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ComicsAlliance: Why Did DC Cancel Superman's Team-Up with a Muslim Hero?

posted Jun 22, 2011, 1:19 PM by Vu Sleeper
From www.comicsalliance.com


SUPERMAN #712 (Perez Cover) (Errata) (Jun 2011)
Why Did DC Cancel Superman's Team-Up with a Muslim Hero?
Jun 22nd 2011 By: Chris Sims


Ever since it was solicited three months ago, DC has been billing Superman #712 as a story where Superman goes to Los Angeles and meets the West Coast's newest super-hero, Sharif, a young man dealing with a public that might not want his help. If you go to your local comic shop and pick the issue up today, however, that's not the story you're going to get. Instead, the issue now contains a completely different story.

At first glance, this might not seem like a big deal, because after all, fill-ins happen all the time. But given that writer Chris Roberson has said that the entire issue has been completed, it seems like there might be a deeper reason that this story got the axe -- and it's hard to believe it doesn't have something to do with the fact that Sharif is a Muslim.

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Roberson himself in a reaction he gave exclusively to ComicsAlliance:

"As much as I look forward to seeing an unpublished Kurt Busiek Superman story, it's a shame that DC didn't determine that the story we prepared for Superman 712 didn't work in the Grounded storyline in time for us to do a different story. As it happened, the Sharif story was included in the outline for the remaining issues of Grounded that I submitted in November. The outline was approved, and in February the issue synopsis that I provided was used to draft the solicitation text, to work up character designs for Sharif (the grown up version of Sinbad from the early 90s), and for cover art to be pencilled, inked, and colored. The script for the issue was accepted in April, and was drawn, inked, and lettered. Unfortunately, when the issue was ready to be sent to the printer in the third week of May I was informed that the decision had been made not to print it."


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