The Null Device
Is Batman gay?
DC Comics refuses to comment, or indeed, to allow anyone to do so using
its trademarks or artwork. Though the first allegations of this (from before
the high-camp Batman TV series of the '60s) did prompt the invention of a
nuclear "bat-family" with female members to dispell the allegations of
homoeroticism (back then, commercially damning, and not a niche marketing
(Copyright laws require permission from publishers to quote images, which has crippled academic criticism of comics. Though I seem to recall that Ariel
Dorfman's scathing Marxist critique of Disney comics, How To Read Donald
Duck, quoted quite a few strips; I find it hard to imagine Disney,
with their authoritarian, McCarthyite culture, signing off on something
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