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Stan Lee 'to create worlds first gay superhero'?

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Wait, what?

Lee has reportedly created a character called Thom Creed, a high-school basketball player who is forced to hide his sexuality as well as his superpowers (Telegraph).

Okay... but the Telegraph is claiming that this would be the World's first gay superhero.

I suppose if you don't count:

The"OUT" GAY MALE CHARACTERS IN COMICS:

  • Abbe (Vertigo)
  • Angel (Marvel)
  • Anole (Marvel)
  • Apollo and Midnighter (Wildstorm)
  • Argo Bones (DC)
  • Arnie (DC/ Vertigo)
  • Arnold Astrovik (Marvel)
  • Arnold Roth (Marvel)
  • Batwing (Marvel)
  • Bloke (Marvel)
  • Brass Taki and Wingo (DC)
  • Cannon and Saber (DC)
  • Captain Metropolis (DC)
  • Captain Stingaree (DC)
  • Cavalier (DC)
  • Chain (Homage)
  • Charles Mowbray (Vertigo)
  • Chemical King (DC)
  • Christopher Truelove (Wildstorm)
  • Cluracan (DC)
  • Colossus (Marvel)
  • Colt Varney (Marvel)
  • Damon Mathews (DC)
  • Destroyer and Union Jack II (Marvel)
  • Devlin Waugh (Fleetway)
  • Dueces Wild & Summer Ice (Eclipse)
  • Enigma (Vertigo)
  • Extrano (DC)
  • Fade (Milestone)
  • Flatman (Marvel)
  • Freedom Ring (Marvel)
  • Frenchie DuChamp (Marvel)
  • Gannon Malloy (DC)
  • Ghost Boy (Class Enterprises)
  • Go Go Fiasco (Vertigo)
  • Hayden (Marvel)
  • Hector (Marvel)
  • Henry Greider (Marvel)
  • Hero (DC)
  • Hooded Justice (DC)
  • Houston (DC)
  • Hulkling (Marvel)
  • Jet Man (ABC)
  • Jon Dazy (Class Enterprises)
  • Josiah Power (DC)
  • Lance Gardner (DC)
  • Living Lightning (Marvel)
  • Machinesmith (Marvel)
  • Manga Khan (DC)
  • Mitch Sekofsky (DC)
  • Monsieur Mallah and The Brain (DC)
  • Mr. Seduct (Marvel)
  • Ned Campbell (Marvel)
  • New Romantic (Wildstorm)
  • Nick Bearclaw (Vertigo)
  • Nick Poole (Oni Press)
  • Nigel Clowes (Marvel)
  • Noir (Wildstorm)
  • Northstar (Marvel)
  • Northstar (Ultimate) (Marvel)
  • Obsidian (DC)
  • Off-Ramp (DC)
  • Paulie and Douglas (Rabco)
  • Piper (DC)
  • Pride (Andy Mangels)
  • Ramsey Robinson (DC)
  • Rawhide Kid (Marvel)
  • Rick Stone (Milestone)
  • Robert Thaldron (Marvel)
  • Sebastian O (Vertigo)
  • Spectral (Malibu)
  • Tasmanian Devil (DC)
  • Terry Berg (DC)
  • The Answer II (Marvel)
  • The Crusader (Timely)
  • The Mink & Chippy (King Hell Press)
  • Tlaango (Marvel)
  • Tommy Jagger (DC)
  • Tony Mantegna (DC)
  • Toro (DC)
  • Turbo Charge (Malibu)
  • Tyler Lang and Jefferson Wolfe (Marvel)
  • Vivisector and Phat (Marvel)
  • Wallace Wells (Oni Press)
  • Walter Kasko and Samual Daly (DC)
  • Wiccan (Marvel)
  • Wing (Image/JInxworld)
  • Yoshi Mishima (Marvel)

...and the "OUT" LESBIAN CHARACTERS IN COMICS:

  • Amazon (Marvel)
  • Amy Chen (Marvel)
  • Andy Jones (DC)
  • Anna (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Annie and Nibble (Eros Comix)
  • Batwoman (DC)
  • Cactus Jaq & Sahara Skyhawk (DC)
  • Captain Marvel IV (Marvel)
  • Captain Power (Marvel)
  • Catatrophe Jen (Marvel)
  • Closet Space (DC)
  • Coagula (Vertigo)
  • Cobweb (ABC)
  • Damazons (DC)
  • Donner and Blitzen (Milestone)
  • Dr. Allison Mann (Vertigo)
  • Fauna and Syonide (DC)
  • Fighting Yank & Ms. Masque (ABC)
  • Flying Fox (Homage)
  • George Harkness & Phoebe (Vertigo)
  • Grendel (Dark Horse)
  • Hazel and Foxglove (Vertigo)
  • Holly Robinson (DC)
  • Jack Phantom (ABC)
  • Jolly Roger (Vertigo)
  • Karma (Marvel)
  • Karolina Dean (Marvel)
  • Kay Watson (Vertigo)
  • Knockout (DC)
  • Leather and Lace (Marvel)
  • Lee and Li (DC)
  • Lightspeed (Marvel)
  • Lisa (Marvel)
  • Maggie Sawyer (DC)
  • Magical Witch Girl Bunny (Slave Labor)
  • Marisa Rahm (Milestone)
  • Mary Loo (DC)
  • Meg Chancellor (Vertigo)
  • Melissa Maro (Marvel)
  • Molly Von Richthofen (Marvel)
  • Moondragon (Marvel)
  • Purgatori (Chaos)
  • Rebecca Bergier (Marvel)
  • Rebecca Cross (Marvel)
  • Renee Montoya (DC)
  • Rita Boyd (DC)
  • Roger Dascombe (DC)
  • Rose Copen (Vertigo)
  • Sailor Neptune & Sailor Uranus (Kodansha/Mixx)
  • Sanjak
  • Scandal (DC)
  • Sihouette (DC)
  • Sunfire II (Marvel)
  • Tara Algren and Bethany Flynn (Marvel)
  • Tristan and Isolde (DC)
  • Valerie Susan Page (DC)
  • Victoria Montesi (Marvel)
  • Willow and Tara (Dark Horse)

...and that doesn't count the bisexual and ambiguous characters.

I hope Creed is an interesting character, but he will not be the first gay superhero.

(thanks the The Gay League for the lists)

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Review: Elseworlds Fan Series

Elseworld Elseworlds was one of the most original, innovative and captivating alternate timelines ever to come from DC Comics.  A staple of the series was that it turned everything you know about the heroes and villains of the DC Universe on its head.  Nothing and no one was sacred as they explored this completely new way to look at the characters.  Not long ago, on P:SI I wishfully said that I wish more Elseworlds comics would come out… well something better happened. Chris Cowan and Lex Randleman are producing an original webseries set in Elseworld.  They have produced three episodes so far with a fourth on the way.

The quality of the story, filming, and FX in this series is surprising.  The actors and the story keep you on the edge of your seat as the the mystery slowly unfolds.

Episode 1- “Fair Play” (view here)

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stars-5

Green Lantern hunts down Mister Terrific looking for answers in a resent murder.

The 2 minute 25 second runtime is far too short.  The hook is immediate, and the characters are instantly recognizable.  I am not sure how long they took to cast the series, but it is spot on.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Lauren Alto - Huntress Christina Napier - Batwoman

Shot by: Chris Cowan, A.J. Rickert-Epstein

Episode 2- “Titans” (view here)

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Mister Terrific goes after Cyborg, while Raven gazes into the universe.

The action in this episode really picks up and plot thickens.  I am glad this episode is longer than the last one, and quite frankly I wish this were an hour long tv drama.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Chris Cowan - Cyborg Lauren Parkinson - Donna Troy Brittany Jones - Raven

Shot by: Steve Murray, Chris Cowan

Episode 3- “What’s in a name?” (view here)

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The Question is dead, and Raven is confronted mysterious figure with a dire warning.

I am glad this episode is over 8 minutes, and I hope this portends the episode length to come.  They have created such an interesting story and setting I want to spend as much time in it as I can.  I think I know who the unknown figure is, but I will wait to see if I am right.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Lauren Parkinson - Donna Troy Christina Napier - Batwoman Brittany Jones - Raven Vonzell Carter - Unknown Katie Fischer - Black Canary Christopher C. Cowan - Cyborg

Written by: Lex Randleman

Shot by: Chris Cowan

Series Details

This brilliant series is directed by Chris Cowan and written by Lex Randleman.  These two have a bright and wonderful future ahead of them.  I cannot wait to see the rest of the series, and hope to see some original work from them too.


Update

Check our my Interview with Chris Cowan and Lex Randleman.