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Monday, June 12, 2006

Queer Hero

Isn't it funny how comics and superheros are goin' all unbelievably obviously gay? Check it out from the SF Chronicle: Queer Hero:
One nice thing about a title such as "The Fabulous Adventures of Captain Queer" is that you can pretty much tell what it's about right off the bat. Pirates, right? Maybe the French Foreign Legion? "Cop Rock"?

OK, maybe it's not entirely obvious, but Captain Queer is a gay superhero, the alter ego of a high school nerd bitten by a radioactive ladybug.

And check out Towleroad on Superman:

Superman may be heterosexual, but his issues are as gay as can be...

And don't even get me started on the X-Men III movie--the latest one is just so unbeliveably not subtle: Afterelton.com

From Gay.com:

The most expensive, hugest grossing, and may I say quite fabulous film ever made about gay persecution and subsequent rebellion has hit the screens. And already there's talk about sequels. Yes, we're talking Die Hard country here.

But is X-Men gay? Just trek over to the official Web site for this synopsis: "They are mutants, genetically gifted human beings -- the world's newest and most persecuted minority group." Even a special school has to be created for the mutant youth as a safe haven. (Hey, we have a few of those.)

Of course, there are other minorities out there who will claim this deliriously entertaining comic book adaptation is about them. But just let's say with a gay director (Bryan Singer), an openly gay star as the lead Larry-Kramer-like hero/villain (Ian McKellen), a straight star who takes it as a compliment when he's labeled gay (Patrick Stewart), and a hunky Aussie actor who played Curly in a London production of Oklahoma (Hugh Jackman) as Wolverine, there's a gay sensibility pirouetting here.


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