I am a straight guy and a comic book fan. Exactly the kind of person the studios are worried about upsetting by having LGBTI superheroes.
So why am I actually surprised and disappointed there are so few gay heroes in comic books?
Firstly, it’s important to recognize that, while there are too few, that doesn’t mean there are none. Some names immediately pop into my head, mostly found in comics by the Big Two publishers; Marvel and DC.
There is, for example, Catwoman who – in her latest interpretation – is at least bisexual; but I guess nobody was really surprised by that revelation.
In a storyline Brian Michael Bendis wrote for the All-new X-Men, the original X-Men meet the present X-Men and also the future X-Men. And a curious past-Iceman outs himself as gay, although the present-Iceman totally wasn’t (comics can be really complicated and confusing).
Then we have the shape shifter Hulkling and the mutant Wiccan, a cute gay teenage couple who are part of Marvel Comics’ Young Avengers.
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