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Who is He?
This is Extrano, whose name translates to “odd,” “weird,” and “queer.” Extrano was created back in 1988 by DC’s Steve Englehart and Joe Staton. He is widely recognized as the first openly gay superhero (Some believe Marvel’s Northstar counts as the first- he was created ten years earlier, but he came out after Extrano.)
Powers and Abilities:
He’s a magician. Rather than relying on tricks, he uses actual sorcery. He can shoot fire balls from his hands — wicked!
Why He’s Lame:
Extrano is a gay Latin magician. With this superhero, DC decided to severely stereotype two groups of people and incorporate it into one superhero fit for comedic relief. In case you couldn’t tell by his outfit, he is rather flamboyant and excessively effeminate, referring to himself as “Auntie” to the rest of his teammates. As if having Extrano be the stereotypical gay man wasn’t bad enough, DC decided to have Extrano fight a vampire. Not just any vampire, an AIDs Vampire named Hemo-Goblin. To make matters even worse, he was bitten by the vampire. And with this came a bonus storyline of having Extrano admit he was HIV positive. Sadly, we don’t know if had HIV before the bite. DC ended the comic, also ending Extrano’s humiliation.
If Jonathan Larson were still alive today, he would have written a Pulitzer award winning musical about Extrano and have this story be on Broadway rather than Spider-man: Turn off the Dark.