You may expect this kind of censorship from Marvel, but DC Comics just bowed to the demands of feminists.
A variant cover of Batgirl 41 featuring the Joker dressed in his famed 'Killing Joke' attire drawing a a blood-red smile on the face of a teary-eyed Batgirl was too much for some to bare.
Alan Moore's 'The Killing Joke' is highly regarded as one of the best comics of all time. It is famous for serving as both an origin story for The Joker as well as a scene where Batgirl/Barbara Gordon is left paralyzed. This resulted in her eventually becoming the character Oracle.
Teresa Justino wrote on her female-focused comics website, “It’s disturbing. And while it’s certainly drawn well, and it references a classic story from The Joker’s history, the fact is, it’s not what many of Batgirl readers of any gender want to see for one of DC’s few female heroes currently with her own title.”
The cover was drawn by Rafael Albuquerque who requested DC Comics pull it after the hashtag #ChangeTheCover was started by feminists.
DC Comics released the following statement:
“We publish comic books about the greatest heroes in the world, and the most evil villains imaginable. The Joker variant covers for June are in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Joker. Regardless if fans like Rafael Albuquerque’s homage to Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke graphic novel from 25 years ago, or find it inconsistent with the current tonality of the Batgirl books - threats of violence and harassment are wrong and have no place in comics or society. We stand by our creative talent, and per Rafael’s request, DC Comics will not publish the Batgirl variant.”
There was no reference to a counter-movement to #SaveTheCover which included fans such as actor Adam Baldwin who called the change censorship.
Photo Credit: DC Comics
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