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).
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)”
I’ll be the first to admit that I know very little about Todd Rice (Obsidian). I’ve only read about him in Marc Andreyko’s Manhunter, where he was a supporting character: sometimes back-up support for superhero Kate Spencer (Manhunter) and sometimes just the boyfriend of Damon Matthews, a DA and Kate’s co-counsel.
Todd Rice (Obsidian)
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 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)”
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)
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)”
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.
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)”
In Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man all the male mammals die except Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. This makes the text full of lesbians as there are no other options. However, not all the characters became gay due no other choices, some such as Doctor Allison Mann started out that way.
Doctor Allison Mann
Allison is a brilliant geneticist. She’s dedicated to science, finding the truth about the plague, and helping humanity to survive via cloning. When we first meet her, she’s pregnant and giving birth to her clone. Yes, that’s right her clone. The plague hits at the same time her clone’s born. The baby does not live. However, Allison blames herself and her Frankenstein-like actions as the plague’s source.
Allison when the plague hits.
Due to her prestige (even in all the chaos), Yorick, Ampersand, and Agent 355 (secret agent and bodyguard to Yorick) come to meet up with Allison in order to figure out why Yorick survived. Of course, Allison’s labs blown up and the trio, plus monkey, go on the run to San Fransisco where Mann’s other lab is.
MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Characters: Doctor Allison Mann (Oct 16th)”
What’s a team of Young Avengers if one or more of them isn’t a child of the original Avengers? Okay, William “Billy” Kaplan (Wiccan) isn’t by birth, but he and his not-biological twin brother Thomas Shepherd (Speed) are the reincarnated fake magical children of Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and Vision, who’s a robot. ^^
William “Billy” Kaplan (Wiccan)
Apollo and Midnighter may be the most famous queer characters in The Authority, but they aren’t the only ones. They’re just in good company. This reminds me of a time my mom asked me if all my friends are gay. No, mom, they aren’t all gay; we’re just magnetic to tolerant people, who have a high likelihood of also being gay.
Shen Li-Min (Swift)
Swift is a bisexual Buddhist Tibetan. But what makes her even cooler is that she has talon and wings that give her super fast flying powers and other super senses. Oh, no, wait, that’s not what makes her the coolest. What makes Swift the coolest is that she’s the only character not created by Warren Ellis to make it onto The Authority‘s roster. That’s right, even Ellis know she’s awesome. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Characters: Swift (Oct 14th)”
The title of this blog post seems bizarre, but Alison Bechdel is a character in her own autobiographic graphic novel, Fun Home, a play on Funeral Home. (Her father was a funeral home director and high school English teacher.) The novel takes places in non-linear flashbacks to Bechdel’s time in her parents’ home and by in large, her relationship with her father, Bruce Bechdel.
In many ways, I think my literary tastes fall right in line with enjoying this novel. In fact, I read it in an afternoon. (English major as charged.) The Bechdel house is one of books and there are many literary references — from James Joyce to the fable of Icarus — littered throughout the novel. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Characters: Alison Bechdel (Oct 13th)”