Tom King on Jae Lee/Comicsgate tweet - "We’re all good. Best possible outcome"

(Image credit: Jae Lee (DC))

Update: Six hours after publicly expressing his disapproval with DC for hiring Jae Lee to draw a variant for his upcoming Rorschach series, given the artist has drawn a cover or covers for a Comicsgate associated project, writer Tom King has an update - it was a misunderstanding, apparently.

"I spoke with Jae. He' not on Twitter, didn’t know Comicsgate existed, and doesn’t support hate of any kind," King tweets (opens in new tab). "We're all good. Best possible outcome."

Original story follows...

Original story: DC writer Tom King has spoken out against the publisher's decision to hire Jae Lee to draw a variant to an upcoming title of King's due to the artist's previous involvement with a Comicsgate associated project.

Tom King

Tom King (Image credit: Dylan King)

"Today DC put out an alternate cover to Rorschach by Jae Lee, who has also done covers for Comicsgate, a hate group," King tweeted Friday (opens in new tab). "DC does not consult creators on alternate covers; I reached out to them to express my deep disappointment. Far as I’m concerned this is the cover to Rorschach #1."

King included the cover originally solicited with Rorschach #1 by series artist Jorge Fornés. While DC first released the Lee cover Friday, July 24, the official Rorschach #1 solicitation copy with Lee listed as a variant cover artist was released Friday, July 17.

Comicsgate is a movement involving several comic creators and fans who have spoken out against what they feel is forced diversity and social reform in the modern comic book industry. The movement has developed its own community, with former DC-exclusive creator Ethan Van Sciver being one of its loudest voices.

The Comicsgate cover work King appears to be referring to is Lee's variant for Van Sciver's self-published one-shot Cyberfrog: Rekt Planet revealed (opens in new tab) earlier this year. Van Sciver debuted the cover in a tweet that included a #Comicsgate hashtag. 

Rorschach #1, with both the Fornés cover and the Lee variant, is scheduled to go on sale October 13.

Newsarama has reached out to DC for comment. We will update this story if and when they respond.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)