DC Comics continues the wave of its inclusion with a landmark moment in the history of comic books. On National Coming Out Day, DC announced that the new Superman is coming out as bisexual in the upcoming comic.
Jonathan Kent, son of Clark Kent and Lewis Lane, is now known as “Superman of the Earth”. According to John Variety, reporter Jay Nakamura will be coming out on issue 9 of ‘Superman: Son-of-Kal-L # 5’ when he starts a romantic relationship.
The release of Man of Steel as bisexual is the most high-profile example of comic book publishers with LGBTQ representations.
If you recall, DC released an issue in August in which Batman’s colleague Robin also came out as bisexual.
“I’ve always said that everyone needs a hero and everyone deserves to see themselves in their hero and I’m grateful to DC and Warner Bros.” Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, truth and justice. Today, that symbol is something more. Today, most people in comics can see themselves as the most powerful superhero.
In the issue, John Kent’s Superman “will find comfort in J’s arm after being completely detached from trying to save the world.”
“We couldn’t be more proud to tell this important story of Tom Taylor and John Teams,” said Jim Lee, DC’s chief creative officer and publisher. “We talk a lot about the power of DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example. We can help John Kent explore his identity in comics as well as learn the secrets of his family on John Kent Superman and Lois TV. They coexist in their own world and time and our Fans can enjoy both at the same time.
Superman and Robin join other major LGBTQ comic characters, including DC’s Batman, Harley Quinn and Green Lantern.
Marvel also had LGBTQ characters, including Iceman, Miss America and Northstar – in 1992 when it was one of the first publicly published gay comic book characters.
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