Green Lantern is now gay.
CNN reported that DC Comics has reconceived its superheroes and their mythos. “Earth Two,” a new series by writer James Robinson and artist Nicola Scott, radially reconstructed the characters of Flash and Superman, among others. The second issue of the comic reintroduced their version of Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern, as an openly gay man.
The Daily Beast described the issue of “Earth Two” in which Alan kissed a man named Sam. They made plans to visit an exclusive and luxurious hotel in the country. They were shown heading for a chauffeur-driven car, their arms wrapped about each other’s waists.
These are timely changes, given the movement toward same-sex marriage, endorsed by the Obama administration.
Of course, Alan is in a parallel earth, explains Yahoo! Finance. The original Green Lantern first appeared in the pages of “All-American Comics” No. 16, in July of 1940.
The Daily Beast points out a later incarnation of Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, is not gay. He is the version portrayed in film by Ryan Reynolds in the eponymous film. He is, in fact, a womanizer.
Although that, of course, doesn’t prove that he’s straight.
In any event, one of the Green Lanterns has an orientation uniquely his own.
ComicBooks reports that a gay Green Lantern presented a public relations issue for Warner Brothers, which had to convince moviegoers that the rewritten comic book history did not mean that Reynolds’s character harbored the love that dare not speak its name, as Oscar Wilde described it.
Meanwhile, Marvel comics hosted a same-sex wedding in its June 20 issue of Astonishing X-Men. Northstar declared himself to be gay, and in 1992’s Alpha Flight #106) he proposed to his longtime partner, Kyle. This was not only a same-sex but interracial union.
Lonely Gods has tracked gay superheroes through the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. In 1989 the Comics Code had a policy change that allowed mention of “homosexuality.”
Comic book characters gossiped about the Joker, because of his penchant for effeminate language as well as psychotic rants. His gay profile extended into the 21st century. He was fond of calling Batman “Cupcake,” “honeycakes,” and other pet names.
In other instances of the gay wave, Northstar preached on the subject of AIDs. His secret identity, Jean-Paul Beaubier, is an Olympic athlete and wealthy celebrity given the mutant powers of superhuman speed and flight. The twenty-third issue of The Hulk!, featured an unfortunate depiction of Bruce Banner being threatened with gang banging by two gay men in the showers of a YMCA. In 2005 edition of Young Avengers, it seemed Asgardian (or Wiccan) and Teddy (Hulkling), were flirting rather than fighting.
Terry Berg was teenage assistant to the 2000 persona of Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner. Over the period between 2000 and 2001, Terry was increasingly attracted to Kyle.
Nightcrawler was aghast in Ultimate X-Men, No. 65, when Colossus asked him to his school’s homecoming dance.
Cracked allowed that Superheroes are not the only gay comic book characters in town. In 2010, Archie Comics introduced Archie new friend Kevin Keller, who was not only gay but an army brat.
Kevin achieved wedded bliss before Archie did. But Archie wasn’t likely to get married ever. Besides, he would have to decide between Betty and Veronica, and all the sexual tension generated by these perpetual options would be lost.
The 2003 miniseries of Rawhide Kid featured the same cowboy/gunslinger from 1955, only now he was gay.
Not only males are gay in the comics world. Batwoman, a venerable The detective Renee Montoya, introduced in 1992 in Batman issue 475, was a lesbian. .
In Dr. Frederick Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent in 1954, Dr. Wertham discussed the relationship of Batman and Robin. He considered Wonder Woman to represent a bondage fantasy.
Wikipedia has listed over 90 characters in the category of “LGBT Superheroes.”
There is a new consciousness emerging in the world that the GLBT community needs to be recognized. What better way than to re-envision superheroes like Green Lantern as a gay blade?
Written by Tom Ukinski