“I seen the naked lady and I got mad.” Ten year old Sheldyn Conley loves comic books but knew something was wrong when he opened “The Spectre.” He says, “I just turned the page and I seen the naked ladies so I handed it to a grownup and said, ‘Look at this.’”
On the very first page are two large drawings of a naked woman. There’s more nudity throughout the comic as well as violence. Stepfather Kenny Stong says, “He's a little young to be exposed to that kind of situation or environment, what not.”
Linda Hurst bought the comics to put in an Easter basket. She didn't feel comfortable being on camera but said, “It really embarrassed me because I’d given it to a 10 year old boy.” She bought the comics from a Dollar Tree. Everything made her believe it was meant for children. She says they were placed in the kids isle of the store, the wrapping seemed "G" rated, and the back of the wrapper says, "All comic books inserted in the "Superhero Comic Book Spectacular" are family friendly and will bring hours of enjoyable reading.”
So who's responsible for the mix up? ABC 4 went to the Dollar Tree for answers. When we showed the comic book to manager Tiffany Miller, her reaction was, “Uhhh, oh my gosh.”
She explained that the comic book packages are promotional items sent to Dollar Tree because other retailers couldn't sell them. Minutes after we arrived she pulled them from the shelves and said she would, “…Call my district manager right now and let him know what's going on and let him know we should pull them off all the shelves in the other stores if they have them too.”
The other comic book in the package was fine. No nudity and a lot less violence. Another note, the comics included in the packages is a random selection of out of print comic books.