In just a matter of weeks, DC Comics’ decision to hire science-fiction writer and noted anti-gay bigot Orson Scott Card to pen a new Superman title has become a PR nightmare.
Card, a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, has publicly claimed gays and lesbians can change their orientation if they wanted to, and that homosexuality is caused by molestation. An online petition was started to encourage DC to dump Card, and it’s received more than 13,000 signatures to date.
But veteran sci-fi writer David Gerrold, who is openly gay, has a better idea: Let him write The Adventures of Superman.
Gerrold, whose writing credits include the beloved “Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek writes:
Perhaps you could balance that decision by hiring an openly gay writer to draft a Superman story for a future issue.
I hereby volunteer.
I have been a fan of Superman since Bud Collyer played him on the radio. (Before TV was invented.) I can remember Brainiac’s first appearance, and Bizarro too. And I cried when George Reeves died.
I do have some small credential as a writer of science fiction and fantasy. I have published a few books and written a few teleplays. (You can look me up on the Internet.) I have also written some mangas, and I wrote two issues of the Babylon 5 comic you published ten years ago.
I have some very good ideas that I think would work well for the series. I’d like the opportunity to write for you the very best Superman story ever.
DC could do a lot worse that Gerrold, who also worked on Land of the Lost, The Twilight Zone, and numerous Star Trek novelizations. His award-winning 1995 book, The Martian Child, was even adapted into a film starring John Cusack.
Of course, despite the fact that both Gerrold and the novel’s lead are gay men who adopted children, Cusak’s character was made heterosexual.