Newswire: Marvel to make subtext text by having one of the original X-Men come out as gay

For years, the big appeal of The X-Men has been the way it can be used as a metaphor for anything that makes someone different. Whether you’re gay, or overweight, or you shoot lasers out of your eyes, or you’re just a comic-loving nerd, the X-Men are there to show you that being different doesn’t mean you can’t beat up Magneto. Or a metaphorical Magneto, at least.

Now, just to make that clearer, an upcoming issue of Marvel’s All-New X-Men (which was leaked by someone on 4chan) will feature Bobby Drake—better known as Iceman—coming out as gay. He’s certainly not the first gay X-Man, but it’s important because Iceman was one of the founding members of the original X-Men team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the ‘60s. That makes him a very important character to the history of …

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