While Marvel’s policy on homosexual characters isn’t new, The Advocate reports on what Joe Quesada said at Wizard World Chicago about why any Marvel books that star homosexual characters will be labeled as MAX books, providing a little more context and Quesada’s feelings on the policy:
Quesada apologized for the company’s practice but said that the policy came about because of the amount of negative media attention Marvel received with their 2003 series featuring the Western character Rawhide Kid and his sexuality. He cited the appearance of Stan Lee on Crossfire, where the legendary comics icon was blasted by Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition for his “irresponsible’ use of a children’s character.
“The last thing we want to do is have everybody come down on the entire comic book industry,” Quesada said, “and I do think it is ridiculous.”
Earlier this week Marvel announced a Teen Avengers direct-to-DVD animated project, which I assume is based on the Young Avengers. I wonder if Hulkling and Asgardian (homosexuals who are featured in a non-MAX title) will appear and be true to their comic roots.
Update: a couple of things from the comments section …
1) The article referenced above was based on a report from gayleague.com, written by Michael Fitzgerald. Check it out.
2) Apparently Teen Avengers is not Young Avengers. That’s what I get for assuming …