Magazine November 15, 2021, Issue

Supervictim

An electronic billboard displaying actor Henry Cavill as Superman in Times Square in New York City, November 15, 2013 (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Superman is gay now. Well, not entirely. And he’s not the original Superman. Other than that, yes, Superman is gay now. Says the New York Times:

“The new Superman, Jonathan Kent — who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane — will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend, DC Comics announced.”

You’re surprised it took this long to get around to that. The Superman comics — read by no one except pear-shaped obsessives who keep their comics in plastic sleeves and turn the pages with tongs lest they crease the paper and lower the value of “collectible”

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