Green Lantern unmasked... and outed
Saturday 02 June 2012
More than 70 years after he was introduced, comicbook superhero the Green Lantern has been outed as fearless, honest and gay.
In a revitalised version of the original Green Lantern, otherwise known as Alan Scott, The DC Comics character is drawn enjoying a kiss with his partner before donning his obligatory skin-tight superhero outfit.
The gay kiss features in the second edition of the new comic Earth 2, but he's not the first gay superhero – even ignoring rumours that have dogged batman and Robin for years.
Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, is gay, while Northstar, one of the X-Men mutants from the Marvel stable, was featured proposing to his boyfriend in the last edition.
Gerry Gladston, the co-owner of Midtown Comics in New York, said of the Green Lantern: "I'm sure there will be some controversy, but nothing like it might have been 20 years ago."
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