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 opportunity).

(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 like that.

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