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98 Characters In The Marvel Universe That Were Gay Before Anderson Cooper

Anderson-cooperOur signature silver-haired newscasting fox Anderson Cooper is soon to be inducted into the Marvel Universe in the upcoming Black Widow #12 due in November.

Cooper’s TV show will play a prominent role in the plot, acting as a catalyst for a “major event in Black Widow’s story.”

Comic writer Nathon Edmonson added:

“We imagine that in Black Widow’s world, as would be the case with many other Avengers, things she does can’t be ignored by the media and all it takes is somebody who knows how to ask the right questions to make her world very uncomfortable for her but in a way that is perhaps not unjust.”

According to the online Marvel wiki Marvel Database, there are currently 98 gay-identified characters that have graced the glossy pages of Marvel comics.

Sorry, Anderson — so close to being the big 100.

Here is the full list of 98 to come before him:

Aimee (Clint Barton’s neighbor)

Aimee_(Clint_Barton's_neighbor)_(Earth-616)_001 Alana Jobson

Amazing_Spider-Man_Family_Vol_1_6_TextlessAmerica Chavez

America_Chavez_Miss_America_012
Amy Chen

Amy_chen
Annabelle Riggs

Dr._Riggs
Arnie Roth

Arnold_Roth_(Earth-616)
Arnold Astrovik

Arnoldastro
Arthur Centino

Arthur_Centino_(Earth-1610)
Arthur Swift

Arthur_Swift_(Earth-616)_from_New_X-Men_Vol_1_118
Aundray Phelps

Aundray_Phelps_(Earth-616)
Batwing

Batwing_(Earth-691)
Benjamin Deeds

Benjamin_Deeds_(Earth-616)_from_Uncanny_X-Men_Special_Vol_1_1_001
Brandon Sharpe

Striker_(Avengers_Academy)_(Earth-616)
Brian Falsworth

Jack_(Brian_Falsworth)_002
Catastrophe Jen

Catastrophe_Jen_(Earth-616)
Chili Storm

Models,_Inc._Vol_1_2_page_00_Chili_Storm_(Earth-616)
Christian Frost

Christian_Frost_(Earth-616)
Cullen Bloodstone

Cullen_Bloodstone_(Earth-616)_from_Avengers_Undercover_Vol_1_3
Curtis Doyle

Marvel_Team-Up_Vol_3_24_Textless_Cropped
Dante Ortega

Dante_Ortega_(Earth-616)
David Castiglione

Spectral_0001
Deidre Wentworth

Deidre_Wentworth_(Earth-616)_Secret_Avengers_Vol_2_2_002
Diana

Felicia_Hardy_(Earth-982)_Diana_(Earth-982)

Donald Meland

Donald_Meland_(Earth-616)_from_Scarlet_Spider_Vol_2_3
Dorrek VIII

Captain_Marvel_Dorrek_VIII_(Earth-11051)
Edith Freiberg

Edith_Freiberg_(Earth-31916)
Edwin Jarvis

Jarvis_(Earth-1610)_003
Elektra

Elektra_(Earth-200111)
Felicia Hardy

Felicia_Hardy_(Earth-982)
Finch (Kate Bishop’s neighbor)

Finch_(Kate_Bishop's_neighbor)_(Earth-616)_001
Frank Cortez

All-Winners_Squad_Band_of_Heroes_Vol_1_5_Textless
David Castiglione (no photo available)
Hector (Pantheon)

Hector_(Pantheon)_(Earth-616)
Hector Baez

Hector_Baez_(Earth-616)_from_Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_1_682
Heidi Sladkin

Heidi_Sladkin_(Earth-616)
Henry McCoy (yep, in one version of X-Men Beast is gay)

Henry_McCoy_(Earth-763)
Hercules

Hercules_(Earth-TRN208)_03
Irene Adler 

Destiny_AoA
Ja Kyee Lrurt

Ja_Kyee_Lrurt_(Earth-616)_001
Jack Casey

Jack_Casey_(Earth-616)
Jack Storm

Jonathan_Storm_(Earth-TRN115)_002
James Howlett

Astonishing_X-Men_Vol_3_46_Textless
Jazinda Kl’rt-Spawn

Jazinda_Kl'rt-Spawn_(Earth-616)_0001
Jean-Paul Beaubier

Jean-Paul_Beaubier_(Earth-1298)
Jean-Paul Duchamp

Jean-Paul_Duchamp_(Earth-616)
Jessica Drew

Jessica_Drew_(Earth-1610)_from_Young_Ultimates_(Earth-1610)_from_All-New_Ultimates_Vol_1_6_001
Jonas Graymalkin

Graymalkin_003
Jonathan Clay

Rawhide_kid_cvr

Josie Hart

Josie_hart
Julio Richter

Julio_Richter_(Earth-616)_from_X-Factor_Vol_1_250_cover
Jumbo Carnation

Jumbo_Carnation_(Earth-616)_dying_001
Justin Hammer

MikeFichera--Justin-Hammer-main
Karolina Dean

Karolina_Dean_(Earth-616)
Katerina van Horn

Man_Killer_001
Kyle Jinadu

Kyle
Luna DePaula

Luna_DePaula_Earth-616_002
Marcus (Kate Bishop’s neighbor)

Marcus_(Kate_Bishop's_neighbor)_(Earth-616)_001
Marcus Roston

Marcus_Roston_(Earth-616)_002
Mariko Yashida

Exiles_Vol_1_21_Textless
Mary Jane Watson

Mary_Jane_Watson_(Earth-8545)
Max Modell

Max_Modell_(Earth-616)
Michael Hardaway

Turbocharge_(Earth-93060)_0001
Mickey Tork

Mickey_Tork_(Earth-616)
Miguel Santos

Living_Lightning_001
Mindmeld

Mindmeld_(Earth-616)_from_X-Force_Vol_1_62
Molly von Richthofen

Molly_von_Richthofen_(Earth-616)
Mulholland Black

Mulholland_Black_(Earth-616)
Myles Alfred

Myles_Alfred_(Earth-616)_from_Official_Handbook_of_the_Marvel_Universe_A-Z_Vol_1_13
Ned Campbell

Ned_Campbell_(Earth-616)_from_Madrox_Vol_1_4
Nicolas Cavella

Nickycavella
Perry Webb

American_ace
Peter Boyer

Peter_Boyer_01
Phyla-Vell

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_Vol_2_12_Textless

Piotr Rasputin

Piotr_Rasputin_(Earth-1610)_004

Quentin Glass (we could only find the live-action version from The Punisher)

Quentin_Glass_(Earth-58732)
Raven Darkholme

Age_of_X_Alpha_Vol_1_1_page_33_Raven_Darkholme_(Earth-TRN016)
Raymonde Belmonde (no photo available)
Reed Richards

Reed_Richards_(Earth-TRN115)
Ren Kimura

Ren_Kimura_(Earth-616)_from_Fearless_Defenders_Vol_1_12_001
Renata Da Lima

Renata_da_Lima_(Earth-616)_from_Muties_Vol_1_4
Rhodney

Rhodney_(Earth-691)
Rob

Rob_(Earth-616)
Rococo

Rococo_(Earth-616)_from_X-Factor_Vol_1_219_0002
Roger Aubrey

Roger_Aubrey_(Earth-616)
Roxanne Washington

Roxanne_Washington_(Earth-616).012
Simon Williams

Simon_Williams_(Earth-763)
Theodore Altman

Dorrek_VIII_(Earth-721)
Timothy Caaba

Tim_Cababa_(Earth-616)_from_Invincible_Iron_Man_Vol_1_28
Val Ventura

Val_Ventura_(Earth-616)_from_Great_Lakes_Avengers_Vol_1_2_cover
Victor Borkowski

Victor_Borkowski_(Earth-58163)
Victoria Hand

Victoria_Hand_(Earth-11223)
Victoria Montesi

Victoria_Montesi_(Earth-616)
Wally Layton

Wally_Layton_(Earth-616)_from_Scarlet_Spider_Vol_2_6
Werner

Werner_(Earth-311)_0001
William Kaplan

William_Kaplan_(Earth-616)_from_Young_Avengers_Vol_2_11_001
William Robert Reilly

William_Robert_Reilly_(Earth-616)
Xi’an Coy Manh

Xi'an_Coy_Manh_(Earth-295)
Yvette Diamonde

Yvette_Diamonde_(Earth-616)

By:           Dan Tracer
On:           Aug 31, 2014
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  • 8 Comments
    • jogproof
      jogproof

      This is actually 97 Dorrek VIII is Theodore Altman. I only realized because i was confused on why the Hulkling pic was of him as Capt. Marvel.

      Aug 31, 2014 at 9:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KamQueer
      KamQueer

      @jogproof: He’s right. Dorrek VIII is Teddy Altman, aka Hulkling. The picture for Dorrek VIII is the future Teddy in a proposed future universe.

      Aug 31, 2014 at 11:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jogproof
      jogproof

      @KamQueer: eup and i find it funny that the pic is if i recall correctly one of the like 3 shots of him in that book. but if they want 98 then add Loki to the list and you can even have this picture to use. its from Agent of Asgard =P https://fireden.net/4chan/images.4chan.org//co/src/1404179451299.jpg

      Aug 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pistolo
      Pistolo

      A lot of these characters are VERSIONS of the mainstream continuity characters so there are some like Elektra and Colossus who aren’t actually gay. What I wonder is why Shatterstar isn’t included? Him and Rictor had the first gay kiss! He’s actually bi though much like Mystique.

      Aug 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jogproof
      jogproof

      @Pistolo: oh bugger i forgot about Shatterstar. But i will say although he is only gay in the ultimate comics it is the best version of Colossus and i like his romance with Northstar.

      Aug 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      This whole list is badly done. Half these characters are minor one-shots, and even some pretty famous main characters are listed wrongly, like Teddy Altman. Why doesn’t the author link to whatever sources portray each character as being LGBT? There should be fewer characters, and more time and attention spent on them, like what issues of what comics they appear in, whether they’re in relationships or not, whether they’re popular. I know for sure Hulkling and Wiccan and really popular with comics fans my age when we were teenagers.

      Sep 1, 2014 at 4:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pewpew
      pewpew

      @hamoboy agreed. I don’t think minor characters or alternate versions of mainstream characters should count. A big list like this undermines the fact that there’s still very few lgbt characters in comics.

      With that said, when did Miss America come out? I thought she just had lesbian moms and wasn’t lesbian herself.

      Sep 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nuttypea
      Nuttypea

      I guess you don’t count as gay until after you come out, my pastor will be pleased… :^)

      Sep 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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