Both Marvel and DC Comics will be celebrating Gay Pride month in a big way this June. In recent years both publishers have bolstered their rosters with more LGBT characters. However, it’s the first time either of them will be acknowledging Pride in this way.
DC will be the first to hit newsstands with the 80 page title DC Pride featuring queer headliners: Batwoman, Aqualad, Midnighter and Apollo, Harley Quinn, and John Constantine. Pride will also include full-page pinups and profiles of LGBT characters from DCU TV shows Green Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. In addition queer artists Jen Bartel, Kris Anka, Travis G. Moore, and Paulina Ganucheau have designed Pride-themed variant covers for some of DC’s top titles, including Batman, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, and Wonder Woman. that will rollout through the entire month of June.
Marvel will release Marvel’s Voices: Pride on June 23rd in anticipation of Gay Pride weekend and many of the bigger metropolitan celebrations, featuring their prominent gay heroes: Iceman, Northstar, Mystique, The Runaways’ Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean, and Young Avengers’ Wiccan and Hulkling.
LGBTQ + INCLUSION AND STORYTELLING
Marvel says the special would “revisit some of its groundbreaking moments and explore the history of LGBTQ+ inclusion and storytelling at Marvel Comics.”
Many of the same LGBT creators behind DC Pride are behind Marvel’s Voices: Pride: Tamaki and Anka, Kieron Gillen, Steve Orlando, Anthony Oliveira, Tini Howard, and Olivier Coipel.
“When I was a very closeted, very lonely kid, these characters saved my life,” Oliveira said in a statement. “It’s an honor to tell stories about them and to see the kind of stories queer people can tell about queer people deepen and grow.”
Batman writer James Tynion IV tweeted : When I broke into comics a little shy of 10 years ago, I spent about 2 years professionally in the closet. I’d been out in my personal life since 8th Grade, but when I started writing full-time it was easy to let people just assume what they’re going to assume… “or people to see characters they look up to, creators they look up to, and companies they look up to championing their interests. In the very, VERY recent past a book like this would have been impossible. So it’s all the more special that it’s here. I’m not going to pretend that it’s some huge daring political act, but it still matters.”