Stan Lee has reportedly created the world’s first headlining homosexual superhero. The character, Thom Creed, is a high school basketball player who is forced to hide his powers as well as his sexuality. Creed will first be unveiled to the world in an hour long television special in the US. It is currently unknown what his powers will be…
…unless you can read that is. In 2007 Perry Moore published Hero, a novel about a high school basketball player called Thom Creed. Thom’s father is a disgraced superhero who retired after a national incident and now works as a factory operative. Thom’s powers start to become apparant as he simultaneously discovers his sexuality, but he must keep both a secret or suffer the wrath of the homophobia town he’s grown up in.
~ The Advocate ~
Hero was written in response to a single comic book moment – where Wolverine (one of Marvel’s most popular characters) murders Northstar (Marvel’s most prominent gay character at that time). Moore felt that the incident sent the wrong message to readers and started to keep track of homosexual characters in comic books, noticing how often they’re killed off or retconned to actually be straight. His observations led him to write Hero in an attempt to send a more positive message. One has to wonder whether the section about Thom masturbating over internet porn will send a positive message, and how it will be portrayed in the television programme.