Chuck Dixon, a comic book writer who has penned Batman and several other titles, recently claimed that his conservative views have cost him work.
Dixon is probably best known for creating the Batman villain Bane, who also appeared in the film "The Dark Knight Rises."
In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal written by Dixon and artist Paul Rivoche, they complain about the "political correctness, moral ambiguity and leftist ideology" in comic books since the 1990s.
The comic pros write:
Our fear is that today's young comic-book readers are being ill-served by a medium that often presents heroes as morally compromised or no different from the criminals they battle. With the rise of moral relativism, "truth, justice and the American way" have lost their meaning.
Dixon and Rivoche recall when some of the major comic book publishers created the Comics Code Authority (CCA) in 1954 that censored what comics could and could not portray.
What they don't mention is that the CCA was created in response to a much-debunked book, Seduction of the Innocent, which made wild claims about comics causing everything from juvenile crime to homosexuality in youngsters, noted TheMarySue.com.
However, Dixon and Rivoche say that when the CCA was abandoned in the 1990s and censorship was lifted, it hurt conservatives in the industry.
Dixon and Rivoche write:
The industry weakened and eventually threw out the CCA, and editors began to resist hiring conservative artists. One of us, Chuck, expressed the opinion that a frank story line about AIDS was not right for comics marketed to children. His editors rejected the idea and asked him to apologize to colleagues for even expressing it. Soon enough, Chuck got less work.
The superheroes also changed. Batman became dark and ambiguous, a kind of brooding monster. Superman became less patriotic, culminating in his decision to renounce his citizenship so he wouldn't be seen as an extension of U.S. foreign policy. A new code, less explicit but far stronger, replaced the old: a code of political correctness and moral ambiguity. If you disagreed with mostly left-leaning editors, you stayed silent.
We hope conservatives, free-marketeers and, yes, free-speech liberals will join us. It's time to take back comics.
However, neither Dixon or Rivoche mention any specific storyline with a specific character that they were not allowed to portray because of supposed left-wing censorship.
Sources: The Wall Street Journal and TheMarySue.com