Marvel Follows Archie in Announcing Gay Marriage Comic

Equal marriage rights may still be a political hot potato, but the best sign that the younger generation doesn’t have a problem, even welcomes them, is how comic companies are getting publicity by announcing gay weddings.

At the beginning of this year, Archie Comics released Life With Archie #16, in which Kevin Keller, their gay character created by Dan Parent and introduced in late 2010, married his boyfriend. Clay Walker was also Kevin’s physical therapist, as Kevin was injured serving his country in the military (just to stack the deck with patriotism).

Today, Marvel Comics placed a short mention on The View (like Marvel, ABC is a Disney company) about the upcoming Astonishing X-Men #50 (out tomorrow!), in which Northstar will propose to his boyfriend Kyle.

Astonishing X-Men #50 coverAstonishing X-Men #50 preview page

They need the publicity because I doubt anyone would suspect that cover, a generic hero battle shot by Dustin Weaver with a chick in front falling out of her costume, of containing that kind of content. (Who’s bird-head-girl anyway?) The interior page shown is by Mike Perkins, and I wish Kyle looked more pleased, less like he was disgusted and freaked out.

The actual wedding will take place in Astonishing X-Men #51, out next month. Covers are by Dustin Weaver and Marko Djurdjevic; I’m not sure who did the one provided here.

Astonishing X-Men #51 cover

Northstar, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, came out in 1992, so now, twenty years later, he gets to solemnize his love. That’s nice.

9 Responses to “Marvel Follows Archie in Announcing Gay Marriage Comic”

  1. Mentor's Camper Says:

    Looks like Storm. Only, when did she start wearing Starfire’s old costume?

  2. Suzene Says:

    The cover that’s been making the rounds is the Weaver version; I don’t think the Djurdjevic has been unveiled yet.

    The featherhead is a Shi’ar warrior named, appropriately enough, Warbird. She’s over in Wolverine and the X-Men as well as Astonishing, but I can’t say I’m a fan.

    I am enjoying Astonishing, though; I’m indifferent to half of the cast, but love the other half.

  3. Johanna Says:

    Oh, thanks for enlightening me. I do read both the X-Men titles, but apparently I haven’t been paying close enough attention. I guess I should re-read those handy cast pages they’re putting in now, with all the characters listed.

  4. Suzene Says:

    After reading the issue, Kyle’s expression there makes a lot more sense in context. Poor guy.

  5. hapax Says:

    Well, looking at the art, I’d guess Kyle’s expression is caused by the shock of realizing that his boyfriend has been replaced by a mutated amalgam of Stretch Armstrong and a bowl of mashed potatoes.


  6. ~chris Says:

    I’ve read only a few X-Men comics in the last dozen years, but I thought that
    1) Warbird was a name formerly used by Carol Danvers, and
    2) there’s a Shi’ar warrior named Deathbird, who has similar marks below her eyes, purple head feathers, and fair skin.

  7. Suzene Says:

    @chris – You’re right on both counts (though I think Deathbird’s status is “was” at the moment), but the current Warbird/Shi’ar who’s way too fond of sharp objects is the one on the covers above.

  8. Paul O'Brien Says:

    The current Warbird is the woman who showed up as Kid Gladiator’s chaperone when he enrolled at the school. She’s a Jason Aaron creation but he hasn’t done a great deal with her yet.

  9. ~chris Says:

    Ah, thanks Suzene and Paul. One needs a scorecard to keep track. Oh, I found one–




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