The best thing about this list? There are so many more than I could fit here! Here are my all-time favorites:.
This list of queer comics is sponsored by Check, Please! First of all? Once relegated to subtext and hard-to-find zines, LGBTQ stories can now be found all over the wide world of comics.
LGBT themes in comics are a relatively new concept, as lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT themes and characters were historically omitted intentionally from the content of comic books and their comic strip predecessors, due to either censorship or the perception that comics were for children. With only minimal attention to LGBT characters in the early part of the century using innuendosubtext and inferenceto out-right acceptance later on and into the Twenty-first century, exploring challenges of coming-out and discrimination in society, LGBT themes in comics reflect the change towards acceptance in worldwide attitudes with homosexualitycross-dressing and gender dysphoria. Queer theorists have noted that LGBT characters in mainstream comic books are usually shown as assimilated into heterosexual society, whereas in alternative comics the diversity and uniqueness of LGBT culture is emphasized.
LGBT heroes and villains have been making the realm of superheroes a more colorful place for nearly 30 years. The first gay male superhero to headline a mass-market comic, Midnighter possesses the ability to analyze all possible scenarios before a fight begins. He also has enhanced senses, super strength, agility, and speed.
At first glance, Moto Hagio's classic Japanese manga or comic The Heart of Thomas looks suspiciously like a serialized soap opera. There are hyperbolically unrequited crushes, stolen kisses, vertiginous swoons, shocking secrets revealed, tragic death after tragic death till the protagonists can barely emote their way around all the beautiful corpses—and even, at the center of the plot, an improbable pair of distantly-related doubles, whose identical features spurn the dry touch of genetics for the sweeping caress of melodrama. There is one thing, though, that definitively and obviously sets Heart of Thomas apart from daytime serials.
The list is growing so quickly every day, to be honest, that keeping up with all the amazing work is harder than ever! Which is an incredibly awesome problem to have. A new comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game co-created by Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray!
The new year brings a tide of LGBT comic-book characters and storylines—some are existing characters moving to the forefront, others are new creations, and some have just burst out of the four-color closet. At the moment, Marvel has two Icemen: the adult Bobby Drake and his teenage self, who time-traveled from the past. More recently, the younger mutant hero has been exploring his sexuality—even visiting a gay bar.
A few years back I was reading comics at home one night - the cool kid that I was - and after a few glasses of wine decided I should send an email to one of my favourite comic book writers, a guy named Peter David. As a gay man, I told him, I would love it if he would out one of his characters as gay. There was one in particular, Rictor, whose homosexuality had been hinted at for years, and I said it would mean the world to me and lots of other homos if he finally, on panel, hooked up with a guy.
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When the mutant superhero Iceman came out last month — thanks to a one-two punch of his prying telepathic teammate and a time-travel visit from his younger self — he immediately became the most prominent gay comic book character. But his revelation was far from the only story line involving gay, lesbian and transgender characters in the fast-evolving world of comic-book narratives. In October, Alysia Yeoh, a transgender friend of Batgirl, and her girlfriend Jo were married in a simple ceremony unmarred by super-villainy; Peter Parker, perhaps better known as Spider-Man, attended the wedding of Max Modell, his scientific mentor and gay colleague; and Wiccan and Hulkling, a superpowered gay couple, joined a division of the Avengers along with Hawkeye and Songbird. In August, Wonder Woman officiated a lesbian wedding, and since June, fans have been treated to the monthly adventures of Midnighter, who is out about his heroic identity and his sexual orientation.