I’ve been reading comic books for the better part of my existence on this old globe. As the child of a divorce and the survivor of sexual abuse, comics were – and remain – a soothing balm on my soul, a four-colored escape from some of the harsher aspects of the world. They provide me with my first real dreams and made me believe in magic. My friends growing up were characters named Captain America, Superman, Hour-Man, Johnny Quick and the fabled Justice Society of America. As I got older and healthier, comics were no longer just an escape valve, but a fun and healthy interest that grew right alongside me. Simply put, I loved comic books with a passion and count with pride the fact that those modern day myths and fables – gods and goddesses fighting for truth, justice and the American way (or in whichever part of the world you hung your cape and cowl) – gave me my first lessons in tolerance and acceptance of people and ideas that might not necessarily be my own. They opened my mind and rarely failed to take me off into enchanted lands where adventure waited around every corner.
I had a lot of characters I identified with and, to comic’s good credit, as the times have changed they’ve become an even more inclusive lot, packing their pages with every stripe of person that exists out there. As part of that effort of inclusion, DC Comics announced today that one of their prime movers in the funny pages – Jon Kent, the son of Superman and the bearer of that very famous mantle in his own title Superman: Son of Kal-El – will be revealed to be bisexual in an upcoming issue of that comic. Our rascally pals over at The Hollywood Reporter dropped this little nugget earlier today.
In a press release, Superman: Son of Kal-El scribe Tom Taylor said of the reveal that he had “always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea. Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”
Kudos to Taylor and the Powers-That-Be at DC for giving an oft-times unheard audience more of a voice in today’s comic books.
Superman: Son of Kal-El goes on sale November 9.