get me bashin stick, I see some queers in the eyes of god wearing pink shirts & doin unnatchial things to echother!”

People like that give a bad name to fans of the medium everywhere. People like that also give a bad name to anyone who lives south of washington DC. It’d be a real shame if his bible-thumpin business goes up in smoke thanks to his fear & intolerance propaganda. *Nice sarcasm detector, I bet that’s a real useful invention!*

And I bet he sold plenty of copies of All-Star Batman and Robin.
Nobody initials “goddamn” anymore. They just spell it outright.

Ironic that he’s offended because his fictional god was offended by a fictional character. He certainly has his American-given rights to speak out on this issue, which he’s entitled to. Doen’t make him sound any less of an over-sensitive jackass, though.

Attention Self-Righteous Christian Idiots: If you are offended by what you find in comic books, don’t F’in read them! Better yet, write, draw, and print your own. Oh, wait, I mean draw and print your own!

But what about all the insults to Kryptonians by taking Rao’s name in vain?

It’s sad Morrison even was compelled to respond to this nonsense.

Good to see it was all resolved; this type of stuff, especially with people commenting only to bash Christians or this man’s interpretation, seems a bit juvenile, and I respect what this man was doing, even if I disagree.

wow – this Lamb guy needs to recheck facts. taking the lord’s name in vain first of all – is meant to keep people from using it at times when it is unnecessary; ie: saying “Oh/Dear/My God!” when recieving news. Somehow I think when you get blown up, and shout “GOD!” (or G-D if you’re jewish), i don’t think that’s what Dueteronomy 5:11 meant. but i’m not biblical scholar.

I just hope we don’t have a truckload of idiots pouring in hoping to get reactions from DC and the various creators, in hopes of drawing attention to their own pathetic schmuckiness. “I am offended that the swamp in Swamp Thing #1 is extremely mucky, on behalf of all the beautiful swamps across our great nation I will boycott all issues of Swamp Thing and all of Scott Snyder’s other works until he replies to me and apologizes for making swamps look like they are filled with Muck.”
I respect Grant more for taking time to do this, stooping down to explain himself to this backwards-christian-ass-hat.

And I suppose it’s the Christian way to call the person upping product sales in your business a “liberal Scottish schmuck”. Granted I don’t think Morrison considers being called a liberal Scottish insulting.

Years ago another comic shop felt the impact of this kind of stupidity in its pocket book when they chose not to carry a particular Vertigo book because they didn’t approve of its content. That’s their right, but if I were a Comic Conspiracy shopper, I’d simply take my business elsewhere, even after the ‘clarification.’

“He is right about the new Action Comics being a slap in the face to Siegel and Shuster though.”

Have you read the original Siegel and Shuster stories? Morrison’s take is closer to their version of the character than practically any other I’ve seen. I personally feel that Jerry Siegel would get a kick out of it.

As for this “controversy”, let’s declare it officially over. No need to let one guy’s antics turn into widescale bashing of entire groups. After all, what would Superman do?

I do have to say that it’s pretty funny how this guy goes from calling Morrison a “liberal Scottish schmuck” to “Mr. Morrison” to “Grant” within a 24 hour period.

What ever happened to “turn the other cheek.” Selective Christians are funny.

Let us retire the phrase “Get a life”.

Oh how I love it when the goyim speak Yiddish.

Lamb is using a bit of profanity that comes from Ashkenazi Jewish vernacular over a perceived slight against Christianity? This man has no sense of irony.

(Of course, while many English speaking Jews do render the word “G-d” or “G’od”– the fact is that the word is not actually the name of the Deity in Judaism.)

Fckng twts.

I think I would have interpreted Superman’s “GD” as “G-d,” which, as Ian Thal reminds us here, is a rendering used by many English speaking Jews. But I would have left it at that. Another comment mentioned the acres of female flesh in comics, and wondered why Lamb never made such a big stink about that. I have to agree.

Some people just need attention.

This guy is a genuine lunatic and I wouldn’t buy anything from his shop if it was the last one on Earth.

Cynthia Finnegan

September 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

To Jeff Lamb:

Dude, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were of the Jewish faith, and Grant Morrison is an ass.

Jeff Lamb, you called Morrison a “liberal Scottish schmuck?” I’m a liberal Scottish Christian and I’m boycotting your store — “The Comic Conspiracy” — for using your ignorance in Jesus’ name. It’s Christians like you that give Christianity a bad name.

And Jeff, if you’re trying to insult somebody — you “good Christian,” you — don’t call them a liberal. Calling someone a liberal is a compliment. It takes intelligence and compassion to be a liberal.

For example, a liberal would be too intelligent and too compassionate to ban a comic book simply because of a word printed in it. Any word!

What would Jesus do? I think he’d boycott your store. Because your totalitarian Fascist beliefs are damaging to good Christians everywhere.

Wondering if this guy really did cancel his orders for Action with Diamond, and if so, is it really that easy now for him to get them all back? Or Could Diamond already have allocated them elsewhere?

Which would be freakin hilarious if they did.

This issue is ridiculous haha. Honestly unless Superman outright said “Christians are losers” or any other type of blatant religious bashing… then why be offended? I’m Christian but I didn’t even take that as a curse word, and had I, I wouldn’t have cared… not everyone has the same ideas of what’s okay.. and it’s a fictitious story lol. If you don’t like certain things in it then don’t read it. Making a big stunt and insulting the writer is just as un christian as this supposed offense, if not more so.

All that aside, it’s sad Morrison had to spend time dealing with this stunt when he could have been writing more epic stories for Action comics. Can’t wait for issue #2, woo!!!

Lamb is an ultra right wing schmuck with high sense of self importance that wanted a answer from DC or Grant Morrison. What a despicable jerk!

This is the exact reason I dont believe in any religion.It is used to make believers fell superior while they believe in a make-believe entity in the sky who supposedly created the universe. which was written about in the afterword by more propagandists..People who use this to spread their ideas are idiots.Believe if you want,but keep it to yourself or incure the penalties that your stupity deserves.

I wish Grant didn’t respond. It will just show more fanatic lunatics that they will get noticed.

It makes me sick that these born again christians can push their own close minded views on everyone else.

I say that everyone should boycott his store. If he was my local shop I would.

It is just amazing that this Dude never once considered that being raised on a farm in the Midwest that Supes might just be saying “Goshdarn” BEFORE raising this stink…..

I may not like everything Grant does but I do find it honorable that he took time to answer this dude….

Comics… supposed to be boundless in imagination, limited by the people in and around the industry…. Everybody!

Wow. Another religious, selective, short-sighted hypocrite.

Protecting his religious right in one breath and being a xenophobe in the next. ‘Liberal Scottish Schmuck’!?
What does that have to do with anything?

If there’s ever a racial stereotype you can set your watch to, it’s the American bible belt fundamentalist, NRA spewing, republican slack-jaw.

Evolve, or stop reading comics altogether. Hypocrite.
Is there a ban on Preacher in your store!?

Does this mean that all those times Damien Wayne said “TT” he was refering to lady bumps?

My real question to all the Americans out there is would anyone have been offended if he actually said “God”\?

This guy, who called G.M. a name is telling other people to “grow up and get a life” for the exact same thing he did. This guy is a tool.

He calls for a boycott of Action Comics but carries ‘The Boys’ and other like titles.

This douche bag was looking for publicity and he got it. I don’t live in the U.S. but I say people should boycott HIS sad little store for this.

Googam son of Goom

September 11, 2011 at 8:17 am

Good Lord. Holy Moley. By Odin’s Beard. What a wast of time.

I wish Morrison’s response was “He doesn’t blaspheme! He’s the goddamn SUPERMAN!”

Didn’t Superman prove that God was just a myth anyway? Like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus?

So what if he says “God”? You know what we know would disappoint Siegel and Schuster? The way they were treated by DC. And, likely, the way Marvel is treating their peers. If he gives such a crap about ethics, maybe he ought to boycott Marvel for their treatment of Jack Kirby’s legacy.

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