Comics: Smash That Stereotype

Until 1989, the Comic Code Authority in the United States strictly forbade comic publishers from mentioning homosexuality. While there were hundreds of wink-wink subtexts in comics dating back to the golden age, the big publishers — DC Comics and Marvel Comics — had no explicitly gay characters until much later. In fact under Marvel Publisher Jim Shooter, there was an explicit ban on gay characters in Marvel comics. The character Northstar was revealed to be gay in 1992 while a member of Alpha Flight; he later joined the X-Men.