"He's fearless and he's honest"
June 1, 2012 4:04 PM Subscribe
posted by kittens for breakfast (123 comments total)
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DC Comics hinted recently that one of its first-tier superheroes would be revealed as gay, and here he is: Alan Scott
, the original Green Lantern (...sort of).
This Alan Scott is not exactly
the character created by Martin Nodell
and first seen in July 1940's All-American Comics #16
(a starring role in his own series followed soon after).
An explanation of the character's tangled history defies articulation and staggers sense, but in essence this Alan Scott is a reimagined version of that character whose first in-continuity adventures are taking place in the present, on the alternate earth that is the focus of DC's new series, Earth Two. It's complicated.
Alan Scott may be the first "major" DC hero to be written as a gay man, but he is hardly the first gay superhero in mainstream comics. A few highlights:
The first openly gay mainstream superhero was probably Marvel's Northstar
, a previously forgettable character who gained unexpected relevance when he announced his sexual preference in a 1992 issue of Alpha Flight; he will be married to his male partner in this month's issue of Astonishing X-Men
. The Authority's Apollo and Midnighter are thinly-veiled parodies of Superman and Batman who are gay lovers (this is, no pun intended, played straight); they now star in DC's Stormwatch
series. Most prominently, DC's Batwoman
is a lesbian superheroine currently starring in her own title.