Gay Superheroes

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We look at the history of gay superheroes, and whether the comic book world portrays homosexuals fairly. Perry Moore, who passed away last week, was a major champion of the portrayal of gay characters in comic books - and a critic of their deaths. Vito Del Santo  from Jim Hanley's Universe, goes over some of the characters.

What do you think about gay characters in comic books. Do they get fair treatment?


Vito Del Santo

Comments [9]

Elizabeth Moore Felton from Austin, TX

Thank you for keeping my brother's memory alive through his work. Anyone who has read his book, "HERO," will understand that it is a story that is meant to inspire all people, including the gay community; but also anyone who faces challenges of not fitting in or simply the stresses and trials of growing up. His love for comic books inspired him to write this story involving characters he created and could feel passionate about. Two of his most ardent supporters were Stan Lee and Maurice Sendak. Beyond the right or wrong of any homosexual issues, this was a labor of love; and thousands of lives were positively affected by it and by its author. We will miss the movies he was continuing to create, we will miss the books we was yet to write, and we sorely miss our HERO.

Feb. 22 2011 07:17 PM
pr from NJ

Maybe the general population is not yet ready or interested in a hero with superhuman anal abilities?

American superheroes and sexually deviant behavior seem like polar opposites concepts to me; maybe much more at home in something from Milo Manara but not very well suited to wear the stars and stripes.

Feb. 22 2011 11:52 AM
Mike from Tribeca

It's Jack Kirby's world. We just live in it.

Feb. 22 2011 11:38 AM
Tim Goldman from Jackson Heights

During Gail Simone's run of Wonder Woman, she introduced a gay superhero character called the Olympian who was supposed to be the male version of Wonder Woman.

He has been portrayed as very strong, and I think one of the better gay characters in Comics.

Feb. 22 2011 11:06 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Sharon from New Jersey

I think you are wrong. Most Jews are born as Jews, because they were born to a Jewish mother. Most did not choose to be Jews. They were just born that way :)
P.S. I was born that way - Jewish, that is.

Feb. 22 2011 11:03 AM
Nick from UWS

Gay superheros? Jesus Christ, what will supposedly grown people choose to worry about next? Superheros are COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS, for CHILDREN. What are you going to do, show gay sex in superhero comics? Depicting various races in comics is NOT the same as depicting various sexualities.

Feb. 22 2011 11:01 AM
michael from brooklyn

as a gay comic book fan, i myself always looked to the x-men. even before they had gay members among them, the whole ideas of mutants themselves were a metaphor for gay people to me. they were outsiders, hated for who they were because they were different. that by itself made me feel not so alone as a child.

Feb. 22 2011 10:58 AM
Mike from Staten Island

who's the guest?

Feb. 22 2011 10:55 AM
Sharon from Jersey City

Could you please not equate "gay" with Jewish? One is a religion (choice) and the other is not. As your guest mentioned minorities are not represented well. Jews make up such a VERY small percentage of our population and the world for that matter. Anyway please stop correlating the two.

Feb. 22 2011 10:54 AM

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