There's still no date set for publication, nor is there an artist attached, but DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said in a Wednesday interview that the Adventures of Superman story by writer Orson Scott Card, whose staunch position against gay marriage led to retailer boycotts when the issue was first solicited, is still going to happen.

Here's the full exchange from ICv2, which also includes a comment from Co-Publisher Jim Lee:

You announced that Adventures of Superman with an Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston story got pulled back because the artist dropped out. What’s going on with that?
Lee: We’re searching for an artist to work on that story so it’s been tabled until that happens.

Didio: We have a number of projects that started at the same time, so it moved back in the queue and we have other ones that are further along in production that we’re moving with first.

But not cancelled, you’re still going to do it?
Didio: Yes.

Card's Adventures of Superman story was originally supposed to run as the first digital issue of the series in April, but got pushed back indefinitely when artist Chris Sprouse bowed out, citing the immense media attention around the story as the reason for his departure.

The timing of DiDio's statement is a curious one. Even broader media attention has coalesced around Card as the November 1 release of the movie based on his novel Ender's Game approaches. A boycott campaign called "Skip Ender's Game" has picked up steam, forcing Card to publicly comment. In those comments, Card said he wondered whether "the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute."

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