Which comic superheros, superheroines or villains could plausibly go gay?

Hi, Mockingbird.

Yes, I did read it from cover to cover, as I said in my earlier post that you quoted.

Not everyone liked that book. But then again not everyone found it offensive.

But that’s true in life about lots of things.

I didn’t say everyone found it offensive.

Hi, all. Just wanted to say I liked the Rawhide Kid book and don’t know what all the fuss and uproar was about.

Anyway, Entertainment Weekly gave the Rawhide Kid an A rating.

Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

I’m dumbstruck. It’s one thing for some fringe comic book publisher have gay character’s but Marvel and DC? I read some of those histories but does anyone have the actual dialogue where they officially came out? I can just imagine. If anyone knows the dialogue of the first outing do post. Was it like an ABC Afterschool Special type thing? A “very special” issue?
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Truckstop Boy: Prison’s not so bad Chief, noootttt sooooo badddddd.

From that site: "Throughout the series, Off-Ramp had continually expressed how much he admired his leader Hard Drive "

It’s not my list. The site provides the information upon which it bases its conclusions. For the Black Cat:

and for Destiny and Mystique:

Didn’t Marvel later retcon Northstar so he’s no longer “gay”? Some silly story about how he and his sister Aurora were actually “faeries” :rolleyes: from another dimension, and their prolonged absence was making him sick, giving him AIDS-like symptoms? Or did they retcon the retcon and say he’s gay again?

rjung Northstar’s coming out speech was in issue 107. The whole faerie/elf thing was done running up to issue 50 and was revealed to be a total lie told by Loki. There’s some priceless scene of Northstar sitting around in the elf dimension bored out of his head…


As I mentioned, Northstar came out in issue 107 of Alpha Flight. It wasn’t any sort of oversized Very Special Issue but it was written up widely in the mainstream press because it was the first time an established “headliner” hero in a mainstream book had come out. Extrano actually pre-dated Northstar’s coming out but Extrano was presented as gay (and flaming) from the outset. The dialogue was something like “You don’t have to tell me what it means to be an outsider. Although I have chosen not to make an issue of my private life, the fact is that I am gay.”

The Pied Piper in Flash was IMHO the best coming out I’ve seen (although I have to admit I haven’t read many of the stories listed at my link). He and Flash were chatting about something and the topic of The Joker came up. Flash (Wally West) said something like “I always heard he was gay.” Piper said “He’s not gay. I’m gay, and he’s never at the meetings.” Since Wally’s persona at the time was that of a fairly immature twerp, his acknowledgement and acceptance of Piper’s sexuality without a lot of drama (although it did take the remainder of the issue) really worked well for me.

Gambit of the X-Men once smooched his buddy Courier (Jacob Gavin, Jr.), a shapeshifter who was in female form at the time. Yes, Remy knew who it was. Does that count?

Also Dr. Henry Jekyll from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In the recent series, his alter-ego Hyde claims that he was experimenting with the transformative serum in an attempt to “cure” his homosexuality (remember this is Victorian-era England, there was no gay pride movement). Anyway, it didn’t work and he ended up as Mr. Edward Hyde instead. In a recent issue of the series, Mr. Hyde…

… discovers his teammate, Hawley Griffin (the Invisible Man) has sold out the League to their enemies. Hyde captures Griffin and violently rapes him to death. :eek: Ewww. I doubt somehow that this scene will be included in a sequel to the LXG movie.

Hello, all,

Was it the intentions of the writers of these superheros to be gay? Is not this interpretation of their orientations a rather mondern concepet? I bet long ago writers did not intend nor dare to have a super hero gay.


Modern? We’re not talking about stuff written in the 17th century, here. Superhero comics aren’t any older than the 1920s or so, and most of the ones being talked about here come from the '70s or later.

And we all know that Entertainment Weekly is quite the arbiter of taste.

So that’s what he means by “Flame on.”

True enough, but as cites go, it’s still a wee bit better than “some dudes at a comic store.”

Well, if it’s any help, the character Sunfire from Marvel’s “Exiles” is a lesbian, even according to Marvel’s official companion-literature.

In fact, I browsed through an issue at a bookstore newstand where one of her teammates was commenting on the demise of one of Sunfire’s alternate-universe analogues. The teammate said something like, “Look, that might have been a version of you who died, but it wasn’t you! That other Sunfire had a different life, different experiences…”

At which point another teammate (Morph?) chimed in with; “Yeah…maybe she was even straight!”

It seemed a clear-enough statement.
(And, in all fairness, he was trying to be comforting.)


Thanks, Miller.

Well, if some of you don’t put much stock in reviews that are published in Entertainment Weekly (which only has 1.5+ million readers), how do you feel about the Wellred Press - a comics and entertainment resource?

Back awhile in the Teen Titans, didn’t Starfire and Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) have a weekend together where it was hinted that “love” was among the recreational activities?

Actually yes. I was under the impression that EW reviews were generally considered to be fairly influential in both the industry and among other reviewers and were among the major review sources that studios and actors pay serious atention to.

You could be right. I found this article about EW.

Here’s an excerpt:

Hello, Miller,

Sorry for the misinterpritation. Thanks for your answer.