The New Superman and the Representation of the LGBTQI+ Community in Art

O Novo Superman e a Representação da Comunidade LGBTQI+ na Arte

The Representation of the LGBTQI+ Community in Art

Over the centuries, in the art world, the representation of heterosexuality was predominant, always occupying a central visibility place, compared to other sexual orientations. This phenomenon was evident in painting, sculpture, among other means such as literature – a consequence of the patriarchal perspective that formed the western artistic canons. The LGBTQI+ community suffered from little representation in the discourse of art history for many centuries, however, from the 20th century onwards, it witnessed a real revolution. Artists not only decided to come out of the closet, but also began to talk openly about homosexuality in their works. However, many were censored by art institutions like McBride or Robert Mapplethorpe. Historical events such as the 1969 Stonewall riots in the United States of America and the global AIDS crisis from the 1980s onwards marked a significant shift in the visuality of Queer culture in society, thus initiating a public and political discourse so that there would be less marginalization in relation to this community.

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Robert Mapplethorpe

The new Superman is bisexual announces DC Comics!

Over time, DC comics and Marvel have confirmed the presence of historical content in their comics, thus offering a playful, stimulating and creative moment on various issues such as racism, xenophobia, patriarchy, among others. Banda Desenhada is a mass literary genre that covers a wide audience, including children, young people and adults. This typology with two communicative elements, narrative and pictorial text, allows the reader to have a comprehensive and more concrete perspective of the entire event portrayed and presented in the work.

On October 11, DC Comics announced that the new Superman is bisexual. The new character, Jonathan "Jon" Kent, is the son of Lois Lane and Superman (Clark Kent) - one of the best-known cartoon characters in the world. Taking a more modern approach, the new Superman not only fights crime, it helps put out forest fires, supports refugees and prevents school shootings. In fact, comic books never lose their charm of teaching us and continue to represent today's problems, such as social and environmental issues. This new Superman offers many people a hero who represents them, as Tom Taylor told the press: "I've always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I'm very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea. Superman's symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics."

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Superman's New Comic Book

LGBTQI+ Character in Comics

Superman's new comic is by no means the first LGBTQIA+ superhero in this literary world. At Marvel and DC Comics, the first bisexual and homosexual characters were Tim Drake, partner of Batman, Valkyrie, in Thor: Ragnarok and Northstar, in the X-Men. In 2012, Kyle Jinadu and Northstar's marriage became the first representation of a same-sex marriage in comic book history and to mark the 80th anniversary of Captain America will be released: Captain America's United States, in which they will be portrayed the problems that the LGBTQI+ community has been suffering. More recently, Loki was confirmed as a fluid genre by series director Kate Herron: "He's gender fluid in the Norse mythology and the comics and it felt like an important thing to, as you say, make sure it's canon."

In fact, comics have continuously marked the history of art by representing communities renegade or less favored by society in a creative and artistic way. The first three editions of the new comic are now available and ready to revolutionize the artistic world.

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Kyle Jinadu and Northstar's Wedding in X-Men


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