A Brief History of LGBT Comic Book Kisses

By: Brian Andersen

Up until 25 years ago LGBT characters were not allowed in mainstream comics thanks to the now-defunct Comics Code Authority. Since the ban was lifted in 1989, readers have been treated to a growing number of on-panel same-sex romance and love. From the bizarre to the beautiful, we take a look at a few of our favorite same-sex smooches throughout comic book history.

Monsieur Mallah and The Brain in Doom Patrol #34

Monsieur Mallah is a talking gorilla terrorist and The Brain is an evil brain in a robot body. Odd doesn’t begin to cover this pairing, but they’re both male, so we’re counting it.


Starman and Tony in Starman #45

Blue-skinned Starman and his lover Tony smacked lips on panel, but the kiss was only visible as a shadow. Stupid shadows.


Bloke and his unnamed boyfriend in X-Force #118

Pink mutant Bloke tenderly said goodbye to his boyfriend before joining and dying in his first and only X-Force mission. This was the first same-sex kiss in an X-title and the poor character bites the big one? Lame.