Jim Lee: Doug TenNapel is a Problem but Brad Meltzer Was Just Fine?

The right-leaning, Christian, video game designer and comics artist/writer Doug TenNapel recently complained that DC’s current publisher, Jim Lee, got Sean Gordon Murphy to withdraw a cover he was going to contribute to a Bigfoot Bill comic:

TenNapel further vocalized his own take on the situation in a series of tweets, which are shown in order here. “The LGBTQ put pressure on DC and [Murphy] for doing a cover on Bigfoot Bill 2,” he wrote. “Sean and I agreed that he should pull the cover. It’s more important than ever that pro-family comic lovers to support my work and rethink DC for attacking my business over my beliefs.”

He continued, “This has nothing to do with the book. It’s Jim Lee/DC that don’t want [Murphy] to do a favor for a friend that goes against their SJW/LGBTQ brand. This isn’t a fake culture war to get super-chats. This is a real culture war.” TenNapel also said, “I don’t blame Sean. I offered that he could pull the cover. It’s hard to be a guy who makes friends choose to either do a cover or do a multi-million dollar label at DC. Bigfoot Bill 2 is going to be fine, but DC came after my business so I’m not going to be quiet about it.” TenNapel claims he and Murphy are still on good terms.

He later retracted his accusations against Lee, but truly, how do we know he didn’t have anything to do with it? Though Murphy certainly isn’t doing himself any favors by associating with LGBT advocates hostile to free speech, something far too many leftist writers are doing in these times, and has become a sad staple of leftist MO of late.

All that aside, when I read about this, I couldn’t help find it most hypocritical Lee may still be associating with Brad Meltzer, author of Identity Crisis, that 2004 miniseries that’s offensive to victims of sexual assault, and last year, it was reported that:

DC co-publisher and comic book artist of certain repute Jim Lee revealed he will team with writer Brad Meltzer for a 8-page story in an unannounced, upcoming DC War 100-Page Special.

I don’t know if this debuted yet, but I do know it’s additionally ludicrous, nearly 3 years after the Weinstein scandal, which just saw the disgraced movie mogul sentenced to 23 years in prison for at least two of his repellent crimes, that Lee would continue to maintain any association with a writer who belittled serious issues in said 2004 miniseries. Lee has a lot of explaining to do, because if he caused any distress for TenNapel, this only makes it all the more disturbing.

If Lee truly wants to avoid any more controversy for the wrong reasons, he’d do well to distance himself from Meltzer in the forseeable future. After all the trouble DC caused by failing to rid themselves of Eddie Berganza, this case only makes Lee look all the more hypocritical.

Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1