The artist felt there was too much bad press associated with the story.
Source: USA Today
The Orson Scott Card/Superman controversy has claimed another casualty: Chris Sprouse. The Tom Strong artist has decided to pull out of the story he was to illustrate for Card after controversy arose about the writer's anti-gay activism.
"The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that's something I wasn't comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them," Sprouse said in a statement.
Due to the creative change, DC announced that Card's story has been delayed indefinitely until a new artist can be found. We hope that DC will re-solicit the story to be released the same week as Uncanny Avengers #6, which is tentatively scheduled for June 18, 2195. Of course, this being DC, they probably won't take the free pass of getting out of the Card controversy and will immediately reschedule the story's release for the following week.
However, at least for the time being, Adventures of Superman #1 is now an (openly) homophobic free comic. Score one for the Internet.
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