Marvel kicks its Queer Hero out

Did you know that The X-Men‘s Wolverine had a bisexual son named Daken? In addition to claws and a healing factor, he’s got special pheromones that can make anyone attracted to him. He basically sleeps with people to play mind games and gain access to secret files.

Anyway, Marvel just announced his comic book, Daken: Dark Wolverine (the only queer solo lead they’re having in their line-up), is being cancelled because it wasn’t making enough money. Did Marvel market him enough to the queer mutant community?

Readers bummed about Daken’s exit (February’s issue #21 is expected to be the series’ last) should know that he’ll still pop up in other series. And in the meantime, you can still enjoy the greater universe of queer comic-book characters, including The X-Men‘s bossy bottom, Northstar.

via Queerty & The Bilerico Project


11 thoughts on “Marvel kicks its Queer Hero out”

  1. meh he wasn’t portrayed well enough for a solo series he is however a helluva antagonist a sociopathic sophisitcate to wolveriene’s noble savage

  2. Let me get this straight (no pun intended), he “slept around” to get what he wanted. And supposedly that’s the positive image of bisexuality we want in the media.

    I admittedly have never read this series. But I think perhaps the cancellation went a long way toward helping us make progress, rather than hindering it.


    1. gurlow, above, uses a very discriptive term of “sociopathic sophisitcate” (I personally like the term as sophisiticate really enhanses the dynamic of the socialpath). However, I know of many mental health professionals who place the bisexual within the narcissistic disorders and within the sociopathic range. I do not believe this to be true so I agree with your last sentence.

  3. Well Marvel comics it’s first and foremost, business. And if a series doesn’t sell, wel it gets cancelled. Just like that. I happened to read the series and found Dake to be an excellent character. But, in the comic books, the characters sexual preferences are simply secundary. A part of the character, not the thing that defines them. The fact that there are gay characters in the first place is something quite refreshing. Some examples are Northstar (X-Men), the teenage couple of Wiccan and Hulkling (Young Avengers), and the bisexual couple of Rictor and Shatterstar (X-Factor). DC comics is more traditional on this matter (at least as far as I know). I only know of Obsidian, a more or less secundary superhero with shadow powers. Son of the original Green Lantern.

  4. Hey Randell you forgot about Anol from the Young X-Men, Ultimate Colossus, 1602 Angel and Jean Grey(cross Dresser) On another note Marvel did say that they will be introducing another gay super hero this year.

  5. I can remember way back in the 60s when NBC, in a quiintessential case of the corporate crystal ball going cloudy, cancelled the original Star Trek series. The public outcry was overwhelming, Star Trek was returned, and went on to be a very successful franchise for the next half century. If comic-readers want Daken, Marvel will know about it, and like the good comic publisher they are, Daken you will have. If not, and you don’t like it, then start your own comic book company.

  6. meh…he was a very unlikeable character…i tried to follow his book but could not be bothered after the thirth issue….as for DC…there is also the lesbian Batwoman : )

    1. a lesbian Batwoman? hmm… interesting… might be an option as a extra for my lil mental group… currently a duo of Harlequin and Catwoman…

      gonna be dreaming well… :)

      and on topic… if DC is getting rid of Daken I don’t they will mind me checking out some torrents :)

  7. Oh…and lets not forget the Question….she (yes its a woman now) likes the furry cup too…i even think she has “done” the batwoman…. :)

  8. Pheromone-based mind control is only one part of Daken’s abilities, and it may be used in way that are non-sexual. In reality, lots of people “sleep around” and manipulate other people, not just bi-sexual people. We see this kind of thing all the time in TV soap operas, too. Marvel is well-known for being anti-prejudice, and Stan Lee has been the forefather of this in comics. However, it is not unusual for a character to be created or “nixed” based on popularity, unpopularity or business.

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