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Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #36 “How Jimmy Olsen First Met Superman!” Script: Otto Binder Pencils: Curt Swan Inks: Ray Burnley Cover art: Curt Swan and Stan Kaye Alterations: Ed Natcher DC Comics, Inc., 1959 So, what would it have been like if Orson Scott Card had...

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“A General Favorite”

Wizard of Oz L Frank Baum 1907 (Advance Warning: this article was written by a man. A gay man. One who has read all of L. Frank Baum's Oz books and enjoyed them while still understanding that they don't have the continuity of a postage stamp or the depth of a wading...

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Hearts and Powers

“The Weddings That Wrecked the Legion!” Adventure Comics 337 Script: Edmond Hamilton Pencils: John Forte Inks: Sheldon Moldoff Cover art: Curt Swan and George Klein National Periodical Publications, Inc., 1965 FROM THE DIARY OF CLARK KENT February 14, 1936 Back from...

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“Conversion Perversion”

Detective Comics #311 "Challenge of the Cat-Man" Writer: Bill Finger Penciller: Dick Dillin Inker: Jim Mooney Cover Artist: Sheldon Moldoff Editor: Jack Schiff DC Comics, 1963 California Senate Bill 1172 is a morsel of mandate passed by the Golden State's Legislature...

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New Year’s Steve

Sensation Comics #1 “Wonder Woman Arrives in Man’s World” Script: William Moulton Marston Art: H. G. Peter Cover art by H. G. Peter and Jon L. Blummer DC Comics, 1942 QUEER EYE ED: Hello and welcome one and all! This time out I’m bringing you up to the minute coverage...

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A Christmas Queer Eye

Classics Illustrated #50 “A Christmas Carol” Script by George D. Lipscomb adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens Art by Henry C. Kiefer Cover art by Doug Tropea-Wheatley Acclaim Books, 1997 The Setting: The bedroom of a Queer Comics Collector The Time: The wee...

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Pride of Frankenstein

Classics Illustrated #26 Cover: Norman Saunders Script: Ruth A. Roche Pencils: Robert Hayward Webb Inks: Ann Brewster Gilberton Company, Inc., 1958 QUEER EYE ED: Happy Halloween, Queer Eyers! In honor of the occasion, I’ve lined up a very special guest for what I’m...

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Some Assembly Required

The Avengers #1 “The Coming of the Avengers!” Script: Stan Lee Pencils: Jack Kirby Inks: Dick Ayers Marvel Comics, 1963 FROM THE DIARY OF JANET VAN DYNESeptember 16, 1963 Dear Diary,Whew! What a day! I’m now a member of the world’s most exclusive team! Really, though,...

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My Favorite Apocalypse

The day has been a total pisser. Your boss has worked your last good nerve by deciding that the last project that you've done needs to be done again...by the end of the day. Your spouse decided that you needed to do the dishes...that he has left soaking for the past...

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“Owing It”

Detective Comics #455 "Heart of a Vampire" Writer: Elliot S! Maggin Penciller: Mike Grell Inker: Mike Grell Editor: Julius Schwartz DC Comics, 1976 This summer, Sally Ride--the first American woman to penetrate the stratosphere and champion of All Things Left...

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Snap Judgment

Justice League of America #9 Script: Gardner Fox Pencils: Mike Sekowsky Story Inks: Bernard Sachs Cover Inks: Murphy Anderson National Periodical Publications, Inc., 1962 FROM THE DIARY OF HAL JORDAN10 March20:00 Another uneventful meeting of the Justice League this...

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Small Minded

Superman #167 “The Team of Luthor and Brainiac!” Script: Edmond Hamilton Pencils: Curt Swan Inks: George Klein National Periodical Publications, Inc., 1964 QUEER EYE ED: Hello again, one and all! I’m back with another of my exclusive interviews done with “family”...

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“Changing Course”

Aquaman, Volume 1 #12 "The Menace of the Land-Sea Beasts" Writer: Jack Miller Penciller: Nick Cardy Inker: Nick Cardy Editor: George Kashdan DC Comics, 1963 "Madam, God Himself could not sink this ship."--A steward on the Titanic April 15, 2012, is the 100th...

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“Rogue”

X-Men Legacy #225 Written by: Mike Carey Art by: Phil Briones Variant Cover: Adriana Melo Marvel Comics, 1999 A Parody of Madonna’s "Vogue" Look around, everywhere you turn there’s mutantsThey’re everywhere that you goYou try everything you can to escapeThe way of...

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The Key To My Heart

Gold Key Comics Various You know, today I'm feeling old. No, not just old...OLD!!! That's right, I'm all the way into full capital letters with several exclamation points! That's just one step short of "Hand me my walker, sonny, it's time to go to Denny's and have...

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“Keeping It Real”

Detective Comics #222 "The Man Who Slept 200 Years!" Writer: Jack Miller Penciller: Ruben Moreira Inker: Ruben Moreira Editor: Jack Schiff DC Comics, 1955 Reality TV--that bizarre, animated, audiomated, semi-scripted, overproduced amalgam of schadenfreude and wish...

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The Gay Killed Spidey’s Marriage

Spider-Man Various Marvel Comics I know, I know, the conservative right has been claiming for years that gays have been adversely affecting straight marriages. Yeah, apparently my kissing a cute guy with a beard is the reason why Kim Kardashian had such a train wreck...

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“Context Coma”

Pep Comics #17 Writer: Cliff Campbell Penciller: George Storm Inker: George Storm Editor: Abner Sundell Archie Publications, 1941 A comet requires context to identify it. In the coldest recesses of outer space, a comet is an icy dirtball rushing on a sable ellipse to...

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Giving Reboots the Boot

The New 52 Various DC Comics, 2011 If anyone were to ask me what I think is the biggest problem in comics these days, my answer would most likely be “consistency.” Granted, this is an entertainment medium devoted to fiction, so some creative leeway must be given. But...

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The Perfect Woman

The Cat #1 Writer: Linda Fite Artists: Marie Severin & Wally Wood Letter: John Costanza Editor and Co-Plotter: Roy Thomas Marvel Comics, 1972 So I wrote one of my typically snarky reviews of The Cat #3 written by Linda Fite, thinking I was oh so clever and funny. I...

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