Two super-heroes walk into a bar…

April 18, 2010

… and The New York Times takes pictures of them making out. I have to say that I find this story awesome, mostly because I’m kind of mean-spirited and am imagining the resulting nerd panic in some quarters. But it’s also a nice fusion of different cultural elements of the sometimes fraught intersection of gay fandom and the Marvel/DC output. George Gene Gustines covers a lot of familiar territory, but he also gathers some great quotes:

“Growing up in the ’80s, I guess I didn’t even think gay super-heroes or supporting characters were a possibility,” Dan Avery, 37, an editor of Next, a guide to gay night life in New York City, wrote in an e-mail message. “I do remember feeling like I had two secrets I had to keep: being gay and being a comic-book fan. I’m not sure which I was more afraid of people discovering.” These days, Mr. Avery is a member of a group of gay men who meet regularly to discuss the latest comics.

And it’s probably the only current piece of mainstream media coverage of super-heroes that doesn’t quote Mark Millar, so that should be reason enough for you to click through.