Superqueeros

March 27th, 2010

Inspired by Finding Superqueeroes in the Comic Book World (Change.org 3/26/10). 

At age eight I ran into a steel pole with my head

(At top speed, so I should have been dead).

I ended up with a concussion instead

And spent the next week in a hospital bed.


My room didn’t have a TV

(You had to pay extra for that, you see),

So my parents got me comics (a giant stack)

Which I proceeded to attack.


I read them through and then through again,

Captivated by the tales of those super men.

Some, like  Archie, were regular instead of super

(He should have chosen girl-next-door Betty Cooper).


Spiderman was my favorite (he kept me company).

At home, I always watched his cartoon on TV.

I also had Spiderman pajamas and a Spiderman doll,

And I’d practice climbing on the side of our brick wall.


I haven’t kept up with all my old friends

And hope with this poem to make amends.

They stayed by my side when I was alone,

So for my abandonment of them I’ll now atone.


So thanks to you masked fighters of crime

For helping me get through that painful time.

Thanks for the enjoyment you brought me

And the lessons you taught me.


Of course, not all cartoon characters are good.

Others seemed bad, but were just misunderstood.

Comics teach us that people aren’t always as they seem.

And (almost) everyone has a chance, themselves to redeem.


Comics, like the world, is now more complex than before,

And the number of characters is a lot more.

As diverse comic book characters plentify,

Kids growing up have more heroes with whom to identify.


This, of course, is a good thing,

Which me to my main point will bring.

While sexual orientation is just one of many factors,

More gay heroes mean more examples (and hopefully fewer detractors).


My stack of comics got lost over time,

But I still think about all those characters sometime.

For those of you who still read them,

There’s nothing wrong with heroes (we all need them).

***

Here’s your theme music, Garrison Starr performing Superhero.

 

Here’s  Ode To A Superhero by Weird Al Yankovic (deservedly parodying Billy Joel’s Piano Man), illustrated by scenes from the Spiderman movies. Like I said, Spiderman was always my favorite superhero. And like Uncle Ben said, with great power comes great responsibility.

 

For more on the real gay superheroes out there, read Gay Heroes, The First Log Cabin Republican, Lieutenant Dan, The Return of Lieutenant Dan, and Crazy Like a PFOX.


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3 Responses to “Superqueeros”

  1. Patricia Jeres Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Ray — O think. Just to be clear, I like my super-heroes in fishnets.

    Patty

    Prism

  2. Newsericks Says:

    You’re welcome. And thank you for your comment.

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