John Byrne’s Second Same-Sex Wedding Proposal In A Year

SPOILERS for today’s comics below:

I don’t mean that John Byrne has received two offers of marriage from men over the last year. Though I know to what extent some people will go to get original comic art by the man.

No, I mean that last year, we had Astonishing X-Men, in which Northstar decided to pop the question to a certain boyfriend of his. And then got married in a big media ceremony.

And then there was today’s proposal from Batwoman to Maggie Sawyer, revealing her secret identity as Kate Kane in the process.

Both same-sex proposals, both had the superhero popping the question to the civilian and both…

Had characters created by John Byrne. Northstar in Uncanny X-Men, and Maggie Sawyer in Superman. Both were written by Byrne to be gay, though decades ago he may not have expected to see stories regarding same-sex marriages to be possible in the comics in question. He’s a man who has never been Eisner nominated, not even the Hall Of Fame, but his work, often ahead of its time, has a habit of surprising, even decades later.

It’s a small thing, but I thought it was worthy of a tip of the hat.

And thanks to Pedro for prodding me.


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