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1. Secret Identities : Who is What, and Does It Matter?

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Here’s my question about gay superheroes (and superhero sexuality in general)…

If one reads the old Golden Age stories of Superman or Batman (pre-1960), and assumes the main characters were gay, would it change the stories any?

Pink Kryptonite Secret Identities : Who is What, and Does It Matter?Were there any overt romantic relationships?  The unrequited love quadrilateral of Lois Lane – Superman – Clark Kent – Lana Lang was resolved in a few “imaginary” stories, but did Clark Kent ever date?  (There is the “Woman of Kleenex” hypothesis…)

rainbow 200x94 Secret Identities : Who is What, and Does It Matter?Northstar has been gay since Alpha Flight #1, although editorial dictates prevented this announcement until Alpha Flight #106.  (Has Jim Shooter discussed this decision publicly?  John Byrne comments over at Byrne Robotics. Some point to the Comics Code, which wasn’t amended until 1989.)  Do those stories read differently with this new knowledge?  How subtle was the inference?

rainbowbatman1 200x268 Secret Identities : Who is What, and Does It Matter?How many characters are actually in relationships, or have made their orientation known in comics?  Has Superboy or Supergirl stated their preference?  (Perhaps Kryptonian society has a different system of courtship and gender identity. And pregnancy, as viewed by Superman’s birthing matrix.)  Even if a character has stated his/her/shklir preference, could that be a ruse (such as Daken or Power Girl)?  Just another secret identity to keep

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