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DC Brings Original Green Lantern Out of the Closet

Alan Scott loses his kids, gains a boyfriend in reboot.

by
Duane Lester

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June 1, 2012 - 9:34 am

You can stop wondering.

The character DC intends to bring out of the closet is the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott:

The original Green Lantern – a DC Comics’ mainstay for the past 70 years – will be revealed to be a gay man in next week’s issue of “Earth 2.”

Alan Scott – formerly a married father of two who first appeared in 1940 – tips readers off to his sexuality early on in the comic when he gives his boyfriend a welcome home kiss.

“He’s very much the character he was. He’s still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He’s also gay,” “Earth 2″ writer James Robinson told The Post.

The Emerald Guardian’s sexuality was rebooted along with the rest of his fictional universe as part of DC’s “New 52″ initiative aimed at rejuvenating their characters.

Robinson said he decided to make the change because making the character young again meant erasing Scott’s gay superhero son out of existence.

Yep. I’m sure that was why.

No political agenda, just the obvious choice.

While a gay wedding in Archie Comics earlier this year and impending same-sex nuptials in a Marvel X-Men comic have recieved a small amount of backlash from angry parents, Robinson said he’s not worried about that because “that kind of negativity is stupid and outmoded.”

“We should be preaching love and tolerance,” he said.

That’s odd. I thought, as comic book writers and artists, you would be focused on making awesome story arcs with killer visuals.

Nope. Comics are for preaching love and tolerance.

I think I need to go re-read my Punisher comics. Clearly I missed something.

Duane Lester is a freelance writer and homeschool dad for his six children. He also blogs at All American Blogger.
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