Queer Comic Characters: Rictor (Oct 26)

One of the most interesting things about Julio Esteban “Ric” Richter (Rictor) is that he’s been in comic books since he was a teenager and has grown to adulthood in them. Rictor first appears in X-Factor #17 in June 1987, created by writer Louise Simonson and artist Walter Simonson.

Julio Esteban “Ric” Richter (Rictor)

Rictor

Rictor first becomes part of the X-Factor after he’s captured by the anti-mutant organization, the Right. The Right wants to use Rictor’s seismic powers to create an earthquake in San Fransisco in order incite hate against mutants. However, X-Factor foils their plans and rescues Rictor before any harm’s done. Rictor ends up joining the team and being trained by them. Continue reading “Queer Comic Characters: Rictor (Oct 26)”

Queer Comic Characters: Jenny Sparks (Oct 25th)

Jenny Sparks is probably the member of the Authority I miss Warren Ellis writing her the most. Jenny’s the Spirit of the 20th Century, and for every century humankind has lived through, there has been a Jenny.

The 20th Century’s Jenny is Jenny Sparks, a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, bisexual with the power of electricity. Electricity being the biggest innovator of the 20th Century. Jenny can control it, but not create it, and she can also travel along power lines like electricity. She is a protector of humanity.

Jenny Sparks

Jenny Sparks

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Queer Comic Characters: Captain Janet McSapphic (Oct 24th)

I was going to do an entire entry devoted to all the Lesbian Pirates of I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!!. Then I considered doing separate entries for each, but they would take up a large part of the month. So instead, I decide to focus on my favorite Lesbian Pirate:

Janet McSapphic or The Captain

Captain Janet McSapphic

Full warning: I have only read the first arc, so please don’t spoil me for the rest. Yes, I know there are more available online. (Read I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!!) However, I want to support writer and artist Megan Rose Gedris and buy her comics in print. That and print will be good for re-reading when I’m 50+ and thinking about how awesome lesbian pirates in space are. I don’t want to relay on the Wayback Archive and my memory, especially to say “D’oh, it was deleted in the Great Google Disaster of 2032.” Continue reading “Queer Comic Characters: Captain Janet McSapphic (Oct 24th)”

Queer Comic Characters: Northstar (Oct 23rd)

Jean-Paul Beaubier (Northstar) is technically the first openly gay character in the Marvel universe. Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Byrne says he always meant for Northstar to be gay; he just wasn’t allowed to say so due to Marvel editor Jim Shooter seeing an openly gay character as a “political position” and the Comics Code Authority.

Jean-Paul Beaubier (Northstar)

Northstar

If you’ve never heard of Northstar, that’s probably because you’ve never read Alpha Flight. Alpha Flight’s Canada’s premiere superhero team, government-run like all those socialist programs in Canada. 😉 And Northstar’s their requisite snobby French-Canadian champion skier turned superhero. Okay, you might’ve also heard of Northstar from this little title called X-Men where he also appears. Continue reading “Queer Comic Characters: Northstar (Oct 23rd)”

Queer Comic Characters: Maggie Sawyer (Oct 22)

Maggie Sawyer first appeared in John Byrne’s Superman Vol. 2 #4 in April 1987, which was the same year the Comics Code Authority dropped its ban on LGBT characters in comics. She’s a no-nonsense detective who started out on the Metropolis PD and has since moved to Gotham. And Maggie’s just awesome enough to ride out on a horse in her formal wear from a biodome being poisoned by a bad guy (long story).

Maggie Sawyer

Maggie Sawyer

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Queer Comic Book Characters: Hulkling (Oct 21st)

The struggle with identity can be a great one, especially for queer youth. However, Theodore “Teddy” Altman’s (Hulkling) struggle isn’t about his sexuality, but his heritage. Struggling with heritage seems to be a popular stand in for sexual orientation identity struggles in the Marvel universe.

Theodore “Teddy” Altman (Hulkling)

Teddy first appears in Young Avengers where everyone assumes he’s a Hulk, hence his name. In fact, Teddy himself assumes this is where his bulky green powered-up appearance comes from. But Teddy’s not gamma-radiated, instead he’s a Kree-Skrull hybrid with super strength, super healing, and shape-shifting abilities. He’s also romantically involved with teammate Billy Kaplan (Wiccan). Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Characters: Hulkling (Oct 21st)”

Queer Comic Book Characters: Hero Brown (Oct 19th)

Hero’s one of the female characters in Y: The Last Man, who starts out as straight, only to become a lesbian out of neccessity. (Especially since the only man alive is her brother, Yorick Brown.) However, Hero’s journey is more about her redemption and struggle for her humanity than her new sexuality.

Hero Brown

Hero Brown

Hero starts off as something of a lost character. She’s working as a paramedic in Boston; though she seems to be preoccupied with following her libido. Her world’s immediately crushed when all the men die. She ends up joining the Daughters of the Amazon, who believe that the Y chromosome was a stain on the Earth and the plague was the Earth cleaning itself. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Characters: Hero Brown (Oct 19th)”

Queer Comic Book Characters: Johnny Bart (Oct 18th)

Not every Silver Age character comes back, but Johnny Bart (The Rawhide Kid) has made his appearances throughout the years. Despite that Western-themed comics have fallen out of favor for superheros, Johnny has remained one of the most popular Western characters.

Johnny Bart (The Rawhide Kid)

The Rawhide Kid

Johnny’s Silver Age comics were of the slapstick variety. He rode into town, fought the bad guys, made some quips, and rode back into the sunset. While he didn’t have any traditional superpowers, he was incredibly fast with his gun. As were most Western heroes. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Characters: Johnny Bart (Oct 18th)”

Queer Comic Book Characters: Jonas Graymalkin (Oct 17th)

The majority of Jonas Graymalkin’s time in Marvel’s Young X-Men was spent in the closet. This is no surprise considering Jonas was born over 200 years ago when attitudes about being gay were very different.

Jonas Graymalkin

Jonas Greymalkin

During an attack on the X-Mansion, the ground splits apart and Jonas appears. He’s found by Cipher and joins the Young X-Men. Though since his powers are attached to being in darkness, he tends to keep to the shadows. He’s very protective of the Young X-Men, but many of them don’t even realize he’s there. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Characters: Jonas Graymalkin (Oct 17th)”