LGBTQ* Random Facts About
Thems & Characters in Comics and Graphic Novels
(Graphic and Info from Tres Sugar)
Did You Know?
The Comics Code Authority (CCA) censored and removed all LGBT themes in comics until 1989?
DC Comics released a statement in the 1950s announcing that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson (Robin) were NOT homosexuals after numerous complaints and speculation?
In 1966, after Smurfette was introduced to The Smurfs franchise, rumors spread that her creation was to settle debate about the Smurfs being a village of gay characters?
Gay Comix (shown above) was a semi-autobiographical comic published from 1980-1998 featuring queer* artists and writers?
DC reintroduced Kate Kane (Batwoman), as a Jewish lesbian, in 2006?
In 1993, Lynn Jonston received hate mail and death threats after her character Lawrence Poirier came out in her comic strip For Better or For Worse? She went on to win a Pulitzer Prize that year.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (photo above) comics featured the lesbian relationships of Willow, Tara and Kennedy. The comics also featured same-sex sexual experiences of their leading lady, Buffy. After her one-night stand (which occurred twice), writers called Buffy’s actions experimentation, not coming out.
Northstar married longtime partner Kyle in Astonishing X-Men #51 in 2012. (pictured above)
LGBTQ* Did You Know Art History
BATMAN is (not) Gay!
Did you know?
In 2005, DC comics sent a “cease and desist” letter to both Mark Chamberlain (the artist of the above image) and Kathleen Cullen Fine Art’s studio telling them to pull all artwork depicting the DC characters.
Due to copyright infringement (DC owns Batman’s image), DC and Chamberlain eventually settled on displaying the images but not selling them.
LGBTQ* Comics, Graphic Novels and Humor
Birds of a Feather
(Note: Not to offend anyone. Humor within the community.)
The jokes have lasted for decades. Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Robin (Dick Grayson) are comic books leading rumored gay couple.
I am not calling BATMAN gay, but it is important to note that in the late 1950’s, writers were asked/forced to give Bruce a girlfriend. This is when BATWOMAN (Kathy Kane) was introduced (1956). DC’s sexiest female to date was introduced so Batman could propose.
In the 1960’s, when rumors of the Boy Wonder and everyone’s favorite Dark Knight quieted to a closet rumor, DC retired BATWOMAN.
In 2006, DC released an arc of BATWOMAN comics, focusing on Kathy Kane as an OUT JEWISH LESBIAN.
Well, Bruce, it really “wasn’t you.”