Second Banana: Marvel’s LGBTQ+ Comics Bringing Up the Rear




Bringing up the rear to DC Comics, who pandered two days ago, Marvel Comics will also be leaning into identity politics by honoring Gary Pride Month in June with a celebration of LGBTQ+ characters and creators in MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 which will be be Marvel’s first-ever queer-centered special spotlighting Marvel’s growing company of LGBTQ+ characters. These stories of gay empowerment will be handled by Kieron Gillen, Olivier Coipel, Steve Orlando, Anthony Oliveira, Tini Howard, Vita Ayala, Kris Anka, Javier Garrón, and others.



“It blew my mind when I learned this special was being put together. Something that not too long ago seemed a wild dream is finally happening! I think this is one of those history-making touchstones for LGBTQ+ representation in Marvel, one of those moments that sets the bar higher and starts a lasting paradigm shift, and I’m just grateful to be lucky enough to be asked to contribute to it,” artist Luciano Vecchio said. “And on a more personal note, after my short story in the first Marvel’s Voices special last year, this feels like an organic progression in the right direction, and I can’t stop smiling about it.”



Since 1992’s ALPHA FLIGHT #106 proudly confirmed Northstar’s sexuality, Marvel has represented LGBTQ+ identities with a wide array of characters and stories. MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 will continue this trend with as story starring Mystique and Destiny, Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean, Iceman, Daken, Karma, and more. 



“When I was a very closeted, very lonely kid, these characters saved my life,” writer Anthony Oliveira expressed. “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.”


“What an honor to be part of MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE! I could not be more excited to help spotlight LGBTQ+ characters new and old at the House of Ideas, as well as joining a stable of LGBTQ+ creators behind the scenes for this special,” Steve Orlando said.


No word on whether or not Marvel’s teen transgender hero ‘Mighty Rebekah‘ will show up or not.




A total of nine variant covers, featuring Phil Jimenez’s artwork will include the following LGBTQ+ characters:


  • America Chavez
  • Black Cat
  • Daken
  • Hulkling & Wiccan
  • Iceman
  • Moondragon
  • Mystique
  • Northstar
  • The new Valkyrie who made her debut in King in Black: Return of the Valkyries 


It remains to be seen if these comics are a hit or not, but that’s not really the point, is it?


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Karina Smitt

I'm not as much of a "CoMiCs NeEd MoAr DiVeRsItY & iNcLuSiOn" advocate as my girlfriend often is, but we both love funny books, crispy bacon, straight bourbon and hip hop. Add yet, we never vote the same, so we cancel each other out... and that works perfectly in my book!