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Marvel scraps warning label for gay characters


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Marvel scraps warning label for gay characters

The Advocate

August 30, 2006

Joe Quesada, editor in chief of Marvel Comics, has announced that Marvel Comics will no longer use the warning labels “Max” or “Explicit” for comics with gay characters, reports Newsrama.

"It’s given us the opportunity to spark some internal discussions and revisit this issue, especially in light of the fact that we have characters like Freedom Ring and that we’ve had more gay and lesbian characters appearing in Marvel Comics than ever before. In many ways, the old policy over the last few years has just sort of faded away, so let me just say that there is no longer any policy," Quesada told Newsrama last week.

Earlier this month at Wizard World Chicago, Marvel Comics announced that no ongoing solo series starring gay or lesbian characters would go out without a warning label. Quesada said the policy came about because of the negative media attention Marvel received for their 2003 series featuring the Western character Rawhide Kid and his sexuality.

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