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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.”