Northstar Comes OutThe longest rumored-to-be-gay character in mainstream super hero comics was Alpha Flight's Northstar. Created in 1979, it wasn't until Alpha Flight issue 106 in 1992 that Canadian mutant Jean Paul Baubier finally came out of the closet and told everyone what they already knew.
Sadly, all of this was in a pretty poorly written and drawn story about Northstar finding an AIDS baby in a trash dump. *rolls eyes*
All of this got nationwide attention, of course, and although Alpha Flight (Northstar's Superteam's ongoing book) was canceled soon after Northstar's outing, his career eventually bounced back after the whole frenzy had passed.
He eventually found a slot on the true X-Men, where he remains to this day. As I write this I realize Northstar has had the same career path as Ellen DeGeneres. Think about it.
Phat and Vivisector from XStatixRictor and Shatterstar may be getting all the gay mutant attention these days, but before these two were out and proud, Marvel mutants Phat and Vivesector were proudly announcing their queer status to the world back in '03. Part of the team X-Statix, who were basically media whores, trying to promote a reality show they had.
Phat was your typical white trash wannabe Eminem type (artist Mike Allred drew him as pretty much a cartoon dead ringer for Marshall Mathers). His power was, well…to get fat. Essentially, he was an even more trailer park version of classic X-men villain the Blob. Vivisector (Myles Alfred) was the intellectual, bookish nerd of the group. With the ability to turn into a feral werewolf type at will, he and the considerably less intellectual Phat clashed at first.
Eventually, the two of them became friends, and decided to become a couple to boost the ratings of the X-Statix television show. Over the course of their publicity stunt, they both realized they really were gay and started a relationship. They broke it off when they realized that gay or not…neither of them was really attracted to the other.
Both characters end up dead at the end of the series. But before you go crying "Homophobia!" the ENTIRE team dies at the end of the series. Equal opportunity dismemberment at work.
- 7Comic books have been filled with lesbian innuendo for decades; from Wonder Woman tying up bad girls to Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy having pillow fights in their bra and panties in the Batman books. Young straight sexually frustrated males are the bread and butter of the comics industry after all. But when it comes to actual lesbian main characters in mainstream comics? You can count them on one hand.
Renee Montoya is one of them.
Introduced originally in the Batman animated series from the 90's, Renee was introduced to comics shortly thereafter. A tough capable cop in the corrupt Gotham City Police Force, she went on to be the breakout star of the series Gotham Central.
But you ain't really anybody in the DC Universe 'til you start wearing a goofy outfit, and in 2007 DC gave Renee the stamp of approval and gave her the mask and fedora of longtime DC hero The Question. She's currently kicking ass (along with her ex girlfriend Batwoman) in Detective Comics.
Apollo & MidnighterIn the late 90’s/early 2000’s, there was a lot of buzz around Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Universe, mostly due to the fact that Marvel and DC were both going through a pretty sucky period at the time. Among those Wildstorm titles was The Authority. The Authority in particular would get really interesting when writer Warren Ellis came on board and made the team a kind of militant, slightly twisted version of the Justice League.
The Authority even came with its own versions of Superman and Batman in the forms of Apollo and Midnighter.... except this World’s Finest couple was actually a real couple.
Warren Ellis and later writer Mark Millar treated the whole thing rather casually, and the fact that their two male teammates were gettin' it on was never really an issue for the other members of the group.
They even got married in front of the press in a lavish ceremony. Midnighter was popular enough to eventually even get his own series from writer Garth Ennis, and no one from DC went on Larry King’s show about it.
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