By Jordan Ruimy
DC Comics announced that Alan Scott, the true identity of the original Green Lantern when the comic began in 1940, is actually gay. A surprise to many because of the lack of gay superheroes in a comic book community filled primarily with teenage boys.
His closeted identity will finally be revealed in an upcoming issue of Earth 2, which was penned by James Robinson. To some, this is not a big surprise. “A tall, attractive, blond man, in good shape, working in the media, and who knows how to accessorize?” It was a given, says David Vandervliet of the ultra popular comic book blog Comic Booked.
This isn’t the first time The Green Lantern has made the news in regards to this subject. The Lantern has a younger gay son named Obsidian. Since Earth 2 turns back time and puts a younger face on the Lantern and loses his not yet born gay son, Robinson wanted to keep a gay theme to the popular superhero.
He states that he “wanted the book to be as diverse as possible” and thought, “Why don’t we make Alan Scott gay? Why don’t we make the leader of the Justice Society a gay man?”
His intent on having diversity in his characters and their backgrounds has been greeted with mostly positive feedback. And for the 30 year comic book veteran, it’s personal. “After all, I have gay friends and straight friends and we’re all mixed together. It stands to reason, just based on the population of the world, at least one member of the team is going to be gay.”
Robinson’s past writing has also had gay characters, and the writer has historically handled these storylines very well. In August of 1998, he penned the first gay kiss in a mainstream comic book with his Starman series.
Robinson’s championing of gay themed characters and situations should not go unnoticed. His fearless ideas are needed in an entertainment industry that is sometimes too scared to go “there.” Possible backlashes don’t scare Robinson who says, “I’m not fearful of it. I think you have to do the right thing and not worry about what the negative minority might say. I think it’s about time a few more big iconic characters were gay.”