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Thursday, September 11, 2008

"All Star" obscenities

So have you been following the "All Star" furor? Newsarama and others have reported that DC Comics asked comic book shop owners to destroy any copies of "All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder" No. 10 and that replacement copies would be coming soon. Seems that the dialogue was sprinkled with profanity that was supposed to be blocked by black bars, but the black bars weren't dark enough and the offending words could be seen.

What the .....? Why put the words in there to begin with if they were going to be blacked out? Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Either keep the words in there and make it an adult comic, or just don't go there at all.

Meanwhile, of course, many of the copies destined for destruction are instead showing up on eBay. ....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this day and age, how does something like this happen without it being done on purpose?

Maybe I am a bit of cynic but really guys, this was an accident? Pretty lame!

Comic Guy2

8:45 AM

Blogger Bill Radford said...

L.A. Times ran a story with comments by Frank Miller, who said the profanity is actually lettered in so that the right amount of space can then be blocked out.

As my teenage daughter would say, "whatev."

9:50 AM

Blogger Shamus said...

If this wasn't a publicity stunt it should have been. It creates an instant collectors item, draws attention to the product and sells more copies of the issue. brilliant.

4:43 PM


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